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Crosman G1 Extreme Rifle Kit w/ 3x9x32 AO Scope

Crosman G1 Extreme .177 Break Barrel Rifle

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.


G1 Extreme with UTG Dragon Claw Bi-Pod installed.

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

Gamo Rocket
High – 802, Low – 790, Average – 795, Difference – 12

Crosman Wadcutters
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.

Written By,
Rick Eutsler AKA: AirHead
Editor / Owner www.AirGunWeb.com
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  • JerryL99

    Hi Rick

    Those where some really great posts recently . That Crossman G1 sounds like a great entry / cheepie gun. . Do you know if it comes in .22 ?
    JerryL

  • JerryL,

    Nice to hear from you again! We are trying to get better with our reviews. Like with anything, practice makes perfect. I believe that Crosman makes a version called the Tac 1 Extreme. It comes with a bunch of accessories that raise the price to about $254. If you are looking for an inexpensive, hard hitting .22, keep your eyes on the site for our upcoming review of the Crosman 800x. Our initial rifle had some issues so we are getting a replacement from Crosman. The guys over at http://www.airgundepot.com provided the rifle for review and at only $119, Scope Included!, may be just what you are looking for.

    Also, just a note, we have received the full line of BAM rifles for review, including their PCP in .22. Keep your eye on the site as I’ll be getting these out over the next few weeks.

    Thanks again!

    AirHead

  • Nice job Ricky. I like my G1 too. a real power house. I have MANY 80 foot one shot kills. also it usually produces a lot of blood. Must have a lot of shock power. Forget the 22’s why would I need anything else? Mike Dill

  • Dear Mike,

    I would agree that with this Rifle, the .22 is less of a necessity. When you can drop a pellet on a quarter at 30+ yards, it becomes more about shot placement than shock value of the pellet. But what if you could use a .22 and drop it on a quarter at 30+ yards…. Keep reading the reviews. We may have something special coming up!

    AirHead

  • thedeerslayer

    Rick

    I just bought my G1 2 days ago.I am impressed with the power,but am all over the target.Shooting crossman pointed premium grade pellets,4.5mm.
    I have only shot about 25 pellets through it.Do you thing it just needs more break in or try differant brand and weight ammo or both?

    Thanks

  • Dear DearSlayer,

    Thank you for your question. Let’s see if I can help you out. I found the best pellet was the crosman field point (as mentioned in my post). My friend whit the same rifle shoots the crosman premier hollow points with great success. But before we talk pellets let me ask a few questions.
    1. did you tighten up all the screws?
    2. did you clean the barrel throughly?
    3. did you check all the scope screws?

    If you’d done all that, then you can move on to finding the right pellet for your gun. Also, how are you holding the rifle? As I mentioned in my post, I found the bi-pod the best for bench shooting. If you are shooting of the shoulder, then make sure to just cradle the forearm of the stock, just in front of the trigger, (find the balance point of the gun) and make sure to pull the trigger evenly. If your’s is anything like mine, the trigger was my biggest complaint. I’ve got an upcoming review of a drop in trigger replacement that makes it a dream to shoot. That will be coming in about 3 weeks.

    Hope some of that helps. Please let us know.

    AirHead

  • MadCityMike

    I just bought this gun at Gander Mountain for under $100 and have not had any luck with it. This is my first break barrel so maybe someone can tell me if I’m doing something wrong. I have a 25′ range in my basement and I can get 1/4″ groups with my plastic toy Daisy 880 and 1/2″ groups with my 1077 co2. I qualify as an expert for Army weapon qualification so I don’t think it’s that I can’t shoot, but I can’t get any shots with this thing to be within 6 inches of each other at 25′. WTF? I’ve tried the open palm right in front of the trigger. I’ve tried sandbagging, and it’s absolutely the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I tighted the screws like someone mentioned here. I noticed that once I close the breach that any movement of the gun will essentially cause the barrel to drop down. So I took it back thinking the locking mechanism was broke. The guys there opened 3 brand new packages and they all did the same thing. Just look at the thing wrong and the barrel drops. Is that normal for a break barrel? The guy opened up some $250 gamo and the barrel was definately stiffer, but a slight nudge under the hinge caused that barrel to drop as well. How in the world can anyone actually get any sort of accuracy at all with one of these things when the scope is mounted separate from a barrel that flops all over the place? The gunsmith there knew of another G1 that had just been returned due to a DOA scope so we looked at that one and the barrel was definately stiffer. You could aim the gun and the barrel wouldn’t noticeably drop. So he exchanged mine for that one, and I kept the original scope. (By the way, I’ve tried a different scope that I’m positive works fine and I get the same results so I don’t think it can be the scope.) After a few shots back at home it was just as loose as the original and the others at the store. Could it really be possible to have 5 out of 5 bad guns? Is it just normal to have movement in the barrel? I don’t know how anyone could claim any sort of accuracy like above if so, so I can’t believe that the gun is supposed to do this. Is there a way to tighten up the lock? Why am I having so much trouble. Please help, the sparrows at starting to overrun us here! Oh, one final thing. I’ve tried Crossman hollow points, hunting points, and some Daisy wadcutters. They’re all equally inaccurate.

    Mike

  • Dear MadCityMike,

    Thank you for your post. I’m going to send it directly to Crosman for their Quality Control folks to review. If you look back through my postings I had very similar encounters with my first Crosman G1’s that I bought at Wal-mart. One was terribly inaccurate and the other had a broken stock out of the box. I also had problems with their Remington Genesis and a loosening barrel causing the barrel to droop and move left to right.

    YOU ARE NOT IMAGINING THINGS! I was almost turned off ALL break barrel rifles until I purchased a Gammo 440 Hunter and found that not all rifles are created equal.. event though they may look the same. There is an inherent problem with rifles from China… (Gamo is from Spain) total inconsistency in one from another. The only positive way to get your Crosman to shoot like it can (see above) is to send it back to Crosman for their quality control folks to deal with it. I know that it is a pain but they will defiantly take care of you and make sure that what you get back works as promised. I hope that if more people get on their case it will cause them to require more from the manufacture in the way of quality control measures so that guys like you and me don’t have to keep sending them duds in the mail.

    Now back to the “break barrel” issue. I’ve shot several excellent break barrel rifles that don’t show ANY signs of loosing accuracy because of the joint loosening up. The Beeman GH950, Gamo 440, BAM B26, and TechForce 89 Contender are just a few examples. Obviously you will get better results from a fixed barrel rifle. A good entry level example is the Gamo CFX (now available in .22 in the USA). As you move up to the fixed barrel guns, your price moves up as well. I believe the CFX starts at about $200.

    To wrap this up.. I sympathize with you. I hate buying something, getting it home, just to have my expectations drop to the floor. Shooting should be a fun experience and not a frustrating one. If you want that G1 to work for you, contact Crosman support at 1.800.7AIRGUN and let them know about the problems you’ve had. They will take care of it for you.

    Hope this helps.

    AirHead

  • chrisva

    hey rick,
    I am trying to buy an air rifle but I dont know what to choose from crosman storm xt or crosman g1 extreme..
    I heard that crosman storm xt is crosman quest 1000x rifle with better scope.
    so which one is better in your opinion?
    Thanks

    • You’d be better off going with a Gamo Big Cat over either of them.

      Rick

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