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Old 10-16-2021, 10:11 PM   #1
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My uncle bought me my first .22 it was a single shot daisy and I still have it. I have 2 nephews Iíd like to get their first .22s I was thinking golden boys but open to other suggestions maybe a 10/22? . One is about to be 5 and the other is still a little young but I donít want to get one something and not the other
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:26 PM   #2
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Chipmunk comes to mind. They are small and light single shots.
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:28 PM   #3
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check out the Cricket.
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:28 PM   #4
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Thanks walker never heard of them. I’ll look into them.
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:58 PM   #5
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My uncle bought me my first .22 it was a single shot daisy and I still have it. I have 2 nephews Iíd like to get their first .22s I was thinking golden boys but open to other suggestions maybe a 10/22? . One is about to be 5 and the other is still a little young but I donít want to get one something and not the other
Those Daisy's are somewhat rare. Somewhat collectable. I would kind of like to get one.

You did not say how old your nephews are, to get an idea, if something like a Chipmunk would be a good choice, or a full size 22.

There are so many choices of 22 LRs out there. I would almost suggest something like a Henry lever action. It would be a bit safer than a semi auto, considering this is a first gun. But then most kids would find lever guns appealing.
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:04 PM   #6
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Since they're little I'd say a S&W MP 15-22 or a Ruger 10/22 with a collapsible stock so as they grow you can lengthen the stock.
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:48 PM   #7
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Henry makes a bolt action single shot that I bought my son got his first gun. Great little guns
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:55 PM   #8
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Another bolt gun to look at is the CZ Scout. I bought a CZ 452 Scout to start my kids with. It came with a single shot adapter but could use the standard 452 magazine as well.

The current model is the CZ 457 scout. You can swap the action and barrel to a larger factory stock later according to their website.
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:59 PM   #9
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Savage Rascal. Quite a bit better build than a Cricket.


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Old 10-17-2021, 12:00 AM   #10
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I bought my daughter a Savage Rascal Target XP. Sweet little single shot bolt action 22.
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:14 AM   #11
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If they're big enough for a full size 22, I really like my savage mark ii bolt action. Otherwise a youth single shot or boys rifle as they used to be called are excellent starter guns. Nothing wrong with a semi auto either if you make sure they are responsible.
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:14 AM   #12
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I bought my daughter a Savage Rascal Target XP. Sweet little single shot bolt action 22.
This was all of my boys first gun. Great little guns.
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Old 10-17-2021, 09:33 AM   #13
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Thanks walker never heard of them. Iíll look into them.
I think I have one at the house that I could pass down to you. It was
Given to me and have no one that can use it anymore. Shoot me a PM and Iíll look for it when I get home.
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Old 10-17-2021, 09:49 AM   #14
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Ruger 10/22 hands down! They'll never outgrow it and their grand kids will be shooting it.

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Old 10-17-2021, 09:52 AM   #15
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The Ruger American with the adjustable stock. Start them on a bolt gun rather than a semi-auto, simpler and safer.
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Old 10-17-2021, 09:58 AM   #16
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An Alfa or even a Ultrak SP-70 if it’s for track or swimming

CZ452 Scout if for shooting.
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:05 AM   #17
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CZ457. Yes that’s a 7. Their newest model. 457 scout is the youth. Short LOP. Threaded. Open sights. And you can easily mount an optic. When it’s time you just drop it into a full size stock too. Best youth 22 on the market. I looked at all of them. It’s a huge upgrade over the 452 and 455.
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:53 AM   #18
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The Ruger American with the adjustable stock. Start them on a bolt gun rather than a semi-auto, simpler and safer.
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A little singe shot is what I was thinking. Itís what I started out shooting. It makes you think about your shot a little more
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:59 AM   #19
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Single shot..is ultimate starter ...Rifle or Shotgun...Safer for all and will teach to be a (1 shot killer) not a BANG BANG boy
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Old 10-17-2021, 11:37 AM   #20
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Mechanical action for a starter. Single shot, bolt or lever. Or a pump, I'd recommend a Savage bolt gun. Auto's are just to easy for a youngster to forget that they are always ready to shoot again...And the mechanical actions put more emphasis on making every shot count.
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:07 PM   #21
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Not a fan of the cricket. We have one. You have to carry the key with you ALWAYS. The position of the lock on the fore end is prone to being bumped and locking so that the gun isn’t usable. Really frustrating when trying to shoot squirrels and you try to steady the gun on a branch and it becomes locked and the key is back at camp, or worse at home.
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:22 PM   #22
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Not a fan of the cricket. We have one. You have to carry the key with you ALWAYS. The position of the lock on the fore end is prone to being bumped and locking so that the gun isnít usable. Really frustrating when trying to shoot squirrels and you try to steady the gun on a branch and it becomes locked and the key is back at camp, or worse at home.
That must be on a newer model, the one I have doesnít require a key.
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:28 PM   #23
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Not a fan of the cricket. We have one. You have to carry the key with you ALWAYS. The position of the lock on the fore end is prone to being bumped and locking so that the gun isnít usable. Really frustrating when trying to shoot squirrels and you try to steady the gun on a branch and it becomes locked and the key is back at camp, or worse at home.
I am hoping for the day, the gun companies stop doing that crap. I hate those key locks in the bolts and cross bolt safeties on lever guns, all that safety crap that takes away from what various guns used to be.
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:38 PM   #24
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Chipmunk comes to mind. They are small and light single shots.
I had a chipmunk. It was awesome.
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Old 10-17-2021, 01:47 PM   #25
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I bought a few old 22s used when my first kid was born. Now have 2 boys and I’m done. Neither have received theirs yet but I know I found the single shot daisy, a and maybe 2 crickets? I’ll check in the safe I only need 2 of them. Keeping the daisy for sure. I still have my first, a Remington single shot. Fires shorts and longs and put it through the ringer
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Old 10-17-2021, 02:46 PM   #26
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A Rossi pump is a pretty small gun. You can shoot it like a single shot while they are young and it’s not a gun they will out grow in two years.
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Old 10-17-2021, 03:12 PM   #27
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My girl has a cricket . For a 125 bucks itís hard to beat .
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Old 10-17-2021, 03:37 PM   #28
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That must be on a newer model, the one I have doesnít require a key.
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was a good starter for my son but that's been 13 years. I liked the fact he couldn't cock it without my help. One bullet at a time.
Sounds like some good advice offered by the others. Enjoy shooting with the boys. They grow fast!
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Old 10-17-2021, 04:50 PM   #29
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single shot or lever gun,, semi auto will teach them to waste more ammo,, teach them to shoot first and when they are older a 10-22 is a great choice
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Old 10-17-2021, 06:29 PM   #30
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I got my kids the Thompson Center Hot Shot.
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