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Offline Stein

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760 Pumpmaster
« on: January 14, 2009, 09:21:25 PM »
My daughter just unwrapped her birthday present.  Same exact thing I learned to shoot on only they make them much smaller now then they were 30 years ago. ???

$30 at Wal-Mart, I bet my dad paid more for mine.  The cool thing is they are still made in the USA and come with the same one accessory - 5 round pellet magazine.

The local wildlife is holding an emergency meeting as we speak.

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Re: 760 Pumpmaster
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 07:39:44 AM »
After I got my Red Ryder and before my Crossman2100 there was a 760 that served me well. Great little gun. Honed my shooting skills with that one. From ages 8-12 that gun was always by my side. My father even rigged up a sling for me so I could have it on my shoulder while I was doing chores around the "homestead" (small farm that where my mom bred and trained quater horses). Even with regular cleaning and oiling I actually wore that gun out. But that was after tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of shots. I still have my 2100.

Have fun teaching your daughter and spending the time with her.

Same exact thing I learned to shoot on only they make them much smaller now then they were 30 years ago. ???

Are you sure about that? Nearly everything I remember as a kid, when I look at it now, it never seems to be quite as large or as impressive as I remember it to be.


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Re: 760 Pumpmaster
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 09:25:18 AM »
Yeah, I was just joking.  It seemed full size at the time but is a bit short now.

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Re: 760 Pumpmaster
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 10:36:49 AM »
What can I say about this great American rifle.  I had two in my years of growing up, they were very bad news for the populations of starlings and grackles in central Pennsylvania and North Florida.  Even once I had freedom with a 22 long rifle I still OFTEN took my 760 out to shoot, plink, etc.  I can say for a fact I owe a lot of my skill with a rifle to those years of 10 pumps and cock and shoot.

One of the bet little plastic guns ever made in my view.  I even shot a bat out of the air one time, (before I new better)

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Re: 760 Pumpmaster
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2009, 08:36:51 PM »
They are also available in Pink for your wife or daughter.

We have two here. Not pink though. Luckily my daughter wants to paint her pellet rifle camo. Heck my wife wants to spray paint her SUV camo.

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Re: 760 Pumpmaster
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Re: 760 Pumpmaster
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2009, 07:31:39 AM »
You can also get a 10/22 and an 870 as well as several other sirguns in pink. I also saw an ACU 10/22 at bass pro a few weeks ago. Gander mountain had an entire dispay that had at least a dozen diferent makes and mdeals of pink rifles.

We are even going to start making some small runs runs of gear with hot pink thread. I built several pieces of gear for my wife and she always gets asked where to get it.

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Re: 760 Pumpmaster
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2010, 02:38:47 AM »
I joined this forum because of this post.

The 760 was my first gun. I had to save up $10, my Dad said if I saved up half, he'd pay half. It took me months - I looked for pennies on the road, did odd jobs, you name it. $10 was not easy to come up with in the 70s, at least not where I was. I could not afford pellets or darts, but I was smart and when asked to pick out some BBs, got the "X-L-O Pack", a small milk carton, of copper plated BBs.

The gun had a little bolt like a bolt action rifle has, in miniature. It had a magnet on the end and would pick up a BB from a little reservoir in the top of the rifle, where you could see 'em in a slit. Word was a friend of my older brother's (Older bro didn't have to save up for HIS, and he broke the stock on his somehow fairly soon after getting it) told Crosman to put that little magnet in there, but I dunno.

I thought it was beautiful. It rested near my bed and got a rusty place on the barrel from my picking it up that way all the time. The distinctive sound - whap! whap! whap! - of it being pumped was very common around our place. It swear it was a plot to give exercise to weedy kids, at least 3 pumps per shot, and up to 20. I was also told that if ONE BB ever perforated a window, a cat, a sibling, or even dented anything not bettered by denting, the gun would be taken away. Birds needless to say were off limits, since that was considered Mean. But, little dirt clods sticking up from a rain-washed hillside exploded in a very satisfying way. Grasshoppers and fat blue flies were legit targets. I did work out how many feet to hold over to hit the neighbor's mailbox with a TINK! 100 yards or so away. I'd go to a pond and shoot minnows. I'd pick out a flower or a differently colored leaf and while the rule "no missing allowed" was broken it wasn't broken that often. 

A BB never went where a BB should not be, and while I'm sure I read the NRA safety rules as part of the issues of American Rifleman a friend gave me and I inhaled, more importantly, I lived them. The M16 in the Army and the M60, and later, plinking and competitive shooting, it all started with that wee-wee little air gun.

And they HAVE shrunk! I can't believe how teeny that gun is now, and I'm afraid to try pumping one; I'd rather remember it as a fairly heavy-duty machine that takes real effort and makes you EARN each shot.