Things I liked: I was looking for a modestly priced but accurate rifle to teach my 7 year old daughter how to shoot. The IZH-60 fit the bill very well and had a lot of good reviews so I gave it a try and am very pleased. The rifle adjusts small enough that it is a good fit for my daughter. I was concerned that she may not be able to work the side cocking lever on her own but has handled that well. The only thing she has an issue with is the release catch on the cocking lever and struggles with it a bit. I bought the IZH-60 instead of the 61 because I wanted her to learn the basics with the bolt action before having to deal with magazines for the pellets and such. The accuracy is very good. I have been able to get half to three quarter inch groups with it at 10mm. I assume with practice it would only be better. Excellent first rifle.
Things I would have changed: Not much actually. The cocking lever release is a bit stiff, but, that may immprove with use. The bolt handle is a bit small (even for my daughter) A more substantial bolt handle would be welcome. That being said it looks like it would be fairly easy to fabricate some sort of slip on "extension) As a matter of taste, I do not like plastic parts in my sights. The front sight housing and housing retaining nut are all plastic. They do the job but for me seem to cheapen what is otherwise a very nice rifle. Another thing on the front sight is that there isnt a positive locator on the circumference of the barrel. If you loosen the nut the housing will rotate around the barrel freely. So you need to be very careful when changing the sight inserts to re align the housing properly.
What others should know: All things considered, a very nice rifle that does what I was looking for perfectly.