Bought this from Impact for Christmas 2014 for my 7 year old son. I had taken him shooting but my 597 Heavy Barrel was just too much for him to handle and was a safety hazard so I had to get something more suitable. Did a lot of research about youth rifles and this one is the only bolt action where you don't have to cock the gun after cycling the bolt. That cocking action on other guns is done with a round in the chamber and is very difficult for kids to do - a serious safety hazard if you ask me - kids need to point the gun in different directions to get a strong enough grip, etc. - no thanks. With this rifle, you drop the round in the chamber, close the bolt and it's ready to go. My son loves it. I was tempted to put a scope on it, but I like the included peep sights. I had a few troubles with it misfiring and read that the firing pin was sometimes too broad and not narrow enough. Also, I had some difficulty chambering rounds as the chamber was a bit tight. I called Impact and they gave me the info. for Savage. Savage took it back, fixed the problems and now the gun is perfect. I didn't deduct a star for this because they handled the whole thing perfectly and the gun is great now. I even love shooting the gun. It's incredibly light and is really accurate. My son is gaining a lot of confidence in his shooting - we've taken his friends sometimes and you can see a big difference - my son knows what he is doing. Couldn't be happier with this rifle. Very safe single shot bolt action - perfect starter rifle. About 50 bucks more than a crickett but I believe it is well worth it due to the concerns mentioned above.