GunCritic

31 Best Beginner Rifles

So you're looking for a rifle for your kid, eh? Congratulations!  You came to the right place!
We surveyed gun owners in a number of big box stores on Black Friday of 2022 while they were waiting in line at the gun desks and we asked which guns they would consider for their kids' first guns.
And then we threw out most of that list because some options were ridiculous, but we kept everything that made sense.  Our reasoning is simple...if it's any of the .22 caliber guns you find at the big stores, it has a chance.  If we feel like it would be a good tool to get kids interested in shooting sports, it stays on the list.
Using the arrows, cast your votes on which gun on this list is the best for a kid's first rifle!
1
Ruger American Rimfire

From $451.99

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Ruger American Rimfire

53

GunCritic Score

95%

User Rating

99%

2
Savage Arms CUB T

From $112.46

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Savage Arms CUB T

50

GunCritic Score

100%

User Rating

99%

3
Keystone Sporting Arms Crickett 722

From $243.26

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Keystone Sporting Arms Crickett 722

49

GunCritic Score

83%

User Rating

99%

4
CZ 457

From $1183.99

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CZ 457

48

GunCritic Score

80%

User Rating

99%

5
Chiappa Firearms RAK-22

From $547.74

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Chiappa Firearms RAK-22

47

GunCritic Score

50%

User Rating

99%

6
Savage Arms B22 Precision

From $548.25

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Savage Arms B22 Precision

45

GunCritic Score

50%

User Rating

99%

7
Chiappa Firearms M1-22

From $391.31

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Chiappa Firearms M1-22

45

GunCritic Score

93%

User Rating

99%

8
Remington 597

From $340.00

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Remington 597

45

GunCritic Score

93%

User Rating

99%

9
Henry Golden Boy Youth

From $500.65

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Henry Golden Boy Youth

41

GunCritic Score

96%

User Rating

99%

10
Beretta ARX 160

From $1249.99

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Beretta ARX 160

40

GunCritic Score

98%

User Rating

99%