Design
Accuracy
Peformance
Price
User rating
Pros: 
Best value for money
Fairly balanced combination of metal and plastic parts
Accessory rails for optics
Smooth action and good trigger
Accurate with good groupings
Co2 efficient
Cons: No interchangeable barrels
No full size cylinder
Metal mags could have been better

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The Crosman Vigilante is for the Wild West fanatics, with its resemblance to Colt Python 357 Magnum. The Crosman Vigilante air pistol is a double action, semi-auto revolver that shoots both pellets and BBs. The gun comes with a 10-shot pellet clip and a 6-shot BB clip for repeated shooting and target practice. Good news for your hands—no need to cock it and reload it after every shot!

Specifications

  •  Caliber: .177
  • Powerplant: CO2
  • Lead pellet velocity: Up to 435 FPS
  • Allow pellet velocity: Up to 435 FPS
  • Steel BB Velocity: Up to 465 FPS
  • Product Weight: 2.00 lbs
  • Barrel Type: Rifled
  • Front Sight: Fixed Blade
  • Rear Sight: Adjustable
  • Magazine: Rotary Magazine
  • Trigger: Single/Double action
  • Stock Material: Die-Cast
  • Primary Use: Target Shooting
  • Safety: Hammer Block

Appearance and Design

pellet-magazine-bb-magazine-vigilanteIt shoots both pellets and BBs, and comes with a circular 10 round clip for pellets, 6 round clip for BBs. The 10 shot pellet repeater, 6-round BB repeater pistol looks like the Colt Python.

CROSMAN-VIGILANTE-357-METALThe pistol has a 6″ rifled steel barrel, molded synthetic combat grips which come with finger grooves for added control (absent in colt). The gun features balanced use of metal and plastic, and is close to real firearm.

co2-cartridge-crosman-vigilante-CCP8B2The pistol is powered by a CO2 cartridge, cleverly concealed inside the gun’s handle. A quick tip: Add a drop of Crosman’s Pellgun Oil on tip of each CO2 cartridge to get the most out of each cartridge and to extend the gun’s life.

front-sights-crosman-vigilanteEquipped with a fixed blade front sight and a fully adjustable rear sight, the pistol can accommodate a scope, laser, or flashlight for the ultimate backyard plinking experience, all thanks to its dual accessory rails to mount such accessories.

Since the gun has been prevalent in market for some time, which means it has been tried, tested and most of the design related issues are now worked out. So, be ready to shoot right out of the box with minimum adjustment required.

How to Operate the Crosman Vigilante 357 CO2 Pistol

When shooting an airsoft or air gun it’s always a good idea to wear safety glasses, especially because steel BB’s tend to ricochet off of solid objects. Also, remember to move all pets away from the shooting range. Here’s how to fire the gun:

  1. Simply remove handle grips to load CO2
  2. Load the clips with either pellets or BB’s
  3. Take the gun off safety, aim at your intended target, and squeeze the trigger.

Performance

crosman-vigilante-revolverAfter putting the pistol through various tests including a chrony test, sound test, and trigger test, here are the results.

Chrony Testing

During the chrony testing with my Alpha Master Red Chronograph and Crosman premier 10.5 grain pellets, the vigilante produced an average velocity of 409 FPS, an extreme spread of 54 FPS, and a standard deviation of 21.18 FPS. While using Crosman’s 5.5 grain copperhead BB’s I was able to achieve a velocity of 455 FPS, an extreme spread of 45 FPS, and a standard deviation of 16.6 FPS.

Trigger

I was instantly impressed by the quality and action of the mechanics of the metal trigger and hammer. The action indexes with flawless precision, although the pull weight of double action trigger may bother some people, as it is on the heavier side (6 pounds 5 ounces according to our trigger gauge). But it doesn’t feel so tight, however the single action pull weight came out to be 3 pounds and 5 ounces.

Noise Level

Although it does not feature any suppressor, the loudness of the Vigilante was measured in at 87.5 decibels with the sound pressure meter about 3 feet away from the gun. Not quite enough, the pistol is backyard friendly though. Since, it does look like a firearm from a distance, practice caution while using, the noise may be misleading further, causing unnecessary hubbub.

Accuracy

Accuracy group from 16 ft. distance

Accuracy group from 16 ft. distance

The Crosman vigilante is fairly accurate with both BB’s and pellets. During the testing process the pistol yielded 0.5″ groups using the crosman 10.5 grain premier pellets at a 16. ft distance. and 1 inch groups using RWS lead pellets at a 30 ft. distance. The Crosman copperhead pellets yielded 1 inch groups at a 30 ft. distance.

For improved accuracy I suggest you take advantage of the  weaver rail to mount a red dot sight or any other optic of your choice.

Conclusion

A great gun with excellent shooting capabilities, the Crosman Vigilante received many praises from the air gun community. The rear sight is fully adjustable, provision to add a laser or flashlight on the weaver accessory rail makes it even better. Great for shooting tin cans, plinking, hitting spinners and more, just stock up on some ammo and CO2, and shoot all day. The price tag makes the vigilante one of the best air pistols for the money. To find the lowest online price available click here.

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