Shooting Stuff with the Boy: My review of the Crosman Pumpmaster 760 Variable Pump .177 Air Rifle
The Crosman Pumpaster 760 and the Battle of All Hallow’s Eve:
Being a dad is my favorite thing about life. The time I spend with each of my children is without a doubt the best part of my week, any week. Finding things for us to do together is important to me so I am always on the look out for new toys and activities, especially ones we can do outside.
This past week my son and I went to the sporting goods store in search of an air rifle for target practice and to fight off the tree vermin that have over taken our yard.
Over the last several days the squirrels have eaten, literally eaten every bit of each pumpkin we set out for Halloween. They have declared open season on us and its time for us to take back the yard.
We searched around a bit and came to the conclusion to purchase this:
Crosman Pumpmaster 760 Variable Pump .177 Air Rifle with 4x scope.
This little guy shoots pellets and BBs up to 700 feet per second.
Now this isn’t a big gun, it isn’t the most powerful in its class, nor is it the best you can buy by any measure. But, it is a great value and an introduction to air rifles at this .17 caliber range.
The salesman told me people have started using this in place of the .22’s. He assured me it would be good for target practice and for shooting squirrels.
The rifle itself:
We got the gun home and went straight for it. As far as I can tell, the gun does exactly what it claims: it shoots bbs and pellets, really fast and mostly straight. The scope works, but I find myself just preferring to use the gun sights.
The pumping action takes a little getting to used to for my 9 year old son. For me, its not problem. Each successive pump did not get any more difficult. Three pumps for indoor or target practice, up to nine pumps for squirrels.
We set up the target at about 30 feet. I was able to hit the bulls eye on the target with two of my five shots loaded with the pellet mag. Grouping seems ok, but its hard to say as you have to pump before each shot, thereby moving the rifle each time.
I’m not an expert marksman so this seems to be a pretty steady shot at this distance.
My son and I did target shooting for the rest of the time he was with me that day. After he left to go back to his mom’s, thats when I started going after the squirrels.
I hit my first one from about twenty feet. It knocked it right off the fence and with one more shot it was dead.
The second one was my best though.
35 yards away on an electrical wire stretched over my yard, the squirrel was chillin’ without a care in the world.
I took aim and pulled the trigger, dropping him with one shot behind the ear. The poor guy flipped over the wire, still hanging on for a second and then fell thirty feet to ground in a thump.
Guess the salesman was right, this little air rifle is going to do the trick.
The war is on with the squirrels now.
I’m about to go all Vlad the Impaler on them, leaving staked carcasses on display as a warning to the others to stay the fuck away from my pumpkins!
Joking aside, the Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is a legit replacement for a .22 cal rifle to keep at home for target shooting and minor pest control.
This rifle is simple and has these benefits:
- Its easy to use
- Easy to store
- Suitable for a young kid
- It looks like a rifle, especially with the scope
- Doesn’t make a lot of noise
- Can be used inside or outside
Best of all, its priced at $35.99 from Amazon Prime.
To purchase this rifle click here: Crosman Pumpmaster 760 Variable Pump .177 Air Rifle !