Monthly Archives: June 2007
Well if you were wondering where we’ve been? We’ve been VERY busy. A few weeks ago the folks over at www.AirgunDepot.com asked us to evaluate several guns from Xisico, commonly sold under the BAM name. Before we get started, I want to take a minute to thank www.AirgunDepot.com. They took a chance on us by letting us look at well over $1500 worth of product. Be sure to visit them the next time you are looking for your next air gun or supplies. I also want to thank the folks at Xisico who have been so helpful and have agreed to let us continue writing more in depth reviews of these products as well as new products in the future. So STAY TUNED for what’s to come.
If you review the photo below, it represents a fair sampling of the Xixico line. Starting from top to bottom you will find: B5-10 Multi Pump pistol/rifle, B3-1 “AK47″ side lever/spring air rifle, B9 takedown/side lever/spring air rifle, B12 break barrel/spring air rifle, B26 brake barrel/spring air rifle, B30 side lever/spring air rifle, B40 under lever/spring air rifle. So how did they all do? Keep reading and find out.
Starting with the B5-10, it is a multi pump “camping” rifle with a max FPS of about 420. Right out of the gate we had troubles with this rifle. Frankly it is not made very well. Most likely this was just dud but with a retail of about $75, is not something that I would spend money on. When we started testing this little gun, it fired well and has an interesting way to store about 10 pellets that gives it a “multi shot” capacity, but the air seal failed after about 7 shots. Until then it was VERY accurate with little or no signs of recoil. It also has a unique stock that slides forward if you want to try to use it as a pistol. I found VERY uncomfortable to try and shoot it that way. The rifle comes with open sights with no signs of a way to mount a scope.
The folks at Xisico claim this is definitely not normal for their B5-10 and we look forward to looking at another one in the future for a full review.
Moving on, we come to the B3-1. We’ve actually done a complete review of this little rifle and have dubbed it “the little rifle that could.” I was very surprised to have so much fun out of such an inexpensive little gun. I’m please to say that you should be able to get one for about $55 to $65. On paper the B3-1 is supposed to push pellets at 540 FPS and ours shot pretty consistently at about 500 FPS. The best part is that it was VERY accurate. I’m sure that the fixed barrel and side lever spring air system have a lot to do with that. Once I found the right pellet it was easy to punch out the bulls eye. The rifle comes with open sights and a dovetail to mount a scope. We used the compact scope from the B9 and that worked very well for our tests. If you’ve got a young shooter, give this little gun a try. I bet you’ll be happy with it, we were. If you prefer .22 caliber, your in luck they make this in both .177 and .22.
Shot with Crosman Field Point Pellets from 10 yards with scope.
Our next item is the B9. I believe the B9 is meant to be an upgrade of the B3-1. The craftsmanship is better on the B9 than the B3 and it really looks cool, but I personally had troubles shooting it. This may simply be a personal issue and not an issue with the B9 rifle. The included scope was a standard scope and this rifle could really benefit from a pistol scope or another scope with a much longer eye relief. In order to use the scope I had to lay my cheek right on the loading port. This tended to throw oils and debris into my face and eyes. I chose to just mount my BSA red dot scope for my shooting tests. This let me setup way behind the loading port while still giving me a clear view of the target. One VERY cool feature of this rifle is its ability to “break down” into two smaller parts. The barrel is connected via a kurled nut that firmly holds the barrel, forearm, and scope system to the rest of the rifle. By mounting the scope to the barrel Xisico saved us all from having to zero the scope every time we took this apart and put it back together again. Thought that was the last cool features, think again. This rifle is actually a repeater! It comes with 2 10 shot pellet clips. Every time you cock the rifle it loads a pellet. This makes it very fun to shoot and soot and shoot and shoot. You get the idea. Just make sure to keep track of how many shots you have left. Rule of thumb is to NEVER dri-fire a spring air gun. It is easy to do if you get to just shooting and not paying attention to how many shots you have left.
Like the B3-1, this rifle shot very accurately. While the B3-1 shot close to its rated FPS, the B9 did not. On paper the B9 should shoot up to 750 FPS. Ours only got 550 FPS on rare occasions. The rest of the time it was lower. The retail price of this little rifle is about $75. At $75 Xisico needs to make a few changes for me to buy one. First, include a scope that works well for the eye relief required for this gun. Next, seeing as they’ve given this a real “tactical” look and feel, replace the standard 11mm dovetail with a standard 4 sided picatinny rail system. Imagine if you could mount a flashlight, laser and scope all on the forearm of a multi-shot, hard hitting little rifle. I’d buy that for $75 in a heart beat. Fire up the injection molding machines fellas!
The next gun on the list is the B12. If the B3-1 was the little rifle that could, the B12 is the little rifle that couldn’t. The minute you pick up this rifle you know that it is not crafted well. The B12 is a standard break barrel that is very easy to cock. It has a retail price of only $55 which is most likely why it feels like it does. The rifle ships with open sights. The rear sight is micro adjustable and the front is a hooded post. The big issue we had with this rifle was its complete lack of accuracy. From 10 yards we had a hard time keeping the shots on a 4×4 target. This lack of accuracy could be attributed to the barrel joint loosening up after every 5 or 10 shots, or the terrible trigger pull. Take your pick. On the other hand, you really can’t compare a $55 rifle to a $100 or $200 rifle. What do you want for $55? I hope that our continuing to talk with the quality control folks at Xisico will help improve these issues. Maybe we can get something that can hold a 1″ group at 10 yards.
Now that we are done with the lower end guns, lets move on to the good stuff! We come to the B26 next. The B26 is a copy of the Beeman R9. The fit and finish are just excellent. As you look at this rifle, you just know (and hope!) that it shoots as well as it looks. It is relatively light and pulls to the shoulder very comfortably. A major drawback to most guns from China has been removed with this rifle and its Rekord Trigger system. As we get into these nicer BAM/Xixico guns you will find real attention to detail and the shooting experience. Having a really nice looking gun that shoots hard and has a terrible trigger is just disappointing and really unnecessary with the manufacturing abilities today.
The B26 is a fairly light rifle that cocks easy and has a lot of potential. It ships with open Truglo Fiber Optic sights and a standard dovetail mount for your favorite scope. Without writing a full review of this rifle here, I just want to say this is very nice rifle with a tiny price tag of only $145 for what you are getting. The Beeman R9 goes for about $395.
On paper this rifle is supposed to produce 820 FPS in .22. Our rifle fell short and produced only about 650 FPS. We had a few other issues with this rifle that we need to share. Our rifle had a significant safety issue dealing with the trigger and safety system*. You can read about the issues in this post. After several emails and phone calls with the good folks at Xisico we’ve come to believe that our rifle has a defect. All the details are in the above post, so take some time and read it when you can. The only other issue we had was the barrel joint. It had a problem of loosening up and messing with the accuracy. I’m always a little nervous about over tightening and breaking something so I’m hoping that our replacement B26 will have all these issues resolved. It is a really beautiful gun.
(*We’ve received our replacement rifle and it DOES NOT have the same safety issue. A complete review will follow soon.)
10 yards open sights – Crosman Premier Hollow Points
20 yards with scope – Crosman Premier Hollow Points
We now move to the B30-1. The B30-1 is a copy of the RWS model 48 side lever rifle that sells for about $319.. The B30-1 comes in at only $165, giving you fixed barrel accuracy and a well crafted rifle for about half the price. As with the B26 above, the attention to detail is very noticeable, right down to the excellent and fully adjustable trigger. Want a 2 stage trigger, with light let off, no problem. Maybe you only want a single stage? Just take the first stage out. The B30-1 comes with a nice set of open Truglo sights and a standard dovetail to mount your favorite scope.
Now all this is only any good if the rifle can hit the mark. The B30-1 not only hits the mark, it hits it VERY hard. Xisico says this rifle can push a .177 pellet at 1100 FPS. Our test rifle pushed out Crosman Premier Hollow Points at a blazing 950 FPS. I’m sure lighter pellets can see 1000 FPS + with no problem, although I’m not sure why you would want to. While the Crosman Premier Hollow Point pellets did well, we found many pellets that did well. Just about any reasonably heavy pointed pellet did ok. I would recommend a good Mill Dot equipped scope for this rifle. Each pellet had a different point of impact. With an accurate Mil-Dot scope like the Nikko Stirling 3-12×50 Tactical Airgun Scope from www.AirgunDepot.com you can center you scope on your favorite pellet and then use the targeting dots to adjust for your other pellets depending on the need. We will be doing a complete review of this scope a little later. Currently it is mounted to our B40 which you will read about next.
Shooting the B30-1 is not a chore. The side cocking lever it is stout, but very manageable. I found that the rifle just loved my Dragon Claw Bi-Pod and it made shooting fun and easy. If you are in the market for a hard hitting hunting or target rifle, give the B30 a hard look before you buy something else in the $100 to $200 price range.
10 yards – Crosman Premier Hollow Points
20 yards – Crosman Premier Hollow Points
Last on the list today is the B40. The B40 is a beautiful gun. It is pretty heavy, weighing in at almost 12lbs with a 3-12×50 IR MD scope. The B40 is a copy of the Air Arms TX200 that sells for about $579, while the B40 comes in at only $290. Of all the Xisico guns that I’ve shot so far, this is by far my favorite. The trigger is as smooth as silk, there is little or no recoil and it is VERY quiet. The guys as www.AirgunDepot.com provided one of their exclusive Nikko Stirling 3-12×50 Tactical Airgun Scope for these tests. You will need a scope as this rifle does not have any open sights.
If I can just talk about this scope for a minute. I’m not sure what “tactical” means, but if “tactical” means clear, bright, easy to use, and accurate? Then this scope has “tactical” turned up to 11 if you know what I mean. The crosshairs are thin with precise mil-dot aiming points. Again, I could easily get side tracked on this, but just suffice it to say that I LOVE this scope and it may replace my tried and true Leapers. This model comes in at only $119.99. That is a lot of scope for not a lot of money. Do you want one too? Then give the guys at AirgunDepot a call cause that’s the only place you can get one.
Now back to the B40. Touted as a field target gun, the B40 is very accurate. I’ve not had a lot of time to get used to this gun yet, but I’m expecting 3/8″ groups at 20 yards to be very possible. This is such a heavy rifle, you will need a means to hold it up. Because it is an under lever rifle the Dragon Claw Bi-pod is out. I’ve found my MTM Predator Shooting Rest to work well with many rifles and the B40 is no exception.
As for power and accuracy, on paper the B40 is supposed to produce 850 FPS in .22 and our rifle comes in at 742 FPS. I really hope to see that rise as the rifle breaks in. I found the RWS Superdome pellets to work best so far. It got late shooting today and the wind started to come up when I started to shoot at 20 yards, so those groups are not as good as they should be. I’ll look forward to doing the full review soon.
If you’re looking for a SUPER accurate, fixed barrel, hard hitting rifle, take a serious look at the B40. I’m not sure that you can get more gun for your dollar.
10 yards RWS Superdomes
20 yards RWS Superdomes
Think we are done? Well we are for now, but we still have one rifle to go. The BAM/Xisico B50 which is their Precharged Pneumatic rifle. I hope to get to this rifle sometime after the middle of July. In the mean time we’ve got other articles and reviews in the pipeline so stay tuned! (the TechForce® 89 Contender in .22 is next on our list!)
I have one simple statement that I’d like to add. Our goal at AirGunWeb.com is to right honest reviews about our experiences, positive or negative. I want our readers to understand that not EVERY item coming out of a plant is going to work perfectly. The important thing is how well the supplier/vendor/manufacturer handles the issues that come up. Xisico has done very well to try and resolve any issue that we’ve brought to their attention. I’m confident that, while there may be isolated problems here and there, they are committed to resolving them and taking care of their customers. Seeing as they do not sell direct, you do need to take into consideration who you buy from as they may be your first line of support. I’ve had great experiences with www.airgundepot.com, www.compasseco.com, www.pyramidair.com, www.crosman.com, just to name a few.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at some of the Xisico line with us.
Today we take some time to look at the “little rifle that could.” These are the types of finds that I really enjoy coming across. BAM, or Xisico USA, as you may find it on-line, has several unique little rifles. I’ve had the chance to take a look as several of their “niche” rifles over the last couple of weeks and the B3 stands WAY out above the rest. At an average retail price of only about $55 to $65, you get a very accurate and neat shooting rifle.
The rifle ships with open sights only. The rear site is much like what you’d find on an AK-47 or SKS rifle and adjusts for elevation only. The front site is were you adjust for windage. Seeing as I did not have the front sight adjustment tool, I just mounted a compact 4×32 scope. On paper this rifle is rated at 540 FPS in .177 so 15 yards is about as far as I plan to shoot.
One of the things that makes this little rifle so neat, is that it has a fixed barrel which should help it shoot accurately. The BAM-B3 is a spring air rifle with a side cocking lever and a folding stock to boot. The loading port is easy to access and the lever has a anti-bear trap mechanism to spare your fingers from being squashed. For such a small air gun it is rather heavy at about 7.0 LBS. The cocking force is fairly light and you can definitely shoot this all day.
As mentioned above, the BAM-B3 is rated for 540 FPS in .177. If you will indulge me for just a moment, I’d like to talk about the marketing claims of certain air guns and air gun manufacturers. It is VERY disappointing to purchase a product based on inflated marketing claims. I’ve recently looked at several air guns and not a single one has lived up to their rated FPS. As a rule of thumb, decrease the rated FPS by at least 10% and usually more. In fact if an item is only 10% off, I consider that great! Most recently I looked at a rifle that was rated at 750 FPS. On the chronograph I could only get 450 FPS with my lightest pellet. In contrast I’m happy to say that this “little rifle that could” was one that fell pretty close to its rated velocity.
Before I started shooting for the best accuracy, I went through my pile of pellets to find those that showed potential. I found that the Crosman Field Point, the same ones that proved most accurate in our G1 tests, and the Crosman Premier Hollow Point proved the best options. Here is how each performed on our chronograph:
Crosman Field Point
High – 512, Low – 499, Average – 505, Difference – 13 FPS
Crosman Premier Hollow Point
High – 506, Low – 494, Average – 498, Difference – 12 FPS
As I settled down for the accuracy tests, I set up at 15 yards and tried my MTM Predator Shooting Rest. While this is not the best shooting rest for most spring air guns, it proved to be just right for the BAM-B3. Most of our the pellets were grouping between 1/2″ and 3/4″. Then we hit pay dirt with the Crosman Field Point pellets. As you can see below these are a pretty nice groupings for such an inexpensive gun.
OK, so let’s wrap up this review. As mentioned above, you should be able to find the BAM-B3 on-line for about $55 to $65. It would be a great rifle for shooting in your indoor range or where noise is an issue. The BAM-B3 shoots very quietly and even better it shoots accurately. With the fixed barrel you can expect this to continue to shoot true for years to come.
I wanted to take some time and talk to you all about a safety issue that came up over the weekend. We’ve be very fortunate to have a real influx of test products over the past couple of weeks so I’ve been wonderfully busy testing all sorts of products for the site. I learned an important lesson this last weekend, fortunately no one was injured.
Weather you are new to shooting or have been at it for years, you can never forget to respect the weapon you’re using. The moment you do, you could get yourself injured or even worse, injure or kill someone else. It is important to remember some important rules:
1. Know your gun, its safety features and make sure that all are in working order
2. Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction
3. Know your target and beyond
4. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
This weekend, while testing a new rifle, we ran into several issues the worst of which was an accidental discharge that went harmlessly down range. When you are looking at several rifles a day shooting hundreds of pellets, it is easy to get “comfortable” and take things for granted, especially when the rifle is coming from a respected manufacturer. You don’t expect to run into such serious malfunctions with name brand products, but this should show everyone that you can’t take anything for granted.
I’ll hold back the brand and model of this particular rifle as we are trying to determine if this is typical of this model or just a fluke. In any case the incident unfolded as follows. I was shooting a fairly stout .22 break barrel that consistently sends .22 Crosman Premier pellets downrange at 730 FPS. Now that is “real” FPS, not what’s advertised on the box. 730 FPS hits quite hard even at distance.
Seeing as this air gun was new to me, I was not familiar with the safety system or trigger. The trigger was a single stage adjustable trigger so I had lightened it up just a touch so the pull was a bit lighter. What I did not know or realize is that I had just create a potentially deadly situation in this rifle. While shooting I forgot to take the safety of and pulled the trigger. Obviously the rifle did not discharge and I quickly realized what I had done. So I just pushed the safety button to the fire position and the gun did exactly that, it fired the pellet down range. Being a little surprised I repeated the condition and yep, the flaw happened every time. If I pulled the trigger with the safety on and then pushed in the safety, the gun would fire every time without any further contact with the trigger. This was a serious flaw.
When I got back to my home range I decided to take a closer look at the trigger and safety issue. I loosened up the trigger a bit more and now found that the gun discharged every time I moved the safety to the fire position… WITHOUT EVER TOUCHING THE TRIGGER! Again I recreated the issue and slowly tightened up the trigger’s adjustment until both issues stopped. It happens that if you adjust this trigger AT ALL you get the first issue, lighten it further, and the second issue occurs.
Now we are in contact with the distributor and manufacture regarding this issue. But our advice to the vendor is to not sell this rifle if this is typical. The last thing anyone needs is someone to get seriously injured because they tinkered with a trigger adjustment and then did not pay attention to where the muzzle of their gun was pointed. While this is only a pellet gun, a .22 at 730 FPS could cause serious injury or death at close range.
Please take this post as it is meant and remember that ANYTHING can happen to ANYONE. No matter how experienced you are. You don’t know if the assembly person was having a bad day or if there may be one little important part missing. Don’t take your safety and the safety of others for granted. Respect the sport and the danger, these guns are NOT toys.
The topic of our review today is the Crosman G1 Extreme Kit. I want to thank the folks at Crosman for sending us this rifle to review, and for supporting our efforts. Our goal is to research products that are inexpensive yet deliver outstanding results. The G1 Extreme Kit from Crosman fits this role perfectly. This rifle is available through many outlets such as www.airgundepot.com, and even your local Wal-Mart. Each carry this rifle for only about $120. This rifle easily competes with rifles in the 200+ range, and from my perspective actually outperforms many of them, including my Gamo Hunter 440.
The kit includes the rifle, 3x9x32 AO Mil-Dot scope with scope covers, storage sock and targets. On paper the rifle is rated at 1000 FPS with a reasonable cocking force that lends itself to all day shooting. The rifle does not have any open sights so the scope is your only option. Fortunately Crosman included an excellent CenterPoint range estimating scope. The optics are very clear and the AO option is adjustable down to only 15 feet. The fact that it has a Mil-Dot range estimating system proved very useful in the accuracy tests. While this rifle shot well with various pellets, each pellet had its own distinct point of impact. With some trigger time, you can easily adjust to each pellet and keep on target with out having to re-center the scope for each type of pellet you want to use. This should prove very useful to those hunters out there.
One final point about the Crosman CenterPoint scope. I’ve had the advantage of trying some fairly fancy scopes recently that were also made in China. While their optics are clear and they pack a lot of features, they feel “thin” to me. I don’t know how else to describe them other than they feel like they lack something, like the materials used to make them could have been just a little better. So far all the Crosman CenterPoint scopes that I’ve used feel more like an expensive rifle scopes with substance. They just feel more rugged to me. As I put these other scopes to the test in the upcoming weeks, we’ll see if my observation has any merit of if I’m just being picky.
The trigger system is typical for an inexpensive rifle and is really the only complaint that I had. Although it is stated as an adjustable two stage trigger, I found it to barely have any first stage with a long, unpredictable second stage. It took several hundred shots to get comfortable with its release point and there was still no guarantee that it was going to break when expected. With that said, after those several hundred shots, I noticed that it was improving. My guess would be that the more you shoot it, the better it will get and the more comfortable you will get with it. This really proved true in our accuracy tests. After about 400 or 500 pellets, everything tightened up and really started to perform.
Another unique feature of the Crosman G1 Extreme is its lightweight composite stock. Its shape and feel are excellent for a gun in this price range. There is a nice flat spot just ahead of the trigger that lends itself to the proper hold technique for a spring air gun. The designers must have know what they were doing when they finalized the design because it makes it easy for off hand shooting and field work. For the bench however, I found that my favorite accessory, the UTG Dragon Claw Bi-Pod, was the killer accessory for this rifle. At only about $20 it is a no-brainer for anyone that wants to shoot 1/4″ groups at 20+ yards from the bench.
Finding the right pellet proved a challenge. Actually, finding the right shooting method proved to be more of an issue than finding the right pellet but once again the Dragon Claw saved the day. As for pellets, I found that the Crosman Field Points were best at all ranges, followed by the Gamo Rocket pellet, and Crosman Wadcutters respectively. As mentioned above this gun is rated for a maximum of 1000 FPS and while it may get that high with very lightweight novelty pellets, I got close to 900 FPS with everything but the Gamo Rockets. Actually just under 900 FPS is really the sweet spot that you want to shoot for as it is just under the sound barrier and the pellet remains more stable and thus more accurate for longer distances. After shooting some in the field as well as from the bench, I would be comfortable using this gun out to 50 yards or more if I was shooting from a bench. Yeah.. it is that good. Here are the velocities that we got from our top 3 pellets:
Crosman Field Point
High – 885, Low – 874, Average – 880, Difference – 11
High – 802, Low – 790, Average – 795, Difference – 12
High – 882, Low 874, Average – 879, Difference – 8
As you can see, the power plant for this rifle is rock steady with very little spread between pellets. A big part of accuracy is dependent on the consistency that your gun can produce. This gun defiantly has it.
Moving on to the shooting and accuracy testing. As I mentioned above, I had a hard time finding the best way to shoot this from the bench. My goal with testing any gun it to take as much of “me” out of the equation as possible. Some spring guns are notoriously difficult to shoot because they are so hold sensitive. The G1 falls in this category. It took several sessions at the bench to finally get the consistent groups that I knew this gun could produce. Persistence was the key and I would encourage anyone that gets this rifle to try and try again until you find the right technique for you. Once you find it, remember it because this gun will blow your socks off once you find it.
I started shooting at 15 yards and eventually found myself getting consistent groups like these:
Crosman Field Point at 15 yards
Gamo Rockets at 15 Yards
Crosman Wadcutters at 15 yards
For some reason the Wadcutters were always shooting to the right about 1 dot. This is where the Mil-Dot scope really came in handy. Once I knew how each pellet would perform, I could easily compensate for the pellet and distance.
Once I achieved consistent groups at 15 yards, I backed up to just beyond 20 yards, about 65″. Here is what I got from just over 20 yards:
First Group at just over 20 yards, Crosman Field Points
Last group of the day at just over 20 yards, Crosman Field Points
By the end of the day, these were typical groupings using the Crosman Field Point pellets.
A note about shooting from the bench vs. field shooting, when using the Bi-Pod I found that a firmer grip proved better than a lighter one. When shooting off hand, the classic technique of resting the rifle on your palm just ahead of the trigger worked well. Depending on how you plan to shoot that day, you will want to either be very aware of your Point of Impact with the hold and pellet and take advantage of the Mil-Dot scope, or you will want to re-center your scope for that day’s plans. The one thing that will really make this gun perform is the amount of practice time you are willing to invest. The more you shoot, the better it, and you will get.
My final thoughts about the Crosman G1 Extreme? At and average cost of only $120, this is a gun that just about anyone can afford. While it will take some practice to get used the trigger and consistent with your hold, it will pay off in the end with some remarkable performance and accuracy. I usually prefer a .22 for hunting and for distance shooting because my experience has shown that the added weight of the .22 pellet helps with down range consistency. However, I’ll say that this rifle will be the exception to my rule as I made some 50+ yard field shots with deadly effect. The scope is a real bright spot for me. Crosman could have skimped on the scope but they didn’t. It adds additional value not found on anything it this price range. The final, and also critical, point that I’d like to mention is about Crosman’s customer service. If you have ANY problems with any Crosman rifle, I’d encourage you to contact their customer service department. They will make every effort to repair or replace the product. They truly want your shooting experience to be an enjoyable one and will go out of their way to make sure that the product you have is the best it should be.
Today we take a look at the Crosman 2300s single shot target pistol. Crosman has outdone themselves this time. They have produced an excellent target pistol with outstanding accuracy. Now when I say accurate, I mean accurate. Today my friend and I were consistently hitting 2 liter coke bottle caps at 20 plus yards. The accuracy starts with their 10.1″ Lothar-Walther choked match barrel. It gets better with an included Williams notch sight and fully adjustable single stage trigger. To round it all off, they built in a very consistent co2 power plant system.
I shot several hundred pellets through this pistol and found the Crosman Premium Grade Competition Wadcutters to be the most accurate. Each co2 powerlet produced 40 to 50 hard hitting shots of equal velocity. Be sure to take your time so that the co2 has time to return ambient temperature before your next shot. Seeing as this is a single shot, bolt action pistol, the act of reloading gives you enough time between shots. While the velocity is adjustable via a rear knob, I found that I preferred it maxed out. Loading the co2 is easy. Just unscrew the cap under the barrel, slide in a co2 powerlet, and screw back in the cap. The final turn or so forces the powerlet down into the piercing pin and you are ready to go. It is always a good practice to put a drop of Crosman PellGunOil on the head of the powerlet before each refill to keep the pistol’s co2 system well lubricated.
Setting up this pistol was very simple. The Williams sighting system mounts on directly to the dovetail mount. While you can mount a scope, I can’t see why you would want to. The ease of aiming with these sights is just awesome. I did try a red dot scope and it was not as accurate as open sights. As you can see from the photos, they have very fine adjustments.
After I mounted the sight I took some practice shots and got things dialed in very quickly. The next step was to adjust the trigger system. As you can see from the illustration below, the trigger pull weight is easily adjustable by simply removing the grip plate and turning a knob. With the trigger set to its lightest pull it was time to start testing just how accurate this “target” pistol is.
Just one more step before we get to the accuracy tests. On paper this pistol’s max velocity it 520 FPS. Here is what we got from our chronograph:
Crosman Wadcutters, 7.8gn
High – 498, Low – 484, Average – 489, Difference – 14 FPS
Crosman Wadcutters, 7.8 Gn
High – 454, Low – 445, Average – 450, Difference – 9 FPS
Those numbers are very close to the stated max FPS, so I’m pretty pleased with the velocity performance. I’m not sure why there was a difference between the groups, but the velocity within the groups was very close. I only saw a significant drop at the very end of the co2 powerlet. The last 5 or 6 shots would slow down and when the powerlet was removed, there was very little co2 escaping from the cylinder. It seems that the co2 power plant is very efficient.
When it came time to start with the accuracy tests, I tried several pellets, holds, rests, and even a red dot sight. The Crosman 2300s performed exceptionally in every configuration. I got the best results using a pistol shooting rest and open sights. I started shooting from 5 yards. Here are some of the groups that we got from that distance.
As you can see, those are some awesome groupings. These were not the exception, but rather representative of most of the groups I shot from this range. I next moved back to 10 yards and setup again with various pellets. Again the Crosman Wadcutters were the pellet of choice.
While the first group is a little larger than what we had at 5 yards, after a little trigger time I was cutting groups like the second photo. It did not take long to get very comfortable with this pistol.
So what is the bottom line with this outstanding pistol. If you like shooting hand guns, then you really need to consider the Crosman 2300s. Many online retailers like www.compasseco.com sell this pistol for about $195. The ammo is inexpensive and co2 is relatively inexpensive as well. Plus, with the appropriate pellet trap, you can easily shoot all you want indoors or in your back yard. It feels nice to shoot and is relatively quite. The only drawback, if it is one, is the fact that the velocity is light, frankly too light, for hunting. While you may be able to dispatch very small game at short distances, this pistol is made for target shooting and it does that exceptionally well.