Review of youth Rifles (22lr)

This is just a quick run down of a comparison of 2 youth rifles.  The Crickett by Keystone Arms and the Savage Rascal.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both rifles, but both are worthy of being a kids first gun, and something they will cherish for years to come.

My daughter has had her gun, a pink Crickett, for 4 years now and it that time she has become quite a good shot. My son just received his Rascal for his birthday.

Both guns are the same overall length and weigh approx. the same, with the Rascal coming in a few ounces lighter.  The Length of pull on the Crickett is 12″ while the Rascal is 11.25″.  Both come with peep sights and have mounting holes for adding a scope.  The Rascal has swivel mounts for a sling or bi-pod while the Cricket has pre-drilled holes in the forearm and stock for adding swivel mounts.

Both rifles are available in a variety of colors to suit most kids likes.

One advantage the Rascal has over the crickett is a spring loaded feed ramp.  This allows you to put the cartridge in the rifle without having to start it in the chamber. When an adult is putting a .22lr in the chamber of the Crickett, big fingers don’t work so well.  I also like the trigger on the Rascal, it has a better “feel” to it.

The Crickett must be cocked for every shot, this is helpful for a new shooter when you are emphasizing  safety.  The Rascal is ready to fire when loaded and safety must be manually set on or off.

All in all both rifles are excellent options for the young shooter.  If I had to pick one over the other, I would probably go with the Rascal for the ease of loading and overall feel of the rifle.

 

Water!

Well, looks like with a little work we’ll have 2 sources of water on the property, not counting any well or city water service.

There is a pond, but it appears to be losing some water either through ground seeping or evaporation.IMG_0091Here is a shot of the creek, from a natural spring.

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1st Week on the “Homestead”

Well, the wife and I spent the first week on the property, and it was wonderful! We celebrated out 10yr wedding anniversary while there. We worked on many things, first and foremost was getting the driveway cleared so we could drive down it without putting more scratches into my truck :). Next we added a 12′ gate just inside the property.
We were able to walk to the back property line, something we could never do before. Not really because it was too difficult, just a lot of underbrush to go through.
My father-in-law and I got to do some squirrel hunting as well, we each got one. Next up will be some deer hunting :)

Here are some pictures:

<p>This is a strange tree(s)?</p>

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This is a strange tree(s)?

<p>This is a trail into the woods from our camp area</p>

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This is a trail into the woods from our camp area

<p>This is one of many trees that have thorns on them.  Some thorns were 3&quot; or longer!!</p>

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This is one of many trees that have thorns on them. Some thorns were 3" or longer!!

<p>A small clearing near our campsite.  There is a small patch of black berry's here as well.</p>

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A small clearing near our campsite. There is a small patch of black berry's here as well.

<p>Leaves of a nut tree, hickory I think</p>

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Leaves of a nut tree, hickory I think

<p>Close up of one of the shrooms</p>

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Close up of one of the shrooms

<p>Some leaves starting to change colors.</p>

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Some leaves starting to change colors.

<p>The view of the driveway from camp, this is just the last little bit.</p>

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The view of the driveway from camp, this is just the last little bit.

<p>I think these are cotton wood seed pods</p>

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I think these are cotton wood seed pods

<p>Someone was not happy he was found!</p>

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Someone was not happy he was found!

<p>The property used to have cattle on it</p>

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The property used to have cattle on it

<p>Small patch of black berry bushes.</p>

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Small patch of black berry bushes.

<p>This tree was on the neighbors property but fell at some point onto our land.  Firewood for camp!</p>

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This tree was on the neighbors property but fell at some point onto our land. Firewood for camp!

<p>Nice little arch on the back fence</p>

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Nice little arch on the back fence

<p>View down the back fence looking East</p>

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View down the back fence looking East

<p>View down the back fence looking west</p>

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View down the back fence looking west

<p>Me hanging on the vine</p>

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Me hanging on the vine