Monthly Archives: October 2011

Crosman launches an AR looking air rifle

Alternate headline: Foregrip thingy that goes down?

Shooting Illustrated has the scoop and this picture:

“The M417 has an impressive look and feel, and is inexpensive to shoot.  You’ll be surprised at what a great time you have shooting it.  Once it’s all tricked-out with your favorite accessories, you’ll be ready to ‘take it outside’ and shoot up your favorite targets.  Or for family fun, get two rifles and have a plinking competition with Grandpa… or Grandma for that matter,” he said.   

“The M417 is loaded with features that make it rugged, convenient and provide realism,” Clark said.  “And adding even more appeal to the tough exterior of the M417 is the textured polymer stock, forearm and receiver.  The variable pump action is easy to use for right or left-handers, and the adjustable shoulder stock benefits shooters of all sizes,” he commented.

The M417 comes equipped with a windage adjustable, dual aperture (2-position), flip rear sight, and an elevation adjustable front sight.  “The sights are easily removed to allow for a scope, red dot, flashlight, or even a laser,” said Clark.  For added convenience, a sight adjustment tool and Firepow’r pellet clip are stored in the magazine for easy access. “The same Firepow’r 5-shot pellet clips used with the Pumpmaster 760, and Recruit air rifles are included with the M417 and are available as an accessory, so you can load more before you go,” said Clark.  The BB reservoir is located on the side of the receiver and holds up to 350 BBs. An 18-shot internal track feeds BBs into the action.

More pics here

It shoots pellets (625 FPS) and BBs (660 fps) and will retail at a MSRP $119

  • Specifications Overview

  • Model NumberM417
  • Pellet VelocityUp to 625 fps
  • BB VelocityUp to 660 fps
  • Weight3 lbs 9 oz
  • Length34
  • MechanismBolt action
  • Power SourceMulti-pump
  • Caliber.177
  • Pellet Capacity5
  • BB Reservoir350
  • BarrelRifled steel
  • Front SightRemovable/Adjustable
  • Rear SightRemovable/Adjustable
  • SafetyCrossbolt trigger type

Remember when hardware stores sold guns?

Over at God, Gals, Guns, Grub they point out an ACE Hardware somewhere in God’s country that apparently has a full service gun counter…. sweet!…. and there was also an AR-15 sighting at a Walmart (not associated with Gunmart – we carry lots of ARs).

The new normal

Looks like the boom in the gun industry is starting to slide its way into more traditional centers of commerce. There is a guy in Houston who bought and renovated a location in a strip mall in Texas. The place is called the Arms Room Gun Range, and it opened up in a shopping center right next to a Target (no pun intended), Home Depot, and Petsmart. In retail these centers have stores that are known as “destination stores”, and I personally could not think of anything more appropriate then a gun range/shop. Turns out now that foot traffic is up at the center and business for all the stores there seems to be on the rise.

Later, representatives of PetSmart Inc. thanked him for boosting the center’s customer traffic, he said.
Jin Dong, the manager of a Mattress Giant store that shares a wall with the Arms Room, is one of the gun range’s happy neighbors. “People do come in here with guns, and that’s kind of weird. But they have brought a lot of traffic. It’s way better than nothing,” he said. “I’ll tell you one thing, I don’t have to worry about getting robbed, that’s for sure.”

 Image source and more to read from a local perspective here