This report covers:
- The gun
- The safety
- Single action
Today we are looking at Crosman’s new Fortify BB revolver. This is a different BB pistol for several reasons I hope to now show you.
The Fortify is an 18-shot BB repeater that is powered by CO2. It does say 4.5mm on the gun, the instructions and in the description on the Pyramyd AIR web page, but the box that the pistol comes in gets it right — BB caliber, which is 4.3mm. And that would be steel BBs only — not lead. The barrel is not rifled.
Do not use the Marksman steel BBs in the Fortify. We know they are 4.5mm and will likely jam the gun.
The 18 BBs are held in the housing for what would be the extractor on a single action revolver. You can see that in the photo above. They are in line and a spring-loaded extractor lever is the follower. The description says loading is easy and I can see that it should be.
A 12-gram CO2 cartridge fits into the elongated grip. Nobody but an SAA fan will notice that the grip frame is longer to accommodate the CO2 cartridge. When the right grip panel comes off it exposes a wrench for tightening the screw that pushes the CO2 cartridge into the piercing pin.
The grips are ivory colored and have raised bumps for more grippy-ness. And, they fit very tight — no loose wiggle.
The Fortify is called a BB revolver but nothing on the outside of the pistol revolves. The pistol made in the shape of a single action revolver and you do have to cock the hammer for every shot, but as I said, nothing that you can see revolves. The hammer can only be cocked when the safety is off.
In this respect the Fortify is similar in concept to the vintage 12-shot Daisy 179 single action revolver. Both hold their BBs in linear magazines that use spring-loaded followers. But being powered by CO2 the Fortify is considerably more powerful than the Daisy — over 100 f.p.s. faster.
The Fortify uses the loading gate on the right side of the pistol as the safety. I must talk about this, because I had a difficult time figuring out how to take it off safe until I had played with the gun for about five minutes. The directions on the loading gate say PUSH SAFE PULL FIRE. I tried pushing and pulling in all directions for five minutes before I figured that I had to pull the gate STRAIGHT OUT and away from the receiver. That’s a direction I’ve never seen a single action loading gate move before. And it takes a LOT of effort!
I read the manual and it told me nothing that wasn’t already printed on the outside of the gate. The picture in the manual shows the gate closed (on safe) and an arrow seems to tell you to push the gate forward. But that’s impossible, as the “cylinder” is in the way. What you do is put your thumb under the cutout fore the gate and then REALLY pull outwards — away from the gun. It’s so hard to pull that I was afraid of breaking the gun. After you see it done the first time you’ll understand.
Speaking of the “manual”, when it talks about loading it tells you to “Insert up to 13 6mm plastic BBs into the magazine.” Okay — that’s a giveaway. The Fortify started out life as an airsoft gun. That may be why the box tells you to expect “Up To 420 Blazin’ Feet Per Second” while the Pyramyd Air description says the max velocity is about 330 f.p.s. Ninety feet per second isn’t chump change! I think the manual writers need to have the gun in their hands when they write.
The sights are standard single action sights with the rear notch a small notch at the top rear of the frame and the front sight a rounded post to keep from catching on your holster when drawn. Unlike the first generation Colt SAA firearm, this front sight is wide enough to see and the rear notch is, as well. Neither sight adjusts.
Single action means the hammer must be cocked for every shot. This cannot be done when the pistol is on safe. Pulling the trigger does nothing until the hammer is cocked. This trigger is single stage (no lightweight stage before the sear is reached. It has no real creep, but it’s on the heavy side. Of course I will measure it for you when we look at velocity.
We haven’t reviewed a fun gun for quite a while, so this series should be a pleasant departure.
We don’t spend much time with air pistols these days and even less with single action BB revolvers. This is an affordable one you air pistoleros might want to watch.