Crosman Pro77 - Part 1
by B.B. Pelletier
Crosman's new Pro77 is an exciting BB repeater with blowback action.
Okay, today I'll bring you this little treat. The Pro77 is one of Crosman's 4 Horsemen of the Airpocolypse, which have been so highly touted by them and just as eagerly anticipated by airgunners. I reported on the Crosman C11 on October 24, so this is the second Airpocolypse pistol I am testing for you.
The Pro77 is obviously positioned to compete with the CP99 Compact, which I've just finished reviewing for you. It's the same size, single-action only, 17 shots in the stick magazine and so on. Only $6 separate the basic guns here at Pyramyd Air. The two guns do hold differently, though. The CP99 Compact grip feels larger than the Pro77 grip. The Pro77 grip is more angular than the CP99 Compact grip. All subtle differences for sure, but noticeable when you have both pistols to hold.
The Pro77 is a blowback BB repeater. At just 22.5 oz. with a Powerlet and empty magazine onboard, it's noticeably lighter than the 29-oz. Walther. The metal slide has enough mass to impart the realistic feeling of recoil every time the pistol fires. There is also a Weaver accessory mount on the underside of the frame, just forward of the triggerguard. Although this is the same on the CP99 Compact, this mount is about a quarter-inch longer, which means it will be easier to mount lasers to this pistol.
Like the CP99 Compact, the Pro77 has a polymer frame with a metal slide, trigger, sights and controls. The Pro77 also has an external hammer and that is metal, as well. Both guns are finished a dull black, very reminiscent of modern tactical firearms.
Unlike the Walther pistol, the Powerlet on this gun hides in the underside of the grip. The magazine covers that objectionable thumbscrew, so everything looks copacetic.
They tucked the CO2 loading port inside the bottom of the grip, where it doesn't show. Once the magazine is in place, there is no clue to how the gun is filled.
Trigger and hammer
Being single-action only, the gun must be cocked to shoot. Pulling the trigger when the gun isn't cocked accomplishes nothing. Fortunately, the Pro77 has an external hammer that can be thumbed back at any time, so cocking and decocking is a very easy one-handed operation. Of course, every time the slide blows back, it recocks the hammer. The trigger is a wide, deeply curved blade. Pull weight measures 4 lbs. with a surprisingly crisp release.
An external hammer makes cocking and de-cocking easy with just one hand. The safety lever is also a one-handed operation!
The switch is located on the upper right of the frame and easily controlled by the shooting hand. It is a trigger disconnector, not a de-cocker. This feature on the Pro77 is way ahead of the difficult de-cocking safety on the CP99 Compact.
Possibility of dot sights and scopes?
Because the slide is balanced to the gas that pushes it back, you can't just add a dot sight or scope to it. It won't function reliably. A mount has to attach to the frame and enclose the slide without touching it-birdcage fashion. Such mounts already exist, so I think it's only a matter of time before Crosman (and Umarex) offer them with these BB pistols.
I will finish this report tomorrow. Then, on Monday, something entirely different and fresh!