This is my third review for this website.
Recently I have purchased a Crosman 2200 pnuematic pump air rifle on the used market. After reading the excellent book by James House, American Air Rifles I knew that I had to do my best to get one. Lo and behold after searching the used airgun market, I was able to find one for $50 in my local area.
The rifle itself was in used, but good condition. Before I even shot the rifle I made sure to lube the pump wiper and links with Crosman Pellgun oil. Next, I sat down in my apartment and shot about 100 rounds just to get the oil into the working parts of the rifle. After that, I pumped it twice and let it sit over night to see how well it held air.
On the following day I brought it out and tested to see if it held air. It did.
Now on to the performance….
Pumping the rifle is easy, cocking back the bolt is trouble free and loading in those .22 caliber pellets was frustrating. The 2200 is the big brother to the 2100 and both are nearly identical in terms of operation. In my review of the 2100 I stated that I had a tough time loading the .177 pellets. I thought that with the increase in pellet size, these problems would be lessend in the 2200. I was wrong, it was just as difficult. Now those with smaller fingers may find loading either rifle to be easy, but I’m 6’7 and 220 lbs, my hands had trouble. I found that if I dropped it into the loading port and worked the bolt carefully I could manage to correctly position the pellet for entry into the breach. Time consuming? Yes. I could imagine this being more difficult under pressure situations for me, such as hunting. More on this later.
The trigger was similar in pull to my 2100, slightly mushy with a tad of grit. Nothing great, but easy enough to adapt to.
Accuracy was measured at 21 feet ( I live in an apartment) for 5 shots. The pellet of choice were Crosman Domed Premiers (all I had). Results at first were dismal and it should be noted that I was having a bear of a time picking up the front site. My eyes are truly terrible and I wear glasses and contacts (not at the same time :-)) and that front sight blurred into oblivion for the whole session. My groups were hitting the 1 3/4″ mark at 7 yards. Failing eyesight notwithstanding, that’s awful shooting. Depressed, I called it quits. A day or so later I pulled it out once more and went back to work. My eyes were able to focus much better and my groups were vastly improved. My smallest 5 shot groups at 7 yards were all ragged one holers. The accuracy potential is there. This was about the time that I noticed something on the 2200 that could also be attributed to the accuracy. The barrel itself is not a single unit, but rather a steel insert surrounded by a steel shroud. The surrounding shroud on mine wobbled noticable while pumping. This could be changing the point of impact while shooting and I’ll have to look into getting it fixed. I’m guessing too that a scope on the reciever would present the same problems.
More than anything, I purchased this rifle with the eye towards a collectors point and hopefully for field use. No longer is this air rifle produced by Crosman. As a budding collector, I am happy to have it. As for hunting or pest removal, I don’t know. It has the power, but not the reliable accuracy that I would feel comfortable with using in the field. I have not been able to try a brand new 2200 and compare it against the one I own. I don’t want to comment any further yet since I would like to get the rifle worked on and test it more before I cast any judgements on it. This review will be updated when I am able to do so.
Please note that I chose to list this as reccommended. This is just a filler until I can fully wring out the piece.