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Custom youth guns???

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WestKentucky, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Member

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    We see plenty custom guns on here. Most if not all are geared towards whatever us adults fancy. Does anybody have a youth gun that has been customized? I have seen some cool stuff done with Crickett rifles as survival/backpack guns and Some shotguns are so cheap and plentiful that they could be interesting projects. I know keystone offered a version similar to a RPR so there’s that I guess.
     
  2. DocRock

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    I ordered my daughter a pink stocked Rascal when she was about 12, added some weight to the stock to steady it as a bench rifle, and fitted a Lyman globe front sight. Later, I installed a grind to fit recoil pad as a spacer to lengthen the stock. That's about as "custom" as it got.

    She used it for a year in competition (local, club level) and held her own against boys and girls with much more expensive rifles. Then I bought her a well-used Anshutz and, within a month or two, she lost interest in competitive shooting. I painted the Rascal stock black for my son to use and when he grew out of it, gave it to someone on another forum with a little guy getting into shooting.
     
  3. horsey300

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    I dropped an axis 2 in a Boyd's at-1 for my 10 year old to stretch his skills. It's in .22-250 with a 12 twist, once he burns it out, we'll go to a faster twist but the 53s will teach him plenty in the meantime.
     
  4. jmorris

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    My Daughter got a pink BB gun but that’s it, they grow up too fast do dump a bunch of money into baby guns.
     
  5. theotherwaldo

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    I've seen a lot of 6.5mm Swedish and 7mm Mausers cut down and refinished for youths and other smaller folks. I've even seen a few Rolling Blocks and Krags that were given this treatment.
    Beyond that, mostly .22s and small-bore shotguns.
     
  6. Catman42

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    my wife got a ruger lcr 22 mag with purple grips. she loves it and shoots it very well.
     
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  7. Jim Watson

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    It hurts me to see a kid with a too-long stock under his armpit and leaning over so far he is seeing the sights with his off eye.
    A friend shortened a .22's stock to suit his niece and nephew, mounted an old Phantom scope in "Junior Scout" configuration and watched them get hits.
    Must have worked, the niece eventually got a bit of a scholarship for the college (air) rifle team. Coeds in leather with complicated guns, what's not to like?
     
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  8. SlowFuse

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    I've looked hard at the single shot CPR I think its called by cricket/keystone. You're pretty much paying $200-ish for an adjustable stock, bipod, flash hider and their scope.

    As I typed that out it didn't seem bad but every time I look at it I say I can put together something better for the same or maybe less money and the other is they may get tired of the single shot aspect quick.
     
  9. 22250Rem

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    Never saw much custom extravagance when it comes to youth guns. Other than cutting down stocks on .22's and things like that which is great for the kids struggling with adult size firearms. I bypassed that approach a couple years ago when I got a pink Savage Rascal on sale and with a fifty dollar rebate offer from Savage. Scaled down youth rifles are the way to go for young kids, IMHO. The only custom touches planned will involve scoping it eventually when the step grand daughter gets proficient with the iron sights. Diversified Innovative Products, ( diproductsinc.com) makes a Rascal scope mount that's just a one piece Pic rail that screws into the Rascals pre- drilled & tapped holes. Has a channel cut down the center that they say allows use of the factory iron sights. That's a project for this spring and now I'm looking for a suitable rimfire scope for it. That little kid size rifle gets dwarfed by most scopes so I'm not planning on leaving it on there indefinitely .
     
  10. WestKentucky

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    I just bought a crickett for my girls. I’m about 99% sure that I’m going to do a custom folding stock on it with some aluminum stock I have laying around at home. I have about 5 different super simple ideas to decide between. Pretty sure it’s gonna be a side-folder (folds to left since bolt throws to right) with a spring locking mechanism. I’m just trying to decide which route to go... time machining/ease of machining bs aesthetics of a finished product... if I do it the way I want to, then it will double as a crickett pistol which I also have wanted for a long time. I have parts for another rifle to build a reciever for, so whatever I do with this one I will do a different design on the other. I’m really thinking of super light and simple. Spring loaded wire stock that twists on a pin with the spring pulling the wire up into a channel to lock it in position either open or closed. Think capital T flipped upside down with spring tension pulling up and one end being a 1/4” aluminum wire stock. Downside here is that it would be really hard to have an integral pistol grip.
     
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