In my previous post, I described my initial impression of the Crosman 1701p. It’s a potentially very accurate pistol, but I thought it was held back from achieving its potential by a so-so trigger and simple grips. There wasn’t much I could do about the trigger, but there are a lot of aftermarket grips available. I ordered a set of Steve Corcoran’s adjustable match grips from Woods and Waters.
Steve’s grips are a classic adjustable Bullseye design, with an adjustable palm rest, thumb rest, and carefully checkered surfaces to improve grip. It’s ergonomically shaped and fit my hand fairly well. I suppose I could improve the grip even more with some shaping.
The grip produced an immediate improvement in accuracy. I could hold the pistol more more securely, and my groups shrank noticeably. That inspired me to try shooting it with the adjustable Williams leaf sight that Crosman sells as a match sight:
Scores went up with this combination, too. That leaves only the trigger and the firing mechanism. Like most PCP guns, the 1701p uses a firing system in which a spring loaded bolt is used to open a valve and dump a measured amount of high pressure air into the chamber. Unlike most match pistols, the bolt and spring in the 1701p produce a significant amount of recoil that tends to throw the gun off target. This isn’t a significant problem in Silhouette competition, where pistols are held with two hand, or braced against a leg, but in Bullseye style shooting it’s a significant factor.
I think the 1701p does have potential as a budget match pistol, but it will require some more adjustment to the firing mechanism- and maybe even a lighter bolt.