Keep in mind the Crickett rifles are not designed for 12 year olds. These guns are designed for little kids who do not have the manual dexterity of a bigger kid or adult. The goofy pull to cock mech actually makes the bolt easier to operate for little hands because you don't have the camming action of a close to cock mechanism. It also keeps production cost down (you can get a Crickett for $109) which is a good thing when a Dad might be more enthusiastic about getting the kid into shooting than the child is. Kids sometimes do things to make Mom or Dad proud but loose interest fairly quickly so spending $300 or more for a youth gun is not always wise.
"If a man does his best, what else is there?"
- General George S. Patton Jr