This is a guest post by AJ “JrSquirreler” Stewart, a 14 year old airgun enthusiast.
I recently won the Crosman Recruit in a contest on Crosman’s Facebook Fan Page. Since I won this air rifle in a Contest, I thought maybe Crosman was trying to “give” these things away. Boy was I wrong. The Recruit is a very nice air rifle from beginner shooters, all the way up to experienced shooters.
This air rifle also comes with a Crosman 4×15 TargetFinder Scope. Also available without scope, click here.
When I took the Recruit outside, at first I was a little disappointed. The accuracy was kind of lacking, but that was just because of the “Break-In” period. (About 100 Shots) If you are buying the Recruit for your child, then I would suggest you go with the most economical decision and buy Copperhead BBs. But if you are really looking to get some accuracy from this gun, instead buy Crosman Field Hunting Pellets, as they will provide a lot more accuracy then BBs. Another way to improve your accuracy is to upgrade the optics and mount a nice CenterPoint 4×32 Air Rifle Scope. (You will still have a few “flyers” due to a non- rifled barrel.) I bench shot at 10 Yards with the Recruit (Crosman Pellets, CenterPoint 4×32 Scope) and hit about a ½-1” group. (See Below)
The Crosman Recruit shoots about 680 FPS with BBs and 645 FPS with Lead Pellets (About 4-5 FPE) that means it is good for Plinking in the back yard, and SMALL pest control.(Sparrows, mice, etc.) Due to the lack of FPE you just can not humanely take large pests like squirrels.
1) Adults may need to pump the Recruit for younger children.
2) Wear a pair of safety glasses when shooting, for the BBs tend to ricochet.
3) Have Fun!
Pattern using BBs:
Pattern using pellets: