Crosman's 2200 Air Rifle
Crosman has been making airguns for a long time. Model after model has passed off of the company's airgun assembly line over the years, and many a child has been awarded a new level of responsibility when they receive their first Crosman air gun. Crosman's Model 2200 continues a long line of pump-up guns that is geared towards the youth market that Crosman and Daisy have dominated here in the United States.
The design of the Crosman 2200 emulates the look of some well-known centerfire rifles, and is closer to being full-sized than many airguns on the market. The receiver is metal, and the wood-grain plastic is very serviceable and easy to grip with the checkering molded into the stock itself. The bolt, when pulled back, reveals a generous loading port that allows you to roll the .22 caliber pellet of your choice into place, ready to be loaded.
During shooting, I tried various power levels, from 4 to 10 pumps. I found that 5 pumps gave me the best accuracy at 15 yards and under. One thing that I noticed is that the trigger pull changes based on how many pumps you put into the reservoir before firing. At 10 pumps, the trigger pull is quite stiff, with a correspondingly easier pull with the lower number of pumps.
The size of the 2200 lends itself well to the market it is designed for, and my 12-year old son is shown aiming the gun in the above picture. The fiber-optic front sight aids in quick target acquisition, and a handy scope rail is molded into the top of the receiver. I mounted a scope for some more accurate shooting evaluation, and found that the gun performed the best under 20 yards as is indicated on the box.
For a close-range pest gun, the 2200 would work quite well on light-bodied animals up to the size of a squirrel. The big .22 caliber pellet will roll a can with the best of airguns, and a good wadcutter puts a very satisfying hole in paper targets that is easy to see from 10-15 yards.
The Crosman 2200 is a great gun for the beginning shooter, as well as for those more experienced shooters who want a fun gun to plink off the back porch with. And as light as it is, you can carry this Crosman air rifle for many an hour without tiring. So take a look at this offering from Crosman the next time you are looking for a pump-up air gun to add to your shooting enjoyment.