Crosman Model 38C (.22 cal)


S&W K-38 Combat Masterpiece (38 SPL)

Crosman, Model 38C (.22 cal)
Replica Of:
Smith & Wesson K-38 Combat Masterpiece (Model 15, 38 SPL)
Made In:
.22, lead pellet, 6-shot revolver
Air Source:
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB:
H&N Match-Kugeln
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
2.4, 9.5
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
metal, black, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
3.75, steel ,yes
Trigger Action:
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
9.6 (DA), 4.8 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fully adjustable
Velocity (fps):
Sound Level (dB):
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): 0.356
Manufactured Dates:
1964 - 1976
95%, yes, no
Serial Number:
Comments: The Crosman 38C is an excellent replica of the S&W K-38 Combat Masterpiece. The model shown here is the second variant (1973-1976) with a plastic rear sight in .22 caliber (this particular specimen has a metal cylinder instead of a plastic one). All of the Crosman 38 series of pistols have metal frames with two-piece plastic grips. The United States Air Force used the Crosman 38C and 38T for weapons training in the early 1960's to simulate the standard issue S&W K-38. The 38C can be fired in both single-action and double-action mode. The single-action trigger has a crisp break. This gun is capable of very good accuracy, especially in single-action mode, producing groups around 0.30". The muzzle velocity (332 fps) is pretty good for a .22 cal CO2 pistol with a 3.75" barrel. Loading pellets into the non-removable pellet cylinder is a bit cumbersome. The Crosman 38 series of CO2 pistols represents some of the best airguns Crosman, or anyone else, ever made and they are still prized by collectors.

Owner's Manual for Crosman 38C-.22 cal (.pdf)
Exploded Parts Diagram for Crosman 38C-.22 cal - 2nd variant (.pdf)

Performance: Measurements were made on 7/30/06 at a temperature of 84 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using H&N Match-Kugeln pellets (13.4 gr). The highest velocity measured was 338 fps, the lowest was 313 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 332 fps). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 0.30". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.



Right Profile: The Model 38C (.22) is one of four pistols in the Crosman 38 series that includes the 38C (.177), 38T (.22), and 38T (.177).







Front View:

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Left Side Markings:

Loading Pellets: Pellets are loaded into the non-removable 6-shot rotating cylinder by pulling the "loader" back and dropping a pellet into the exposed groove. Sliding the loader forward seats the pellet in the cylinder. This particular gun has a metal rotating cylinder (instead a plastic cylinder found in most 2nd variant 38C's), which might have been added by a previous owner or might have been Crosman's way of using up old parts when making new guns.

Loading CO2: The left-hand grip is held on by clamping to the CO2 bulb, so an empty cylinder must be kept in the gun to keep the grip on.



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