Cricket kid's rifles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J View Post
    Nice gun but... a single shot teaches a youth to conserve ammo, to make their one shot count, to use the safety and just better gun handling technique.
    A lever action is a fun gun but I would save it for more advanced shooters, like second gun when they get a bit older and more experienced.
    A lever action doesn't teach rapid fire!! If you let your kid shoot any gun like Rambo you aren't teaching gun saftey! The only difference between a single shot and a lever action is how the round ebnters the chamber, NOTHING ELSE. Proper gun handling and shooting skills are taught exactly the same for both rifles. The single shot doesn't conserve ammo, the trigger finger does. A lever action is a fine gun to teach proper skills with, to each his own, but I disagree with a lever action doesn't teach to make your one shot count. Were not talking a full auto here!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCHornet View Post
    A lever action doesn't teach rapid fire!! If you let your kid shoot any gun like Rambo you aren't teaching gun saftey! The only difference between a single shot and a lever action is how the round ebnters the chamber, NOTHING ELSE. Proper gun handling and shooting skills are taught exactly the same for both rifles. The single shot doesn't conserve ammo, the trigger finger does. A lever action is a fine gun to teach proper skills with, to each his own, but I disagree with a lever action doesn't teach to make your one shot count. Were not talking a full auto here!!
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    No not full auto or rapid fire didn't say that. But it is in the repetition of loading a single round, the engage / disengage the bolt safety which lever guns do not have, keeping it pointed in a safe direction all the while that help to teach, encourage and make safe gun handling SOP when you are not there to help them.

    I like lever guns but a first gun needs to be as simple as possible and you cannot get much simpler or safer than a single shot bolt action.

    SS bolt action= one bullet, open action, insert bullet, close action, aim, disengage safety, shoot, remove one bullet from box, repeat. End of day bolt open, chamber MT, gun safe.

    Leaver gun= open tube, insert rounds until full, close tube, aim, operate lever, shoot, operate lever shoot, repeat until MT. End of day lever open Chamber MT, but is the gun really MT?

    Not quite the same after all is it.

    I agree that a lever gun is a fine gun... just not for a first gun, but definately a gun No2 right along with a nice .22 pump.
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    I think the main thing a single bolt action gun does is allow "Dad" or "Grandpa" to dole out one bullet at a time. Therefore assuring a safe and unloaded firearm while Dad or Grandad and little Suzie Mae Louhoo goes down range to set up the can or change the target. Even if the they all go the gun is never reloaded until Dad or Grandpa hands out that next bullet when he is ready to give his complete attention and care to the kid for the next shot.

    it is a safety thing.

    However can be done with any gun that allows one bullet to be loaded into the breach at a time.

    So no matter what gun you use, I would always use the Barney Fife approach... that is "All the bullets are in my pocket, and I give you one when we are both ready... and only one at a time."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    My kids were little years ago, but there used to be a single shot bolt action rifle called the Chipmunk. Worked great for them, I've still got it in my safe.
    I have one of those also it was what I learned how to shoot on. my grandfather got it for me when I was about 5
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    If I'm not mistaken the Cricket, Chipmonk and Henry mini-bolt are all the same action.
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