Crosman 760 Pumpmaster
A favorite choice of beginning shooter for nearly 4 decades
Continues to prove itself with plenties of updates and improvements.
However, while researching this product, I see lots of discrepancies in product descriptions between Amazon.com, manufacturer websites, and other e-commerce sites.
To make it worse, even Amazon itself has inconsistent information in the product specifications.
And they still have not fixed it at the time this review was written.
Hey, who says Amazon never makes a mistake, hah?
The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is a pump pneumatic rifle.
For more on the 5 types of air rifles you need to know before buying, see this post.
The barrel is a smooth bore with a caliber of .177 (4.5 millimeters).
(For more on how to choose the right air gun caliber for your game, see this post.)
This Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is a BB repeater.
With a BB repeater gun, you don’t have to open up and reload or cock every time you want to shoot BBs.
Each time you shoot, a new BB is reloaded automatically.
This air rifle is not only a BB gun but also a single-shot pellet gun.
Moreover, having the ability to shoot both BB and pellet, this Crosman 760 gives you an awesome option to switch to pellet in case you get bored with shooting BB.
Besides, you can teach your kids how to operate a BB gun and a pellet gun at the same time without having to buy two types of guns separately.
The Crosman 760 has a durable, all-weather synthetic stock.
The synthetic stock is lightweight and virtually maintenance-free.
For more on the in-depth comparison between synthetic and wood stock, see this post.
This gun has a plastic buttpad that helps absorb recoil when you shoot.
In addition, it has non-slip checkering in the grip and forearm
Which provides more stability to your arm in shooting, improves accuracy, and prevents slippage from your hand’s sweat.
Also, the stock is ambidextrous: you have the same shooting experience whether you are left-handed or right-handed.
The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster uses .177 BB and .177 pellets as sources of ammo.
For more on the differences between .177 & .22 and which jobs they do best, see this post.
Velocity, accuracy and power
For 10 pumps, the maximum velocity of the Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is 625 FPS (190.5 m/s) with BB and 600 FPS ( 182.9 m/s) with lead pellet.
This velocity is in the medium range compared to other air rifles.
It’s pretty decent for target shooting and plinking but lacks a bit of power for small pest control.
(For more on the best air rifle for squirrels, see this post)
For Crosman 760, various shooting tests have been conducted with positive results.
The common shooting groups are 1/2 inch at 15 feet, less than 1 inch at 25 feet, and 1 inch at 30-40 yards.
Obviously, you can use this gun up to 30 yards for maximum performance.
With the Crosman 760, you can get rid of rats, snakes, small pests, giant insects, and so on.
It can even kill birds, rabbits, crows, and squirrels but it’s not recommended.
Also, this gun has amazing knockdown power for plinking
So it guarantees that most common plinking objects such as soda cans, glass bottles, plant pots, etc. don’t stand a chance.
To sum up, Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is a great rifle:
- For introducing newbie shooters to air rifle sport,
- For adults who want a casual way to unwind from work
- And for teaching kids how to operate and handle an air gun safely and effectively.
Cocking and loading
To load BBs into this gun, first put the gun on SAFE.
Swap the BB loading port to the left side, pour BBs into the gun.
Close the port so the BBs don’t fall out.
On top of the rifle is the button that you need to pull it backward.
This allows BBs to flow from the reservoir into the magazine.
To do that, you point it down, shake and twist it till you see BBs line up in the magazine.
It will hold 18 BBs at a time.
Once it’s full, slide the button forward.
That will keep the BBs in the magazine so they don’t fall back into the reservoir.
To shoot BBs:
Slide the bolt rearward, the bolt has a magnetic pole on the front so it will pick up BB automatically.
When the BB is picked up, slide the bolt forward and you are ready to shoot.
Included with Crosman 760 is the pellet clip containing 5 pellets.
To load the pellet into the clip, place a pellet (with the pellet’s nose pointing forward) into each of five pellet chambers.
It’s best to put the pellet’s skirt level or slightly below the rim of a pellet chamber to avoid jamming
To shoot pellets:
Move the bolt rearward.
Insert the pellet clip right into its position.
Every time you fire, you move one pellet over to shoot.
When you’re done, reload the clip and add five other pellets.
Point the gun in a safe direction
Hold the forearm firmly and open it all the way until it stops.
Return the forearm into its position with a straight stroke.
And you just pump the gun one time.
You should pump at least 3 times but no more than 10 times to achieve the best results.
You can see how easy it is to operate this gun in the video below:
The gun has traditional open sight with a fixed blade front sight
And rear sight is adjustable for elevation (allowing you to adjust the sight up and down).
And yep, no windage adjustment for this gun.
Yep, no fiber optic sight at the front because this is the 2014 version of Crosman 760 Pumpmaster.
You still see the fiber optic sight mentioned in the product description but it’s for the old version of this gun.
For more on how many types of air gun sights are out there and which one is suitable for you, see this post.
So it’s a BB and pellet gun without a full-function iron sight? Don’t be disappointed, yet.
Crosman Corporation has added the 4×15 scope for you so you don’t need the open sight.
I really like this feature because BB guns generally don’t have a scope.
Crosman really knows how to stand out from their competitors!
Being a pump-action rifle, Crosman 760 Pumpmaster BB and pellet gun is really a quiet rifle.
It has hundreds of online reviews without a single complaint about noise.
Therefore, you don’t need to buy hearing equipment to use it or worry about neighbors reporting gunshots.
I suggest that you shoot this gun for less than 30 yards for the best performance.
You can shoot it both indoors and outdoors.
It’s recommended for target shooting and plinking.
There are lots of customer reviews about this gun.
Positive reviews show that buyers and their kids love Crosman 760 because it’s fun, cheap, lightweight, recoilless, and fairly accurate.
Nevertheless, there are quite a few negative reviews about this gun.
I think they expect too much from this BB gun.
With the price and scope and double function, there are no other guns you can find better than this:
As of this date, the Crosman 760 Pumpmaster has a one-year limited warranty from the date of purchase.
- Caliber: .177
- Powerplant: Multi-pump pneumatic
- Barrel: smoothbore
- Barrel length: 16.75”
- Overall Length: 33.5”
- Weight: 2.75 lbs
- Ammo: BB & pellet
- Shot capacity: 1 with pellet, 18 with BB
- BB reservoir capacity: 200
- Cocking effort: 3-10 pumps
- Front sight: Fixed
- Rear sight: adjustable for elevation
- Optic: 4×15 scope
- Optic Rail: 11mm dovetail
- Buttpad: plastic
- Action: Bolt-action
- Intended use: Target shooting and plinking
The barrel is relatively short (just over 16”), and this gun is super lightweight (just nearly 3 lbs) so an 8 years old kid can handle it easily.
Therefore you can introduce your kids to air gun sports with this gun.
They will love it as soon as they see it.
(For more on the best air rifle for youth and beginners, see this post)
Pros and Cons
The price of a Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is just about $40.
It’s a very cheap price considering that it combines a BB gun and pellet gun in one place.
For under 50 dollars, now you can own an air rifle full of fun.
Isn’t that awesome?
The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is a fantastic gun for the money.
It’s cheap, lightweight, recoilless, quiet, fairly accurate, easy to use, and fun to shoot.
Furthermore, it can shoot both BB and pellet so you can have lots of options for plinking.
Also, Crosman 760 has a great scope that not many BB guns in the market have.
This gun is an excellent rifle to introduce a newbie shooter to the air gun world
And it is the best gift a kid could get for Christmas or for his birthday.
This gun is pretty darn good. IMO you’d be better off buying a daisy 880. It can reliably hit targets and has enough power to kill squirrels and small game from 20 yards. This can kill but you need that scope to hit a head shot at about 10 to 15 yards. Crosman Hollow Points shot from a 760 with 10 pumps will drop a squirrel. Anything bigger you need a daisy 880.