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Old June 13th, 2021, 12:01 AM #11
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I also have a Cricket, but in teal, for my daughter. She just got big enough to comfortably handle it — and she’s 45” tall.

Honestly I’m not impressed with the workmanship on the metal parts, the Rascal seems better, but Cricket is cheap, small, and comes in pretty colors to make it “her own” and get her into the sport. Little girls care more about the form than the function at this age

My thinking is to start her on it, if she takes to it and her skills surpass the quality of the rifle, and arms grow longer and stronger, we will upgrade her to something better.

If shooting sports are not her thing, I’m out the $80, and will pass it on to somebody else.
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Old June 13th, 2021, 09:51 AM #12
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One thing with a 10/22, you can cut off the stock, replace segments as she grows, and then replace the stock when ready. PLENTY of OEM stocks out there or nice aftermarket upgrades.
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If you do cut the stock down, drill holes into it first from the butt end. Put dowels into said holes (then remove before cutting). The dowels can then be put back in when you go to add the stock section back on to line it up. Will still have an obvious cut line but will be as good as its going to get.
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If you do cut the stock down, drill holes into it first from the butt end. Put dowels into said holes (then remove before cutting). The dowels can then be put back in when you go to add the stock section back on to line it up. Will still have an obvious cut line but will be as good as its going to get.
Good idea.

I think I'm going to stick with the 10/22, but buy a wood stock. I'll chop it down to 9" LOP, then gradually add back.
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Good idea.

I think I'm going to stick with the 10/22, but buy a wood stock. I'll chop it down to 9" LOP, then gradually add back.
I have a factory wooden stock for her if you ever find yourself in Baltimore County.
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I have a factory wooden stock for her if you ever find yourself in Baltimore County.
My point exactly.
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I have a factory wooden stock for her if you ever find yourself in Baltimore County.
Thank you! I appreciate it. It's a hike, but I'll keep that in mind if I'm up there soon.
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Ruger makes a single round magazine for the 10/22 if you want to start her off with a single shot rifle........

https://gunmagwarehouse.com/ruger-10...-magazine.html

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I second the recommendation for starting her on iron sights. Its easy and it builds marksmanship and a real sense of accomplishment.

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I hear everyone on the iron sights. But I'm not going to do that. She's 5. We'll get there eventually, but for now we're not actually training marksmanship. We're just making sure she has fun and learns safe handling. So a red dot it is.
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