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1322 Walnut Grips

| October 11, 2018
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.

I’ve always wanted walnut grips on my 1322. Something about the walnut grips and forend just take the 1322 to the next level. It took some time marking and shaping the walnut grips, and they aren’t perfect, but they are pretty dang close. The next pair I make will probably be done on a hobby cnc machine for precision and then hand finished. Check out the pictures of the process below.

The stain/sealer I used was Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil Gun Stock Finish that I finished over with a blend of SC Johnson Wax and Kiwi Neural Polish. The result is a nice sheen that isn’t too glossy, and a much higher end look and feel over the original plastic grips.

Also, you may be wondering why the waxes… I always use this finish, it protects really well, better than a stock finish alone. If you want to see this in greater detail watch Larry Potterfield’s Midway USA wax finish video – here

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12 Foot Pounds, 600 FPS Plus, Crosman 1322

| October 18, 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.

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. 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 1322 in Wyoming winds, and I have no ethical or moral qualms with the dispatching energy 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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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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Pest Control 35 yards

| July 30, 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.


This is pest control at 35 yards shooting in a somewhat swirling 16 mph wind. The 14.3gr pellet drop at 35 yards was taken into account, as you can see from the hold over. You can hear the muzzle rapport, and then the impact with the bird.

These birds, like the starlings are relentless, and scare tactics do very little to keep them off of feed, water, and out of the coops.

The air gun used was a Crosman 1322, shooting at 510 fps. The .22 pellet is ideal for this sort of work as you can see by the knock down energy that it has.

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Crosman 1322 at 25 yards

| July 30, 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.


This is a video of the Crosman 1322 shooting a 3″ target at 25 yards. It has a steel breech that a Simmons 4×32 scope is attached to via dovetail ring mounts.

The target stand is home made. The target is a 3″ splattering target from Birchwood Casey. It has 1/2″ increments.

The video was made with a Samsung s5, using the ‘Slow Motion Video FX’ app for android. The phone is attached via the Gosky smartphone adapter for rifle scopes.

Specifications
Camera: Samsung Galaxy S5
Camera App: Slow Motion Video FX
Camera Adapter: Gosky Smartphone Adapter for rifle scopes
Computer App: Widows Movie Maker
Pistol: Crosman 1322, shooting .22 14.3gr Crosman Premiers at 510 fps
Target: Birchwood Casey 3″ splattering target, with 1/2″ incremented rings
Target Distance: 25 yards

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Crosman 1322 for Pesting and Small Game

| July 28, 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 1322

I purchased a Crosman 1322 multi pump pellet pistol in the .22 caliber, because I needed a small and economical pest control weapon on our homestead, and I wanted a light weapon for small game. I was especially interested in one I could fit into a backpack.

I added a 4×32 Simmons scope to my 1322. I re-crowned it, changed the breech to a steel one, and modified it to a point where it produces 8.20 foot pounds of energy, with a standard 14.3gr pellet traveling about 510 feet per second at the muzzle.

As it is out of the box, a brand new Crosman 1322 costs 60 dollars, and shoots at ~450 fps with about 6.4 FPE. In other words, it is good enough out of the box to handle pests, and possibly put small game in the stew pot with quality shot placement.

Over time, I will cheaply modify the 1322 to produce closer to the 10 to 12 FPE range. I’d like greater insurance towards more consistent and humane small game dispatch.

The 1322 has already controlled a lot of the invasive starlings that were raiding our chicken feeders and $&*#ing in their water; Which I blame for the loss of a chicken this spring. When I get the 1322 in the field, I’ll attach one of my scope phone adapters and make some videos for the site.

Invasive Starlings

If you are wondering about small game or pests and the energy required to take them, here are some suggested energy requirements. Take these numbers as bare minimums, and assumed good shot placement. All I can say is to use your discretion when shooting any animal so that it is humanely dispatched. And all the other, blah blah blah liberal pacifying things you can say about hunting.

  • Squirrel – 4.5fpe head or vitals
  • Cottontail – 4fpe head or vitals
  • Jack Rabbit – 5 fpe head or vitals
  • Pigeon, Dove – 4.5 fpe head or vitals
  • Sparrow – 2.5 fpe head or vitals
  • Starling – 3.5 fpe head or vitals
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