A Close Look at the New Crosman Custom Shop Regulated Marauder
Back in July, HAM brought you news that the Regulated Marauder would soon be available through the Crosman Custom Shop.
Well, now it’s almost here!
HAM has the first Regulated Marauder from the pilot production run for the Crosman Custom Shop. Today we’ll take a close look at it.
We’ll be making a comprehensive test review of this new model as soon as possible. And you’ll be able to buy the Regulated Marauder yourself through the Crosman Custom Shop very soon – by about early November 2017.
The first thing we found upon opening the box was a test target. This 5-shot group gives an indication of accuracy of the gun. Our .22 caliber Regulated Marauder has a Crosman-manufactured barrel. There will be the option of a Lothar Walther barrel available early in 2018, when supplies reach Crosman HQ in Bloomfield NY.
The next thing to notice is that the Crosman Custom Shop Marauder has an Armada-style breech. This has Weaver/Picatinny rails, but is clearly marked as being a Marauder, Model MRODKT.
Note that the mottling on the breech is due to traces of oil that we should have wiped off before photography. It’s not a flaw in the finish!
Another thing noticeable in this photograph is the different finish to the pressure tube. This has a slightly “orange peel” effect that’s unlike other Marauder tubes we’ve seen.
The pressure tube of the regulated Marauder is also longer than that of the regular model. This is to keep the same air capacity, while allowing for the space taken-up by the Crosman-designed regulator itself.
The additional length of the pressure tube is most noticeable at the muzzle end. As you can see below, the tube is closer to the end of the silencer than is the case with un-regulated Marauders.
The inclusion of the regulator means that the stock is also different. As you can see below, the pressure gauge of the Crosman Custom Shop Regulated Marauder is positioned further forward than on the regular gun. This gauge indicates tube pressure, not regulated air pressure.
The stock also has a slightly more shapely profile than that we’re used to. There’s also a different pattern of checkering on the sides of the forend. The wood itself looks to be more attractive on this sample than on other Marauder stocks we’ve seen in the past.
Overall, the Crosman Custom Shop Regulated Marauder is clearly similar to the un-regulated model, but slightly different and better-looking.
In addition to the gun, we received a sample of the new Crosman Spectrum first focal plane scope. This is the 4-12 x 44mm model, with side AO parallax correction.
HAM will be mounting this scope onto the gun for our full test review to come soon. Watch this space!!!
HAM Publisher Stephen Archer would like to thank the Crosman Product Manager for Airguns and Consumables, Phillip Guadalupe, for his help in making this air rifle available for review so soon.