Chinese B3-3 VS Crosman 1322
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.
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
Type: Multi-pump pneumatic
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
Action: Breach Opens
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
Tags: 1322, b3, crosman, penetration test, review
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.
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