I posted this originally in January on the general Fun Supply forum, but in doing a “search” on this one, I see that there have been more comments on the Legacy on this forum:
New to posting on the forum, but I’ve been reading it, the general “yellow” forum, the Crosman forum and Eddie’s for over a year. Just as background info, I grew up shooting a Slavia 618 break-barrel when everyone else had pumper Crosmans and Daisys. I’ve been shooting a tool-sale, no-name (probably Snow Peak) B-3 for over a year and have been an assistant firearms instructor with a criminal justice agency for about five years.
From the postings I’ve gotten the idea that the Legacy was:
(1) Poorly finished.
(2) Screws would be loose.
(3) Extremely loud and “twangy” (one poster got a headache, while another described it as sounding like a worn-out storm door closer)
(4) Terribly inaccurate.
Got a Legacy 1000 for Christmas (made in March 2004 by the serial no.)and here are my observations:
(1) The bluing appears equal to any of the Gamo 220s and 440s I looked at. I like the wood.
(2) The screws on mine were Loctited (blue thread lock) at the factory. None were loose and none have loosened during the first 150 shots.
(3) Have experienced no signs of dieseling and it sounds a lot more solid than my B-3 (which has had the spring and all joints lubed). Certainly no threat of a headache.
(4) Shoots nickle-sized, five-shot groups of Copperhead wadcutters at a measured 50′ with the iron sights. I’ve cleaned the barrel at least three times, once with JB Borepaste (picked up this hint from postings by Russ Best). I plan to keep cleaning the barrel as the first patches were absolutely black.
Since the January posting I have also noted:
(1) It’ll shoot dime-sized groups at 50′ with the Crosman scope (I’ve installed a scope stop), however, I’ve recently encountered problems with the scope tube slipping in the mounts (I might note that it’s a Chinese-made scope and mounts). I’m currently corresponding with Crosman Customer Service about it and they’ve offered to replace the scope already, no questions asked.
(2) The trigger is adjusted at the factory to be very safe (at least mine was), which means a very creepy second stage. I had to turn the adjusting screw out 1.5 turns to get the creep down to an acceptable level. The trigger effort is still a bit more than my ideal but it doesn’t feel to be any heavier than my Glock 23 and it’s 5.5 lbs.
(3) None of the screws have loosened after 300+ shots.
(4) Velocity has increased to the point that it’ll put CCPs thru 1/2 inch plywood at 50′ (Sorry boys, I still haven’t had access to a chronograph!)
(4) So far I’ve had none of the barrel droop or wobble issues about which some posters have complained.
(5) Crosman Customer Service has been very responsive and seems to be sincerely interested in addressing any problems.
So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprized and impressed by the Legacy. While I’m sure that it’s no R-9, for a $120 (on sale) American-made air rifle, it appears to be competitive with the others that I looked at (Gamo 220/440, RWS 94 and RWS 34). It’s light, powerful and will digest “heavy” .177 pellets without spring problems.
JMO, but it appears that Crosman/Benjamin has really been working on product improvement with the Legacy and wants to make a good rifle.
And one other thing…A BIG “THANK YOU” TO RUSS BEST! He’s suffered several of my more ignonts and has been supremely helpful. Can’t say enough good things about his willingness to advise. I definitely plan to send him my Legacy in the next 12-18 months.