Sunday, August 17, 2008

Two New Crosman 38's

Well, bargain hunter that I am, I bought a lot of airgun parts off of Gunbroker.

This was the first picture in the auction, it's an impressive bunch of parts including a complete trigger assembly from a Crosman 160/180/400, a slew of other Crosman parts and some other odd stuff.
(picture copyright David Banker, 2008)

But this is what got my attention, a .177 Crosman 38T and a 38C, complete! The price for the lot was $65.00 w/shipping, which seemed a bargain. There is almost a 3rd 38T in pieces, just a few parts are missing.
(picture copyright David Banker, 2008)

The 38's seemed to function fine, but as is typical, they leaked.

The CO2 cartridge seal on the 38C seemed fine, and indeed it was.

The o-ring 140-058 was replaced with a viton #011 o-ring. All part numbers refer to the valve schematic on the Crosman site.

The 38-130 o-ring was replaced with a #009 o-ring.

38-065 square seal was replaced with a #004 o-ring. It deforms and seals fine when stuffed into the CO2 seal assembly. Indeed I tested the previous 38T I'd resealed using these o-rings and it is still holding gas. All other seals were reused.

The 38T CO2 cartridge seal and 38-130 o-ring weren't in good shape, luckily I had one old CO2 cartridge seal in my box of spare parts. So I was able to reseal it. I will order a bunch of CO2 cartridge seals and piercing pins soon, just in case I run across any more of these lovely old pistols.
The parts are 38A027 (piercing pin) and 38-128 (End Seal), and they are used in the current model Crosman 357-6W and should be available from Crosman directly.

So now my collection includes a .22 38T, a good condition .177 38T in box, two more .177 .38Ts and a .177 38C. I'll be getting rid of one of the 38Ts and looking for a .22 38C (have one in rough shape? I'd love to have it!), because sometimes you set out to collect and other times collection is thrust upon you...

13 comments:

Frank said...

hey Nick i live in canada and can not get parts here for 38c revolver need seals and piercing tips you know of a place

Felice Luftschein said...

Best bet is to contact Crosman and see who their Canadian service centers are. Also check on the Crosman forum and see if anyone in Canada has parts.
http://www.network54.com/Index/12861

Anonymous said...

Do you still have the 38T you want to get rid of ?
paddyfritz@hotmail.com

Felice Luftschein said...

Nope, I'm keeping the ones I have. They're pretty common just put a WTB ad on the yellow forum.

Anonymous said...

I have a 38C in .22. I'm looking for a buyer. kf6ejg @ yahoo.com

Yukon said...

Nice haul. I have a 38c and it's advance tabs on the cylinder are worn down flat. I noticed in your goody bag a cylinder. Would that be for a 38c and if so would you be willing to part with it?

Crosman doesn't supply nor have they given me any info to find one (I'm in Canada) Any help or info you could share would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance

Mike

Felice Luftschein said...

That cylinder is missing one of the tabs as well, unfortunately. Best bet is to post some WTB ads on the various airgun forums and see if anyone has one...

Greg said...

Did anyone ever find service or parts in Canada? I also have a 38R that will not hold C02 overnight.
If I take it apart, does anyone know if it might just be an O ring?

Anonymous said...

Hey nick i just cant seem to get this right i tried to fix my airpistol and followed your website for help, i wanted to give the fully sealed gun to my grandpa and i deffintly need help, how could i get the help i need?

Nick Carter said...

Send it to Bryan and Associates or Mac1 for a reseal:
http://www.bryanandac.com/
http://www.mac1airgunstore.com/

paddyfritz said...

www.scopesandammo.com is a Crosman dealer in Canada with a large parts inventory. They also have a repair service.

Anonymous said...

I have a Crosman 38C, Comabat Revolver in the original box mint shape except for loose grip. Whats it worth?

Nick Carter said...

It depends on what someone is willing to pay. Best thing is to go to Gunbroker and look at completed auctions for the 38. Generally anywhere from $25 to $150 depending on condition and how badly someone wants one that week...