John Milewski tests the Crosman MTR 77 NP LIKE FOR LIKE!
In the first part of this review, we had a close look at Crosman’s MTR77 NP, a full-power, break-barrel air rifle, which resembles the M16A2 service rifle incredibly well. In this concluding part, we’ll see if the rifle shoots as well as it looks.
In the 1990s, versions of the M16 were machined with a flat top to the receiver so the traditional carrying handle, which incorporates an aperture sight, may be replaced with optical sights, and the Crosman has a Picatinny/Weaver rail fitted as standard. The air rifle’s barrel shroud is a moulding that incorporates a Picatinny foresight rail. This means a removable sight can be fitted, which is of the type used on the M4 rather than the M16A2, but this is a minor point. The foresight can be adjusted for elevation by screwing it in or out. When a suitable height is found, I would add a spot of Loctite to keep it secure. The spring-loaded sight may be folded down when not in use and the feature comes in handy when you want to fit the rifle into a standard-sized gun bag. The rearsight is an aperture and has alternative small and large ‘peep’ holes. I found the large hole too wide and could not focus too well on the foresight, but after switching to the narrower aperture, the foresight sharpened up perfectly. There is a limited amount of elevation adjustment and far more lateral adjustment to ensure a suitable zero. One shortcoming of the in-line stock and barrel concept is the raised sight line. Whilst I no longer had to compress my cheek into the stock, as I had to with a red dot, I found the open sights were fitted some 2½ inches above the bore and required the same amount of holdover/under as a scope! However, the rifle shot flat between 10 and 25 yards.
“The trigger was described as ‘awful’ by a fellow club member, but I found it ‘different’”
The trigger was described as ‘awful’ by a fellow club member, but I found it ‘different’. The pull consists of a long draw more akin to a smooth, double-action revolver than a rifle. Yes, it’s creepy, but the pull is consistent and as long as you maintain a steady sight picture, the rifle will place pellets accurately at the intended point of aim. Due to the length of pull which I adjusted to its minimum the base of the trigger can dig into your trigger finger after prolonged use, causing some discomfort, but this did not prevent me from using the rifle during extended shooting sessions.
One-hole groups at 6 yards from the standing position were the norm and I could hit 40 mm kills consistently on field targets up to 25 yards away from the same
With an aftermarket carrying handle fitted, this rifle is pure classic M16!
Aftermarket carrying handle, sling and adapted 20-round magazine add realism to this incredible air rifle.
The carrying handle is detachable and contains the aperture rearsight.