Crosman Model 1088

Ruger P345 (.45 Auto)

Crosman Model 1088
Replica Of:
Ruger P345 (.45 Auto)
Made In:
177, lead pellet, or steel BB, 8-shot rotary magazine
Air Source:
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
shooting glasses, BBs, pellets, trigger guard, CO
Recommended Pellet or BB:
Crosman Premier Super Match
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
0.90, 7.5
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
plastic, silver paint, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
3.8, steel, yes
Trigger Action:
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
8.4 (DA), 4.1 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, adjustable for windage
Velocity (fps):
430 (BBs), 400 (pellets)
Sound Level (dB): 97
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): 0.278
Manufactured Dates:
2006 - present
98%, yes, yes (backer card)
Serial Number:
Comments: The Crosman Model 1088 is the replacement for the Crosman Model 1008, which was in the Crosman lineup from 1997 to 2006. The all plastic 1088 is modeled after the Ruger P345. The 1088 uses the same basic firing mechanism as the 1008, which is also shared by the Crosman T4. The 8-shot rotating cylinder of the 1008 has been modified with the addition of a magnet so that the 1088 can shoot both lead pellets and steel BBs. The 1088 and the T4 utilize the same 8-shot clip. The trigger of the 1088 is similar to that of the 1008; it is soft and creepy with a poorly defined break point in both single-action and double-action shooting. Accuracy is poor when shooting both lead pellets and steel BBs compared to other guns in this price range from Daisy and Gamo. This gun comes in two finishes, silver (S) and black (B). The silver gun has a black rear site and a silver front sight. Under certain lighting conditions, the silver front sight is nearly impossible to see. For an action shooting gun, a fiber optic front sight would have been a better choice. When the gun was new, the muzzle velocity varied over a wide range due to inconsistent hammer force striking the valve (values measured as low as 145 fps). Judicious use of Crosman Pellgun oil and 100% silicone spray loosened things up and the muzzle velocities smoothed out. However, the measured velocities, either with pellets or BBs, never came close to Crosman's specs for this gun. This is also true of the 1008, C40, and the T4, which have similar firing mechanisms.

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Performance: Measurements were made on 12/06/08 at a temperature of 73 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' in double-action mode using Crosman Premier Super Match pellets (7.9 gr). The highest velocity measured was 341 fps and the lowest was 324 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 332 fps, s = 6.6). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 0.99". When firing in single-action mode, the highest velocity was 326 fps and the lowest was 305 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 314 fps, s = 7.6). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 0.93". Click the thumbnails below to see larger images. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.

Measurements were also made using Crosman Copperhead BBs (5.1 gr). The highest velocity measured was 392 and lowest was 359 (average of the 10-shot string was 372 fps, s = 12.8). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 1.20". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image.


Right Profile: The trigger on the 1088 has a long and creepy action. The muzzle velocity varies a little depending on how fast you pull the trigger. Pulling the trigger rapidly produces slightly higher velocities.

The silver front sight is very hard to see under certain lighting conditions.

Front View:
Right Side Markings:
Left Side Markings:
Loading Pellets and BBs: While the Crosman 1088 looks like a semi-auto handgun on the outside, inside it actually operates as a revolver. The 8-shot rotating cylinder will hold both lead pellets and steel BBs (not lead BBs). A magnet in the cylinder holds steel BBs in place. Be sure to push the barrel down until you hear and feel it engage the latch. This takes considerable force. If the barrel is not properly latched, the barrel will flip up when the gun is fired causing the cylinder to fly off.


Loading CO2: An annoying design feature of the 1088 is that both the left and right grip panels must be removed to tighten the piercing screw. This design, however, does provide for completely concealing the piercing screw when the grip panels are in place.

Packaging: The Crosman 1088SBAK kit comes with shooting glasses (sized for younger shooters), two CO2 cylinders, a tin containing 100 steel BBs and 100 lead pellets, and a trigger lock.



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