I’d like to show you this great little airgun from Crosman – the Sheridan Cowboy:
It’s designed to look like an 1858 Remington revolver which was of course a muzzle-loader. This one copies the later cartridge-converted variants on those guns.
The size and weight are quite a surprise when you get it in your hands. It’s not light and tinny as you might expect.
It has a Peacemaker-style loading gate and takes six dummy cartridges, each with a pellet or BB.
This is how you load the dummy shells.
Pop them in with the hammer at half-cock and you’re good to go.
A very nice touch is this little under-frame safety catch. Red means ready to fire.
A CO2 bulb is loaded via the left-hand grip and an L-shaped hex key is included to make life a bit easier.
It even comes to bits like the real thing. The ramrod under the barrel isn’t moveable, but the pistol has an ejector rod.
Totally authentic-looking from the outside, the cylinder is actually hollowed out, so no danger of it being converted illegally.
The end of the barrel shows imitation rifling.
Shoots pellets or BBs. A total of twelve shells are included (six for pellets and six for BBs), plus instructions.
These are terrific back-garden plinkers and very satisfying to use. The grip is a lot larger than you might expect but that makes a very comfortable fit for adults at least.
The trigger breaks at about 4lb.