12 Foot Pounds, 600 FPS Plus, Crosman 1322

| August 18, 2020
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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.

In the quest for 12 foot ponds of energy, I decided after all the modding to my Crosman 1322, that I would over pump and see what I could generate in terms of power. I originally expected that I was going to have to increase the barrel length to get to 12 foot pounds of energy. As it turns out, it is achievable without a longer barrel, some increased air cylinder volume, and a steel breech. But just barely.

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Over pumping resulted in shot strings that were over 600 fps with 14.3g Crosman premier domed and pointed, pellets. My highest that I could record is the 618 FPS.

The sweet spot for consistent shot strings for my pistol now lies around 16 pumps, for over 580 fps. I’ve taken rabbits past 65 yards with the Crosman 1322 in Wyoming winds, and I have no ethical or moral qualms with the dispatching energy at even greater distances.

In ideal conditions, I’d like to use a rest, or shooting sticks, and try to take a rabbit or grouse, past 100 yards. I’m still toying with the idea of a few more inches of barrel length so I don’t waste air, but am not sure I want increase the gun size and decrease the backpack portability of the pistol.

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Get Outside

| August 7, 2020
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.

It seems almost impossible to get outside and get away from people lately. There is an influx of people heading to mountain towns and destinations with recreational opportunities. With the increase human traffic, there has been an increase of liter, trash, and even damage to public use areas.

Its obvious from the resurgence of Corona cases in California that people want to get outside, and have ignored or got lazy about social distancing and other common ways to prevent the spread of covid-19.

While it seems impossible to avoid these people, its not. They mostly seem to need amenities, near by stores, boat access, and mostly paved road access.

As soon as you take a back road, get on foot, put in some mileage, or make any sort of greater effort, its possible to get away from people.

My girlfriend and I managed to fish and paddle an entire lake to ourselves. As well as camp without seeing a another sole. We only shared the experience with a few coyotes, some big fish, and a pair of bald eagles.

So do a little research, get a few back country map, and make an effort to really get outside. If you don’t, or can’t, and you must be part of the masses crowding easy to access public space, please be responsible, wear a mask when appropriate, don’t set your camp up on the water, and pick up after your shit.

Also, if you do get out on water wear a life vest like the ONYX Kayak Fishing Life Jacket I’m wearing above, and if you want a really fun way to fish, do it with a Tenkara rod. It’s how I caught the cutthroat I’m releasing in the picture above.

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