There are some airguns that every airgunner should own. It’s not about the power, or the build quality per say, it’s about the fact that they are iconic airguns that speak to the longevity and history of this great sport.
The Crosman 1322 is the .22 caliber version of the 1377. It’s a multi-pump pistol that’s been a welcome companion to so many young airgunners. I’d like to have a nickel for every 1377 and 1322 that Crosman’s ever sold. Anyway, back to the 1322 Premier shooters kit. Let’s look at what you get.Crosman 1322 Premier Shooters Kit
What comes with the package?
At the heart of the 1322 premier shooters kit is the Crosman 1322 multi-pump pistol. It’s a .22 caliber pistol that can be pumped up to 10 times, potentially yielding up to 500 FPS at the muzzle. My sample achieves that with the 11.9 grain RWS Hobby pellets, easily topping out at around 506 FPS on 10 pumps. At 5 pumps the velocity drops to 406 and at 3 pumps it drops to about 321. So, for plinking around the yard, 3 to 5 pumps are more than sufficient. The 14.3 grain Crosman Pointed Pellets, which are much heavier, shoot a little slower: 10 pumps – 469.6, 5 pumps – 373, 3 pumps – 337.
What makes the 13xx line so beloved by airgunners is the ability to easily customize them. The only limit is the imagination of the owner. The Premier Shooter’s kit gets the ball rolling by including one of first upgrades applied to the 1322, the carbine stock. This simple addition takes the 1322 from a pistol to a carbine by simply removing the grips via a screw on each side of the pistol, slipping on the carbine stock, and then replacing the grips screws. Having the stock on the gun provides a more stable shooting platform. In this carbine configuration, you’ll want to flip the rear sight from notch to peep, allowing you even greater accuracy.
The rest of the package contains everything you’ll need to go out and start shooting. Seeing as safety is really important, they’ve included a set of Crosman Safety Glasses. Ammo is also included with a 175 count tin of .22 cal Crosman pointed pellets. Lastly, there’s a very handy pellet pouch that attaches to your belt. It’s really a total package for someone that’s looking for a lightweight and fun backyard plinking gun with a lot of potential.
How does it shoot?
Truthfully, it shoots pretty darn well for such a low price point. It’s a testimony to a great design that’s lasted for decades. When set up as a pistol and shooting at 5 yards, I can post groups that are less than 1″ all day long. I stick to 5 pumps because at that range, there’s really no need to for more power.5 Shots at 5 yards as a pistol on 5 pumps per shot – Crosman Pointed Pellets 14.3 Grain.
When I convert it to a carbine and back up to 10 yards, I’ll give it a couple of extra pumps to just give it that little extra push to make the distance. I also rotate the sight to the peep sight and use a rest. I get really good groups here too, especially given that I can’t see well, and certainly don’t shoot as well with open sights as I do with a scope. I still keep my groups to sub 1″ at 10 yards though, and that’s more than adequate for me.5 shots at 10 yards as a carbine on 7 pumps per shot – Crosman Pointed Pellets 14.3 Grain.
Who would want the 1322 Premier Shooter’s kit?
If you have an airgunner in your house, they’ll probably want this little kit. It won’t matter if they have airguns costing over $1000 in the gun case, there’s nothing like what the 1322 brings to the table, especially if they tinker even a little. I’m already thinking about getting a steel breach kit and an upgraded trigger for mine. And that’s what this kit really brings to the table. It’s not a “once and done” airgun. It’s an airgun that you can enjoy when you take it out of the box, and keep enjoying as you customize it and update it throughout the years to come. It’s a great little pistol, and this is a great little kit.
Questions / comments?
Do you have a 13xx story that you’d like to share? Post it in the comments section and let us know how you’ve made your 1322 your “own.”