This report covers:
- The barrel moves
- Trigger and hammer
- The grip
Today we start looking at Crosman’s SNR 357. It’s a dual ammo CO2 revolver that shoots both BBs and pellets.
Some say it looks and feels like a real gun. Well, that’s because it is. Drop it on your foot if you don’t believe it. What they mean is it looks and feels like a firearm. And it does resemble a Smith & Wesson model 28 .357 Magnum revolver that was made from 1954 to 1986. If it had a shiny finish it would resemble an S&W model 27 that started being made from 1935 and is still in production today.
The revolver weighs almost two pounds which adds to the feeling of realism. In my mind that makes it a lookalike airgun.
The cylinder swings out to the left on a real crane, giving access to the six cartridges. The front of the cylinder interfaces with a piece at the rear of the spring-loaded barrel that acts as a bolt to lock the cylinder in position when firing. Each chamber hole is beveled at the front to accept the spring-loaded piece at the rear of the barrel.
There is also a bolt that stops the cylinder at the rear. It is activated by pulling the trigger blade back.
The barrel moves
Yes, the barrel does move as the revolver fires. So accuracy may not be the best. We shall see.
The barrel is bored smooth, so this is properly called a gun. That works because it is both a BB gun and a pellet gun.
The 357 comes with six BB cartridges and six pellet cartridges. BBs are loaded in the front of their cartridges and pellets load at the back of theirs.
The clamshell package claims velocities up to 495 f.p.s. That’s more than just a wild claim for velocity; it’s a statement that allows the 357 to enter Canada as an air pistol and not a firearm. Canadian law says that airguns must shoot at less than 500 f.p.s., among other things.
Pyramyd AIR claims a velocity of up to 400 f.p.s. That’s a wide disparity that we will have to check. I wonder who has a chronograph that can check such claims? This will be the first time I have used the Labradar chronograph to test BBs. Oh, boy — I can’t wait!
Yes, Agatha Christie, this revolver does indeed have a safety. The thumb button that slides forward to release the cylinder also slides back to put the revolver on safe. When it’s on safe neither the hammer nor the trigger move. This is a real safe safety!
Just like both Smith & Wesson revolvers — the 27 and 28 — the SNR 357 rear sight adjusts for windage and elevation. I feel no detents in the elevation screw but I do feel soft detents in the windage screw. The rear sight notch is a sharp square that defines the square-section front ramp. I hope this revolver is accurate because I can work with these sights.
Trigger and hammer
You may not be aware of it but some S&W revolvers have special wide hammers and trigger blades. These are called target hammers and target triggers. The hammer on the SNR 357 looks like it wants to copy the S&W hammer, but something was lost in the translation. The trigger isn’t wide, but it does feel good.
The back part of the grip slides back to access the place for the 12-gram CO2 cartridge. The grip piece does come off the grip frame but there are rails top and bottom on each side of the piece that are supposed to slide along the grip frame and hold the grip piece captive. The piece is formed so it acts like a spring to keep tension on these rails and remain on the grip frame. My advice is to leave it on the grip frame because if you remove it, it takes some time to align the rails again and install the piece back on the gun.
I was initially going to make comparisons between this gun and Crosman’s Vigilante revolver that I reviewed for you back in 2020 and 2021. But the two guns are nothing alike. The SNR 357 stands on its own. If you like revolver airguns, this one may be for you.