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Monday, November 13, 2006

Crosman 2100B
The affordable multi-pump!

by Tex Force

A lot of you are looking to get into airguns, but you aren't ready to sink over a hundred dollars into a gun. Well, you don't have to! Crosman's 2100B is a 10-pump rifle in .177 caliber that shoots both BBs and pellets and is very affordable at under $60!

The 2100-series guns began manufacture in 1983, so they have been around in one form or another for over 20 years. During that time, there have also been .22 caliber 2200s made (1983-2003), but they were discontinued several years ago. Only the 2100B remains. There was a walnut-stocked version of the rifle for awhile. Curiously, it did not have the BB-firing facility, probably due to the solid wood stock that prevented loading.

The rifle weighs 4.7 lbs. and is 39.75" long. It has a fiberoptic front sight and an adjustable rear sight that are all you'll need to get started. For extra accuracy, however, the rifle does have an 11mm dovetail atop the receiver to accept regular airgun scope mounts.

Two types of ammo
The 2100B has a specially rifled barrel that permits the use of steel BBs. A reservoir in the pistol grip holds up to 200 BBs, and 17 can be loaded into the magazine. When the magazine empties, you fill it from the reservoir; no BBs have to be touched for this operation.

Shooting BBs
BBs will go up to 755 f.p.s. on the full 10 pumps, but you can also pump fewer times for less velocity. This is called controlled power, and it's one of the reasons multi-pumps are so popular. For plinking in the basement, five easy pumps is all you need. Remember...when shooting BBs, there's a danger of ricochet and direct bounceback, so always wear safety glasses and don't shoot at hard targets, such as trees or metal objects.

While BBs give the highest velocity, they aren't as accurate as lead pellets, nor do they pack the same punch. Hunters will prefer lead pellets for all shooting. Here is an interesting fact. The owner's manual says you can pump the gun up to 10 times, but James House stopped at eight when he tested the 2100B for his book, American Air Rifles. Even with that, the 2100 was one of only two rifles that met the factory spec for velocity! With 10 pumps, pellets exceed the spec (725 f.p.s.) by a small amount, making it the power equivalent of the Benjamin 397, which sells for double the price!

Shooting pellets
Surprisingly, the 2100B out-grouped a Benjamin 397 when House tested both side-by-side for his book. It was shooting three-shot groups smaller than a half-inch at 30 yards, which would translate to a 0.70" group for five shots. That is excellent hunting accuracy from a rifle that has the power it takes to harvest game up to the size of rabbits, squirrels and pigeons.

Scoping the 2100B
I would recommend the Tech Force 2.5x20 Heavy Duty Hunting Scope for this rifle. It's priced right, and its power is perfect for the range of the 2100B. You'll also need to get scope rings for the rifle. With these extra items, you still have a wonderful air rifle combination for about $90.

2104 combo is a real deal!
To save even more money, get the 2104X combo that comes with a gun and a scope. You'll save about $25 buying it this way, because the package is put together by Crosman and they buy scopes in volume. While the scope included in the combo doesn't have the same big bright sight picture as the Tech Force scope I recommended, it's still fine for all purposes.

Christmas is coming
If the 2100B sounds like a good gun to you, this may be the perfect time to drop a hint to the right party. Perhaps you might even bookmark this web page to make the process a little easier! The 2100B has been around a long time and is one of those classic air rifles that never goes out of style. If you're in the market for a powerful, versatile multi-pump, this one will save money without costing performance.


  • Tex,

    what is so special on this specially rifled barrel that it can shoot steel without abrasion?


    By Blogger Markus, at 1:27 AM, November 15, 2006  

  • The barrel has hexagonal rifling, not raised lands. What that is, is a different shape of bore that actually twists as it advances. To a steel BB it appears round, but to a soft lead pellet which is mucg larger, it acts just like conventional rifling.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 4:42 AM, November 15, 2006  

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