The Crosman 1077 CO2 powered air rifle is just about the ideal.177 caliber pellet rifle for backyard target shooting and plinking. Styled after a military carbine its 12 round clip is housed in a removable magazine. You can fire all 12 shots as fast as you can pull the trigger. A 12 gram CO2 cartridge should be good for about 60 full velocity shots outdoors in summer temperatures or in your indoor range.
The 20 inch steel barrel is rifled. Accuracy is surprisingly good for an air rifle in this price range (under $70), and is comparable to what you could expect from European models costing two and three times more. The front sight is fiber optic. The rear sight is notched and is adjustable for windage and elevation.
You may want a more elaborate rear sight, but the simple one that comes on the gun is certainly capable of 1/4 inch groups at 10 meters. You can scope the 1077 rifle for $10 with the Crosman 0410 Targetfinder Rifle Scope but you should really use the Leapers Accushot 1″ Rings, Medium for just another $10 to keep the front sight out of view.
The Crosman 1077 is rated at 625 fps with a 7-8 gram pellet. Fast enough to hit accurately out to 20 meters and not too fast to safely backstop with cardboard (to prevent ricochet) and 1/2 inch plywood. The best.177 pellet for accuracy is probably the H&N Finale Match. Crosman Competition pellets available at Walmart and other big box stores will not disappoint either, and will help keep down the cost of shooting this fun air rifle. You will shoot a lot of pellets because it’s hard to put the 1077 down once you get started with it.
The 1077 is quiet enough to use in the backyard without riling the neighbors. It probably would not be heard at all from inside a house closed up for air conditioning. You get nothing even close to the sound of the ‘report’ of a rimfire firearm.
The stock and many other components are made from black, military grade synthetic. It’s a good looking rifle. At 3.75 pounds and 37 inches the Crosman 1077 can be safely and easily handled by just anybody old enough to be shooting responsibly. There is no recoil. Some commentors mention a displeasure with the trigger pull but my personal experience is with a pleasantly smooth pull right out of the box. Working the trigger with dry fires while watching TV will smooth it out even further.
You will not find a more universally liked.177 CO2 rifle for backyard target shooting and plinking. Everybody will want to shoot the Crosman 1077 when you hit the range, and nobody will be disappointed.