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The Sheridan model E CO2 pistol

by B.B. Pelletier

Announcement from Edith Gaylord
Tom/B.B. will be out of commission and offline for at least a week. Yesterday, he had another gallbladder attack. I took him to the ER, where we discovered that he also had acute pancreatitis. The pain was so excruciating this time around that three shots of morphine did little to relieve it. The pancreatitis will be treated with antibiotics over the next three days (he can’t eat or drink anything, either). Then, they’ll remove his gallbladder. If you happen to have Tom’s cell phone number, please don’t call him.

Whatever you blog readers can do to answer questions will be much appreciated. Of course, I’ll answer as many as I’m able. I’ll keep you posted on Tom’s progress!

I’ll be providing blogs from previous articles Tom’s written for one of our former publications. Here’s a neat one from Airgun Revue #2, which was published in 1998. Enjoy!

This Sheridan pistol is finished as nicely as any airgun from “the good old days.”

“They don’t make ’em like they used to!” Have you ever heard that said about airguns? Do you say it yourself? If you do, perhaps you haven’t yet had a chance to see or shoot Sheridan’s model E CO2 pistol. It’s as well made as any of the airguns of the past and better than most. Although it was discontinued recently, there are many of them laying around just waiting for you to connect with a piece of Americana.

First, let’s clear up some confusion that originates with the manufacturer. Until January 1977, there were two separate companies–Benjamin and Sheridan. Benjamin’s history goes back into the 1800s with the St. Louis Air Rifle Company, which became Benjamin during the first decade of the 20th century. Sheridan is a relative newcomer, starting in 1947, with the first offering of their Pneumatic Rifle, which has since been known as the Supergrade.

So, Benjamin/Sheridan have been two separate companies until Benjamin purchased Sheridan. Although they’re now one, and wholly owned by another airgun maker–the Crosman Corporation–there still are differences between the two brand names. Caliber is the biggest difference. Sheridan pioneered the .20 caliber with their first rifle and have sold their airguns with the same caliber ever since.

Benjamin guns have been offered in both .177 and .22, with public preferences of one over the other at various times. In the 1950s and ’60s, .22 was by far the favorite; but in the ’80s and ’90s, .177 was dominant.

I’ve been discriminating between guns made by Benjamin/Sheridan, therefore, by caliber. If it’s .20, it’s a Sheridan; if not, it’s a Benjamin. Our subject pistol is a bright nickelplated .20 caliber CO2 single-shot Sheridan model E. More on this in a bit.

One of the first things to disappear after the golden age of airguns ended was the use of good, substantial materials with corresponding finishes. The older Benjamin guns of the ’30s through the ’50s had black nickelplating over silver nickel–all on a solid brass base metal. Whether they were brand new or without a speck of original finish, these guns looked (and still look) like a million dollars. It’s true that they sometimes look a little scuzzy when the black is just left in the corners and some of the silver has begun to show brass, but that’s just a larval stage that can give way to a golden-trumpet sparkle with a little polishing. When contrasted against an oiled brown walnut stock, the all-brass look is my favorite.

Crosman was more conservative with finishes, applying black paint instead of plating; but their guns also looked snazzy, either new or buffed to a shine. Although they did produce some steel-tubed/barreled guns, many–if not most–of them were all brass like the Benjamins.

In the 1960s, American industry began to find less expensive ways to build products, and brass gave way to pot metal first and then plastic in airguns. Finishes weren’t as durable when marketing departments and comptrollers began reining in their production departments. The reasoning of the day was that airguns are temporary possessions, after all. So, why build them to last forever? When that thinking took over, airguns became the very temporary items that it dictated. Airgunners will tell you that the golden age was over–not to be resurrected in the US, again.

But the Sheridan model E, made for just a little more than one year, beginning in 1989, belies that philosophy. It’s heavily plated with beautiful nickel over a metal base that has been well-prepared. Nickel looks so nice on a gun, having a slight gold cast that can only be noticed by holding it next to something plated with chrome. And a good nickel job will outlast a good blue job by many years. Chrome, by comparison, is brittle and will soon begin to flake off in unsightly patches.

The rear sight of the model E is adjustable for both windage and elevation. Although the method of adjustment is crude, it works perfectly. The entire unit slides left and right in a groove and is held in position by a single slotted friction screw. Elevation is via a headless slotted screw running through the horizontal leaf. This same method has been used for air pistol sights since the 1930s and is just as precisely accurate as more expensive click-adjustable units, if not as easy to make fine adjustments.

You might think that accuracy in a gun selling for under $90 would be quite low, but the Sheridan is really quite the shooter. In fact, it was this aspect that caused us to look at it in the first place. One of our readers sent us some targets he had shot with his Sheridan model H multi-pump pneumatic (different powerplant than the model E, but similar in other ways) that were quite eye-opening. He had several five-shot groups fired at 25 yards that measured under an inch! That isn’t bad for a rifle, let alone a pistol. For a pistol costing so little, it’s very good!

He had scoped his gun with an inexpensive Tasco, but I preferred to try ours with the factory iron sights. Shooting at 10 meters (33 feet), I got one five-shot group that measured under 3/8″, and several others were just a smidgen larger. The most accurate pellets were the .20 caliber Crosmans that come in a red plastic belt-loop box–the same as the .177s.

This is the kind of accuracy I got from a rest at 10 meters. Not a target gun but certainly a good plinker.

Shooting from a rest, I noticed a very pronounced flip-up at the muzzle with every shot. The escaping CO2 works backwards on the gun (like a rocket), once the pellet has cleared the bore. I adjusted the sights to a six-o’clock hold, and lighted the target well, so my nickel sights appeared totally black. The sight picture was less than precise because the front blade is many times smaller than the rear notch; but by focusing on the front sight and not the bull, I managed to keep a decent sight picture.

The trigger on the pistol we tested was a bit stiff, at more than 5 lb., but it broke without creep. A bit of moly lubrication on the sear and the bearing pin lowers this by about 1 lb. I wouldn’t recommend any stoning of the sear in this gun, as the parts are not as hard as those found in some firearms. The moly grease makes a large difference.

Regular Crosman .20 caliber pointed pellets went into a tight group under 3/4″. Crosman Premiers, a pellet that usually shoots best in most guns, lagged behind in this one, keeping them all in a group just over an inch. This is why it is always recommended that a shooter try all different types of pellets in a gun. Barrels will vary from gun to gun within the same brand and caliber, so it always pays to try out everything you can lay your hands on.

64-deg. F • Point blank
Crosman Pointed Pellets

High…..412 f.p.s.
Low…..384 f.p.s.
Avg…..398 f.p.s.
Ext. Spread…..28 f.p.s.
Beeman Silver Sting
High…..444 f.p.s.
Low…..423 f.p.s.
Avg…..429 f.p.s.
Ext. Spread…..21 f.p.s.

I found that shooting rapidly did cause the velocity to drop along a regular slope, but waiting 15 seconds between shots allowed things to stabilize and velocity to rise to the average. Many CO2 guns exhibit this phenomenon, which is caused by their internal parts being cooled by the steady flow of CO2, a refrigerant gas. The vapor pressure of CO2 drops when things get cooler, which puts less pressure behind each succeeding pellet. So, it’s often a good idea to allow a CO2 gun to warm up between shots.

In all, I must say that I was most impressed by this Sheridan pistol. It has the genuine quality that we all look for in older American airguns. Too often, today’s guns do not measure up to that same standard. This one does. If you’re looking for an inexpensive American-built gun, try either the Sheridan or the Crosman line of CO2 and pneumatic pistols. The CO2 gun now comes in a dull painted finish only, but the pneumatic is still finished in bright nickel.

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Tom Gaylord (B.B. Pelletier)
Tom Gaylord, also known as B.B. Pelletier, provides expert insights to airgunners all over the world on behalf of Pyramyd AIR. He has earned the title The Godfather of Airguns™ for his contributions to the industry, spending many years with AirForce Airguns and starting magazines dedicated to the sport such as Airgun Illustrated.

89 thoughts on “The Sheridan model E CO2 pistol”

  1. Edith,

    Before reading today's topic or any comments let me say God be with Tom and bless the both of you.
    And thanks for your dedication.

    Blogger was down for almost an hour, maybe this will post now.

  2. Tom,

    You've got prayers and blessings coming from Oregon too.

    Please make every effort to get healthy and strong. Edith has that path laid out I'm sure.. SHE's the BOSS, so do as she says and you'll be well soon!

    I pray you don't catch some disease while in the hospital. Those places scare the heck out of me!

    I'm picturing you and Edith laughing and playing tennis… and that's the way it shall be soon!

    Wacky Wayne

  3. Get well, Tom. Keep him quiet, Edith! And remember if painkillers are offered, accept them. Nowhere is it written that you have to hurt! (remembering my surgery in January)!


  4. Looks like everyone used the best well wishes already, so ditto from me.

    Don’t bother Tom with this, but he had just given the go ahead on a trade the other day. I will get my new shipping address to you as soon I as I figure out those darn Chinese characters. He was to send the USFT for a NIB pink Crosman 760. He insisted on pink, said something about it matching a European man bag he saw online. He also wanted to throw in some classic pellets to make it even, but I let him have the edge in this deal.

    Wayne – this is what you wanted me say, right?

    I hope this gave you a little smile and will do the same for Tom when he gets home.

    God Bless you both,

  5. Thanks for all your wishes for Tom's recovery. I just came back from the hospital and he's still not doing well. Looks like his pancreatitis has gotten worse instead of better. They're going to give him more powerful drugs so at least he won't feel miserable.

    The doctor was quite reassuring and said that sometimes things get a little worse before they get better.

    One of the things I like about Texas: The doctor asked what we do for a living…and we told him. Instead of being mortified that we write about and use guns, he asked if we managed to go to the last gun show in Ft. Worth. I love this state 🙂

    I'll see Tom again tonight and will post any updates to his condition in tomorrow's blog.

    Thanks, again, for caring.

    Volvo–I'll print out the comment about the trade you claimed Tom agreed to and show it to him when he can laugh again.


  6. Get well soon Tom. Might want to remind your doc that there is no maximum dose of MS if the patient is still in pain – a lot of RNs and MDs get scared for no legitimate reason when they "feel" that they've administered enough. Keep pushing it slowly until the pain is relieved, docs!

    Glad to hear your doc is a shooter, but I hate to break the news to you… I live in the most liberal community in California, and my doctor is a gun enthusiast too – as are MANY MANY people here, from all political persuasions. I'm sure Texas is great, but that's not the reason…

  7. Edith,

    See, I told you all that CO2 was gonna be bad for Tom. 😉

    Seriously, make certain Tom gets the very best surgeon for the gall bladder operation that you can lay your hands on. While gall bladder removal is routine, and the risks of errors are low, when they do occur they are devastating. My 19-year-old niece had her gall bladder removed two years ago and the ape that performed her surgery sliced completely through her common bile duct. Within an inch of her life the air ambulance got her to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in the nick of time, where Dr. Danny Sleeman, the finest hepatic surgeon in the United States, was able to save her life and repair the damage. She now has to take two blood tests a month for the rest of her life and will probably need surgery again in ten years time.

    Please make certain the surgeon who does Tom has already done at least twenty successful gall bladder removals before you let him touch Tom, and make sure HE does the surgery personally and not one of his students while he looks on.

    All the best,

  8. AlanL,

    On Mar. 27, you posted the following question on the blog for the Beeman R1 update:

    Pyramyd describes the Weihrauch HW25L as having a Post Globe front sight, whereas Weihrauch describes it as having a Tru-Glo fiber optic front sight. Which is correct?

    In the case of the HW30S Pyramyd says fiber-optic front sight and Weihrauch doesn't specify but shows the globe. Do you know what it is?

    I asked Pyramyd Air's purchasing agent, and he just confirmed that the HW25L shipment they're getting will have iron sights, not fiber optic ones.

    I have not heard what will be on the HW30 models.


  9. Edith,
    Hopes and prayers go out to Tom and you. I know the pancreatitis can be a bitch as I have it as well. Get so tired of all the meds. Just know that I'm praying for you both.

  10. Does anyone know of a part # for the 14.6 barrel for the 2240. I emailed crosman, their response bewildered me. Basically they simply stated that none of their standard guns came with a 14.6 barrel but if I knew the part# I might be able to order one. If you don't believe me, this is the text I received "i do not think any of our standard guns come with a 14.6 barrel. if you know of a model number then you can order it with that part number." Any ideas?

  11. rikib,

    I Googled "Crosman 2240" parts diagram and came up with this page. It appears that the barrel is part # 2240-002. There's a cap on the muzzle (part # 788-101) that might still be attached to your gun that may make the barrel seem longer than it really is.


  12. Edith
    Sorry I may have mis-stated my question. I want to replace my standard barrel with the long barrel (14.6"). Crosman offers as a mod when you are ordering a new pistol so I didn't understand why they were asking me about a part#. I guess maybe I need to make a call to them instead of using email. Thanks for your help.

  13. Wow, sorry to hear about Tom's attack. Send along our best wishes, Edith.

    Duskwight, I think you may have been too quick to dismiss vodka. I had some Grey Goose vodka in a martini while I was in Hawaii last week and it was very impressive. It compared very favorably to the traditional "James Bond" martini with gin which I ordered on another occasion. The stuff was punishing and I felt drunk before I even finished the glass.


  14. AJ
    I understand that the 14.6 barrel is a mod. Are you saying that it is not just a swap out with my original barrel. Sorry to sound stupid but I am new to this. I have a steel breech to install and just thought if I got the new barrel I could do it all at once.

  15. Matt61 & Duskwight
    Martini either vodka or gin depends on the quality. I love both! The poorer qualities can be quite harsh though. There are a lot variables and personal tastes. Shaken, stirred actually does affect taste, proper amount of vermouth and even the correct glass. Just my two cents, hope I'm not interfering.

  16. Yes it should work….I call everything that is not original a mod.

    The front sight you may need to wrap with tape and twist off carefully with a pliers as they are just pressed on, from what I remember, and push on to the new barrel when done.

  17. Edith/Tom:

    I suffer from chronic pancreatitis and it can be horrible. The pain is beyond description and many (including hospital staff) under medicate for it. I joke that it feels like your soul is on fire. It is pain that you can’t get away from. Don’t underestimate how bad this hurts.

    I don't say this to scare you, but to make sure Tom gets enough pain meds. That is when recovery starts to happen. Sleep is easier and your body gets real rest. Don't be shy asking for more if he still feels any pain. This isn’t the time to be tough. I’ve been hospitalized for this dozens of times and generous pain meds can make it so much better (and quicker to recover).

    The gallbladder surgery is easy to recover from (hope he gets laparoscopy) and is usually a piece-of-cake. I am so sorry that Tom (and you) have to go through this. I told my wife about it (she knows of Tom through the TV show) and she teared up immediately and asked how you (Edith) are doing. I have it on good authority that pancreatitis is very hard on the spouse too. My whole family will be praying for you both and we look forward to hearing that Tom is back home. Thanks for all you do. Take care!


  18. AJ
    Okay, guess I'll call Crosman and see about ordering the barrel. Being that when I emailed they (whoever answered the email) didn't seem to know what I was talking about. Unless I wanted to order a new gun through their custom shop. Thanks for your help and patience.

  19. Chris,

    I asked one of the nurses in the ER, "Is there a pain management specialist on duty?" He looked at me as if I were speaking Esperanto.

    The surgeon who's now treating Tom told us that he'd give Tom an on-demand painkiller. Press a button, get a shot of pain relief. Tom asked if he could just tape down the button and forget the pressing part 🙂

    I'll be leaving shortly to visit him. I sure hope things are better than they were this morning.


  20. Edith,

    Take Tom an air pistol he can play with, so he can distract himself instead of staring at the ceiling. He can shoot at the empty IV bags, ceiling tiles, maybe even the TV. And, he can scare the nurses into giving him great attention!


  21. Edith,

    My prayers go out to both yourself and Tom. I'm sure you will make the staff there treat Tom right.

    For those of us that like to tinker with our airguns, I have found the Daisy Parts and Service to be very good about supplying parts for their products. Yesterday I finished a rebuild on my old 880. The parts were shipped on a timely basis, and the cost was less than I would have expected. They even supplied me with a downloadable PDF that showed and exploded drawing with part number call-outs, and part number and price list. It was my first airgun rebuild attempt, and it shot every bit as well as my much newer 880.(I shot both in a side-by-side comparision.) I have to admit I would have been quite lost without the drawing.


  22. BB,

    I noticed not to long ago that some of the stuff listed on PA has a muzzle energy figure listed beside the muzzle velocity claim? For the guns with that listed, is that figure accurate? And is PA going to add that information for all the guns they sell?


  23. Volvo,

    I never said "new in box" pink 760.. that's a little out of balance don't you think. I've got a used one that's a more fitting trade for that ugly old USFT… but since you've made the deal already, I'll live with it.
    I'll just take the difference out of your sales commission.

    geezes…just can't get good help these days..


    No need to bother Tom now.. the under cover guys will make the switch while your out.. They will wear those booties on their shoes this time I promise..

    Now your sure you'll be out, they don't want to meet you again…
    nothing personal.. it's just that they would rather pass on the bloody nose thing.

    Just think how pleased Tom will be to see the trade all done:-)

    What else are friends for, but to help out when your down.

    Tom with a paint ball gun.. is what that hospital needs.

    Wacky Wayne

  24. Matt,
    I was starting to worry about you. Glad you're back. Since gin makes me vomit projectile fashion before it reaches my stomach (must be allergic), vodkatini's are my only "martini" experience. Not bad, but vodka and tonic is better.

  25. Edith,prayers for you both…I know this is hard…I hope for a quick operation and painless,followed by Tom waking from a dreamstate to ask you the following;"Edith,did you see the Girandoni I bought at the neighbor's garage sale?It looks like new!
    Laughter is the best medicine…
    Frank B

  26. rikib

    When ordering aigun parts from Crosman it is best to call them.

    1-800-7AIRGUN (724-7486)

    You must have a part number for everything you order. If you call them and say "I want a "14.5 inch barrel in .22 caliber" they will not order it. You must have the exact Crosman part number.

    14.5 inch barrel #2250-019
    18 inch barrel #2400-102
    24 inch barrel #2260-003

    You can download the exploded parts diagram for your 2240 directly from Crosman as well.


  27. Good hopes and best wishes to you
    Tom and Edith for both of your recoveries.

    Hi all been busy with this new census job
    so haven't posted lately.
    No I'm not one of those door knockers,I
    just sit at a little table and wait for folks to come in who "want" help filling out the forms.:)


  28. Edith,

    Very sorry to hear about Tom's pancreatitis. I hope you're okay. And I hope you have a healthy, fully recovered airgun writer back at home as soon as possible.


  29. Edith,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom. I've had major surgery where I couldn't eat or drink for over a week. Not very easy when you enjoy food as much as I do.

    On the upside, I lost 38 pounds that I never got back. Because I had a super restricted diet after the surgery, I learned to modify what I ate, and realize that I was able to get by with much less food. For me, this was something that, apparently, I had to be forced to do.

    The adjustment was healthier and has even given me a more refined appreciation for food. Thank God my wife's a great cook, otherwise this might not have been so doable.

    In any case, there was a bright side, and this was it.

    God bless,

  30. My prayers go out to both of you, Tom and Edith,

    I went through the same issues last year. I had been fighting gall bladder issues for over 30 years, and it finally caught up with me last year.

    When I first heard about Tom's ailment, I was going to tell you that peppermints (both teas and candies) helped me a lot during my ailment. However, that soon graduated to peppermint schnapps over the years…

    Now that I have had my surgery, I feel like a kid again. I've been able to eat everything that I could never had over the last 30 years!

    My only warning is to watch Tom's diet afterwords. In my case, the freedom of an open diet = the rapid gaining of 20 pounds!!!

    All my best for a rapid recovery,

    Ernie aka: Wild-wild-west in Canada.

    PS: If the docs will let him, have Tom chew on a tic-tac. I found it worked for me to kill the pain…

  31. Slinging Lead
    Thanks for that info. On crosman's site they really don't explain that the 14.6 barrel is a 2250. It is just in their custom shop for the 2240, so I stupidly assumed it was a 2240 14.6 barrel mod. Been chasing my tail for awhile. Almost sounds like when you call crosman your just talking to a shipping clerk if I understand correctly. So let me ask you, when I order the barrel that is what I get "the barrel" I use all my existing mounting parts right?

  32. Edith & Chris,

    It seems that all those Abdominal Cavity organs can be a real bear when it comes to the pain they can dish out.

    I've had a few bouts of pancreatitis myself and can vouch for the pain it causes. Along with the on demand Morphine system they can also add pain meds to the IV.Rest assured Edith, The Docs will get the pain to a manageable level.

    There are a mess of "get wells" and "quick recoveries" Coming to Tom from NJ.

    Tom has the best possible nurse in Edith and I know that she is on top of her game.

  33. JTinAL,

    ah… a Questionnaire Assistance Center Clerk huh…?

    I'm working in the admin group locally. After having been a project manager professionally it is painful to watch the operations bumping around. The local group wouldn't even accept any software problem reports from me!

    My local manager had it figured out quite a while ago. By the time we all learn our jobs, we will be done!


  34. /Dave
    Sounds like you have a little something against cats (maybe I'm wrong). I have 11 and 4 dogs, I'm with you saying that you probably never own one, but I also feel that you never truly own a dog. From what I've found it is more of a mutual feeling of trust and loyalty to each other. Most of my cats follow me around the house (as do the dogs), some sleep with us and the dogs. I have one particular cat a Norwegian Forest Cat that follows my every move. Tries to drink my water, eat from my plate and sleeps on my feet so he knows if I move. I know this is not the right wording but I don't feel that I "own" any of my pets, I care for all their needs. Legally yes I own them, but morally I don't try to claim ownership of them. Maybe none of this made any sense to anyone, if not sorry to waste your time.

  35. Herb
    Yep I'm a quacker
    "Questionaire Assistance Center Representative" with the chance of going
    to the Enumerator position after the QAC's
    close on the 19th.Don't know if door knockin is my thing but I'll give it a
    shot if they offer.So far it's been purty
    BOOOORING.as I've only had a couple of folks come in with a question or two.
    Most have wanted to know what the fines
    are for not answering the Census Q's:)
    I know the chances are slim but I'm
    hopin this turns into something more

    Thank you and please continue to keep
    us posted,we're all very concerned
    about our favorite AGW and enabler.
    Also please know our thoughts are as
    much with you as with Tom.


  36. BB,

    Sorry to hear the news. Hang in there. Don't worry about Volvo being sold to China. Eddy Merckx still owes me twenty bucks from Vegas. Long story. Anyway, I pulled a few strings and we're going to trade Ricky Martin to Belgium and in turn they'll give China three and a third pints of Duvel and a couple cows for Volvo on our behalf. He should be sitting in the jump seat of a west-bound Fed-Ex plane by next February.

  37. rikib,
    the 14" 2250 barrel is a direct replacement on a 2240. Order the Crosman steel breech while you're at it and upgrade that plastic breech assembly. It's well worth the $35 or whatever they charge for it. Make sure you order the .22 caliber breech–the bolt is different for the .177 cal.

  38. derrick38
    thanks, I already have the long steel breech lying in wait. Wanted to find out about the longer barrel so maybe I could do them both at the same time. About what should I expect to hear when I ask "how much $" don't want to be too shocked. As I said before I new to this and these are going to be my first mods. Thanks again.

  39. Sorry to hear about the pancreatitis with the gall bladder relapse! They warned me about the pancreatitis possibility with a procedure I had right before I had my gall bladder out. Fortunately it didn't happen. The gall bladder is painful enough! Get well soon Tom and we'll pray the pain goes away immediately!


  40. derrick38
    That's all! I read an old post from B.B. from back in 2009 and he had mentioned the 10.1 and 14.6 barrels only being about that price. I thought that was just a difference in price when you purchased the gun. I'll have to call Crosman tomorrow. I really like my 2240, but want to get a little more out of it before teaching the better half to shoot. Like I said already have the steel breech, also have a red dot so now I guess I need the barrel. Thanks.

  41. derrick38 & Slinging Lead
    Thanks for all the useful info on the 14.6 barrel for my 2240. I spent many wasted hours chasing my tail for a 2240 14.6 barrel. I should have consulted the experts here first then I would have known that it is actually a 2250 barrel. I'll know where to find correct answers in the future. Thanks to everyone that helped this brain dead idiot.

  42. rikib

    I don't have a 2240, but I have a 1377 which is almost the same gun. You have CO2, and I have a manual pump handle. The chassis is the same. I purchased an "18 barrel in .22 and it cost $13.82. Any of the longer barrels should give you a good bit more power.

    As far as using all the old parts, yes… kind of. If your rear sight is like mine, it will not fit great on the pistol with the new breech. Crosman offers a nice rear sight called the LPA MIM sight from the custom shop, but I don't know what the part number is.

    Derrick could give you better advice about the rear sight. He could also mill a dovetail-groove into the original sight with his left hand while he made a ham and cheese omelet with his right. I just saw now, that you have a red dot. Good deal.

    The barrel should have a flat spot milled into the top of it at the muzzle. The current one, and the one you want to order. The front sight has a corresponding piece of plastic that fits into the flat spot. The front sight comes off by prying it straight forward, do not twist. The barrel band works the same as before.

    I know you are not really into rifles, but may I suggest you order a shoulder stock?




    It will replace your current grips, and give you a very stable platform for those longer shots. It is easily removable, should you want to go back to the pistol configuration. I realize the second one is pricey, (but very pretty) and that you are under somewhat of a budget. If you don't like them, sell them on the Yellow Classifieds. Just a suggestion, humbly submitted.

    One last thing, Crosman barrels are known for being dirty from the factory (not bad just dirty.) The best time to clean the barrel is before you put it in, so that you can clean it from breech to muzzle. I use the JBs non embedding bore paste on a brass brush, as BB recommends.

  43. Edith,

    Thanks for the answer. It explains why the KE info for the new guns is so spotty on PA's site. I don't suppose passing along to the folks at PA, Crosman, Daisy, Gamo, etc… that having accurate KE figures for the guns as part of their marketing is a great help in comparing the guns and picking the best one for an application since it allows folks to do an apples to apples comparison of how powerful a gun is would help get the companies to supply that information on a regular basis?

    I ask because I've had to explain to too many kids that their "1000" fps gun doesn't actually shoot 1000 fps with anything except extremely light pellets (sub-7 grains). It makes for a long, and bitter explanation and a discouraged kid…


  44. Slinging Lead
    Thanks for all that good info. I assume I can get the JB bore paste and brass brush on PA. As far as the shoulder stock, well gotta think about that. Love the pistol platform. Maybe a short stock with pistol grip would be okay. Thanks again.

  45. Slinging Lead
    That first one looks nice (within my budget). I assume I just set the forearm piece aside as I'm mounting this stock onto a pistol. Well gotta get some sleep now have a doc appt in 6 hours.

  46. Dave,

    Thank you. Luckily I both live and work a bit westwards from that place. None of my friends, relatives or colleagues got hit, and that's a luck too.
    However our luck doesn't mean anything to those who died that day.
    Mom (she's a medic and she worked that day, her clinic is in the area) got conscribed and spent the day checking casualties and helping with light wounds, so we had to postpone celebrating Mom and Dad's marriage anniversary.

    Good thing all the emergency services worked like a clock and people rushed to help right on spot, there were dosens of volunteers, all willing and surprisingly able.
    I hope victims will recover and murderers will be punished ASAP.


  47. rikib

    PA sells the JB's borepaste, the brass brushes, the Dewey rod to use them on, and the 1399 stock for that matter.

    The first stock, the 1399, has no forearm piece. The wooden one does, and it would fit your gun, but I realize this would be an extravagant expense for something you are unsure about, so that is all irrelevant. The wood is a purely cosmetic consideration, and the 1399 stock will give you all the same benefits.

    I hope you and Tom get good news from doctors tomorrow.

    Cheers, and good health to all.

    WV: iseemabb. I see marvelous advances in BBs condition.

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