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RevlimiterRuss

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It’s the Cricket vs Rascal as of right now unless there are other suggestions.
1. I like the Rascal because of the lack of manual cocking.
2. Both models have an option for threaded barrel and bipod.

5 Y/O. He has taken the child safety class at Delta where he shot .22lr
Both my wife and him have remained  interested in him shooting again and I don’t want the flame to die out.
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Savage rascal!
Started both my kids on them. Great little rifle.

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Why don't you like manual cocking? Seems like a safety feature to me.

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If anything, bolt action single shot or similar. I had my dad's old Winchester 55 open-bolt as my first.
Single round loaded from top, ejects to the bottom, safety resets every shot. Hard to get in trouble with that.

Marlin makes a 12" LOP model- the 915Y. Single shot bolt action 16" barrel. My buddy's boy had this until he outgrew it a couple years ago.

If and when, the Ruger 77/22 should be every boy's first rifle when they are big enough. They don't make them in 22LR anymore, but there's tons used for sale. Or find a Winchester Model 52- there's many thousands of them used, were in-production for ~80 years.

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At five years old, manual cocking adds a degree of safety in my opinion. When I was starting out shooting I always appreciated being able to have a round in the chamber and a dead (safe) trigger.  That was on a Winchester 67 and I was about 12.

Either way, if the gun fits him, you won’t go wrong with either one.

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More conventional times- one box of 22LR was all you needed for a fun day.

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There was a model 52 at M&B (North Stonington), but I think that's the one that sold today. I'm sure there are other used 22s there, but it's a bit out of your way. I spoke with Warren today, but didn't step inside the shop.
You'd always be welcome to shoot the Remington Model 12 that I have, but again, I'm at the other end of the state.

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Started both my girls on a cricket, and then up to their own 10/22's

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My daughter was an anschutz my son Smith and Wesson 15/22

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i dont remember what my first rifle was,  my wifes was a winchester model 58 in .22 short.....  sitting in my safe at the moment....
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You'd always be welcome to shoot the Remington Model 12 that I have, but again, I'm at the other end of the state.

dunno bout you, but maybe a bit much for a 5yo.  :shocked: