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  • Caleb T. Hayes

Crosman M4-177 Review: A Pump Air Rifle That Feels Like An Actual AR

There are many realistic bolt-action pump rifles out there, but the Crosman M4-177 stands out from its competitors. It shoots both pellets and BBs, and the variable pump action is easy to use for both right and left-handed shooters.

FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.


Take It Outside with the Crosman .177 - A Tactical Bolt-Action Variable Pump Air Rifle

Top-rated: 4,616 ratings | 340 answered questions


Crosman .177 - Tactical Bolt-Action Variable Pump Air Rifle

Highlight: Ideal for plinking, target shooting and skill development.

Helpful review: "I am pretty OG when it comes to air rifles. When I buy one and it works well, I take care of it and keep it for years. I raise koi, and varmints and herons can clean a pond or water garden out in no time if unhindered. I have had a heron eat over 2k worth of koi in a single visit. So now I use an air rifle to help dissuade them. I dont kill anything with it normally, save for snakes, but a BB popping against the base of a heron's neck or a raccoon's flank will have them thinking twice about invading my water gardens.
Anywho, I have been using the same pump air rifle since 1993, so I figured it might be time for an upgrade. I started looking around and stumbled across this guy, and my first reaction was a stifled giggle. I figured this was something for gun-nut nerds or kids who wanted to play army man or maybe even for some sort of simulated training with an AR. But after reading the specs and reviews of this thing, its power was pretty comparable to other higher end air rifles and it had a decent price, so I thought I would give it a go. I could not be more impressed. It's a solid, well made piece, and the extend-able stock, removable "mag", and rail sights are fantastic. I can keep the pellet mag and the site adjustment tool in the mag for quick access, and the accuracy of this thing is insane. I used the little guide it came with and the sight adjustment tool to adjust my rail sights when it arrived, and within 15 minutes I had a 2" grouping at 40 yards, and I dont shoot that well.
Given, that kind of accuracy is nothing for a normal rifle, but this was a BB gun shooting BBs, perfect spheres that are much more subject to gravity, wind, and air and thermal conditions than a typical rifle bullet. I was and continue to be extremely impressed. My buddy has an AR-15 and he saw this leaning up against the wall one day and asked me when I got an AR. He didn't believe it was a BB gun until he picked it up. He thought it was great. And it uses the same rail system as the real deal, so you can add any accessories you want to it (laser sight, flashlight, action scope, homemade bayonet, etc.) And it looks so much like the real deal that if you took a stroll out to the mailbox with this guy the next time that wiseass kid with the dirtbike or that hippie weirdo with the skateboard decide to turn a donut in your front yard or grind the curb and tear up your wife's flower bed that she worked on all spring, their wide-eyed reaction and rapid exodus may really brighten your day, particularly when the hippie kid looks like he's toting a newly birthed pantload in the seat of his jean shorts while making his retreat. And if the neighbors give you a hard time about it, just tell them it's an air rifle, which is not illegal to fire on the confines of your own property even in city limits (at least around here) and to leave me the hell alone, Marie. Maybe if you let your kid learn about gun safety and play with something like this he would grow a pair and stop wearing pastel colored pants.
Anyway, this thing is great. I probably buy a dozen things from Amazon every month and have so for the past few years, and this is by far the greatest Amazon purchase I have ever made. I am gonna buy another one just in case something happens to my primary or they stop selling them." — Ed

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Crosman .177 - Tactical Bolt-Action Variable Pump Air Rifle

Reassuring review: "After about 1500 rounds shot, I ended up having a plastic piece near the front of the gun that holds the barrel and pump together break. This resulted in slightly poorer accuracy, but that was about it. I contacted Crossman, and the experience with the technical support was very pleasant. After sending an email with pictures of the break, I was informed that they are giving me a new gun for free (and I could keep the old one). Upon getting the new gun I realized something important, which many questions are often asked. The stock gun (no starter pack or other options) comes with the two sights. The front sight covers elevation, and the rear sight covers windage. Also, there is no carry handle. The M4-177 with starter pack comes with a non-adjustable font sight, and a rear sight that adjusts for elevation and windage. Also it has a carry handle. The starter pack also comes with two extra clips for pellets (each costs about $10 to buy normally) along with other goodies for only $10 more which is honestly a steal of a deal. The sights for the minimum version are honestly not that great, as the adjusting tool broke on my first attempt of using it, and even at maximum right correction, the gun shot several inches to the left at 10 yards. When I switched to the old sights (from the starter pack version) the gun became very accurate, being able to hit the center of the target. I am very pleased with the gun (as even the broken one is still a joy to use) and Crossman is very helpful if anything happens to the gun. For anyone who wants a bb or pellet gun, I would recommend it. Unless you are very rich and have no better place to put your money, this is definitely a gun to add to your collection." — DAX

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Crosman .177 - Tactical Bolt-Action Variable Pump Air Rifle

Trending review: "Grew up a service brat with Dad being a Range Safety Officer, and had a Sheridan Blue Streak in the late 60s through mid-70s. That thing could shoot the tip off a match at 25 feet (just wish my eyes were good enough to still do it)! No idea where that Blue Streak is anymore, and new Blue Streak models run a bit more than we wanted to pay for an air rifle. After a bit of online research, we purchased this Crosman M417, and three months in, can say that we are happy with the purchase. This model is made of plastic but does have a rifled steel barrel, which was one of the reasons we choose it. We installed the sights and within a couple minutes of opening the box, we were on our way to the mini-range we have set up in the hills of the lower portion of our property.
It's very realistic, especially from afar, so please remember that when handling it within view of others (else you may get an eventful visit from your local Sheriff). Our son is about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs in around 100 pounds, and he was able to handle the pump action without too much difficulty. The first couple times he was surprised by the tension once getting to the 4th or 5th pump, but quickly learned to use both arms when pumping (in a manner somewhat like using tree pruning shears). Throughout the first day he seemed to settle on 7 pumps as his favorite as it gave him great speed and accuracy without the excess toil that pumps, 8, 9 and 10 require! Since he has experience with real iron A2 style sights, which is what the sights on this Crosman pellet gun are modeled after, our son really had no sighting learning curve to deal with. His target for the first hour of the day was a Birchwood Casey Gallery metal resetting target ( Birchwood Casey Gallery .22 Rimfire Resetting Target ) and his first three shots from about 30 feet hit the top target dead in line with its bullseye, just one inch low. A few sight adjustments later, and the shots were ringing true from various distances and shooting positions (prone, standing, kneeling and sitting). The pellets he uses are the pointed Crosman Field Hunting .177 cal 7.4gr pellets). The sights are not bad for what this is, a mostly-plastic military replica air rifle. At this level of gear there are so many variables in pellet ballistics and air pressure that judgement can't be made in comparison to your ACOG... it is what it is, and that ain't bad for the price range.
Gotta tell you one other thing though... When my son decided to take a break and handed this rifle to me to fire, I instinctively looked down to inspect the open bolt and pushed the mag eject button to check the rounds... Doh! Fake button. Pellet gun replica. Old habits die hard, and this is a decent replica. Yes, he laughed at me too! Anytime you are considering purchasing a working plastic-based replica, remember that it needs to be handled with a tad more care that your average S&W, Colt, or Bushmaster. If looking for a fun pellet gun that will work as advertised and will not break the bank while doing so, we recommend this one." — RatherLiveInKeyWest

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Crosman .177 - Tactical Bolt-Action Variable Pump Air Rifle