Things I liked:LOW cost, compared to other target rilfes. But the cost goes up $60-100 when you have to buy a diopter sight to do 10 meter competition shooting.
The design lets you dry fire the rifle, to improve how you pull the trigger. This is very important for target shooters. You CANNOT dry fire a spring rifle w/o damaging the rifle.
The stock is very comfortable for target shooting, although I would have preferred the forestock to be deeper (top to bottom). Things I would have changed:Fix the trigger. The stock trigger is LOUSEY (at least mine was). The problem is simply that Daisy did not "finish" the trigger sear. There are burrs on the sear that cause the trigger to have a gritty and heavy pull. Fixing this one "problem" will greatly improve the trigger. What others should know:This is NOT a hunter. I don't know why Daisy advertises it as one.
It is a great starter/trainger rifle and a great beginner target rifle.
The rifle is HEAVY compared to other rifles. This is great for target shooting, but not so great for casual carry around use by a kid.
I use mine for a starter/trainer rifle with a red-dot sight. The red-dot sight is VERY easy for new shooters to use. A LOT easier than the stock sights.
Things I liked:Adjustable stock is GREAT for smaller shooters (like me) or kids as they grow. No more cutting a wood stock and later trying to splint it back as the kid grows. Or if you have more than one kid sharing the rifle, you can adjust the stock to fit each kid. :-)
BTW this is my beef with many so called youth guns. They are simply low powered guns, and they do NOT fit a kid. Getting the length of pull down to 12" (the min LoP on the IZH-60) gets it to fit the smaller kids and adults.
The trigger is probably the best in its price class and probably also the next price class up. Even without the adjustments of the version 1 rifle, the trigger is still GREAT.
Easy to cock. Unlike a breakbarrel, the sidelever does not require getting out of position to cock the rifle.
I like training rifles to be SINGLE shot, so the shooter/kid knows that they are loading the rifle. Things I would have changed:Include with the rifle or have available for sale alternate front sight inserts, especially aperture inserts. What others should know:If you want to use this for informal 10m shooting, you really want to have an aperture insert in the front sight. The problem is that the plastic front sight assembly of the version 2 rifle is completely different than the metal front sight assembly of the version 1 rifle, and unlike any that I have seen. So alternate inserts for the version 2 rifle needs to be supplied by IZH and stocked by the reseller.
For a new shooter, install a red-dot sight, it is a lot easier to teach and learn than iron sights. Mounting the red-dot sight on the rifle is tricky, but doable.
Things I liked:Comparatively inexpensive, and easy to store away when not in use.
For target shooting, just cut up cereal boxes to use as target backers, to get clean holes. I use target backers for all my target shooting. Things I would have changed:Not much, for what it is.
What others should know:It is a sheet metal trap, so it is NOISY when hit. You can dampen the sound with a layer of duct seal on the outside back. The duct seal will absorb the reverberation and reduce the noise.
Keep targets away from the edge of the trap. I accidentaly hit the edge of the trap, and the pellet fragments bounced back at my face, 6 meters away. So forget using multi bull targets with bulls next to the edge of the trap. For multi-bull targets I would use a larger trap.
This is a sheet metal trap, if you want a trap that can take high velocity air guns w/o damage, get the Champion Heady Duty trap.
Because this trap is not large, you need to make sure you have a good/safe backstop...just in case you miss the trap.