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Remington AirMaster 77 Pump Rifle

Hello again!  Today we are looking at another pneumatic rifle.  A while back I asked Crosman for some items, other than break barrels, to review.  So, the folks over at Crosman sent me a 1760se, Remington Air Master 77, and a 357 CO2 revolver.  Today we are going to start with the AirMaster 77.

I’m no stranger to the AirMaster.  In fact, I believe I mentioned it back when I did the first review on the PumpMaster 66.  I had found it hard to load and returned it back to Wal-Mart.  Now with a fresh perspective, I’m determined to overcome my aversions and give the AirMaster 77 a fair shake.

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 Right View

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 Left View

There are a few things that I noticed right away about the Remington AirMaster 77.  While there is a lot of plastic on this gun but the main receiver is cast metal.  This gave the gun a little more weight than the PumpMaster 66 that we’ve looked at before.  The gun actually feels pretty nice to hold.  The plastic definitely feels like plastic, and I wonder just how much abuse this little rifle can take, but it held up great for our reviews, so I don’t have any complaints…. Yet.

When giving the AirMaster 77 a once over, you will see the rifle is mostly plastic.  It has a Fiber-Optic front sight and the standard rear sight found on most of Crosman’s guns in this price range.  They included a 4x “precision” scope.  Now, how they can use the term “precision” to describe this scope is beyond me.  It mounted to the cast metal receiver just fine and seemed to be adequate for shooting at 10 yards.  Anything beyond that was so blurry, and distorted, it just was not worth trying to shoot it.

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 Front Sight

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 Rear Sight

Under the hood of the AirMaster 77, you’ll find a pretty robust pneumatic pump system that boasts a max of 765 FPS.  Guess what, we actually saw those numbers out of the AM77, but we’ll get to that later.

The rifle shoots both pellets and BBs, but for our tests we will only look at using this with pellets.  Loading a pellet into the 77 can be a challenge to say the least.  When you pull back the bolt, the rifle’s loading port opens up.  Unfortunately, there is NO room to get your fingers into that port.  So you have to learn how to roll each pellet just right so that it lands heading in the right direction.  While this sounds like a pain, and at first it is, you actually get used to it and it becomes second nature.

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 Cocking Bolt, Pellet Loading Port, and Scope

For those that would rather shoot BBs, loading is fairly straight forward.  There is a loading port in the bottom of the stock where you load all your BBs.  Once loaded, you pull back the BB loading spring and shake the BBs into the receiver.  I’ve heard this is actually more frustrating than trying to load pellets, but since I did not plan to ever use BBs, I can’t really say how it works.  Just know that if you want to shoot BBs and have a boatload of them loaded and ready to roll, you can do so.  One thing to remember is that the 77 has a rifled steal barrel.  If you shoot BBs you will eventually wear out the rifling and you can kiss any accuracy goodbye.   So keep that in mind when you are deciding how to use your 77.

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 BB Loading Port

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 BB Loding Ramp for Repeat shooting

Getting the AirMaster 77 ready to shoot was pretty easy.  I took a little time to adjust the open sights.  I’m not a fan of these inexpensive sights, but they do work and once adjusted they are fine for most shooting environments.

Let’s move on to the included “precision” scope.  I can see why Crosman would include such a basic scope with this rifle, but I wish they would have included at least a 4×32 scope.  It can’t cost them that much more.  I just ordered a Daisy 22 SG pump 22 that retails for about the same as the AirMaster 77.  Daisy included a really decent 4×32 scope that really enhances the rifle’s performance and potential.  The scope that Crosman includes with the AirMaster 77 actually takes away from the gun.

In any case, I installed the included scope and, once on target, it has stayed pretty true.  The first thing that I noticed while shooting is just how hard this thing is to pump beyond 7 or 8 strokes.  For my accuracy tests, I stopped at 8 pumps as I was just getting worn out.

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 Pump Arm Fully Extended

Here is where the fun really started.  The AirMaster 77 performed way better than I expected it to.  I shot a lot of different pellets and many shot pretty well in the 77.  Even better was the consistent velocity I was getting from the rifle’s power plant.  Because the rifle is pneumatic there isn’t any recoil.  The trigger pull is hard and heavy, not as nice as the Daisy 22 SG, but I got used to it as it breaks the same every time. For a rifle kit that retails for about $90, I was happy enough.

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
Remington AirMaster 77 Metal Trigger and Safety

When I talk accuracy, I try to keep everything in perspective.  The AirMaster 77 is an inexpensive dual purpose rifle that sells for about $90 as a complete kit. I’m not expecting it to outshoot my B26 or my Gamo Hunter.  The funny thing is, is that in some respects IT DID!  The more I shot this little rifle, the more I liked it.  It generates more than enough velocity to dispatch small game, is lightweight, can stay cocked and ready to fire over long periods of time, and hardly takes any technique to shoot well.  Heck, what’s NOT to like about this rifle!

Here are some numbers for you to take a look at, as well as an average shot group with RWS Hobby pellets.  This test was conducted at 10 yards because the wind was really blowing and I want to put a different scope on for the 20 yard tests.  Besides, it just means that I have to take the time and shoot more… drat!

RWS Hobby Pellets – 9 pumps
High – 745, Low – 730, Average – 740, Difference – 15

RWS Hobby Pellets – 10 pumps
High – 767, Low – 752, Average – 758, Difference – 15

As you can see, Crosman’s claim of 765 FPS is real.  You just need to make sure that you have the upper body strength to pump it up 10 times in between each shot.

Remington AirMaster 77 rifle
10 yard shot group with RWS Hobby pellets, not bad for an inexpensive rifle!

In conclusion, the Remington AirMaster 77 is one nice rifle.  It has the flexibility for youngsters and adults.  The range of velocity makes it really suited for a wide variety of applications.  The open sights are ok, but the scope is horrible.  Spend a little bit on at least a 4×32 scope and get the most out of the rifle.

Written By,
Rick Eutsler
Editor / Owner
Copyright 2008 & Dog River Design, LLC.

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