Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review: Crosman 1322 Air Pistol Premier Shooters Kit

If you grew up in the USA and you're over 40, then chances are, you had one of these Crosman air pistols or at least were exposed to one in your lifetime. They were so well built that they could last decades. Pretty much every male member of my family had one when I was growing up.

Cheap to fire and 2 days away with Amazon Prime, it was hard not to resist when I moved to a very rural area in Washington state. So, I broke down and bought the Shooter's Kit after adding up all the goodies that I wanted and realizing the kit was cheaper. It only comes with 150 pellets in the kit, so I ordered 1,000 pellets to go with my order.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product Link
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product Link


Product Description


This is the modern version of the classic Crosman 1322 .22 caliber air pistol. It comes in a shooter's kit with the removable stock, pellets, pellet pouch and eye protection. I had the .177 version growing up, but the .22 caliber version hits with more kinetic energy, which is preferable for a survival situation, and this one was headed to my sister's "prepper's paradise" deep in the woods.

Official Specs (From Amazon)


  • Suggested Use: Plinking/ Target, Caliber: 0.22, Velocity: 500
  • Manufacturer: Crosman, Airgun Mechanism: Multi-pump pneumatic, Ammo Type: Pellets, Mag Capacity: 1
  • Weight: 2 lbs, Fire Mode: Single Shot, Warranty: 30 Day Limited, Condition: New

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 1

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 2

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 3

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Initial Impressions


I am pretty old, so it was like opening up my childhood. But one of the things I didn't have from childhood was the removable stock, so the first thing I did was take off the pistol grips and mount the stock. Nicey nice. 

Putting in a pellet, pumping it up 5 times and firing at a can, yielded my first miss. And then another miss, and another, before I started examining the sights. Sure enough, the front plastic sight is bent to the left. Definitely disappointing.

After that, I got it to accurately knock down cans at about 10-20 yards like clockwork. Looking at this pistol, and handling it, my thoughts were that this isn't too far away in quality to the one I had growing up.

Build Quality


Overall, good. The receiver is plastic, which is a little disappointing, though you can buy a metal one if you want to mount a scope. The pump handle is also plastic, but it's well done. I actually like it better because of the weight.

The guts of it I believe are the same as they made decades ago. Most everything about it is what I remember from the classic models. 

Fit and Finish


Overall, good. The front site is bent to the left. It kind of curls that way, like if you bent your finger. It's not a huge deal to compensate for it, other than a) it's really annoying and b) I'm worried that everything I'll try to compensate for other things and I'll miss, because I'll be used to compensating for this one.

Removable Stock


The kit comes with a plastic, removable stock. To put the stock on, just take the two screws off and remove the plastic pistol grips that come with it. Then connect the stock, put the two screws back in, and you are done. It takes less than a minute with a cordless screwdriver.

The stock makes a huge difference in accuracy. I have a pretty steady hand, but the stock gives it rifle-like accuracy. It's very well done, and good quality. It's the main reason why I bought the kit.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Removable Stock 1
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Removable Stock 2

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Removable Stock 3
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Removable Stock 4

Ammo Pouch


The kit comes with a nylon ammo pouch that can hook to your belt or even be carried inside your pocket. It's made in China, but the fit and finish are good, and the pouch itself is well designed. It has a little frame inside the lining that will hold the pouch open so you don't have to fuss with it.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Ammo Pouch 1

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Ammo Pouch 2


Sights


I don't remember the cheap plastic front sight from my childhood. It's a much newer disappointment. The funny thing is that it's almost bent in such a way that causes an optical illusion. I can hold it up to where the sights look perfectly straight, and the pistol shoots to the left.

So, when I'm holding it crooked, the sights look straight, and when I'm holding it straight, I can tell the sight bends to the left. Then I just shoot to where the sight looks like it's supposed to be. If I forget and sight to where it looks straight, I miss.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Rear Sights


Break In


This Crosman air pistol needs about 100 shots-ish before it is consistently accurate. It shoots a little wonky until it's broken in, which was a little tougher with the bent sight, because it felt like I was fighting with it to get that accuracy I knew should be there.

Accuracy


With my air pistol broken in, and compensating for the bent sight, I can hit my cans at 10 and 15 yards pretty much every time. Which is good, because my sister the hippy expressed concern that I was adding too much lead to the ecosystem on her property. Most of the time I can recover the pellet and keep her happy.

At some point, maybe 250 pellets, the thing just got wickedly accurate. When I'm "in the zone" I can hit any part of the can to about a square inch with the stock on.

Usability


NOTE: I've seen other people posting trophy pictures of the things they kill with their air pistols, but I'm not like that. I'm normally a pacifist, but I understand that some animals will not peacefully co-exist in the woods with me and my doggies--pretty much just mice and rats.

Once I missed a mouse by literally a hair, but those normally get caught in the traps. Some of the rats around Kalama look like little square toasters with tails. These things are huge. And they are very intelligent. They will not stop until they invade your dwelling and help themselves to your food. I would almost share my food, but these rats carry disease and it's a nightmare trying to keep my little dogs away from their droppings.

So, it was with a heavy heart that I had to take these rats out. Since I was close to so many things that could catch a ricochet, I was rat hunting with 5 pumps at about the same range as my cans. And at that range, it's lethal with a clean shot.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - In Hand
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Target In Distance
The can is on top of one of the posts near the center of the photo above, about 10 yards from the porch

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Can With Holes 1

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Can With Holes 2


Survival Use


This air pistol is ideal for a disaster bag, aka "bugout bag" or "72 hour emergency bag." Whatever you call your bag, the 1322 is a good survival tool. You can carry the pistol and stock separate with a tin of 500 pellets and have what I think is the best capability you can have for the weight.

Something like this air pistol can make hunting for survival almost routine. The only thing that comes close in my mind would be a small .22 rifle, but with that, you are carrying around brass and charge for the projectile that you don't need with an air pistol. You can carry more ammo for the same weight.

Conclusions


It's not build quite as good as the one I had as a kid, but it's good where it counts, and it's good enough overall. The plastic receiver can be replaced with a metal one, which puts it very close to the original quality. I will probably leave mine with as-is to save a little weight in my 72 hour survival bag.

Whether you are shooting at cans or varmints, I think the kit is a good deal. The stock is fantastic, and putting it in your survival bag separately makes this pistol probably the ideal survival hunting weapon.

Packaging


Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - In Package 1

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - In Package 2

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Shooter's Kit Contents


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