rott, on 10 June 2012 - 06:53 AM, said:
Hi - I'm late to the question, but then again I'm new to the forum.
Cricket : The first we purchased back in 2000 was a nice little starter. Went through 3 kids and really helped their focus with the Single Shot. We picked up one in 2010 and the innards stopped firing correctly after about 50 rounds. Returned, lather, rinse, repeat - failures each time. Manufacture was nice, still think I'd find an older one for reliability.
When they became "serious" about wanting to tighten past the 4MOA, we advanced to RugerCompact @ 4.5#'s with scope optional per each childs preference.
The Henry Repeating Arms is a nice option as well @ 3.5 if it fits her body. For some reason the reach was just too short for our youngest 2 and the additional safety feature tended to complicate the issue.
Before you add the red dot, you might consider a bore laser to see if they like it. We have 1 who will dry fire it all day long, but the other two are "purists" and not so keen on it. Unless you have an extra red dot lying around that is.