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Monday, April 24, 2006

The 1377: A classic air pistol from Crosman

by Tex Force

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This week, I'd like to examine an air pistol from Crosman that's been around a long time. The .177 caliber Crosman 1377 Classic (third gun down) has been made since 1977, in one form or another. For many years Crosman also made a 1322 companion pistol, but production ended in 2000 for that one. The 1377 is a multi-pump pneumatic that develops surprising power for a pellet pistol. Rated at 600 f.p.s., this pistol for under $60 has as much power as the celebrated Beeman P1 that sells for $355.95! And, it's very nearly as accurate, too!


Crosman 1377 Classic is a fine example of an American multi-pump pneumatic pistol.


A multi-pump is a reliable friend!
If you take care of a multi-pump airgun, it can outlast YOU! The best thing you can do is always store your gun with a pump of air in the reservoir, so both the inlet and exhaust valves remain closed against airborne dirt. The valves will remain fresh and good for decades! Another thing to do is always shoot premium pellets in your gun. Don't use anything but lead pellets to preserve the shallow multi-grooved rifling in the barrel. There's no need to ever clean the barrel of the 1377, because it doesn't shoot fast enough to need it. Pellets guns don't get the powder fouling that firearms do, so the only real problem they have is with lead deposits in the bore. Those form only when the pellets are going above about 900 f.p.s. Lastly, never over-pump your gun. It doesn't generate greater velocity, and it wears the joints in the pumping mechanism overly fast. Crosman says 10 pumps is the maximum, and you don't always need that.

Multi-pump maintenance
The one thing an owner can do is keep the pump head oiled, so the head seals well. That ensures the highest compression, which delivers the greatest velocity. Crosman shows exactly how to do this and how often to do it in their owner's manual. If you already own a pistol and need an owner's manual, contact Crosman at 800-724-7486 (800-7airgun). Use Crosman Pelgunoil to oil the pump head, as it has been specially selected for its sealing properties, as well as doing no harm to the seals of the gun.

Accessories
The 1377 description says it delivers rifle-like performance. Well, by attaching the shoulder stock, it can become a handy carbine. Then, you can add a Crosman scope mount 459 to accept scope rings for a scope mounted on the barrel. To that, you can mount a Tech Force low power airgun scope (fourth item down) on the gun, and you'll have a scoped air rifle for under $100!


The 1377 shoulder stock turns the pistol into a carbine.


Pellets
You'll want to shoot medium and lightweight pellets in the 1377. I recommend any of the Crosman Copperhead pellets (second, third and fourth items down) for their weight and because they're made to fit this barrel. Another good, low-cost pellet for this pistol is the Gamo Match pellet (third item down). It's light, made very well and gives wonderful accuracy.

If you're looking for a good buy in an air pistol, the 1377 Classic is one to consider. It has the power and accuracy that few other air pistols can match, plus it's one of the most affordable air pistols around.

2 Comments:

  • The 1377 multi-pump has the best volocity for it's price range. But it can't do 900 fps. With ten pumps you might get around 600 fps.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40 AM, April 24, 2006  

  • You're right, it does 600 f.p.s., just like the posting says.

    Tex

    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 12:04 PM, April 24, 2006  

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