Henry Mini Bolt Review,
December 20, 2014
I am a die hard Henry fan and love their leaver guns. They truly make great AMERICAN quality firearms.
I picked up the Mini Bolt for my 6.5 year old daughter to start learning how to shoot. After comparing the rifle to a Cricket and Savage Rascal, I decided to spend a fair amount more on the Henry purely due to the Fire Sights. They make so much more sense for a child to use compared to a peep sight that is mounted on the Cricket and Savage.
LOP and heft seem right for a child and the grip is small enough for a child to get their hands around the rifle better than a 10/22 which means they are much more comfortable to hold and squeeze the trigger.
My only real criticism for the rifle (although the Cricket also has the same fault) is de-cocking the bolt with a live round. Although an adult can accomplish this, I am not entirely confident that my daughter could de-cock the bolt with a live round in it. The only way I can honestly envision a child being able to unload this rifle after cocking would be to fire the rifle in a safe direction.
Build quality is absolutely higher than other youth single shots and the stainless steel parts definitely make the rifle look sharp.
Best youth 22 available,
November 25, 2014
Yes, I am in love. This was a perfect transition gun from the youth BB guns my 4 year old started with. Single shot makes it affordable to shoot-yes they also like to shoot the 10/22s with 3x9. This is a better gun for them cause they learn to use the williams sights, and the size matched their 4 year old body sizes. They have continued to grow and it still is their favorite single shot to shoot. They can easily hold it up and shoot standing instead of needing help like they do with the 10/22.
Six out of 5 star rating from me. Accurate and reliable
Red Dirt from
January 02, 2013
Have had the mini bolt for years now and kids have out grown it. It is still one of their favorite guns to shoot because it is so accurate. have put thousands of rounds through it with only a rare extraction failure.
Henry Mini Bolt,
June 27, 2011
Nice little gun. My boys put about 400 rounds through it last week with no problems. Had to adjust the sight to about the max hieght, which makes it stick up significantly. That is the only reason for a rating of four.
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