by B.B. Pelletier
Before we get into today’s report, here’s an update on the Roanoke Airgun Expo. Dee Liady, Fred’s widow, is going ahead with the show exactly as it has been planned, in honor of Fred. This will probably be the largest airgun show ever held, as I expect to see a number of new tableholders who are coming for the first time, not to mention a great many new attendees. I know I plan to bring a ton of stuff with me this year. Here’s a link to a PDF of the show flier that has all the pertinent information. If you want to reserve a table, better do it soon, as there’s a limit to the number of tables the room can hold.
Okay, today is accuracy day. I shot the Crosman 2240 with the same three pellets that were used in the velocity test. These are not necessarily the best pellets for a 2240, but they’re among the best pellets in most airguns, so there’s a good chance they’ll work well. Or, perhaps, just one or two will be good.
Since the target range is indoors and the target trap is sitting on my night stand, I always check to see that the sights are aligned reasonably close to where they have to be. I don’t care about hitting the center of the bullseye, as you know, but I also don’t want to throw a stray shot into the wall behind my bed. So, I shoot the first shot at about 15 feet, and if it’s close to the aim point, I’m okay.
All shots were fired from a rest, the same as the Crosman Mark I. I shot at 10 meters, with 10 shots per pellet. I did encounter the 2240 bleeding off the power band, so I installed a new CO2 cartridge and re-shot that target.
In fact, that’s one thing I have against CO2 guns. When they start to lose power, they begin to string their shots vertically. It doesn’t matter that much to action pistol shooters, but to target shooters and hunters it’s a real pain.
Okay, on to the accuracy tests. First up was the RWS Hobby pellet.
After I examined the group the Hobbys made, I knew the pistol was capable of doing much better, so I played with the sights a little. I also did something that may surprise some newer owners of the 2240. The barrel band or hanger has Allen screws on the top and bottom to secure it to the barrel and CO2 reservoir. Sometimes, if the sights won’t adjust properly, it’s because the barrel is misaligned with the receiver. Loosen both of these screws and move the barrel in the necessary direction, then tighten them again. This is an old field fix for sights that don’t quite adjust far enough, so I mention it for everyone who hasn’t heard about it yet. Anyone who has taken the barrel off the gun even one time should know about this fix.
Next up were Crosman Premiers. Where Hobbys had fought me during loading because of the screw hole in the loading trough, Premiers fell into the breech like mercury down a drain. They didn’t seem to meet any resistance when the bolt went home, but I waited to see how they printed on paper.
Waiting proved to be a wise decision, because the 2240 loves Crosman premiers. Put them on your short list for this pistol.
Next up were the RWS Superdomes that everybody is telling me I have to test with more airguns. Well, this was one such test.
The Superdomes proved tantalizing, because they wanted to group well but didn’t quite make it. More shooting with them might prove worthwhile.
One thing Edith commented on when I was shooting was how loud the 2240 is. And two of our three cats were very vocal about their disapproval. They finally left the room I was in and retired to the quiet garage. But Punky, our Pepe LePew look-alike, decided he liked the shooting, so he came into the living room and plopped right down on the floor, no more than 10 feet from where I was shooting. There he remained throughout the test, asleep at the end!
Not a care in the world. Punky’s a gun nut.
So, some family members may not approve, but those that are easy-going will accept the 2240 in stride. This is the end of the 2240 test, but I’m still going to shoot the S&W 78G as a comparison. When I’m done, you’ll be able to compare all three pistols: the Crosman Mark I, the Crosman 2240 and the S&W 78G.