The Crosman 1701p Silhouette Pistol part I

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Ever since selling my last Crosman CO2 pistol I’ve been thinking about getting one of their PCP pistols. There are basically three: The Marauder pistol, which combines the Marauder action and shrouded barrel in .22with a modified 2400-series pistol grip with a much better trigger, the Field Target pistol, which is pretty much the same thing in .177, and the 1701p silhouette pistol. The first two are fairly big and bulky, and are more carbines than pistols. I don’t have any interest in shooting pistol silhouette, but I was curious as to whether the 1701p might make a decent beginner’s Bullseye pistol.

Taking advantage of some recent eBay housecleaning that refilled the toy buying account, I took advantage of one of Crosman’s periodic 20% off sales, combined with free Christmas holiday shipping, and purchased the normally $375 pistol for $300.

 

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The 1701p has a lot of nice features, like this built in pressure gauge, which is identical to the one found on the Marauder rifle…

 

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…and this simple trigger over-travel limiting screw. These are trivially easy to add to a pistol and a necessity for accurate shooting. They should really be included on any pistol marketed as being for target shooting:

 

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I tried it first with open sights, using a Crosman/LPA rear sight I had on hand, but my old eyes couldn’t hack the extended sight radius. I may try later, using a different sight mounted further forward, but for now I mounted a Millett 20mm red dot sight I found used for $20- they retail for around $59. (I have three of these Millets, and often use them on Bullseye-type pistol where I don’t think a $180 Ultradot is justified.)

Once I got it more or less sighted in, I tried some two handed shooting. The trigger is light and doesn’t have any of the creep you find in the less expensive Crosmans, but at the same time it doesn’t have the crisp “breaking glass rod” feel of a really good match pistol.  Still, I put three shots in a row in the ten ring at 10 meters, which suggests that the gun is a lot more accurate than I am.  Shooting offhand I dropped more than a few of my shots into the 9 and 8 rings, but for now I’ll blame that on the simple plastic grips. I’ve ordered a set of custom made adjustable walnut match grips for the gun from Steve Corcoran, which he estimates should be ready in 3-4 weeks. Watch this space.

Part II, in which I evaluate the Corcoran grips, is here.