Crosman Vigilante 357 Co2 Air Pistol Kit with Holster and 3-Pack of Magazines

Crosman Vigilante 357 Co2 Air Pistol Kit with Holster and 3-Pack of Magazines

Crosman Vigilante 357

 

Co2 Air Pistol Kit with Holster and 3-Pack of Magazines

 

Undoubtedly, gun enthusiasts and lovers of the classic revolver styling from the early 80’s were swept off their feet by introducing a Crosman Model 357-6, a replacement for the venerable Model 38T. This all metal air pistol was made from 1983-1997 and was a true replica of legendary, a Colt Python 357 6″ Magnum. Based on proven design of Colt Python, one of the most beautiful handguns ever made, success was guaranteed and confirmed by the successful sales over many decades and it has ultimately outlasted the real Python. This all metal .357 was very accurate with 6″ rifled barrel and has fired about 450 feet per second muzzle velocity but was not designed to load or shoot steel BBs. At this time there are not really any other pellet handguns out there to compare to.

However, following the market demands, Crosman Company launched in 2014, the Vigilante, a new, mainly plastic Colt Anaconda looking, a double action, semi-auto revolver capable of shooting both pellets and steel .177 BBs (4.5mm). Vigilante`s predecessor, the Crosman 357-6 has recognizable Python profile with a full underlug and vented rib, which some owners mistakenly replaced as an accessory rail. To meet shooters expectations, Crosman also just updated an older popular model to include an all-new tactical, dual rail system (top/bottom rail) giving it a bit of an over-aggressive appearance. These dual accessory rails can accommodate Picatinny or Weaver mounts for attaching a scope, laser, or flashlight for the ultimate backyard plinking air pistol.

This full-sized wheelgunner is constructed with both die cast metal and plastic and reaches enviable 2 pounds (.907 kg). It does not have the full heft of a real 6″ Magnum, making it easier to carry in the field while it still has great balance.

Although with the six inch rifled steel barrel it is possible to shoot BBs, softer lead pellets won’t damage the rifling, however, steel BB’s might prove to be detrimental. Anyway, the updated Crosman can blast lead pellets up to 435 feet per second (133 m/s) and steel BBs up to 465 fps (142 m/s) with astounding accuracy even it`s definitely not a match-pistol. Pellets deliver much more accuracy, so with an adjustable rear sight for windage and elevation and fixed blade front sight, similar to S&W mod-586 L-Frame, an average shooter should make about a 1 inch grouping from 30 feet out in a semi rested position (sand bag up front, standing in the back) using quality RWS 6.9 grain (0.45 g) lead pellets. Although airgun experts claim that the .357 Crosman is not a high-end pistol, one can expect very good sharp-shooting out to about 15 yards or so, which is great for a CO2 pistol.

This classic revolver styling replica has a heavyweight die cast metal frame and unlike some air revolver replicas, there is no swing out cylinder/crane; rather it is a top break design like a venerable British Webley. Today, there are some revolvers styled airguns like the ASG Dan Wesson that have full swing out cylinders enabling quick loading with speed loader. As for the Crosman, the pellets/BBs are loaded in 10 round rotating revolver clip and even though the clip revolves, but not the cylinder, the action is very realistic and so addictive. The gun is powered by CO2 from standard 12g cartridges placed in a gun handle with synthetic plates. The newer versions are more frugal with CO2 so you can expect approximately 60-70 rounds per CO2 cartridge, but the power drops off after about 40 shots.  If you follow the recommended technique of dropping a small drop of Pellgun Oil on the tip of every other new CO2 cartridge you`ll get the most out of each cartridge.

With a comfortable finger-groove grip design, the Crosman Vigilante offers descent trigger pull in either single or double action and is perfect for action shooting. It is a good test of your trigger control and simulates real revolver shooting very well.

This pistol is a good choice for kids, of course with adult supervision and adults of all skill levels. It is an inexpensive pellet/BBs revolver and a marksman can practice his skill indoors any time of the year, especially considering the cheap ammo still cost virtually nothing compared to conventional cartridges! The philosophy is simple, by practicing more, you will be a better handgunner.

The gun kit includes one 3-pack of extra 10rd magazines, but we recommend buying one more 3-pack of 10rd spare cylinders as 70 rounds is close to the firing capacity of each 12g CO2 cartridge. Another part of the kit, a nice little holster is an added bonus though it is not very good but holds the airgun securely.

NOTE: After some use we noticed that the magazine has skipped a chamber during quick draw from holster so you should be careful as chamber skipping could make you think the gun is empty when there is still a pellet remaining.