By B.B. Pelletier

If you’re looking for a neat CO2 revolver, try Gamo’s R-77 6 Walnut. It has the styling of the Smith & Wesson 586-6 but for a lot less money. With warm weather upon us, CO2 guns are ripe for outdoor shooting!

A secret technique for loading the Gamo swing-out cylinder
To load the Gamo gun, press each pellet deep into the rear of the cylinder. Don’t just stick them in – press with your finger until you feel the pellet pop past the restriction. Your velocity will climb significantly.

The action pushes the cylinder forward when you shoot, sealing the cylinder against the rear of the barrel. That’s how Gamo gets so many shots at such good velocity from a revolver that would normally leak at the barrel junction. The only other way to do it is with tight tolerances, which costs a lot more money to make. Watch the cylinder as the gun shoots (without pellets!) to see what I mean.

I’ve noticed that this gun shoots faster double-action (just pulling the trigger to fire) than single-action (cocking the hammer first, then pulling the trigger to fire). I think more force hits the valve in the double-action mode.

For a budget gun, it’s full of features
The sights are adjustable on all models of the R-77. The grips are large, comfortable and removable – to allow access to the CO2 powerlet. The R-77 even has a safety, which is not very useful on a revolver, but it’s there and it works. Of course, the best safety is the shooter who keeps the muzzle and trigger under control at all times.

I steered you to the 6″ barrel because it looks and balances better than shorter barrels. Also, it’s the model that has walnut grips, which make it look even nicer. If you’re on a tighter budget, though, Gamo has an R-77 under $70.

I would suggest lightweight pellets, such as RWS GECO or Gamo Match for the R-77, which isn’t a fast shooter. Lighter pellets give it the extra oomph it needs to cut nice holes in your targets. And, R-77 shots can be safely stopped by a Daisy 850 pellet trap, which is both large and affordable.

The final word
Okay, I began by comparing this revolver to the S&W 586, and that really isn’t fair. The S&W is all metal and there is a lot of plastic on the R-77. I will cover the Smith revolver in a future post, but let’s stick with the R-77 for now. For the price, it’s impossible to beat all the features it offers. If I were to buy one of the other two shorter-barrelled models, it would be the 4″ version. If you like revolvers and one of these models fits your budget, they’re great guns to consider.