Pros: Good for plinking and shooting
Variable pump power (velocity control)
Cheap price
Can shoot both BB’s and pellets
Fiber optic sight (front)
Powerful and accurate with pellets (10 yards)

Cons: No windage adjustment
Barrel not rifled
Pumping is strenuous for younger shooters
Must be pumped-up for every shot
Mostly made of plastic (can be mistaken as a toy)

The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is designed for target shooting and is a great stepping stone for beginners. With its very affordable price that ranges from $30-$45, shooting a blue jay on the feeder or a squirrel that’s bothering you will be easy. As long as you use pellets, not BB’s. Depending on the number of pumps, the pellet weight and type, it can be efficiently used for pest control and small game hunting.

 

Specifications

Before we tackle the Crosman 760 Pumpmaster review, here is a brief outline of the specifications:

  • Model: Crosman 760 Pumpmaster
  • Caliber: .177 cal. Steel BBs or .177 cal. pellets
  • Power plant: Variable Pump (3-10 pumps)
  • Lead pellet velocity: Up to 615 fps
  • Alloy pellet velocity: Up to 700 fps
  • Steel BB velocity: Up to 645 fps
  • Action Type: Bolt Action
  • Product Weight: 2.10 lbs.
  • Overall Length: 33.50 inches
  • Length of Pull: 13.25 inches (length from trigger blade to the buttpad)
  • Barrel Material: Steel
  • Barrel type: Smooth Bore
  • Front sight: Fixed blade
  • Rear Sight: Elevation Adjustable
  • Material: Synthetic (Plastic)
  • Magazine: Clip/Reservoir
  • Mounting Rail: Dovetail
  • Trigger: Single Stage
  • Stock Style: Traditional
  • Stock Material: Polymer
  • Safety: Crossbolt
  • Capacity: Single shot (pellets)/Repeater (BB)
  • Function: Plinking and Small game

 

Appearance and Design

 The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is mostly made of plastic, except for the barrel (33 ½ inches long) that’s made of steel. If you’re looking for a lightweight gun that you can carry around on your expeditions, Crosman Pumpmaster is an ideal gun at less than 3 pounds.

The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is mostly made of plastic, except for the barrel (33 ½ inches long) that’s made of steel. If you’re looking for a lightweight gun that you can carry around on your expeditions, Crosman Pumpmaster is an ideal gun at less than 3 pounds.

Rear sight has no windage adjustment other than elevating it up and down. If you have, you can manually insert the pellet clip that holds 5 pellets. There’s a BB reservoir that holds 200 BB’s and 18 for the internal magazine. BB’s will be harder to see if you install a rifle scope.

There’s a Crossbolt safety to push back and forth to make the gun in Safe Mode or On Fire Mode. This Crosman 760 Pumpmaster has a scope installed.

How to Operate the Crosman 760 Pumpmaster

The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is a variable pump BB repeater, single shot pellet air gun. Here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. First thing to do is load the gun. For BBs you have to flip open the switch, put in your BBs and close the switch. From the BB reservoir to the internal magazine, flip back the lock and point your gun upside down and shake, to load all the BBs in the internal magazine. Close the lock. Pull back the bolt and once it catches a BB push it forward. Now for loading your rifle with pellets. Before loading pellets make sure there’s no BB in the magazine or else the gun will jam up. Take your pellet magazine and load it with pellets. Pull back the bolt, insert the pellet magazine and align the first pellet in the internal magazine. Push the bolt forward.
  1. Pump the gun. For indoor shooting never pump more than 4 times and for outdoor target shooting or pest control, you can pump up to 10 times. (Pump less than 3 and there is a risk that the pellet or BB doesn’t leave the barrel. Exceed 10 pumpsand there is a high possibility of damaging the seals inside, permanently reducing the amount of pressurized air that the gun reservoir can hold.)
  1. Fire the gun. After every shot using pellets, pull back the bolt, adjust the magazine to align the next pellet with the internal magazine, push the bolt forward, pump up and fire. Just do the same thing over and over again.

The Crosman Pumpmaster 760 can shoot up to 500 feet, so bystanders should steer clear during target shooting. Also, pets and children should never be near the area during target shooting.

Performance and Accuracy

Testing done by a Crosman 760 Pumpmaster user for 10 years:

Chronograph Test:

With seven pumps, the average muzzle velocity in ten shots is 503 fps. Highest is 526 fps and lowest is 488 fps. A decent velocity for a cheap priced air gun.

10-meter Target Test:

With seven pumps, the center-to-center measurement with ten shots using pellets is 1.01 inches (approximately a half dollar coin.) Pellets are more accurate than BBs. This accuracy is good enough for plinking soda cans or hitting large bullseye targets.

Energy Calculation:

At seven pumps, a 7.9 grain pellet produces a muzzle energy of about 4.44 foot-pounds or 6.02 joules. Which makes this air gun too weak for any type of hunting. (Hunting guns should be around 12 foot-pounds to take down small game.) At ten pumps, this gun can take down a squirrel.

Conclusion

The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster is an affordable air rifle under $45, so we cannot expect it to do more than what it is designed for.Its power and accuracy is effectively enough, it actually does very well for its price. It can reach up to 625 fps, which is fairly good for plinking and backyard pest control. It is a gun that’s fun to shoot.

It is very lightweight as it is mostly made of plastic, this makes it ideal for shooters that walk a lot. However, pumping it up can be strenuous especially for young shooters. By the time their done pumping they are too exhausted to focus on firing the gun.

I would definitely recommend the Crosman 760 Pumpmaster for the price, but if you are willing to spend a bit more, then you want to try Crosman 2100. It fixes just about all the cons of 760, but it’s twice the price.

 

NOTE: Air rifles are not toys. Some people have been seriously injured by air rifles. As always, handle air rifles as if it is loaded and ready to shoot. Parents, if you want your children to have a lifetime fun and enjoyment with air guns, teach them to shoot safely and responsibly.