We took our five-year-old out shooting today with his new Crickett .22; and a fun time was had by all. It's not a bad little rifle; good for beginners, good accuracy, and it shoots shorts, longs, and LRs. Our little guy has been shooting a BB Gun for the last couple of years, and he transitioned to this .22 easily. Most of the gang came down to see what the crazy humans were up to, and to see why we were making such a tremendous amount of noise. (We were shooting some of our larger toys as well.) The Crickett is simple enough that, once back to the house, our little one was easily capable of cleaning his own rifle, including removing and replacing the bolt carrier group, with practically no assistance. I'd definitely recommend one of these for a first rifle.