by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
It’s been a long time since we had a guest blog. Remember that you are always welcome to write a report for this blog.
The air rifle we are looking at today came out last year. I didn’t have time to test it, so when reader David praised his, I asked him to share his experiences with you.
Today’s report is the first part of the guest blog. David tells us about his experiences with the Crosman Legacy 1000 multi-pump pneumatic air rifle.
If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me. Over to you, David.
Crosman Legacy 1000
This report covers:
- Incredible claims
- Getting the Crosman Legacy 1000
- Plastic everywhere
- The trigger
- Loading pellets
- Punching groups in paper
- Crosman Hunting Pointed pellets
- Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum pellets
- Winchester Round Nose pellets
- H&N Sniper Magnum pellets
The Crosman 2289G, Crosman 1322, the 1377, the 2100B, and the 2240 — what do they all have in common? These are all modern air guns made by Crosman that are so reliable, fun and unbounded that just about every serious air gunner has them in their collection, and they are often the choice for new air gunners. It may be time to add one to that list, the Crosman Legacy 1000.
The Crosman Legacy 1000 is a multi pump pneumatic air rifle in .177 caliber that will deliver 10 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle and still maintain a level of accuracy that rivals the 1377 air pistol with a stock added. Released in the middle of last year, this rifle is based on the tried-and-true Crosman 2100B, with a few improvements to increase the power a bit, while maintaining a high level of potential accuracy.
Seeing a multi-pump made by Crosman that claims to be able to push a lead pellet out of its muzzle at 750 f.p.s. looked like an overly inflated claim, as is so common. In this case the claim is true, in fact mine will send a lead pellet out at up to 794 f.p.s. For a $50 air rifle, this is very impressive.
This is foreign ground to most modern air gunners; the idea of an air rifle living up to the on-box claims is unheard of. This is an air rifle to bring back the validity of on-box claims, to bring back the trust of the customer in the advertised ability of an air rifle.
Getting the Crosman Legacy 1000
My first Crosman Legacy 1000 arrived on December 30th 2016, with a 10-for -$10 test from Pyramyd Air. I was blown away! This is a rifle that lives up to the manufacturer’s claims in every way. I opened the box, oiled the piston and pivot points, ran a few patches through the barrel, and took it out to shoot. The first few groups were very impressive for an air rifle that I had not previously shot, and it kept getting better.
After this I decided to look at the 10-for-$10 test chrony strip that was also in the box, Pyramyd Air had only gone up to 8 pumps, using a 7-grain pellet. Despite this the chrony showed numbers above 700 f.p.s. with 8 pumps. As Crosman recommends up to 12 pumps for this rifle, I realized that not only would this rifle likely reach the advertised claims — it would likely exceed these claims.
A week later my second Crosman Legacy 1000 arrived, and this time the 10-for-$10 test showed all the way to 12 pumps, with 12 pumps giving 780 f.p.s.and 794 f.p.s. with RWS Diablo Basic 7-grain pellets. That was extraordinary by any measure! Here is a $50 air rifle that claims up to 755 f.p.s. for lead pellets, and yet it is pushing them out at up to 794 f.p.s., while shooting very accurately for a multi-pump air rifle.
I knew I was going to have to check out the power of this rifle with the pellets that I found to be accurate. I will not be talking much more about the power, as my testing is rather subjective. I will say that the Crosman Legacy is definitely a 10 foot-pound multi-pump pneumatic air rifle.
The Legacy 1000 traded in the metal receiver of the Crosman 2100 for a plastic receiver housing. In exchange this rifle provides a solid metal piston, that seems to be aluminum, as well as a little better bolt head that looks like it may seal the barrel lead [Ed. breech] better than the old one from the 2100. For the power that is delivered I would expect that Crosman has made more changes to the powerplant that are unseen. That seems like a vary fair trade. It keeps the price down while delivering more performance from the same design.
The trigger is on par for a lower cost air rifle from Crosman. It is fairly comparable to other Crosman rifles in the same price range — nothing too poor, though far from a target trigger. It feels like about a 5 lb. trigger pull that’s a little too long and gritty. It does have a nice predictable break, though, that seems to be the same every time.
So many shooters seem to have trouble loading pellets in these rifles — a task that is so easy. If you look at the loading area, you just place a pellet toward the outer edge of the metal ramp and roll it into place with your finger, and you get a perfect load every time. No dropping it this way or that; keep it simple and roll the pellet into place.
Punching groups in paper
Of course power has no meaning without being able to hit your target. This rifle does very well in the accuracy department, much better than the price and soda-straw barrel would have you believe. We can’t have a decent conversation about such an accurate rifle without showing some groups, though Mother Nature seemed to have different plans.
I was planning on going out and shooting from a bench at 15 meters and 30 meters to show some groups with the rifle, though a wet day in the desert meant my plans had to change. These groups I’m showing were shot at 12 meters indoors offhand, as that is the limit of my indoor range. I do not have any rest setup for indoor shooting. If there is enough interest I may shoot some groups from a bench when the weather allows, and see about submitting another guest blog.
I am a terrible shot. Please take that into consideration when looking at these groups. Most of you could probably do a lot better than this with this rifle. All groups are 5 shots.
Crosman Hunting Pointed pellets
The first target is a group of Crosman Hunting Pointed pellets. At 7.4 grains, these are tiny pellets, the smallest I have. I put these in only because you can get them anywhere, I did not think they would be any good. Turns out they did better than expected in this rifle.
Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum pellets
The second target is a group of Crosman Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum pellets. The flier on the left that opens this group up to 7/8ths-inches was my fault, I pulled that shot and knew it when I did.
Winchester Round Nose pellets
This next target shows a group of Winchester Round Nose pellets. This is just a pellet I happened to have laying around that does ok in most of my .177 caliber air rifles, including the Legacy.
H&N Sniper Magnum pellets
And here is the H&N Sniper Magnum. This is usually the best pellet in this rifle for me. For this heavy weight it does need at least 5 pumps to print a good group.
The Crosman Legacy 1000 is a good deal at its price, being fairly powerful, and fairly accurate. Crosman has set the bar high for future low cost multi-pump pneumatic rifles.