I bumped into a former coworker the other day. After catching up on jobs, families and so on, the conversation turned to guns, hunting, farming and prepping. He was telling me about a little project that he’d just completed. He’d wanted a hidden gun to put meat on the table with, should the feds get all paranoid and steal all the ones they know about. He bought one of those little Cricket kid’s rifles at a swap meet and made a couple changes in it to suit him better.
The first thing he didn’t like was the safety. It wasn’t designed as a safety you use when the gun was loaded, but you aren’t quite ready to shoot at the critter out in front of you. It was designed to keep the gun from even being loaded, when you’re teaching a kid to shoot at a range. When the safety button is pushed in, a brass rod comes up between the bolt face and the chamber, not allowing the bolt to be closed on a round. It then takes a separate key to make the gun “fireable” again. Not a good thing if you’re trying to hunt with it and accidently bump the easily “all-too-bumpable” safety button. The solution? Take a hacksaw blade and saw the rod off as low as possible when it was in the up position. Problem solved.
Then, he didn’t like the fact that it took a special screwdriver to remove the barrel. So, he replaced the barrel screw with one that took a regular Phillips screwdriver. He said he always carries at least one multi-tool, so if he is ever that unprepared, he doesn’t deserve to get the barrel off.
The next thing he did didn’t involve a problem. He removed the plastic butt-plate from the hollow plastic stock and filled the cavity with .22 shells. He estimated that the hole held 100-150. He then replaced the butt-plate and sighted the gun in for 20 yards, with shells from the same box. He said it shot minute of squirrel for him, though an expert might have done better. At that point, he put it in a container designed to protect it and buried it on a neighbor’s property next to some land he owns out in the country. (He never told the neighbor.)
He said it wouldn’t be his first choice for any purpose, but the price was right and it would sure beat hunting with a stick. Since I never saw the rifle, I couldn’t get a picture of it, but here’s a link to the manufacturer’s site: http://www.crickett.com/ © 2014