This report covers:
- The test
- Crosman Copperheads
- Crosman Black Widows
- H&N Smart Shot
- Dust Devils
Today we test the Crosman Fortify single action BB revolver for accuracy. And before we begin I want to give credit to whichever reader said the name Fortify was a play on the caliber .45. Brilliant!
The Fortify has a linear magazine, so magnetic loading isn’t an issue. I shot two steel BBs, one lead ball and then Air Venturi Dust Devils. And there is a surprise coming!
I shot ten-shot groups from 5 meters, which is 16 feet 4 inches. The target was a Daisy 15-foot BB gun target. I used a UTG monopod to stabilize my firing hand.
I made a big deal about Crosman Copperhead BBs in Part 2 so they were the first to be tested for accuracy today. Ten BBs went into a group that measures 1.834-inches between centers. The group is low and to the left of the aim point, which was 6 o’clock on the bull.
Crosman Black Widows
The second BB I tested was the Crosman Black Widow. If Copperheads are not premium BBs, Black Widows are the best of the best. The Fortify put ten of them into a 1.266-inch group at 5 meters. It was the best group of the test.
H&N Smart Shot
The lead BB I tried was H&N Smart Shot. The Fortify put ten of them into a 1.54-inch group at 5 meters.
The Last BB I tested was the Air Venturi Dust Devil. This was the surprise I told you about at the beginning. The Dust Devil is usually the least accurate of any BB tested. Today it was the second most accurate. Ten of them went into 1.332-inches at 5 meters, in what is a very round group.
All shots were below and to the left of the aim point. This will be good to know for the next test. Because the Fortify is made of plastic the front sight can’t be bent to correct for shooting off this way, so I will need to hold off.
The trigger is still heavy, but not too heavy for accuracy.
All the BBs fed reliably. And, because of the pistol’s power, they imprinted well on the paper target.
The safety is hard to take off but very easy to put on. I don’t know if that is intentional but that’s how it is.
I said I would test the Fortify against soda cans at 10 meters. That comes next. I will shoot the most accurate BBs (Black Widows and Dust Devils) of today’s test.
So far the Crosman Fortify checks all the boxes. It’s inexpensive, well-made, powerful, reliable and reasonably accurate. Can’t ask for more than that.