Crosman SNR357 had caught my eye many months ago while browsing online stores. Tastes differ, as we all know, but this revolver stood out visually from the many other handguns. So, I ordered it and wanted to find out if I liked shooting with it.
Many of my readers have beautiful display cases for their handguns where they store and admire them. I’m not really a collector. I actively use everything I have at home. Or at least I plan to 😉
So, let’s see what the Crosman revolver has to offer.
Technical specifications of Crosman SNR357
Crosman SNR357 is a CO2 revolver that is powered by a standard 12-gram CO2 cartridge. You can use .177 (4.5 mm) steel BBs or .177 (4.5 mm) pellets. Since the barrel isn’t rifled, you can use steel BBs. You’ll often find a rifled barrel on guns that are for pellets and BBs. Steel BBs are not really recommended for rifled barrels as they can slowly damage it.
However, a rifled barrel is better for pellets because the grooves create a spin that stabilizes the pellet in the air during flight.
The CO2 cartridge can be conveniently changed without tools. To do so, pull the grip plate back. The nice thing is that the grip plate doesn’t come off completely but is held on the revolver. I had never heard of this before but I find it extremely practical since you don’t need a place to put the grip plate, especially when you change the cartridge while standing.
You can simply insert the 12-gram CO2 cartridge into the cartridge compartment and then tighten it from below with the screw. The cartridge then gets automatically punctured and the revolver is ready to shoot.
I learned in a training course that the pressure of a CO2 cartridge is about 60 bars. I didn’t know that, maybe someone is interested in this info 😉
SNR357 can be shot both single action and double action. This means that you can either pull the hammer before each shot and then fire the shot with less trigger weight, or you can fire the shots one after the other without pulling the hammer by simply pulling the trigger. You will achieve the higher precision with single action, as the effort required to pull the trigger is simply lower.
You can aim via rear and front sight. The rear sight is adjustable in height and laterally.
Shooting Crosman SNR357
I did the shooting test with the revolver at 10m. I’m not the best handgun shooter, so maybe I should have just halved the distance for a better result. Nevertheless, for the sake of comparability among the tested handguns, it is good to always choose the same distance, if possible. If you want to see what handguns I’ve tested so far, you can do so HERE.
I chose to use pellets. Especially when shooting indoors, I think that’s better, as the risk of ricochets is extremely reduced this way. Of course, it is still always a good idea to wear safety glasses. Better safe than sorry. Loading the pellets is easy to do. Simply swing out the drum and the 6 cartridges can be loaded without having to remove them from the drum. That is quite practical.
A CO2 cartridge has a capacity of 50-55 shots. After that, the performance drops noticeably.
The revolver feels really good in the hand when shooting. I shot it holding it with both hands. That way I can hold it a little steadier. You can see the result of my shooting test in the video. I tried very hard 😉
My conclusion of Crosman SNR357
The revolver isn’t just a showcase piece, it’s also extremely fun to shoot.
Personally, I like shooting single action better. So, you have a lower trigger weight, and the precision is, at least for me, a lot higher.
The workmanship is extremely good, and I really like that you don’t have to put the cap somewhere when you change the CO2 cartridge since it’s attached to the grip and remains there. It’s just a detail, but I think it’s really useful.
How do you like Crosman SNR357?
Do you have a CO2 revolver?
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