Crosman 1088 - Part 3
by B.B. Pelletier
Do you even remember that I was looking at the the Crosman 1088 pistol? It seems so long ago (Dec. 17) that I completed part 2.
In part 2, I mentioned that the single-action function doesn't work on this particular pistol. I could have replaced the gun right then, but I didn't. Now I have completed the accuracy part of the test and the results have been quite eye-opening. All shooting was double-action.
Also, here's an update on the CO2 piercing screw. We now know the 1088 loads gas silently. So I set out to see how few screw turns were necessary to pierce the CO2 cartridge, because any more than that would just stress the end seal, which is why the gun leaks after awhile. It just takes a single turn of the screw on the pistol I'm testing. Once I do that, I fire the gun in a safe direction to be sure the gas is flowing.
The test for pellet accuracy was shot at 10 yards. I know I said I would shoot at 20 for the guy who wanted the Kodiak pellets tested, but the winter weather just hasn't cooperated. If this test was going to be completed now, it had to be shot indoors.
The Beeman Kodiak pellet was recommended for long-range accuracy with a 1088, but at 10 yards it isn't the best in this pistol. The groups ranged around two inches for eight shots. The Kodiaks were also the slowest pellet I tried. I could hear how slow they traveled to the pellet trap compared to all other pellets.
Crosman Silver Eagles
Crosman Silver Eagle hollowpoint pellets were only a little less accurate than Kodiaks. They added another half-inch at 10 yards. And unlike the Kodiaks, they were noticeably faster.
RWS Basic pellets were a big improvement over the Kodiaks, grouping about 1-5/8 inches for eight shots. That sounds big, but it looks impressive compared to the others that went before.
But RWS Supermags blew the cover off the jar. The first group I shot measures less than one inch! The next group opened up to 1.5 inches, but that's not too shabby! Remember, I'm shooting double-action supported at 30 feet.
And then I shot BBs
The 1088 is also a BB gun, so I had to shoot them, as well. I didn't have high hopes, because my experience tells me guns made for both BBs and pellets are a compromise. The 1088 had other plans. Eight Crosman Copperhead BBs shot offhand at 15 feet with a center hold sailed through the center of the bullseye, leaving a one-inch group behind. I know the distance is just half, but these are round BBs, and they cannot be expected to shoot accurately at long range. The center hold was just to keep the BBs inside the trap, but when I saw the target I realized this group was as good as the group shot with the SIG Sauer SP 2022 BB pistol I tested for you. If I recall, I said that one was the most accurate BB pistol I'd ever tested. So, guess what? The 1088 joins that club. I'm very impressed with the accuracy of this gun with BBs.
Bottom line? The 1088 is a keeper. Buy it and shoot it. Just remember to not screw that tightening screw very tight, and the gun should last a long time.