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Old 07-04-2008, 10:28 PM
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Hi all,

I just wanted to get some opinions on the cricket .22lr. I've been in the market for a bug out gun, in .22lr. I've been considering the Marlin Papoose, Springfield M6, Ruger 10/22, and Henry AR-7.

After shooting the AR-7, I've ruled it out completely. I haven't shot the papoose yet, and probably won't before I make my decision. So far though, I've heard mostly favorable reviews, and would consider purchasing one.

The 10/22 is just too long. Folding stocks are illegal in my state, and I don't want to have something so visible. While the semi-auto might be a selling point for some, I'd much prefer bolt-action. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan, but I'm looking for something a little lighter and smaller.

The M6 would be my #1 pick, but it's so expensive and hard to find. I'm not shelling out $750 for a novelty gun.

I saw the Cricket online a few days ago. Looks like a good fit. Light weight, short, cheap, supposedly of good quality. Anyone have any experience?
Old 07-04-2008, 10:44 PM
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:DI own one its pink,its my baby girls,but its fun to shoot with her,its a singal shot,is the only bad thing.Its good for teaching becuse of the bolt action and then you have to pull back the firing pin,and being a one shot gun.Its short as well i dont know about a survival firearm i mean to each is own ,it might just be perfect for your needs!The overall length is 31" but remember it does not have a magazine,so its only one shot at a time.Hope that helps you.

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Hi all,

I just wanted to get some opinions on the cricket .22lr. I've been in the market for a bug out gun, in .22lr. I've been considering the Marlin Papoose, Springfield M6, Ruger 10/22, and Henry AR-7.

After shooting the AR-7, I've ruled it out completely. I haven't shot the papoose yet, and probably won't before I make my decision. So far though, I've heard mostly favorable reviews, and would consider purchasing one.

The 10/22 is just too long. Folding stocks are illegal in my state, and I don't want to have something so visible. While the semi-auto might be a selling point for some, I'd much prefer bolt-action. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan, but I'm looking for something a little lighter and smaller.

The M6 would be my #1 pick, but it's so expensive and hard to find. I'm not shelling out $750 for a novelty gun.

I saw the Cricket online a few days ago. Looks like a good fit. Light weight, short, cheap, supposedly of good quality. Anyone have any experience?
Have you given any consideration to an 8" barreled .22lr revolver?
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Sounds like you need a Ruger .22 charger. It's bassically a 10/22 with a 10in barrel, with a folding bi pod. Plus you can use 10rnd ruger mags or use 25/30rnd 3rd party mags. it's like $280.
http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firear...=4901&return=Y

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I tried a Cricket and frankly wasn't impressed. Possible I got a lemon.

Accuracy was iffy with the crude sights. The action/barrel had to be ever so lightly tightened into the stock to maintain any accuracy. When the action/barrel was tightened down to normal tension, accuracy went nuts.
Trigger was lousy, especially for little, inexperienced fingers.
The action is so small it was difficult for my big fat fingers to load.
Loading during movement was darn near impossible for me.
Scope mounting requires a special mount that is huge for the gun. A scope also sort of eliminates the compact nature of the rifle.

A plain old Ruger 10/22 can be broken down into two shorter length sections simply with one screw. Each section would be about the length of a Cricket rifle. Easy and simple. Plus you get all the advantages of a 10/22.
You can also purchase an adjustable trigger for the 10/22. That will make it easy to reset so a small child can use it.
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The cricket is good for what it is...a child's first 22. I bought one back in 1990 for my 8 year old nephew as a starter gun as he loved to go to shoot with me and his other uncles. He still has it and cherishes it. His is accurate.
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Yeah, a Charger would be ideal. But where I live, getting a handgun is a real hassle. Right now I'm scheduled for the safety classes I need in order to buy a low-capacity long-gun (crazy, huh?). Getting a handgun involves so much more time, money, and paperwork, I'd rather just do without.

And, for the record, this will be my first firearm. I'm eventually looking to get a few larger-caliber rifles, but I want to spend some more time building familiarity with a smaller caliber gun.

Whatever .22 I get, I doubt I'll be scoping it. So no need add that into the equation.

Thanks for all your responses. I'll try and get some more trigger time with the 10/22 before I make my decision.
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Also check out a bolt action savage, Winchester wildcat .22 or the browning bl22 (my favorite.22)
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crickets are pretty cool, they cost $100 come in whatever color you want and are tiny.
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the 22 is a very cheap and fun gun. every one should have one as a toy!!
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Look at the CZ Scout .22. I bought that for my grand daughters and it is small and light. Absolutely a tack driver as all CZ's (with my nickname does that opinion surprise you) are and has a single shot adapter that is removable and can use the larger CZ .22 magazines of 5 and 10 shot capacity.

http://www.cz-usa.com/product_detail.php?id=5
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I bought one for my son about 2 years ago, and now after two years my son has given it to his sister who just turned 8 two months ago. The accuracy with the gun is good, but you can not shoot one round after another because the barrel gets to hot.
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you should get a 10/22 its fairly compact very accurate and reliable i love my lil ruger

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the crickets sound hit or miss when buy'n one to me then. i was planing on getting the pink one for kyra when she turned four this dec. I figured it was pink , cheap and small. well i'll just have to take a closer look at some other rifles that are in that price range.
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Take a look at the Rossi Trifecta. I'm thinking about getting one as a trainer for my kids. It comes with a .22 barrel, 243 barrel and a 20 gauge barrel.
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I love my son's I shoot it all the time. Hi's got a stainless with a synthetic stock on it. It is very accurate for it's size, and IMO the peep sights are pretty good. I can hold about a three inch group a 50 yards with it. It is so light, if you're going to pack a long way it would be great. I wouldn't want to cary any rifle that I had to take apart to go anywhere with it. I think the cricket would be easy to strap across the top or bottom of a pack in a gun sock type of arangement.
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