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Tim Fin­ley has his hands on the Crosman 1377 – four decades on from its launch

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Tim Fin­ley re­views the Crosman Amer­i­can Clas­sic 1377 pis­tol, ideal for per­fect plink­ing

Areal Clas­sic this month, in more than one way. Our top value gun has the word ‘clas­sic’ in its name. It’s hard to be­lieve that the gun only came into be­ing in 1977 as the .22 cal­i­bre 1322 – that’s 40 years ago! My, how time flies by. I first came across a Crosman 1377 in 1989 when I re­ceived one for win­ning at a field tar­get shoot at Waverly Field Tar­get Club – the Mark 2 ver­sion of the Crosman Amer­i­can Clas­sic pis­tol, made from 1978 to 1996.

The cur­rent 1377 has a brown grip and fore end, a plas­tic breech block and a slid­ing breech cover, and there’s a mag­net on the tip of the bolt for hold­ing steel BBs – I never shot BBs through my 1377.

In 2012, they changed to a black grip and fore end; in 1998, they also ditched the BB mag­net – thank­fully – and went for a bolt-ac­tion bolt, but back to 2018 and the lat­est model, the P1377.

VARI­ABLE POWER

I am al­ready re­ally fa­mil­iar with the 1377 so I can ap­pre­ci­ate the changes and straight away, I liked the mod­ern black fur­ni­ture. The Crosman Amer­i­can Clas­sic 1377 is a pump-ac­tion pis­tol. In sim­ple terms, you pull the fore end down and for­ward to 130 de­grees, which al­lows air to be sucked into the com­pres­sion tube. You then push the fore end back into place, which pushes air past a non-re­turn valve into the com­pres­sion cham­ber.

It’s a vari­able power air pis­tol, so the user de­ter­mines how many pumps they want to put into the 1377 – the more pumps the higher the power. Crosman rec­om­mend no fewer than two pumps and no more than ten, but don’t fire the gun on an empty com­pres­sion cham­ber.

The gun will not fire un­til the ac­tion has been cocked. To do this there is a me­tal bolt on the right-hand side of the ac­tion. Pull up and back to open the breech and cock the ac­tion, and I would al­ways put the safety catch on first. The safety is right behind the trig­ger and the but­ton goes in from the left to ren­der the pis­tol ‘safe’, and pushed back out from the right to fire. There is a red ring around the but­ton that can be seen when the gun is set in ‘fire’ mode, and the safety locks the trig­ger for­ward.

EASY LOADER

Load­ing is easy, but the pel­let tray is 11mm long, so some shorter pel­lets can tip over if you an­gle the gun down when load­ing.

I would rec­om­mend 4 pumps as a min­i­mum – with 7.9 pel­lets it ran at 250 feet per sec­ond, or 1 ft.lb; with 8 pumps it goes up to 2.2 ft.lbs, and go­ing to the max­i­mum ten pumps it went to 2.6 ft.lbs. Af­ter eight pumps, it does get hard to close the fore end.

“it’s very good value for money and ex­tremely ac­cu­rate”

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the fore end is made for pump­ing, and there are moulded grooves on each side to place the thumb and fin­gers. The groove de­sign is car­ried on at the top of the grip behind the trig­ger and safety catch, and there are other stip­ple-effect grip pan­els on the fore end and grip.

The 1377 is am­bidex­trous, of course, and it’s not a small pis­tol at 342 mm long. Say­ing that, it’s not over-heavy, so it could be a fam­ily plink­ing pis­tol. It weighs only 0.85kg, which is pretty light for what it is, and Crosman makes use of a lot of tough syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als.

SIGHTS AND SHOOT­ING

This air­gun has open sights with a 322 mm sight base and a fixed post front sight moulded as part of the end cap. The rear sight on this new pis­tol is the same as the one I won back in the 1980s. That’s not to say it’s bad, though. It ad­justs for windage by loos­en­ing a large, slot-headed screw that holds it to the breech block – the el­e­va­tion is a smaller screw on the back plate, and taking this out also al­lows the notch to be changed for a peep sight, but I’d stick with the notch, it’s eas­ier to use. The trig­ger pull tested at 2.5kg on my elec­tronic trig­ger gauge, and with the long steel-ri­fled bar­rel and long sight base, the 1377 is ac­cu­rate – 8mm cen­tre-to-cen­tre groups at six yards.

VER­DICT

I re­ally do rate the Crosman 1377 for any­one want­ing to take up a bit of recre­ational plink­ing be­cause it’s very good value for money and ex­tremely ac­cu­rate. It’s been around for so long that there are many custom-made bits you can add on, from brass bolts to wooden grips. You can even fit a shoul­der stock and brack­ets to fit a red-dot or scope. I think they got the name just right for this Crosman Amer­i­can Clas­sic. I

Many thanks to Tony of A.S.I. for help in pro­duc­tion of this ar­ti­cle.

POINTS OF IN­TER­EST

For the money, the 1377 is the per­fect fam­ily plink­ing pis­tol. With no CO2 bulbs to buy, all you need is eye pro­tec­tion and a back­stop and you are good to go. The vari­able power makes it ver­sa­tile, too.

Crosman clas­sics, then and now. I like the black syn­thetic styling of the lat­est model, but the lines are es­sen­tially the same.

Af­ter 40 years in pro­duc­tion, this Amer­i­can is ‘clas­sic’ but not old.

It’s fairly easy to get the Crosman pumped and ready to shoot.

Load­ing pel­lets is straight­for­ward but make sure they don’t ‘tum­ble’.

Sights are ba­sic, but ad­djustable. I pre­fer the notch to the ‘peep’ op­tion.

This fore­sight blade is easy to lo­cate and the sight­base is long enough for im­pres­sive ac­cu­racy..

Vis­i­ble, con­ve­nient safety.

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