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Crosman 1322 American Classic .22 caliber multi-pump pneumatic pistol: Part 2

1322 American Classic
Crosman American Classic .22 caliber multi-pump pneumatic pistol.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Crosman Premiers
  • Consistency
  • Discharge sound
  • H&N Baracuda 18
  • JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
  • Trigger pull
  • Pump effort
  • Summary

Today we look at the velocity of the Crosman 1322 American Classic .22 caliber multi-pump pneumatic pistol. I said in Part One that this is an iconic American air pistol and you readers chimed it to tell all of us why.

The test

I tested the pistol with three different pellets today and in doing so I got a small surprise. I will also test the pistol for stability, which is something a good multi-pump has. Let’s get started.

Crosman Premiers

This is an American-made Crosman air pistol and as such deserves an American-made pellet. The Crosman Premier in .22 caliber seems right, because this is a .22 pistol. If it was a 1377 it would be the .177 model.

I used brand new Crosman .22 Premiers for this test. They now come only in a metal tin. The cardboard box is no longer available in this caliber. These are the 14.3-grain Premiers that have been with us for over 25 years, but the cardboard box is gone. Don’t confuse them with the 19-grain Domed Ultra Heavy Premiers that are also .22 caliber.

This should be an ideal pellet for this pistol. Therefore I want to know how it performs at all levels. I also want to know how much I gain with each additional pump stroke. That helps me decide where an optimum number of pumps might be.

Pumps………Vel………Increase
3………………298
4………………345………….47
5………………379………….31
6………………408………….29
7………………425………….17
8………………449………….24
9………………466………….17
10…………….478………….12

Looking at this chart it looks to me like six pump strokes is about optimum, at least for the Premier pellet. It gives plenty of velocity for a 10-meter to 25-yard shot, because you have to remember — these are .22-caliber pellets.

Consistency

If a multi-pump is consistent it means you can trust that, shot after shot, the results will be the same. So to check for that I shoot the gun pumped the same number of pumps five times with the same pellet. I pumped 6 times for each shot, which in the last test was good for 408 f.p.s.

Pumps………Vel………Difference (from the first test)
6………………407………….1 f.p.s. 
6………………403………….5
6………………404………….4
6………………403………….5
6………………404………….4

This string averaged 404 f.p.s. So this 1322 I’m testing is very consistent. At the average velocity this pellet developed 5.18 foot pounds of energy. At the maximum velocity this pellet developed 7.26 foot pounds with the same pellet. Let’s keep that in mind when we test the next two pellets.

Discharge sound

On three pumps the report measured 88.1 dB. On 6 pumps it registered 93.7 dB. On 10 pumps it registered 102.3 dB. No matter how you look at it the 1322 is quiet.

Hunting Guide

H&N Baracuda 18

The next pellet I tested was the H&N Baracuda 18. I tested it at 3, 6 and 10 pumps. Here is how it performed.

Pumps………Vel………Increase
3………………271
6………………362………….91
10…………….427………….65

At six pumps this pellet developed 5.28 foot pounds. At 10 pumps it developed 7.34 foot pounds.

JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy

This pellet was my small surprise of the test. It was the JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy. At 6 pumps it developed 366 f.p.s. That’s more than the Baracuda 18. I thought this pellet was much heavier than the Baracuda, but of course it weighs nominally the same. It developed 5.39 foot pounds at the muzzle at this speed.

On 6 pumps, though, this pellet started to really separate from the Baracuda 18. It was 7 f.p.s. faster at 434 f.p.s which produced 7.58 foot pounds of energy. This is one pellet to test for sure in the accuracy test.

Trigger pull

The 1322 has an impact hammer or striker so the trigger pull stays consistent regardless of the number of pumps.  It is a single stage pull. On the test pistol the average for six shots was 6 pounds 2.5 ounces. The range went from 5 pounds 8 ounces to 6 pounds 8 ounces. That’s a broad range and suggests that some type of lubrication on the trigger and sear might bring the pull down closer to the low number.

Pump effort

At first I found the pump effort difficult after 8 pumps, but after adjusting my hold on the gun (how I gripped it with my non-pumping hand) it became reasonably easy. Yogi, the number of times my hands were pinched while pumping was zero. The way I hold the pistol now it’s quite difficult to see where I will ever get pinched.

Summary

It looks like this 1322 scratched a big itch among you readers. It seems that some of you have spent many enjoyable hours making it into something different.

I remember Dennis Quackenbush talking to Crosman’s president at an NRA show about 20 years ago. Dennis thanked  him for building a $34.95 pistol that Dennis could then sell $125 worth of modification parts for. The president was shocked and had nothing to say, but within the next 12 months Crosman’s Custom Shop was created.

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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.

9 thoughts on “Crosman 1322 American Classic .22 caliber multi-pump pneumatic pistol: Part 2”

  1. B.B.
    My stock 1322 is shooting a tad slower than yours with the Crosman Premier pellets, just 450 fps, but I’ve got no complaints; it’s a wonderful little pistol. The trigger pull was a bit high (subjectively, I did not measure it), but I fixed that by removing the trigger spring and “squishing” it (by hand) to reduce the pull weight. If you squish it down too much, you will reach a point where the pistol will no longer cock when you pull the bolt back (yes, I did reach that point =>). At that point, if you pull it back and lengthen it the tiniest bit, you’ll have the best pull you can get with the stock gun. With the addition of a trigger shoe, I now find it most pleasant…great little gun.
    I’m really looking forward to the accuracy testing portion of this set of reports; keep up the good work! 🙂
    Blessings to you,
    dave

  2. BB,
    I could see where this could be a fun little plinker, especially at this price point. I would have to give Dave’s little mod a try though. That trigger sounds a bit stiff.

    JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
    On 6 (10?) pumps, though, this pellet started to really separate from the Baracuda 18.

  3. My 1322’s, all three were originally 1377’s that were converted to .22. Two of them are the pull to cock versions. Just prefer .22 to .177 as they were originally. Still have one 1377 pull to cock just to at least keep one .177. Don’t shoot them very often, but like to pull them out on occasion. Lately have been shooting my 2289 quite a bit.

    Would like to find some trigger shoes to put on all five guns.

  4. BB,
    Your latest post reminded me about a question I and a lot of people were wondering, When is Crosman going to reopen their custom shop? And when they do, when will they offer as a custom job both a pistol and rifle length barrel that can go onto a 1377 with the same accuracy for BBs as the AVANTI champion so that someone can have an adult BB gun that deserves a metal breach and a quality rear sight so that one has a chance of shooting BBs with respectable accuracy?

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