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soopafly
11-12-2009, 10:41 AM
So, before I present this to her I wanted to see what you all think, specifically if the cute factor is high enough. I already had her shoulder it when I took her to Turners with me one time; it fit her well and she liked the pink stock. She does not know I bought it and I wanted to personalize it for her before she receives it...

My remaining question is, should I leave the metal black? Or should I duracoat it white or some other color? Maybe see how much she likes shooting, then let her decide?

-Crickett youth rifle, .22lr
-pink wood laminate stock
-personalized decals
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h59/soopafly_photos/gunz/IMG_1016.jpg
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h59/soopafly_photos/gunz/IMG_1020.jpg

and for size comparison:
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h59/soopafly_photos/gunz/IMG_1019.jpg

cntrolsguy
11-12-2009, 10:45 AM
Very cool! Congrats to your daughter!

Adrien
11-12-2009, 10:48 AM
Personally I would leave the barrel black. I've seen some of these guns painted and duracoated and they start looking like toys, not firearms. I think to avoid confusion I would leave it.

Cute gun though. When my boy is ready I'll be getting one for him.

Adrien

professionalcoyotehunter
11-12-2009, 10:49 AM
Nice! Great job dad.

JaMail
11-12-2009, 10:59 AM
looks really good, leave it black for now, then let her decide if she wants it white, or white on pink, or whatever she wants, that way she gets more pride from it being "her" gun. hell, if she gets into shooting let her put rhinestones on it if she wants. whatever gets her excited about going to the range to show it off.

militia_bob
11-12-2009, 11:19 AM
How old was your daughter before you taught her to shoot? Mine's 2 1/2 yrs old and I can't wait to teach her how to shoot.

I was thinking 6 yrs old?

professionalcoyotehunter
11-12-2009, 11:20 AM
My nephew is 4 and already shooting .22's.

Super Spy
11-12-2009, 12:23 PM
Way to be a great Dad! I agree let your daughter decide what changes she wants to make it really "Hers"

Steyrlp10
11-12-2009, 12:48 PM
I'm not into pink, but that's a beautiful stock you have for your little girl. I'm sure she's going to be very happy with the gift and love you forever!

Congrats!

AlliedArmory
11-12-2009, 1:05 PM
haha. thats awesome. have safe fun Maya

1911whore
11-12-2009, 3:10 PM
I got my son a BB rifle at 3 and we shoot in the yard together at char coal, he gets all geeked up when he smokes one:) I am getting him a chimpmunk .22 rifle for his 5th B day :) Good job on gettign your daughter shooting, make it fun for her.

Trench Broom
11-12-2009, 3:38 PM
Very cool. :thumbsup:

jarhead995
11-12-2009, 4:04 PM
white

mala in se
11-12-2009, 5:03 PM
my son was 10 when he got his 10/22 and he was speechless... he stayed up all night memorizing the manual, and the next day he shot it. he's a pretty good shot now.

my daughter is 19 months, but i'm definitely going to start her earlier at 6-8 depending on her maturity at that age.

maybe your daughter will outgrow it, and you can sell that crickett to me... my girl's a girly girl so far. flowers & hearts are her thing.

LG1980
11-12-2009, 10:47 PM
Crickets are such cool guns. Great for kids. I've never heart a bad thing about them. It's really cool that you bought one especially for your daughter. Too bad the girl scouts don't teach shooting. Boy scouts do though... which is why they rule.

Cokebottle
11-12-2009, 11:01 PM
Personally I would leave the barrel black. I've seen some of these guns painted and duracoated and they start looking like toys, not firearms. I think to avoid confusion I would leave it.
Agreed 100%.

She needs to understand the clear difference between toys and guns (I used to get smacked for even pointing a toy gun at a person... if I wanted to "shoot someone" I was to aim to the side)

That, and keeping it clean. I can imagine a white barrel looking pretty nasty after a year or two.

wilson_wwsc
11-12-2009, 11:23 PM
You should leave it alone and then if she wants to change it up, you could teach her how to do that, too.

bplvr
11-13-2009, 12:48 AM
When she outgrows it ,don't sell it. It will be really special later on. I still have the .22 my Dad got me when I was 10,and I'm on the short side of 70 now. JMHO

IrishPirate
11-13-2009, 7:38 AM
Crickets are such cool guns. Great for kids. I've never heart a bad thing about them. It's really cool that you bought one especially for your daughter. Too bad the girl scouts don't teach shooting. Boy scouts do though... which is why they rule.

I dont have kids yet but i saw these things and immediately thought "i'm buying one of those for each of my kids when they're 5 (or mature enough)". How's the accuracy on them? no point teaching a kid to shoot if it's not accurate!!

Bigballaizm
11-13-2009, 9:24 AM
Nice job SF, I say give it to her like that & let her decide how she wants it...

tacticalcity
11-13-2009, 12:04 PM
Maya has very cool parents.

Angie
11-15-2009, 5:39 PM
Super cute! I'd leave the barrel as it is.

Cute factor is high, though what about getting her some pink earmuffs with matching decals?

CSACANNONEER
11-15-2009, 5:45 PM
Yea, leave it black and see what she wants to do with it. I think white would look great but, it would make it look more like a toy and less like a firearm.

When she outgrows it ,don't sell it. It will be really special later on. I still have the .22 my Dad got me when I was 10,and I'm on the short side of 70 now. JMHO

+1. I sold my first gun when I was in college. It was a sinlge shot, lever action Ithica. I sort of miss it but, I'm not really sorry its gone. I still have the important guns with more family history and it never shot too well anyways. But, sometimes I do miss it.

MontanaRifleman
11-17-2009, 4:53 PM
Purple barrel...

DREADNOUGHT78
11-17-2009, 10:30 PM
Nice! I have one for my daughter and she is only 18 month's! I guess I kinda jumped the gun.......

1lostinspace
11-17-2009, 10:32 PM
bad azz!

Dr. Peter Venkman
11-17-2009, 11:52 PM
My kid's first rifle will be a Garand.

My wife's first present will be a men's set of Taylor Mades.

soopafly
11-18-2009, 12:16 AM
Thanks for all the positive feedback. That's a good point on the barrel color and being mindful of the rifle not looking like a toy. I'll leave it black for now.

The rifle stays in the family.