by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Crosman Challenger PCP
Crosman Challenger PCP.

Edge Part 1
Edge Part 2
Edge Part 3
Edge Part 4
Edge Part 5
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 1
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 2
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 3
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 4
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 5
AirForce Edge 10-meter target rifle: Part 6
Challenger PCP: Part 1
Challenger PCP: Part 2

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Qiang Yuan Training pellets — I’m back!
  • JSB Blue Match
  • The trigger is great!
  • Gamo Match
  • RWS R10 Pistol pellets
  • RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Today we shoot the Crosman Challenger PCP 10-meter youth target rifle for accuracy. Some of you were impressed by how long it held a charge. That’s common for a good PCP, and this one obviously is. I have a lot to tell you so let’s get started.

I filled the rifle and started shooting at 6 a.m. That’s a good start for me because it gives me plenty of time to do what I have to, plus take pix and also write the report. I had a sneaking suspicion that this was gonna be a good day!

The test

I shot the Challenger off a sandbag rest from 10 meters. I shot 5-shot groups so I would stay fresh and still get to shoot many different pellets.

The rifle is so quiet that my cat, Dale Evans, didn’t even raise an objection — a rare thing for her. I guess the 24-inch barrel really uses up all the compressed air — especially the way I now have the powerplant adjusted.

Qiang Yuan Training pellets — I’m back!

First to be tested was Qiang Yuan Training pellets. I fired a shot to see where the sights needed to be adjusted but when I looked through the spotting scope it was almost a pinwheel (a perfectly centered shot). And, after the other 4 pellets were fired, I knew this was going to be my day. Five pellets went into 0.097-inches, center-to-center at 10 meters!

Crosman Challenger PCP Chinese Training pellets
Five Qiang Yuan Training pellets went into 0.097-inches at 10 meters — a gold dollar group!

Then I reflected that the last time I shot the Challenger in 2009 I had sighted it in. It is still on!

JSB Blue Match

This is the first time I have tried this JSB Blue Match target pellet. The Challenger put five of them in 0.217-inches at 10 meters, which is not too bad.

Crosman Challenger PCP JSB Blue pellets
The Challenger PCP put 5 JSB Blue Match pellets into a 0.217-inch group at 10 meters.

The trigger is great!

I have to comment on the Challenger’s trigger. I noticed that I didn’t address it in Part 2 like I usually do.

Of course it is a Benjamin Marauder trigger and I have it set up exactly the way I like it — a long first stage and a crisp second stage that breaks cleanly at 1 lb. 13 oz. I reported that it was set at 1 lb. 12 oz in 2009, so it’s holding up very well.

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Gamo Match

I tried Gamo Match pellets next. Would they be even more accurate in the Challenger PCP? Not a chance! Five of them spread out to a 0.377-inch group. But in a way I was glad to see that, because it verified that I had been shooting well with the first two pellets — especially the first one!

Crosman Challenger PCP Gamo Match pellets
Five Gamo Match pellets ripped a 0.377-inch group at 10 meters. Not the pellet for the Challenger PCP!

RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets

The next pellet I tried was the old standby RWS R10 Match Pistol pellet. I expected great things and they delivered! Five went into a 0.134-inch group at 10 meters — another gold dollar!

Crosman Challenger PCP R10 Pistol pellets

The Challenger PCP put five RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets into a 0.134-inch group at 10 meters. That’s good for the gold dollar.

RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle

The last pellet I tried was the RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle wadcutter. Five went into 0.278-inches at 10 meters. In light of what’s gone before it’s a non-starter for the Challenger.

Crosman Challenger PCP Meisterkugeln Rifle pellets
Five Meisterkugeln Rifle pellets went into 0.278-inches at 10 meters.

Discussion

It was sure nice to have a good day again! At least I know I can still shoot sometimes. After the first group I kept hoping for something even better, but that’s getting into territory where even 10-meter rifles don’t often go.

The trigger is adjusted so well that I was able to watch every shot fire with no movement of the rifle. The 3.8mm front sight aperture is perfectly sized for the 10-meter bulls!

The Challenger PCP gets lots of shots on a low-pressure fill and is the dream rifle of those with a hand pump!

Summary

This concludes our look at the Crosman Challenger PCP target rifle. We have now looked at both the AirForce Edge and the Crosman Challenger PCP. You should have enough information to make a good decision about which one meets your youth target rifle needs.