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★★★★★

“Crosman 338 is very accurate when I target shoot ”

Written on: 06/08/2009

Crosman 338 is very accurate when I target shoot… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Crosman 338 - great aim, enough power for anyone....”

Written on: 16/05/2009 by cody brooks 88 (1 review written)

Crosman 338 - great aim, enough power for anyone. Power, accuracy, maintenance. However, low ammo capacity… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Over all a nice piece other than the frame and the CO2...”

Written on: 02/10/2008

Over all a nice piece other than the frame and the CO2 block. I've had to replace o rings twice now. Mine is a very much older version though… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Well i'd advise a gun with a spring feed system even...”

Written on: 17/04/2008 by thejag (1 review written)

Well i'd advise a gun with a spring feed system even though i takes 6-14 ammo, it shoots well in a 90 degree angle as well as as any angle… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Ok, for 20 quid you can't really be expecting much...”

Written on: 27/06/2007 by Newbie00 (14 reviews written)

Ok, for 20 quid you can't really be expecting much from this co2 pistol. So don't buy it and say its cheap because you know what? It is cheap! Hence why it was 20 quid and not 90.

The pistol is made from two half molds made from die cast metal type of stuff. The gun is a copy of a Walther P38. The iron sights are a bit shoddy as they are thick and not properly molded. The BB gravity feed system works relatively well apart from a few occasions when you have to shake it.

To be honest the gun is… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“It is the best gun I've had apart from the Daisy 454...”

Written on: 15/11/2006 by Wallis123 (1 review written)

It is the best gun I've had apart from the Daisy 454 which fell to bits after a while… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“This CO2 pistol is first and foremost, a fun plinking...”

Written on: 22/01/2004 by humperdingle (6 reviews written)

This CO2 pistol is first and foremost, a fun plinking shooter. I just got mine today, and it came free with two other CO2 guns!! Anyway, first handling suggests that some parts, i.e. foresight and handles, are a little on the loose side. Also, the whole package is a tad roughly assembled. However, you just cannot avoid the fact that it's so cheap! On shooting the gun, i found it to be pretty accurate, even with BB's and - I think - a smooth bore barrel. Good loud crack from the first 30 shots… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I bought the Cosman 338 for my son for xmas 2003,...”

Written on: 11/01/2004 by Ivan helovanitch (2 reviews written)

I bought the Cosman 338 for my son for xmas 2003, after having bought myself a Gamo P800 not that the P800 is a bad pistol, boy am I green with envy. This little 338 is a cracker, very acurate for a short barrel pistol, nice to hold and easy to use and fires bb's at a fair rate. Its sturdy construstion give you the feel of a real gun and inspires confidence in the shot you take, as you relise that you can't really miss with this pistol. I think that crosman could have made the front sight out… Read Full Review

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Bertie's Response to Ivan helovanitch's Review

Written on: 14/01/2004

Glad you like the gun 'Ivan'. Yeah, I get an itch now and again - especially when I see a gun. I'm always itching to shoot!
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<br>I didn't realise the 338 had already been reviewed when I wrote mine just before Xmas under the CO2 Pistols heading whereas we're in the Air Pistols section here. Musht be shome mishtake!
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<br>I don't know whether Ramsbottom are still selling the 338 separately for £19.95, as in their latest advert they seem to be including it with one of their special offers. Just fantastic value and I've had no problems after 5 capsules. I load 10 BBs at a time as my S&W has a 10-shot magazine so I'm used to that number per session.
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<br>Happy shooting fellow CO2 enthusiast.

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Ivan Helovanitch's Response to Ivan helovanitch's Review

Written on: 04/06/2004

I like the firing rate and accuracy of the 338,
<br>But you dont need gas cannisters with the Gamo so the Gamo is cheaper to use, but between the 2 I think the 338 is better.

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Raj89's Response to Ivan helovanitch's Review

Written on: 04/06/2004

Hey Ivan would do you prefer the crossman 338 or the gamo p800?

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★☆☆☆☆

“At first, I thought this Crosman 338 air pistol was...”

Written on: 28/10/2003 by kakozord (3 reviews written)

At first, I thought this Crosman 338 air pistol was great with an all metal construction and powerful feel on pulling the trigger. I soon found out that it was a bit cheap with a dodgy barrel than moved slightly when you twiddled it between your thumb and forefinger. After filling the internal magazine and putting a few shots through it, it completely jammed up and would not fire at all. It took me about 10 mins to 'unblock' the mag and it kept doing this after every few shots. Also, every now… Read Full Review

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Bertie's Response to kakozord's Review

Written on: 14/01/2004

kakozord.....you obviously have a faulty 338. Crossman gives a 1-year warranty and I hope you take advantage of it. Good luck mate.

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Sum Gai's Response to kakozord's Review

Written on: 11/09/2007

quote: " ... a BB would just drop out of the mag for no particular reason."
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<br/>does it read that way to you?
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<br/>and... yes he does say "barrel" later (did he say "barrel" in haste since mag is located at
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<br/>the rear of the barrel?? who knows? - perhaps a better plinker than journalist but ask him
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<br/>not me)
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<br/>the BBs do fall out from the mag, and, at least on mine, it seems related to the noticeable
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<br/>"crack", or recoil, possibly causing the loading door to slide open during a shot, and soon
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<br/>after reloading as the BBs would be closer to the door, fresh CO2 powerlet of course will
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<br/>increase the likelihood even further
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<br/>seems to me that the the manufacturer is counting on 98% luck, 1% gravity, and 1% human
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<br/>factor on luck to keep the door closed
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<br/>BBs falling out will happen when shaking the gun after a misfire (not "miss fire") if the
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<br/>door is open, and if one does not check the door first - so as far as "thats obviously gonna
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<br/>happen its not rocket science"; mine is new, and and new to me - why would anyone expect to
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<br/>have to check this but mine definitely does release a BB from the door during a shot, i don't
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<br/>know how that should be obvious if one has closed the door already, shaking or not
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<br/>both his gun and mine are effectively "new", possibly why such recoil is presented
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<br/>i have never had a BB drop "out of the barrel" or any jams/blockages, i haven't stripped
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<br/>this one down, so i'll take your word for it "krazor" as far as the theory of the loading
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<br/>mechanism
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<br/>some BBs measure different diameters, intentionally or not, i am using the Crosman
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<br/>Copperhead Premium BBs. (177, copper coated type model #0737 )
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<br/>possibly the misfires are from icing up during rapid-fire? or an oversight in design? i
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<br/>don't know
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<br/>i have read the operating manual, but thanks, don't have a service manual yet
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<br/>i would agree with "kakozord" regarding the trigger as mine is also unpredictable; it
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<br/>intermittently will not fire until the trigger has traveled almost it's entire lenght of
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<br/>travel distance - i haven't had it long enough to become interested in stripping it down,
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<br/>but am guessing it's still "breaking in" or burnishing mating parts, and that the
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<br/>Pellgunoil has not "crept" to the needed areas yet
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<br/>feel free "kakozord" to step up and elaborate anytime
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<br/>i would recommend this airgun, and as usual buyers should not expect miracles for low money
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<br/>respectfully "krazor" my point is you seem to have a chip on your shoulder when you use
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<br/>phrases such as "someone gives a false account " and "something which is not true" ...as if
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<br/>someone has maliciously wronged you, and as if you are the holder of 'the scrolls of truth'
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<br/>regarding all matters pertaining to this gun and the forum post
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<br/>i am suggesting it serves all well if you give the guy a little wiggle room as far as his
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<br/>description, or ask first for clarification, because bear in mind that your own posts are
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<br/>full in misspelt words and slang and we are apparently supposed to go with it
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<br/>his opinion is his own, gee somewhere recently i saw the phrase "have your say" as well as "Do not criticize other reviewers or their reviews."... where was that?
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<br/>Anyway, on a forum having anything to do with guns of any type, you will make people
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<br/>justifiably wary if you persist in 'shooting first' and 'making sure of your target' later

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Krazor's Response to kakozord's Review

Written on: 10/09/2007

Quote BB's fall out of the barrel,
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<br/>We did get the info which was a load of b/s. As i said before its not possible for the balls to just fall out of the barrel because of how the gun works. Try stripping your gun and have a look...
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<br/>Now if he said they fall out the top when the loading hopper is open when you shake the gun then fair enough as on occasion they do. But hey thats obviously gonna happen its not rocket science.
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<br/>And the miss firing is caused by the gun being tilted backwards as the bbs do not fall into the loading bar (it does say in the manual if you take the time to read it)
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<br/>So when you say these review sites are useful if we share info and experiences
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<br/>Yes they are but when someone gives a false account of what is happening and gives it a bad review it puts off potential buyers because of something which is not true.
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<br/>Maybe you should try to read the review and then the comments properly before commenting yourself???

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Sum Gai's Response to kakozord's Review

Written on: 27/08/2007

My 338 also has bb's falling out occasionally, they come out the loading port on top because the sliding cover moves back at times.
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<br/>It is more likely to happen when shaking the gun to load after a 'missed' round, which mine does regularly i.e. the bb does not properly enter the chamber - this happens to me usually when rapid-firing, and happens less if i slow down to shooting about every half to two-thirds of a second
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<br/>Although i just got my 338 a few days ago, i has only had two powerlets put through it, then stored since 1991 approx., and has zero marks or defects on it; i have put about 100 rounds though it so far.
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<br/>I'm not thrilled with accuracy, or the above mentioned misfires, but it was cheap compared to other mfrs that seem similar in performance and quality for two or five times the price
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<br/>I bought this primarily because of the advertised 20 shot capacity and the DA capability, and the fact that this one was effectively 'new', and to a lesser degree the fun aspect, and wouldn't spend too much on one like this since i already have other airguns for power/accuracy if thats what i needed
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<br/>These review sites are useful if we share info and experiences; and when you guys start shooting your mouths off before getting info from the poster about his experience it shows how closed minded you are, and causes potential posters to decline posting since they arent interested in defending what is fact to (people like you).

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Bertie's Response to kakozord's Review

Written on: 18/05/2005

krazor.......I think kakozord must have been muzzle-loading the BBs. Come on, kakozord - own up !

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Krazor's Response to kakozord's Review

Written on: 17/05/2005

bbs dropping out of the barrel B/S
<br>take the gun apart and have a look at the mechanism the bbz are fed using a small bar with a hole in feeding ONE bb at a time to the barrel then engaging the valve letting out co2 its INPOSSIBLE for bbs to just drop out as theyd have to pass throug this bar

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★★★★★

“This Crosman 338 firearm is great and its the cheapest...”

Written on: 04/04/2003 by Davison. (1 review written)

This Crosman 338 firearm is great and its the cheapest co2 gun around , its well worth buying… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“I was very pleased with the Crosman 338 pistol as it...”

Written on: 30/12/2002 by Abid Hussain. (1 review written)

I was very pleased with the Crosman 338 pistol as it is the cheapest co2 pistol money can buy. You will get about 100 shots from the co2 cannister.

It is a 20 shot .177 BB rapeater, with very accurate target shooting facility.

I was not very keen on the size & weight of the pistol. It is hard to handle if you have small hands, as the pistol is big and heavy… Read Full Review

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Bertie's Response to 61539_Abid Hussain.'s Review

Written on: 14/01/2004

Abid......if you think the 338 is big and heavy then don't buy a Smith&Wesson 586 6in. which I also have.
<br>I get an average of 72 shots with my 338 which shows the differences that can occur between valving systems even on the same models.
<br>Another great-value CO2 pistol is the Makarov. It's build quality would surely have had the builders of Mallard drooling.

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