1322 Upgrades Parts List

| August 20, 2016
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Posting this because people have asked. This is the parts list, minus my own mods, for the 1322 used to take pests and small game.

 

Option #1 (What I Use)
With Steel breech.
Crosman 1322 American Classic Multi Pump Pneumatic .22-Caliber Pellet Air Pistol
Buy a Crosman Steel Breech Kit (.22 Caliber) (Fits 2240 2250 2260 1322 & 2289)
NcStar 1″ Ring-3/8′ Dovetail-High (RB27)
Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle Riflescope, 4x32mm (Matte) – Clamshell Packaging

 

Option #2
Without steel breech.
Crosman 1322 American Classic Multi Pump Pneumatic .22-Caliber Pellet Air Pistol
Crosman 459MT 2-Pc Intermount, 3/8 Dovetail
NcStar 1″ Ring-3/8′ Dovetail-High (RB27)
Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle Riflescope, 4x32mm (Matte) – Clamshell Packaging

 

 

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Squirrels!!!

| August 19, 2016
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Well the neighbors at my folks place decided to feed the animals. And by animals I mean pests. They’ve even gone so far as to raise a dozen baby squirrels in their home, and post on social media how they are worried because they are finding squirrels ‘wounded’ with bb gun injuries. I guess somebody else in the neighborhood is sick of them also, and just needs a better air gun to get the job done properly.

 

 

The squirrels devastate every fruit tree and fruit bush at my folks’ residence. They’ve destroyed just about everything this season! The peaches, nectarines, apples, fuju persimmons, currants, and grapes have all been destroyed by squirrels, and the damn squirrel lady of a neighbor is helping increase the population.

 

Well she won’t have to worry about finding them wounded anymore… Because I brought the 1322 to my folks’ place, and at 8.5 FPE it is a squirrel dispatcher. At first glance the video looks like a miss, but its actually a near perfect shot to the skull by the ear. The dirt that flies up is actually the squirrel kicking and twitching as the energy of the Crosman premier domed 14.3g pellet snaps its head into a partial spin, and it’s body and legs rotate around. The 20 yard shot to the brain, is an instant and humane shot, and the neighbor won’t be finding a wounded squirrel to nurse back to health.

 
Squirrel Control

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Chinese B3-3 VS Crosman 1322

| August 10, 2016
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Chinese B3 vs Crosman 1322

This is a battle of the budgets, review and comparison of a Crosman 1322 to a Generic Chinese B3-3 Rifle.

Its not an apple to apples comparison. One is a pistol, the other a rifle, the Crosman 1322 has had a little work done to it to improve performance.

 

Crosman 1322 American Classic Multi Pump Pneumatic .22-Caliber Pellet Air Pistol
Manufacturer: Crosman
Model: 1322
Type: Multi-pump pneumatic
Caliber: .22
Action: Bolt
Cost: 59.99
Cost Upgrades: 39.99
Buy a Crosman Steel Breech Kit (.22 Caliber) (Fits 2240 2250 2260 1322 & 2289)
Additional Costs: No additional Necessary Costs.
Optics: Standard front and rear sights are good.
Mods: Steel Breech, Re-Crown, Transfer Port enlarged, Valve Chamber ground larger.
Safety: Cross Bolt Style
FPS Advertised: 460
FPS Chrony: 515
Energy: 8.20+ FPE
Weight: 2.5 lbs

 

B3 Air Rifle 5.5mm 22 Caliber
Manufacturer: Unknown/Various
Model: B3-3
Type: Underlever
Caliber: .22
Action: Breach Opens
Cost: 55.00
Cost Upgrades: 0
Additional Costs: 15.00 Better Optics
Optics: Terrible front and adjustable rear sights.
Mods: Front Sight Removed, Barrel Re-Crowned, Rear Optic ground flush. Necessary Optics upgrade. Sights would not hold elevation.
Safety: Trigger Action Lever
FPS Advertised: 450-700 WTF?
FPS Chrony: Untested. ( Estimation: 350-400 )
Energy: Unknown ( Estimation: 4 FPE – 6 FPE )
Weight: 8 lbs

 

Crosman 1322
Pros: Cheap compared to any other air pistol or rifle of equal performance. Lots of opportunity for modification and increased performance. Very accurate. Very good quality. Light and easy to carry.
 
Cons: I have no gripes about the Crosman 1322 at all. Its exceeded every expectation I had.
 
Final thoughts: If you are looking for a budget .22 air gun, 1322 is a no-brainer. The base model will help you rid pests and even put a variety of small game and birds on the dinner table. If you want more performance, upgrades are available and affordable, or some research and elbow grease will get you far.
 
Chinese B3-3
Pros: Its cheap. Would ‘get the job done’ if one were using this for pest control at close range 15m tops.
 
Cons: Quality poor. Barrel had a minor bend. Front sight guard was bent and rear sight never held adjustments. Required new optics, and was inconsistent in accuracy. Re-crowning muzzle was a must after removing front site. The underlever cocking action is potentially a danger to your fingers.
 
Final thoughts: For a total cost of around $75, because of the need for better optics on the B3-3, a Crosman 1322 without a stock breech would outperform the Chinese B3-3 any way you slice it, for the same base price.
 
See the penetration test and article, See Test

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22 Pellet Penetration Tests

| August 10, 2016
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Crosman and Daisy Pellet test 22

22 Pellet Penetration Test Pellets:
Crosman Premier Domed 14.3gr
Crosman Premier Pointed 14.3gr
Daisy Precision Max Pointed 14.0gr

Pellets were fired from the Crosman 1322 and the Chinese B3 rifle. The Crosman 1322 is shooting 14.3 gr pellets at a max 8.42 FPE, and the Chinese B3 at about 4.5 FPE. Pellets were shot through to cardboad rpanels, into 3/8″ plywood.

8FPE Penetration5FPE Penetration

At 8.42 FPE from the 1322:
Crosman domed pellets penetrated deeply, and nearly exited 3/8″ plywood panel, leaving clear damage and missing splinters of wood.
Crosman pointed pellets deformed more than the domed pellets, and more energy was absorbed by the panel. Less penetration occurred, and less damage on the rear of the 3/8″ panel was visible. Damage on the rear of the panel
Daisy precision max pellets deformed the most, penetrated the least, and the energy was transferred completely.

At about 4.5-5 FPE from the B3
Crosman domed pellets penetrated the deepest, and left slight, but visible splintering on the rear of the 3/8″ panel. The pellet fell from its hole versus staying burrowed into the panel.
Crosman pointed pellets performed similarly to the higher FPE test, with less penetration than the domed pellets, but at 4.5-5FPE left no evidence of damage on the rear of the 3/8″ panel. The pellet fell from its hole versus staying burrowed into the panel.
Daisy precision max pellets penetrated about half way into the panel, deformed greatly, and fell out of the panel.

The deformed pellets from the low FPE tests are visible in the photos. If you only had 3 over the counter pellets to choose from, and you want more penetrating energy and retention of energy along a wound channel, then choose a Crosman premier domed. If you want more energy to be released in the target with less penetration, chose the Crosman premier pointed pellets. In addition to frequent ‘flyers’ when testing accuracy of the Daisy precision max pointed pellets in another test, the softer alloy penetrated the least, and soft inconsistent skirts meant that pellets did not consistently seal against the barrel of the test air guns, and caused sporadic ballistic performance. The Daisy precision max pellets are not reliable for small game hunting, or pest control.

pellet deformation

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The Ruger 10/22 Trigger Job

| August 2, 2016
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Continuing the posts on the accurizing a Ruger 10/22 on a budget. The absolute best thing to do with a ruger 10/22 to get repeatable results is to improve the trigger. Less creep, less pressure, and a more crisp break makes a world of difference.

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Now you could buy entire drop in trigger groups to replace the original trigger group, but most drop in trigger groups will cost as much or more than the gun itself brand new. Kits from KIDD, Volquartsen, Power Custom, and others will double the investment you have in your 10/22. The much cheaper and almost as good alternative is to stone your hammer, or simply replace it with a better one for 35 bucks. Buy the Volquartsen Custom Target Hammer

The hammer is manufactured with a much higher level of precision and quality than the OEM ruger hammer in the picture to the left. It includes shims and springs. I only replaced the hammer and shims, and did not use the included springs. A common recommendation from many others in the 10/22 world. The difference is night and day. Installing the Volquartsen hammer reduced the trigger pull resistance from approximately 6-8 lbs. down to around 3 lbs. This makes it much easier to control any unintended movement from pulling the trigger while shooting, and greatly improved accuracy and repeat-ability. Buy the Volquartsen Custom Target Hammer
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How big a difference does it really make? The group on the 3″ Birchwood Casey Splatter target is the first 10 rounds I shot at 50 yards, with bulk ammo, after replacing the trigger. The group is decent for getting accustomed to what feels like a brand new trigger, and I have only continued to get it tighter with subsequent trips to the range. Between crowning, bedding, and replacing the hammer, I am now the weak point not inherent inaccuracy of the rifle.

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