Airing out history Part 1

Airing out history Part 1

Comparing time, technology and the M1 vs. the M16

By Dennis Adler

It is an interesting comparison, the new CO2 M1 Carbine with wood stock and a centerfire M16 of original Vietnam era style. The AR was smaller and lighter with a higher capacity.

The real world of firearms and the world of airguns are overlapping more and more these days, and comparisons cannot help but be made between CO2 powered arms and their contemporary centerfire counterparts. We also know that historic firearms have been recreated to match their vintage centerfire predecessors, like the Broomhandle Mauser and WWII-era Colt Model 1911A1. This particular comparison has, in fact, been made many times in the world of centerfire arms, pitting the legendary American light rifle of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, against its successor, the M16/AR-15. read more


Crosman Bug Out Kit Part 2

Crosman Bug Out-Kit Part 2

A little something extra that could make a difference

By Dennis Adler

The Crosman Model 1377 American Classic is a not too distant relative of the 2289 series in a carbine design with longer barrel and removable shoulder stock.

For much of Crosman’s history they have built excellent single shot air rifles and pistols, and of the latter their strong suit with air pistols was the traditional single shot pneumatic pump. Crosman was also a pioneer in early CO2 pistols back in the 1950s. One of Crosman’s best pneumatic pump action designs remains the Model 1377, also known as the American Classic, a design that has evolved over time since 1947 and the Crosman Model 105. The 105 used a cocking knob at the rear of the receiver rather than the bolt action cocking mechanism used on the Model 1377, introduced in 1977. I mention this because if you look at a Model 1377 you see the basic design of the 2289G, even though it is in principal a carbine and not a pistol. Crosman still builds the Model 1377 currently known as the Model 1377C, which was introduced in 1998, coincidentally (or perhaps not) the same year that the original 2289 was introduced. This is a design archetype that has worked for Crosman over decades. read more


Crosman Bug Out Kit Part 1

Crosman Bug-Out Kit Part 1

A little something extra that could make a difference

By Dennis Adler

Walking into that tragic goodnight on the day after disaster strikes, be sure to take a .22 caliber pellet rifle with you…which is actually a sound idea. The Crosman Backpacker in its latest version has a lot of good features that make it worth considering as your extra hunting gun not only on Doomsday but perhaps for a camping trip with a little small game hunting mixed in.

Airguns were designed for recreational sport shooting, some have proven excellent for training others for competition shooting, but most of us don’t seriously consider an air pistol or rifle as a survival weapon. But it can be. Let me start by saying that I am by no means a Prepper or a survivalist, but living in a rural environment I know pretty much that if things go terribly wrong I had better be able to help myself. The idea has been floated for years that among the basic items for survival there should be an air rifle. I understand this and appreciate the logic of a 4.5mm or larger caliber 5.5mm (.22) pellet rifle for field survival, i.e., quietly taking small game that can provide food. Of course, there is a long, hands-on process between the shooting and someone saying, “OK, break out the rabbit roasting pan” and that’s assuming you have electricity, gas, or propane or some way to cook anything in a situation where you have just resorted to an air rifle to shoot dinner. Welcome back to the 19th century. read more


What Drives Your Passion?

What Drives Your Passion?

Some airguns are a personal link to the past

By Dennis Adler

Not sure what this says about me but Richard Boone as Paladin was my favorite western hero when I was a kid.

I am drawn to certain CO2 air pistols and the occasional CO2 air rifle by my past and my passions for certain guns I have owned, be they airguns or actual cartridge firing guns. I grew up in a family where there were no guns. My interests stemmed from watching TV westerns in the 1950s and 1960s, Have Gun, Will Travel, Wanted Dead or Alive, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza, (and I could throw in a few others I liked like Trackdown and the Rifleman) and classic TV detectives like Richard Diamond, Peter Gunn, and Mike Hammer. read more


Past Perfect Crosman Model 1377

Past Perfect

Crosman Model 1377

By Dennis Adler

Somewhere there’s an old photo of me with one of my very first air pistols, it was taken in the late 1970s and it was only my second air pistol since I was a kid. Back then I was an automotive journalist and editor of a now long forgotten magazine titled Custom Vans. It was in the days before gasoline soared to almost .50 cents a gallon (and those were the good old days), vans were very popular, not as family vehicles for moms to haul the kids to baseball practice (this is before soccer practice), but rather for single guys to cruise around in. These were not tradesmen’s vans with tools and shelves and storage compartments, but customized vans with interiors designed like mobile homes, well not the entire home, just the living room. Others were decked out like lounges, some had rear sunroofs, there was even one I wrote about that had a full bar inside. I’m not sure how that worked with open container laws in California, but I’m digressing. What I want to do is set up a time period in America, a time when service stations still had attendants that pumped your gas, cleaned the windshield and checked under the hood. Imported cars were in the minority and Detroit’s Big Three, (actually Big Four because back then there was still AMC/Jeep) all ruled the automotive roost, on road and off. read more