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Crosman 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver

Well it looks like we are getting caught up with these reviews!  Actually, we still have several products that we need to get to, and there are more on the way!  Our first ever video review has gotten some real good feedback and we are working to make video reviews a major part of the site.  Thanks to everyone for their constructive criticisms and compliments.  We really do appreciate all the input.

Remember when I said that Crosman had sent us some new products, well, we are finally getting to the Crosman 357 pellet revolver.  This product has been around for a very long time.  I remember my next-door neighbor having one when I was just a youngster.  I must have been 10 or 11 when I first saw one.  Let’s see, that puts it how many years….. oh never mind.  Suffice it to say, it’s been around a long time.

I love shooting handguns.  I’ve got several that I really like to shoot, but driving to the range and paying for ammo, even though I’m an avid re-loader, just got to be too expensive.  Introducing CO2 pellet pistols.  I’ve been working with a few over the last several months.  This review on the Crosman 357 is the first of at least 3 pistol reviews, so please check back.  I’m starting with the Crosman 357 because I believe it offers a very realistic shooting experience and delivers pretty good accuracy. So now, let’s take a look.

Crosman 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver
Crosman 357 Revolver – Left View

Crosman 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver
Crosman 357 Revolver – Right View

The Crosman 357 CO2 revolver is a full-sized pistol comprised of both cast metal and plastic and it sports a 6” rifled steel barrel.  The front of the pistol is plastic, while the main part of the gun is metal.  The grips are plastic and they cover the CO2 cartridge and handle of the gun.  The main part of the revolver is actually part of the cast metal and the pellets are loaded into a smaller 10 round “magazine.”  There is a manual, cross bolt safety that blocks the hammer when engaged.  There are a couple of other nice features on the Crosman 357 pistol.  The rear sight is completely adjustable which is a very nice touch, in such a reasonably priced product.  Also, the ribs above the barrel are setup for mounting a standard 11mm pistol scope or red dot scope.  I used to have a BSA red dot scope around and I wanted to mount it for fun, but I can’t find it.  If I do, I’ll make sure to update the post with how the gun performs with it installed.  I bet it would be a lot of fun with a red dot scope!

Getting the Crosman 357 ready to shoot is a breeze.  You simply remove the plastic grips to load your CO2. (Using a drop of Crosman’s pellgunoil on the tip of each CO2 cartridge is always a good idea.)   Then you open the gun by pushing a small button on the top of the receiver where the plastic barrel meets the metal frame and the gun simply opens up.  Once open, you just remove the 10 shot magazine, load your pellet of choice, replace the magazine, close the pistol, check your safety, and you are ready to shoot!  Now let me warn you…  Shooting this can get really addictive so make sure you have plenty of CO2 and pellets on hand.

Crosman 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver
Crosman 357 Revolver – The grips come apart to reveal the CO2 loading area. You turn the little handle at the bottom to secure and open the CO2.

Crosman 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver
With the pistol apart, the 10 round magazine come out easily allowing for easy pellet loading.

Crosman 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver
Just replace the loaded magazine (magazine shown is unloaded), close the pistol and you are ready to go!

The pistol fires both double action and single action, just like the real thing.  The trigger pull is very realistic.  The double action trigger pull is long and hard, while the single action is much lighter, just like most revolvers.  The Crosman 357 gave me the “big gun” shooting experience without the “big gun” shooting expense.  Of course you don’t get the loud bang and recoil that you get with a real 357 magnum, but you, also, don’t get the sore arm and wrist either!  If I were to shoot 300 rounds with my 357 magnum, I’d be one tired and sore puppy.  The Crosman 357 CO2 pellet pistol lets me shoot all day for just pennies. Shooting the Crosman 357 pellet pistol has been GREAT practice for both me and my wife.

I really like this pistol and surprisingly enough, so does my wife (her favorite handgun is her 357 magnum!).  It has been a challenge to find something that she would enjoy shooting with me, and the CO2 pistols have been just the ticket.

As far as performance goes, the Crosman 357 is no slouch on paper.  The specs say it pushes pellets at a brisk 435 FPS.  The best velocity we got was 454 FPS using Gamo Raptor Pellets.  Accuracy, however, was not great. Crosman’s Siver Eagle Wadcutter lead free pellets proved to be more accurate and held their own at 440 FPS.  When it came to lead pellets, the Crosman Field Point pellets proved to be the best although they only shot an average of 347 FPS.  The following groups were shot at 5 paces from the target and were shot from a standard, standing, shooting position.  I did not use any sort of rest for these tests.

Crosman Field Point Pellets
High – 357, Low – 340, Average – 347, Difference – 17

Crosman 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver - shot group
This is a 10 shot rapid fire, double action group shot at 5 paces from the target. If you talk to anyone about combat grouping, this is pretty good stuff.

Crosman 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver shot group
Here is a 5 shot group fired single action. I had one get away from me as you can see. This pistol can shoot. Don’t blame that one bad shot on the gun… that was all MY FAULT. (people don’t realize just how difficult it is to shoot a pistol accurately!)

So, let me wrap up this review.  The Crosman 357 CO2 pellet pistol is an old time standard that still shoots well today.  At a retail cost of about $50, it is hard not to have one of these around. Now I know that revolvers are not as “sexy” as today’s fancy automatics, but I guess I’m a little old school.  When it comes to reliability and foolproof operation, revolvers are the way to go.  It is great for practice, training, and just general plinking in the back yard.  I’m glad Crosman still has this in their product line.  Don’t hesitate to pick one up!

Our next pistol will be the Crosman 1088 Semi-Automatic pellet / bb pistol.  So check back soon!

Written By,
Rick Eutsler
Editor / Owner
Copyright 2008 & Dog River Design, LLC.

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