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This is actually a two issue question:

My niece is getting .22LR from Uncle Jon in March for the big one-oh. Either Cricket, Plinkster 801 Half-Pint, or a Savage Cadet youth. She always hints that a scope is a must, and who am I to disagree. But I am not sure how to explain what the view should be.

We (her father and I) usually prop up one of our rimfires, with a bi-pod and sand bags, and she scoots her head around as best she can on a full sized stock and shoots. I am proud to report 12 of 12 eggs at 50 yards her first outing!

But since she will finally get a rifle that fits, I want to be sure she has the optimum use of her optics. She is far from dumb, but I do not know the best or simplest terminology to use explain how the view should be.

I can not find a youth lefty (well one I can afford). Should I just have her shoot left on the right hand design, or shoot right hand style?
I see a .223 or .243 for her 11th birthday, so I do not want to mess with her technique for shooting.
Do I keep her a lefty, or see how she does on the right.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/14/2010 at 19:37
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Before i pushed the righty dominance on her let her try shooting right like she has before and then lefty and ask her what fills natural.  OR this, this advises comes from seeing the old movie Firebirds with Nicolas Cage.  Have her quickly make a gun with her fingers and act like shes shooting. See what hand she uses and what eye she closes.  Should be able to see what her dominant eye and hand are quickly.  If nothign else get her a single shot break action like the TC then upgrading to a high caliper would be cheaper and she could have the same feel for each one so it would be more comfortable too.
And for scopes me personally, I would stick with an old standard 3x9 but thats just my opinion.

Edited by SVT_Tactical - February/14/2010 at 19:38
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/14/2010 at 20:22
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Have you looked at a C-Z? It's harder to use a Cricket as you keep growing.  I'd skip a scope for now.  C-Z has a beter scope base system.  I know, I know and goal of the website is to help sell scopes... She'll transition into a .22 pistol so much better with a year or so on iron sights.
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 When teaching the grandkids, I have found that a Ruger 10-22 is a good trainer that comes smaller in size . There is a wide selection of stocks out there. If the stock needs to be shorter cut it off. When she gets bigger then pick up another stock. I have seen some used stocks go for under $25 on Ebay. Pick up a nice stock and a new barrel and they think its a new rifle.

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Tip Stick

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To see which is her dominate eye.... just have her point to your nose and then have her close each eye - one at a time - and when she has to re-adjust her hand to still be pointing to your nose, the eye she just closed is her dominate eye... does that make sense?  I too made my boys learn with open sights.... just like I did. 

I got my son a cricket or chipmunk and he outgrew the darn thing in no time.  Pretty much a waste of time!    Figure on losing half it's value when you trade it on a bigger one once she has outgrown it!   I'd wait for the bigger rifle to put a scope on.

My second son is left eye dominate but right handed.  He ended up being a left handed shooter.  He shoots very well, so I guess I'm glad it worked out.  It really sucks because everything left handed cost's more.  I got him a Savage model 93 left hand in .17HMR.  It only comes with the bull barrel, so it's a little on the heavy side for little ones, but he soon adjusted... he's 13 now... think I got it for him when he was 10 maybe.  17HMR rounds are more expensive... but its a great round and we love shooting them.  Pretty much a straight line out to 100 yds.  We hardly ever shoot 22's anymore.
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Stick with a bolt gun for learning to shoot, because you could transition from left to right without worrying about powder or debris getting blown in her face.....and some people think it is an advantage to shoot a left handed gun right handed, and not have to break contact at all with your trigger finger arm.. you basically use your free hand to work the bolt....Good Luck
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