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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 www.AirGunWeb.com
editor@airgunweb.com
Copyright 2008 www.airgunweb.com & Dog River Design, LLC.

11 Responses to Remington AirMaster 77 Pump Rifle

  • Nice review Rick. I had the chance to by a refurb for $49 in December. I must admit I like the little rifle a lot. On the first shot I discovered I had an air leak from the valve. Very disapointed, you would think as a refurb they would have fixed this before reshipping out for sale. After taking it apart and polishing the inside of the valve it was working great. I did not even try the scope, stock that in the draw and mounted a Centerpoint 3×9-40. Wow what a great shooting little rife. And velocity is on par with yours.

    Joe G from Jersey

  • I can’t get over the shinny cheap plastic they use… One of my first cheap air rifles I purchased was the Daisy Powerline 822. They used real wood and metal and it is a decent shooter. Last time I checked it retails for about $100, sold as a kit with a good 4×32 scope.

  • Dear VerminatorSA,

    I agree with you about the cheap plastic. Funny you should mention the Powerline 822! I just shot a video review of that rifle this weekend. I hope to have it edited and ready to post in the next couple of days. I really like that rifle.

    AirHead

  • What a history this gun has! Originally it was the Crosman 766 in 1975. In 1978 the 2nd generation came out as the Crosman 766 American Classic. That’s what I got started with at the age of 14. I really miss that gun. I fell and bent the barrel around 1983. I replaced the barrel, but it was never the same. I ended up giving it away. I still have the 1981 vintage Crosman 1377 American Classic Pistol that looked just like the 766 rifle and it still works fine. The 3rd generation of the 766 was made in 1981-82. Its hard to imagine that it’s successor, the Crosman 2100 has been made since 1983. I like the look of the Crosman version better. Brown plastic and black barrel.
    American multi-pumps Crosman, Benjamin-Sheridan or Daisy. Best values ever in an air gun!

  • Peter,

    Thank you for your comments. I really like my 77 and I pick it up often for small pest elimination and some target practice. I’m currently working with a Benjamin Blue Steak .20 cal. I can’t wait to post the review. What a nice rifle.

    AirHead.

  • Rick, just thought I’d leave you a message because I just today bought a new Remington Airmaster 77. I had bought a new Crosman 1077 combo (with a Centerpoint 4×32 scope) and have been shooting it, but mostly in cold temps, so it’s not been a good environment for a CO2 airgun.I’m looking forwards to seeing what that gun can do in the warmer temps coming soon. Then I picked up my first springer-a Beeman model 1024 break down rifle with scope (that cheap Chinese 4×20 you see on many inexpensive air rifles).That scope is terrible, so I got a Leapers 4×32 with adj objective that is clear as a bell.I’ve got some good groups with that gun, the best being into about .135″ center to center at 39 feet. But the gun is driving me nuts with inconsistancy. Same pellet,same everything will suddenly open up to a wide group, or change the point of impact.The gun even changed its mind as for what its favorite pellet is (after I’d bought a quantity of a couple it loved for a while).
    So, today, I bought a Remington Airmaster 77.First I shot it a little with the open sights, and it grouped pretty well at 10 yards.Windage was right on, it just shot slightly low, so sighting in was a snap. I then decided to go ahead and install the scope.It appears to be the same one that came with my Beeman. But, the one on the Beeman, no matter what I did, just would not clear up and give me any kind of clarity.Luckily, the one that came with the Airmaster, is at least pretty clear, so I can actually see the target. I easily sighted in the scope in about five shots, and started trying different pellets.All shooting so far has been at ten yards.I am loving this gun! The Airmaster I have is in no way picky about pellets.This is the first air rifle I’ve had that loves the (highly recomended), RWS Hobbys, and it really loves them!It also loves Gamo Match wadcutters,Beeman Laser Sports,Beeman Silver Bears,and likes Gamo Magnums also. It’s not wild about the Crosman Premier wadcutters, and I noticed that they seemed to act like they were smaller in diameter than the other pellets (as in they went into the breech too easily).All shooting was using five pumps.
    The trigger on this gun is easily better than the ones on the Beeman and the Crosman. Also the gun is very quiet which is important to me.
    I am going to leave the cheap scope on the Airmaster I think.I am getting some great one hole groups at 10 yards, and I don’t want to mess with success.
    A $69.00 dollar air rifle that shoots like this is a find!! We’ll see what happens at longer distances soon.
    Anyway, Rick, your writeup, and Tom Gaylords at Pyramid Air, and generally good reviews of this gun, and the fact that it has a metal receiver, prompted me to look at one.

    Jon in Puyallup, Wa.

    • Glad you liked it. I like that rifle too. I just let mine go as I just have too many airguns around and no place to put them. Anyway, enjoy. Every now and then put some oil on the pump piston to keep it lubricated.

      Cheers.

      Rick

  • First I’d like to say what a great site, it has helped us (my 3 boys & I) pick our first air rifle for their use.

    Having read a few reviews that were within our price range & going by what I could remember from target shooting in my youth (various countries around the world), we decided to go for the Remmington 77.

    I must say that your review was spot on as to the way the rifle operates, the average FPS.
    I took an educated guess as far as less pumps (3 to 5 pumps) for my children & managed attaing great accuracy at 25 / 35 & 50 yards using both BB (Crossman copper) & Crossman’s Hunting tip .177 pellets.

    We had been looking for something that my 12 yearold could start to use in anticipation of gaining his rifle badges at camp, thus a good ‘training rifle’ & also one that his younger brother aged 10 could perhaps ‘take a turn’ and still remain on target.

    This litlle puppy (the Remmington 77) fits the bill 100%.

    The chat about the cheap sights gave me some concern, I almost picked up a ‘centerpoint’ along with 2 sizes of traps & targets.

    In a way I am glad I didn’t spend extra as I found that when 8 to 10 minutes is spent with the scope it can indeed be operational & clear at distances past 40 yards.

    All it takes is screwing back the rear optics to the last few threads & then gradually winding back in on the thread, at approx 2/3rds of the thread we had 100% clear view at 35yards, locked off with the retaining ring it remaained that way for several sessions, we were then able to use the scope as one would normally do adjusting for 25 yards, 40 yards & even 50yards…
    Mind you, at 50 yards it is a tad blurred, I’d max out at 45yards in this case.

    This saved us a few dollars on a better scope which will will eventually purchase, perhas when we purchase our next rifle.

    Like yourself I would prefer to use only pellets & have my boys now loading the single shots like a pro, perhaps taking a dozen loads before it became second nature, if only they had used a 2nd stage or a button push to impliment a second reciever for the single pellets.

    As it is a duel ‘ammo’ rifle we did attempt BBs in the earlier stages of the boys learning their safety & procedural use of the rifle, here we found that the recmmended twist from side to side loading several shots as you say was frustrating, however, whilst twisting side to side steadily, if you were to adjust the left turn so that the rifle rises by approx 15 degrees the BBs do indeed load into the ‘slot’ ready for use.

    But here comes a slight problem, many times we would have to shake out the BBs (plural) in the ‘chamber’ as 90% of the time we would see not one but two BBs being pulled in by the magnetic parts.

    ============

    Again, thank you for a wonderful website filled with great revies & info.

    It really helped a ‘starter’ family pick their first air rifle.

    <3 Dr Torchwood.

    • Well, I’m very glad that I have been some help. I’ve worked very hard and thanks to great companies like PyramydAir, Crosman, and Gamo, we’ve had lots of products to review. Keep us up to date on your progress and let us know when you get your next rifle.

      Cheers.

      Rick

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