I have an origanal chipmunk 22 about the same as the cricket I got it when I was 5 and my son shoots it now I have had it for 24 years and shoots great I would buy a cricket I used mine fore trapping works great
Cricket is made in Milton, Pa. Northumberland County.
They are opening a store real soon... south of Milton, north of Northumberland on Rt. 147.
Cricket purchased Mertz's Gun Shop if'n you know where that is...
I've got a Cricket for my son. He's 7 and hasn't bagged something yet, but that's no fault of the rifle. ;-) It's a nice little setup for him and he LOVES it. I don't have experience with the Chipmunk so can't compare but compared to the Youth models of the Rossi and others it is a LOT lighter and while he couldn't support the weight of any of the other youth models. I also like the fact that it's a PA rifle. For trap lines, however, it seems that any old .22, rifle or pistol, would be fine.
Last 2 times I was at the range kids using their crickets where having trouble with them jamming.After firing having to use a key or knife to get the spent cartridge out of the gun.
One gun was almost brand new or was brand new so thought maybe a break in period? The other shooters gun wasnt used much either but both had exact same issues.Just thought I'd toss it out there for what its worth.Take care,Paul...