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Crosman Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of products for the shooting sports. The company has a long standing presence in airgun design and a tradition of producing pellet and BB air rifles and pistols. Crosman is also a producer of many varieties of airgun and airsoft ammunition and CO2 powerlets. In addition, Crosman sells branded, licensed products as well as a variety of airsoft guns.
Crosman was incorporated in 1924 as "Crosman Rifle Company," after the sale of "Crosman Brothers" to Frank Hahn. The firm was based in Fairport, NY, a suburb of Rochester (from the print on the bottom of free vintage targets available as a pdf on the company's website). In 1960 it was acquired by Bangor Punta. In 1970, the company moved to another Rochester suburb, East Bloomfield.
From 1971 through 1989, Coleman of Wichita, Kansas owned Crosman. In 1989, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings of New York acquired Coleman and sold Crosman to Worldwide Sports and Recreation. In 1997, an investment group, headed by Leonard Pickett purchased the company. Pickett was named CEO and held that position until his death in 2000. Ken D'Arcy served as CEO from 1997-2012. In 2011 Wellspring Capital Management purchased Crosman and in August 2012 Phil Dolci was named CEO.
In 1992, Crosman acquired the Benjamin Sheridan Corporation's assets. In 2003, Crosman entered agreements to market Beretta, Colt, and Logan airguns in the US and to manufacture Remington branded airguns.
Crosman's first models were the traditional American multi-pump pneumatic design, where 3 to 10 pumps would pressurize a reservoir for each shot. Descendants of these original models are still made, in rifle, pistol, and carbine form, and they are still quite popular.
In the 1930s, Crosman began to experiment with CO2 power. Like other CO2 guns of the day, they were bulk fill, which meant that liquid CO2 was loaded into a pressurized reservoir on the gun. Other manufacturers started to use 8 gram CO2 bulbs used in soda dispensers. Crosman capitalized on this in 1954 by introducing a new 12 gram CO2 bulb, called a Powerlet. The new Powerlet gave more shots per bulb than the soda bulb, and with the addition of a simple spacer, a Powerlet gun could use the shorter 8 gram bulb.
The 12 gram Powerlet, charged with CO2 and a tiny amount of lubricating oil to keep the airgun's seals conditioned, is used by nearly all manufacturers of CO2 airguns today.
In 2004, Crosman introduced a new disposable CO2 power source, the 88 gram AirSource.
A list of current air pistols:
- 1377 "American Classic" pneumatic
- 1322 "Medalist" pneumatic
- 2240 CO2 pistol
- 2300S CO2 pistol
- 2300T CO2 pistol
- 2300KT custom CO2 pistol
- 357 CO2 revolver (previously available in .50 paintball and 6 mm airsoft)
- 1008 "Repeatair" CO2 pistol
- AutoAir II CO2 pistol
- T4 CO2 pistol (Modeled after Glock series)
- Pro 77 CO2 pistol
- C11 CO2 pistol (Modeled after the Beretta 8000 series)
- C21 CO2 pistol
- C31 CO2 pistol
- C41 CO2 pistol
- 150 pistol
A list of current air rifles:
- 2250 (sold as "Ratcatcher" in the UK) CO2 carbine
- 2400 custom CO2 carbine
- 2260 (sold as "Rabbitstopper" in the UK) CO2 rifle
- Challenger 2000 3 position CO2 match rifle
- 1077 "RepeatAir" CO2 rifle with 12 round magazine and plastic stock (extremely quiet, popular in Europe due to cramped parcel sizes)
- 1077W same as 1077, but with quality wooden stock and butt
- 660 pneumatic rifle
- 760 pneumatic rifle
- 781 pneumatic rifle
- 2100 Classic pneumatic rifle
- 2289 pneumatic rifle
- Nightstalker CO2 repeater rifle, auto-cocking revolver action (not semi-automatic as it is often mislabelled)(Modeled after Beretta Cx4 Storm)
- Remington Airmaster 77 pneumatic rife
- Remington Genesis 1000 spring rife
- G-1 Extreme 1000x (.177) spring rife
- G-1 Extreme 800x (.22) spring rife
- Spring Master 795 spring rifle
- Crosman 664x
- Quest 1000x (.177) spring rifle
- Quest 1000 (.177) spring rifle
- Quest 800x (.177) spring rifle
- Quest 500 spring rifle
- Storm XT (same as Quest 1000, but has minor upgrades)
- Phantom 1000x (.177) spring rifle
- Phantom 1000
- Phantom 800x (.22) spring rifle
- sirra pr
- Pumpmaster 760
And a list of soft air guns
- Spring Rifles: Stinger R32 (Modeled after H&K G36C), Stinger R34 (Modeled after the M-4), Sniper R38, (Modeled after Colt Model 653 M16A1 carbine), Stinger R39 (Modeled after Knight's PDW)
- Spring Pistols: Stinger P32, Stinger P36, Stinger P9, P312, P311, p312kt Stinger P30, Walther P22, and Walther P99
- Spring Shotguns: Stinger S32p (Modeled after M87SA), Stinger S30, Stinger s34p Wingmaster and Remington TAC-1
- Electric Rifles: Pulse R70 (Modeled after M4 SOPMOD), Pulse R72 (Modeled after H&K G3A3), Pulse R73(Modelled after the AR-15), Pulse R74, NightProwler SA (Modeled after Beretta Cx4 Storm), Pulse R71 (Modeled after H&K MP5 RAS), Tac R71 (Modeled after H&k mp5k) Pulse R76 (Modeled after the Russian AK74U).Pulse R78 (modeled after the M14.)The Newest AEG gun crosman came out with.
- Electric Pistols: Pulse p50 and the Pulse p72, and the colt m19ll
- Gas Pistols: Air Mag M50 (Modeled after Micro Uzi), Air Mag P50, Crosman Air Mag C11 (Modeled after Beretta 9000s)
- Sub-Machine Guns: Pulse M70, Stinger R36 (Modeled after H&K UMP) Pulse R74 (Modeled after H&K MP5), Pulse R75 (Modeled after the American 180)
In addition to domestically produced models, Crosman imports German built Umarex air pistols, including replicas licensed by Beretta, Colt, Smith and Wesson, and Walther. These models use a higher percentage of metal parts, and are significantly more expensive than the mostly plastic models made domestically. Crosman also sells some spring airguns made in Mexico by Mendoza.
Crosman recently introduced an online Custom Shop, which currently allows users to build a custom model 2300 pistol or 2400 carbine, with a wide variety of options. Using high end components available from the Custom Shop, it is possible to build a competitive IHMSA air pistol.
Crosman has manufactured and sold the Benjamin-Sheridan and Sheridan model airguns for many years. These models are still made to the higher quality standards of the originals, with wood stocks and primarily brass and steel components. The Sheridan line is strictly 5 mm (.20 caliber), while the Benjamin-Sheridan models are available in .177 (4.5 mm, .22 (5.56 mm), .25 (6.4 mm) and .357 (9.0 mm) calibers, depending on model.
- Answers.com Article Article about Crosman corporate history
- Vintage targets Shows Fairport location, target bottom
- Interview of Crosman CEO Ken D'Arcy