John Milewski tests the Crosman MTR 77 NP LIKE FOR LIKE!

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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.

DE­SCRIP­TION

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’”

TRIG­GER

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.

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