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Crickett...who has one?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by aguyindallas, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. aguyindallas

    aguyindallas Participating Member

    Mar 9, 2004
    Hey folks....who actually has one of those Davey Crickett rifles? What is the reliability and durability of these things?

    I am thinking of picking up a couple for my kiddos to get them in the game.
  2. vesmcd

    vesmcd New Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    My 11 yr old grandson got one last Christmas. Horrible trigger, WAY heavy and gritty, so the first thing I did was smooth up and lighten(just a little) the trigger pull. I couldn't get the open sights to adjust properly, so I decided to try a scope. You have to order the scope mount from Crickett, nobody else makes one (at least I couldn't find another supplier). The mount uses the rear sight base as a mounting point,but the screw hole was drilled off center. Crickett would not exchange parts with me, wanted me to send the rifle back to them for a part evaluation/replacement! I just elongated the scope base hole a little(aluminum part like a Weaver rail), problem solved. Sighted in the scope and it shoots great. The rifle doesn't seem to be ammo picky. There is a small problem getting the round to feed into the chamber. The nose of the bullet catches on the sharp edge of the chamber mouth and you have to stick your finger into the bolt way and kind of wiggle the cartridge around to get it to go into the chamber. Just jamming it in with bolt causes lead to shave off and cause problems. The rifle has a built in lock (good) and if you lose the key (bad) you can't shoot it. It should come with two keys. Separate them so you don't lose both of them. The keys are all the same and spares are available from Crickett. The take down bolt is a tamper proof torx head, so you'll need one of those in the right size.
    My grand son loves his Crickett (but not as much as my Ruger 10-22 with a 50 round mag ;) ).

    Ves McD
    Oak Cliff, the original OC
  3. Jackal

    Jackal Senior Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Northwest Washington
    Your far better off getting an older single shot like a Remington 510. They are available cheap and are perfect for a young'un. I started shooting with one when I was about 10 years old and I still have my Remington 510 Targetmaster. Here's a nice looking one.http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976808253.htm
  4. spotteddog

    spotteddog New Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    My son has had one since he was 5 yrs old, he is 9 now and still shoots it.The trigger is heavy and had some issues with the screws on the scope mount hitting the bolt. I bought the stainless with synthetic stocks and have had some real problems with the finish.It is marked stainless steel on the barrel but it rust worse than anything I have ever seen.
    If you touch the barrel it will leave a mark if not wiped down as soon as you are done shooting, other than these things it shoots good but if I had it to do over I would buy a Savage
    Cub or Marlin Papoose.

    New Here so I would just like
    to say Hello to all.
  5. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    Oct 23, 2004
    my daughter and nephew have had them since age 5. she'll be 9 in 3 months. both were happy until they decided they were ready for semi-autos.

    nothing wrong with the trigger or anything else on ours. none of it is super-high quality. it's a sub-$100 kids gun. nothing more. set expectations accordingly.

    i got my nephew a walther g22 last christmas (turned out to be sucky gun)
    and my daughter a volquartsen 10/22 this christmas (jury's still out)

    they're both much better off for having started on the crickett
  6. carnaby

    carnaby Participating Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Bellingham, WA
    Thanks Spotteddog. That's mighty helpful. I'm trying to decide which rifle to get for my son next year.

    Welcome to the forum!
  7. student

    student New Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    just shot a Henry single shot mini-rifle, synthetic and stainless with high visibility sights. Seemed accurate enough with a good action and trigger.
  8. oneshooter

    oneshooter Participating Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    TEXAS, by God
    This guy seems happy with his!

    My eight year old with his rifle.

    Livin in Texas
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2007
  9. Onmilo

    Onmilo Mentor

    Jul 26, 2004
    My youngest daughter still shoots her Chipmunk .22 which is basically the same rifle as the Crickett.
    The trigger was heavy on this rifle too and I think the Companies do this intentionally so the rifles are a bit safer for younger shooters.
    No real issues other than the rear peep sight is a little cruder than it needs to be.

    These are decent starter rifles for young shooters and they won't break the parents bank account.

    Great American Gunstock produces full size stocks in half and full Mannlicher styles so the kids can continue to use these rifles well into adulthood if they choose to.
  10. zero_chances

    zero_chances Member

    Aug 12, 2006
    Acworth, Georgia
    Jackal- I started out on a 510 target master, the same one my dad started out on as a kid:) Great rifle, and incredibly accurate, i once shot the metal ball off of a truck antenna at about 15 yards on the first shot:)
  11. chrisTx

    chrisTx Member

    Jul 5, 2005
    both my girls have pink laminate cricketts in blue. they love them. they seem to be a solid rifle for a kid. it's not meant to be anything fancy, but i'm sure it will last long enough for their grand kids to shoot.
  12. gbran

    gbran Senior Member

    Jan 21, 2003
    I bought one for my grandson. Horrible trigger, which I also smoothed up. The only other problem is that it sometimes fails to extract. It's now an OK rifle, but I'd not buy another. I did buy another grandson a Taurus pump rifle with the short barrel and youth stock. This is a keeper. I put a red dot scope on it and he can nail anything he can see. I may be a few more of these as I believe it is a grandfather's duty to buy grandkids guns.
  13. Milkmaster

    Milkmaster Senior Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Murfreesboro, TN

    The Cricket and the Chipmunk are the same design. There was a rift between the two a few years back on the patent and copying it etc. My 14 year old boy has the walnut stock version since he was eight. He still ikes to shoot it occasionally. It will probably become a family heirloom for the future young 'uns to come. I keep it cleaned and in the gun safe with the rest of the firearms. No problems at all with this one so far. It was a pre-lock model.
    Simple, accurate, and easy to clean. Some of my more woodsy friends carry the synthetic stock models on brackets across the handlebars of their 4-wheelers for plinkin' or an occasional snake or squirrel.
  14. kddonath

    kddonath New Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Crickett Sight Question

    Bought my 9 year old daughter the crickett - she's very small and the rifle fits her perfectly.

    Here's a question: I'd like to put a set of front and rear peep sights on it. I know this may sound like making a purse out of a pig's ear! The price is perfect for a starter rifle, and I want her to get used to some better quality target sights. When she's grows and if she continues to show interest, I'll move her up into something better.

    I do the biathlon (shoot with an Izhmash biathlon) and she's showing interest. Start'em out young!

    Actually what I wanted for her was the Chipmunk Target Model (TM) but could find one to save my life.
  15. Molon Labe

    Molon Labe Participating Member

    Jun 17, 2003
    SW Ohio
    I bought my 8 y.o. daughter a Crickett w/ SS barrel and pink stock. It's a nice rifle. :)
  16. WinchesterAA

    WinchesterAA Active Member

    Mar 9, 2006
  17. deadeyedog270

    deadeyedog270 New Member

    Oct 22, 2009
    Bought the kids a Crichett over the weekend the thing is smaller than there bbguns, I hope they like it seeming how they like to shoot my marlin but can not even hold the thing then again the bbguns are to big for them to
  18. oldfool

    oldfool Senior Member

    Jul 18, 2009
    Thomasville, Georgia
    We have both a Chipmunk and a Crickett
    the Chipmunk by Rogue River Rifle is better made, fit and finish, but both are excellent "my 1st gun" choices
    Crickett bought out left over Chipmunk inventory when Chipmunk stopped manufacture, hard to find

    Both easily hold 1" at 25 yards
    not intended to be a 12 year old's target rifle, you, know
    good safe little intro guns, classic single shot bolt action
    factory peeps not worth much, but had zero issues mounting 1" tube red dots on both, which I think is best beginner sight for real li'l folk introduction anyway, they can learn others later

    We have others for them as they grow taller; expect only 2 years, maybe 3, before they are ready for other, but that's what these things are for
    size matters, simplicity matters, learning safety while enjoying the experience matters; don't push them to outgrow the gun's capabilities, just let them grow into others
  19. shagmcnasty

    shagmcnasty New Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    Bought my kids a chipmunk and a cricket at the same time when they were 5 and 6. Both were horrible,poor fit and finish,extraction problems,stiff rough trigger. Within a month they both got Henry youth lever actions.
  20. Rokman

    Rokman Participating Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    The Lone Star State
    My six year old son and I looked at one Saturday at Academy and I am thinking about getting him one. I started out on a little .22 similar to that and put a ton of bullets through it.

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