Crosman Remington Model 1875 vs. Bear River Schofield
BBs at 10 Paces!
By Dennis Adler
To wrap up this latest series on Western Airguns, it’s time to level the last playing field, and pit the new Crosman Remington Model 1875 and Bear River Schofield CO2 revolvers against each other; the number two and number three guns from the last test each shooting .177 caliber steel BBs. Since the Remington could shoot 4.5mm lead pellets as well, it was compared against the 7-1/2 inch Umarex Colt pellet model. The Schofield came up a distant third for accuracy with only BBs to send down range, however, the Remington is a dual cartridge pistol and fires either BB or pellet loading cartridges. Using the same cartridge design (but not same cartridge) as the Umarex Colt Peacemakers, either type of Remington round loads at the back of the cartridge, and Crosman is diligent in clearly marking the rims of the two different cartridges so there is no mistake in loading. Since both the Remington and Schofield have smoothbore barrels, the test distance will be shortened to 21 feet using the same style B-27 silhouette targets as the previous Colt, vs. Schofield vs. Remington test.
The ammunition choice is going to be different, this time both the Schofield and Remington will be firing Remington plated solid steel BBs. These come in a 6000 count bottle with a very clever Remington capital R cap that rotates open so BBs can be poured through the opening in the middle of the R. The gold colored plated steel BBs are Remington’s own brand, and the ideal choice for this latest comparison test with their new Model 1875 CO2 model.
From 21 feet, fired offhand with a two-handed hold for best accuracy, the Remington Model 1875 punched 12 shots in the X ring of the target for an overall spread of 1.75 inches, a best group of four overlapping at 0.625 inches, and best six shots spread over 1.25 inches, including the four overlapping shots, plus one to the left cutting the line and one in the red Shoot-N-C dot. The second group of six also measured 1.25 inches spreading across the top of the X ring. The accuracy with the Remington plated steel BBs proved nearly equivalent to firing lead wadcutter pellets from the Model 1875’s smoothbore barrel.
The Remington is a very consistent single action revolver. With either lead or steel it hits the target roughly three quarters of an inch above POA from 21 to 25 feet. It is not as precise as the 7-1/2 inch rifled barrel Peacemaker, but its accuracy is nothing to be ashamed of. If this gun had a rifled barrel, it would most likely be the equal of the Colt. If you’re a Remington fan (or just want to have one of each gun), the Crosman Remington Model 1875 is a standup six-shooter.
The Bear River Schofield in nickel, or the hand engraved model (shown), is authentic to the original S&W design, with only minor variances, whereas the Remington has oversized grips. All three guns (Colt, Schofield and Remington) get a pass on the mandatory manual safety selector, but the Schofield hides it best. It also has less ornate artwork compared to the Crosman Remington Model 1875, and its cooler (cooler as in color tone not cooler in comparison), silver hue is the more visually striking of the two guns. The Schofield also has the edge on both the Colt and Remington when it came to loading, ejecting spent shells, and reloading. Quick draw with the Schofield is, shall we say, an acquired taste compared to the relative ease with which a Colt or Remington clears leather and is cocked, but is a smooth gun to shoot.
With Remington’s plated steel BBs pressed into the rubber bullet nose of the Schofield cartridges, the revolver delivered its 12 shots on target with a spread of 2.25 inches, with two BBs just cutting the edge of the X ring to barely have all 12 in the X with a best six at 1.25 inches. This is just a little wider grouping than the previous test against the Remington and Colt where the Schofield averaged 1.75 inches and a best six at 1.25 inches. I ran a second and third test of the gun to see if there were any inconsistencies; the second test came up with nearly the same total spread, as did the third.
The Schofield has looks, balance, speed, but not quite the accuracy. The Crosman Remington Model 1875 retains its number 2 position among the three single action Western revolvers. And while it may not be quite as attractive as the Schofield, it certainly out shoots it.
Single Action airguns provide the look, feel and operation of their cartridge-firing counterparts and this is one reason why they have become so popular. Airguns in general all look like guns, these two Western models even more so, and it is important to remember that the vast majority of people can’t tell an airgun from a cartridge gun. Never brandish an airgun in public. Always, and I can never stress this enough, always treat an airgun as you would a cartridge gun. The same manual of operation and safety should always apply.