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Daisy Power Line Model 777 air pistol.

I reckon we can all remember back to our first gun, and the enjoyment we derived from it. Like so many others growing up in the '50s, my first "real 'nuff shooter" was a BB gun, a Daisy Red Ryder carbine. With my trusty rifle I managed to hunt lion in Africa, tiger in Asia, and pachyderms in Montana. Not only did my imagination work overtime, but my sense of geography wasn't too good either. However, before you laugh at my childhood foibles, let me remind that today there is still not one case on record of rogue elephants terrorizing the people of Montana.

Today, things have run full circle in that for the past few months I've been whetting my pistol shooting skills with another air gun, also a Daisy. This pistol however, is for target shooting, not elephant hunting in Montana (it's a good thing: I don't believe there's any left!). The handgun is Daisy's Power Line Model 777, a very serious target air pistol, so serious in fact that I doubt there are many recreational shooters in the world who can tell the difference in accuracy between the Power Line 777 and one of the super match air pistols imported from Europe. I know the Model 777 is capable of shooting much more accurately than I am. From a benchrest at a paced 10 meters I can keep five shots in less than a half-inch. I also know I couldn't do better than that with the finest pistol made . . . I've tried. The Model 777 is a superb shooting pellet gun.

Like all top-flight target air guns the Model 777 is chambered in .177 (4.5mm) caliber. It's cocked by a single stroke of the side level that runs full length along the left side of the pistol. This stroke charges a small chamber within the pistol with compressed air that's used to propel the pellet at 360 feet per second. The 777 isn't a gun that can be pumped a multitude of strokes to increase the pressure. A single stroke is all it takes, and in fact that's all that works. If you attempt to pump the lever more than once you will just be uncocking the pistol.

Sights of the Model 777 are fully adjustable. The front sight is a one-piece ramped non-adjustable blade, while the rear is not only adjustable for both windage and elevation, but a third adjustment varies the width of the rear sight's aperture. Many match firearms have this feature so the shooter can set the sight picture exactly as he desires it.

The trigger pull is also adjustable from approximately one to three pounds. The test gun is set at 1-1/2 pounds, and after the initial takeup there was absolutely no creep before the trigger broke. There is a slight amount of overtravel but it didn't seem to affect any shooter who tried the pistol. To contrary, everyone was highly impressed with just how good the action was, and how accurate the pistol proved to be.

Adding to its credentials as a "professional" target gun are the anatomical wooden grips that come fitted to it.

Available in both left and right-hand versions, they come oversized and need to be trimmed by the shooter to meet international regulations if an NRA/ISU match is to be entered. Daisy, however, equips the pistols in this manner so the grips can be fitted by each individual owner to his own dimensions. Included in the box the gun comes in is an instruction sheet with the dimensions needed to make the grip/pistol size legal for competition.

Aiding both the competitive and non-match shooter alike is the baked non-reflective matte finish that covers both the non-ferrous frame and rifled steel barrel. This black finish completely eliminates light reflections that might interfere with the shooter's sight picture.

all in all I was impressed with the Power Line Model 777. Only the top pistol shooters will be able to wring out all the accuracy the pistol is capable of . . . for the rest of us can use the gun to great advantage to sharpen our own skills. At $250 the Model 777 isn't inexpensive, but what Daisy has done is to place a precision match gun well within the reach of the average shooter some $200 to $400 cheaper than what one would normally expect to pay for an air pistol with this kind of potential. Now personally I don't plan on entering any competition, but I always need practice in those two most important areas: sight picture and trigger control . . . I've found my practice gun!
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Author:Hetzler, Dave
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Jan 1, 1985
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