This Is Not Your Daddy’s Gun: Crickett Precision Rifle

Keystone Sporting Arms LLC posted this photo on their Facebook page. I called them up to find out if this was real or not. According to Salesman Nathan, the CPR is based off their bull barrel Cricketts. They noticed the trend in the firearms industry is to make rifles with threaded barrels for suppressors. But they did not stop there. As you can see in the photo above, the chassis is modeled after the Accuracy International’s chassis. The CPR will also come with the EZ Loader. It is a feed ramp to help aid feeding of rounds thrown into the ejection port.

For those of you not familiar with the Crickett, it is a small single shot rifle in .22lr. It has a 16″ barrel with a tiny stock made for young beginner shooters to have the proper length of pull. The Crickett allows young shooters to learn and practice basic marksmanship skills. Now with the CPR coming soon, they have have a gun that looks as cool as their daddy’s and mommy’s.

The CPR rifle alone will retail for $309.99. They are planning on offering a tricked out package like the one you see in the photo above. So it will have the sun shade, bi pod, and a muzzle device. Now word on the price of the tricked out CPR.

These will be coming out next month, January 2017 unfortunately they will not be at SHOT Show according to Nathan.

They will be making the rounds of distributor shows and will be at the Great American Outdoor show next February.

 

Edit: Thanks to Nathan, he sent this comparison picture. It is the CPR next to the Ruger Precision Rifle.

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Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Lou

    Totally cool! I bought my sons Crickett and Chipmunk (acquired by Crickett) rifles when they were about 2 years old, great starter guns and this model is definitely a move in the right direction for this company’s product offerings.

    • Cymond

      I find it odd that Chipmunk still exists as distinct from Crickett. I mean, they offer different models and colors. I don’t even think the stocks are interchangeable, much less any parts.

  • Kevin Harron

    Aww it’s a baby AWM. So cute.

    • USMC03Vet

      Skins gonna cost 5x more than the whole rifle!

    • James

      It surprises me that AI hasn’t licensed out a manufacturer to make a mag fed 22lr bolt action rifle or made one of their own.

      • Anomanom

        Probably because they figure no one would pay their kind of prices for a 22lr bolt action.

        • Mandy_Monstar

          There’s a chance that the biathlon folk would, but they’re not an enormous market in the States.

  • iksnilol

    Would it kill y’all to add a magazine?

    • Sam Damiano

      The Cricket is made as a single shot rifle. The Boy Scouts Merit badge is still based on a single shot .22 LR rifle also. Other than being a safety design, it is a great way to instill that every shot counts.

      • iksnilol

        You can just not use the mag, or use one of those single shot “magazines” if single shot is desired. 300 bucks otherwise is just a steal.

        • Swarf

          I don’t think you’re really getting the point of the Crickett rifle, iksnilol.

          Although, with all that mess up there, I suppose it could be pretty easily argued that Crickett is no longer getting the point of a Crickett rifle, either.

    • DW

      If mag is important you buy CZ tacticool trainer instead.

  • Porty1119

    I see this being a major hit with kids these days, for whom most exposure to firearms comes from video games and not hunting.

    • Tassiebush

      I find that trend so curious of video games being the source of interest rather than hunting. I think it’s really important that people of either side don’t let a schism occur between the two.

      • Porty1119

        Sadly, a lot fewer kids grow up in areas where hunting is really a possibility. The exposure has to come from somewhere. I wasn’t raised on hunting, but love old steel-and-walnut shotguns and rifles and spending time in the woods. I wish more of the ‘tactical’ community would get in on that as well. I like tactical speed-shooting, but it is far from my only interest, and I fully agree with you that there needs to be crossover and good relations between the two major sides of shooting sports.

        • Tassiebush

          Yeah it’s a reality that a lot of people have a totally different life experience with nature and how they relate to it. It’s funny how often you hear someone say that they could never harm an animal but could kill a person if they needed to.
          It’s not like I went hunting more than a few times as a child with firearms but the few experiences had me hooked. Like you say games are another source of exposure to it. I have barely any “tactical” shooting experience but that’s as much about the legislative environment I’m in. 3gun with bolt actions and Leveractions is fun but it’s got nothing on hunting.
          It’s funny that if I suddenly found myself living under a freer legal environment as far as guns were concerned it’d actually be things like carrying a trail pistol and being free to leave a gun in my car and using a silencer legally that would excite me more than anything.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      The danger in that is possibly not having a healthy respect for what a bullet can do. Hunting at an early age gave me a close up view of wounded and dead animals which made a big impression.

    • Bradley

      If this is like their other rifles they are sized for VERY young children. If a child has played enough video games to form an opinion on firearms then they are likely too big for these.

  • ironked

    I want one just for my key chain.

  • JoshCalle

    It’s for kids whose parents let them play counter strike. Now they can have their own real life AWP and no scope paper targets instead of ruining my day with their cheap bulls*it in game.

    • CoastieGM

      HA. God damn wall hacking no scoping punks.You know who you are. (Answer: everyone whose better at the game then me)

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    My first rifle was a Chipmunk.
    I would have freaked over one of these Cricketts.

    • codfilet

      Yeah, I would have loved to have one of these when I was a kid, instead of that cheap Stevens. It is very cool looking.

  • codfilet

    My brother and I learned to shoot with a pre-WW2 Stevens single-shot .22 with a cut-down stock. No optics, just a rear peep sight and a front blade. I still managed to get an NRA “junior Smallbore” medal with it, and my brother could drop squirrels on the run with it.

  • Toxie

    I have two Cricketts, one for each kid. I wish this had come out ten years ago!

  • Jeff Smith

    I love this so much.

  • JustAHologram

    This could be promising for youth competitive shooting pending on how accurate it really is.

  • What makes you say that? All ages and levels of experience out there. Some older guys do have that mentality and then you have some younger shooters who way over rate their knowledge

    • tts

      Personal experience with hunters and “kids” in 2 different states.

      Yes there are all kinds out there but far fewer “kids” and people new to hunting every year it seems. Plenty of people at the ranges though.

      • Anomanom

        I think it’s as much as anything a lack of access. With more people living in cities and suburbs, fewer people have access to places to hunt. Unless one knows someone with property, or has relatives or what have you. I see deer all over the place, but i can’t exactly hunt them in the suburbs, can I?

        • tts

          That is why I pointed out how even in places like Idaho hunting is in decline. No issues with access in that state. Hunting and guns are still a big part of the social/culture there too.

          Property line issues are still definitely a thing but stuff like OnXMaps Hunt do an amazing job of fixing that problem. It used be a silly joke but there really is an app for that now.

    • Twilight sparkle

      I’ve run into shooters that way over rate their knowledge but that’s not exclusive to young shooter and a lot of young and new shooters have actually gained a lot more information than their older counter parts due to the increased accessibility of information on sites like this or accessibility to publications online that would previously have been difficult to find. Older shooters often tend to treat the younger ones with disrespect when the younger one is just trying to educate the older ones.

    • iksnilol

      Eeeh, worst I’ve seen of youngin’s is that they don’t listen when you correct their trigger pull/sight picture.

      Old folks are usually “you’re crazy to use/want that” or “that’s made for killin’ folks”.

  • DanGoodShot

    Great… now I have to choose what I want to get my kids… 10/22 or the cpr, 10/22 or cpr… Oh, I know, I’ll grab one of each! Ha! Nevermind, crisis averted.

  • AHill

    This with a 1/9 twist would be perfect for those Aguila SSS 60 grainers…. Or better yet, a quick change barrel with both barrels in a kit!

  • Tassiebush

    I really like the whole approach of this company. I know that the stock on the compact model of the ruger American rimfire is still quite ungainly for a child so it’s great to see rifles being well matched for little shooters.

  • Beardedrambler

    Any word on LOP on that stock?

  • me ohmy

    still a single shot manual cocked bolt gun with a cantilever scope mount due to a split receiver bridge, now more expensive then previous.

  • commonwealth109

    It should have the option of a magazine, .22LR rounds are too tiny for my bigger hands to load singles in that thing all afternoon.
    Even a 10 round mag option would be fine, with a dummy mag or something to force you to load singles if you prefer that for youself or your kid.

  • .45

    Maybe I’m just cheap, but if I really wanted to give my as yet non existent kids a firearms sized for them I’d just buy a $100-$150 bolt action at a pawn shop and cut the stock down/make a whole new stock as needed. If they still can’t run it, then they had better grow up some.