12 Foot Pounds, 600 FPS Plus, Crosman 1322

| August 18, 2020
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.

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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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.

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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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Crosman 1322 for Pesting and Small Game

| July 28, 2016
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.

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

I added a 4x32 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.

Out of the box, a brand new Crosman 1322 costs 60 dollars, and shoots at ~460 fps with about 6.4 FPE. In other words, it is good enough out of the box to handle some pests, and possibly put small game in the stew pot with quality shot placement.

Over time, I’ve modified the 1322 to produce over 12 foot pounds of energy(FPE). It adds a bit more insurance of humane small game kills, without stepping into the PCP realm of air guns.

The 1322 has already controlled a lot of the invasive starlings that were raiding our chicken feeders and defecating in their drinking water; Which I blame for the loss of a chicken this spring.

starling shot with 1322 Crosman

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 pacifying things you can say about hunting to the less self sufficient cry babies out there.

  • 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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