Survival Style Build From A Keystone Crickett Pistol

Doug E
by Doug E
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While checking out Reddit recently, I stumbled on a unique survival pistol project. I recognized the base firearm as the Keystone Crickett, of which I’ve taught several of my kids to shoot with. However this build started life as a pistol, and happens to utilize the “Alloy” chassis stock Keystone released a couple years ago. The owner of the Survival Crickett Pistol, “Booligan” is present on Reddit and YouTube and he was kind enough to share some of his photos and videos detailing the build.

Crickett Alloy Chassis, backpack gun

The above photo is essentially how Booligan’s Crickett pistol started out, and below are some snippets from his original concept:

Crickett (Or Chipmunk/Hunter) .22lr pistol receiver/barrel. 10″ barrel, 1/2×28 threaded muzzle, and Williams Fire Sights come standard. These are all left handed bolts for easier reloading while shooting right handed, and I actually don’t mind it at all. New versions have an “EZ Feed” ramp, so you can reload much easier than carefully putting the round into the chamber.

Crickett’s new 6061 Aluminum chassis. Pretty lightweight and completely free floats the barrel. Designed for left or right handed bolts.

UTG/Leapers airsoft-grade folding stock adapter. It was $12. It’s designed to fold to the left, but that interfered with the bolt, so I flipped it upside down and it folds to the right now. You can still fire it with the brace folded. I was surprised at the quality of this piece, as it locks securely in either position with only a bit of up/down freeplay when extended that you can use to develop a consistent shooting posture.

Overall, the idea of this thing was to build a stable rimfire shooting platform that folds down to fit into either a hiking pack or bugout bag. Something more accurate/easier to shoot accurately than my other rimfire pistols. I already have my Hatfield 12 gauge backpacker, but that is punishing to shoot and would be overkill for small game. These things are surprisingly accurate, lightweight (this one is about 3.6 lbs) and very easy to feed since it’s just .22lr (or long or short). They have a .22 WMR version as well which could be potent. I wanted something as a game getter for hiking, or as another functional firearm to toss in a go-bag, and I think it worked quite well in that regard!

The video below is from Booligan’s YouTube channel, Booligan Airsoft And Shooting Sports, in which he explains what I would call the middle of the build just before he finalized his Survival Crickett pistol recently.

Fast forward to early June, and Booligan had updated the design yet again with a custom made cartridge holder made by a fellow Redditor and a handy custom grip that doubles as a suppressor holder as you can see in the images below.

survival gun, backpack gun
survival gun, backpack gun

In case you hadn’t watched the video, Booligan wanted me to share that was the company he went through to chop the barrel from 10 inches to 6, and re-thread the barrel. He was very impressed by their service. You can check out Booligan’s recent Reddit post, which also includes links to the other couple posts to this project as well. Thanks to Booligan for letting us share his project on TFB!

Check Prices on Keystone Crickett Rifles

What do you think about Booligan’s Keystone Crickett Pistol build? Would you like to have something similar? Feel free to check out Keystone’s current offerings at their website, or their Alloy Chassis also available separately for $139.99.

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Doug E
Doug E

Doug has been a firearms enthusiast since age 16 after getting to shoot with a friend. Since then he's taken many others out to the range for their first time. He is a husband, father, grandfather, police officer, outdoorsman, artist and a student of history. Doug has been a TFB reader from the start and is happy to be a contributor of content. Doug can be reached at battleshipgrey61 AT, or battleshipgrey61 on Instagram.

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  • GerladTheMagnificent GerladTheMagnificent on Jun 16, 2020

    Can I get it in 45-70?

  • Mystick Mystick on Jun 16, 2020

    When putting something in a bag, to carry, presumably long distances, for survival, weight is the biggest thing.... and all those accessories do not comply with this doctrine.

    • Jeremy Hendricks Jeremy Hendricks on Jun 16, 2020

      @Mystick This weighs right at 4.5 lbs as pictured with scope, suppressor, ammo on the side, etc. You can engineer in a lot of strength without adding a lot of weight when 3D printing. The handguard, for example, adds 2 oz (without the suppressor of course).