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The 747 Triumph – The Inexpensive Match Pistol that "Could"

Match-grade air pistols generally cost hundreds of dollars, sometimes well over $1,000. The 747 Triumph is an exception to the rule. This .177 caliber single-stroke pneumatic air pistol truly delivers match accuracy at a suggested retail price of under $180.

The Triumph weighs about two and one-third pounds and measures 13 and a half inches from end to end. It has a blade and ramp front sight and an open rear sight that is fully adjustable for windage and elevation simply by turning the appropriate screw on the top or right side of the sight.

The single-stage trigger is adjustable from one to four and a half pounds of pull by turning a small screw located in the pistol frame just under the trigger guard. The grips are molded, checkered plastic with a contoured thumb rest. Left-hand grips are available at additional cost. What really sets the Triumph apart is its Lothar WaltherTM match-grade barrel which is crowned and choked for maximum accuracy.

Loading the Triumph is straightforward. First, put the pistol on safe by pushing the trigger safety from left to right so that no red is showing. Next, rotate the bolt handle upward and pull it back. This cocks the action. The Triumph cannot fire with the bolt open, but the bolt must be open to pump the gun.

Next, pump the gun by pulling the pump lever, located on the left side of the pistol, as far forward as possible then returning it to its original position by pushing on the curved end of the lever with the palm of your hand. About 17 pounds of force are required to complete the pumping stroke.

With the bolt back and the gun pumped, load a pellet, solid end first, into the feed track in front of the bolt. Push the bolt forward, then rotate the bolt handle down. Make sure the Triumph is pointed in a safe direction and click the safety off. Youre now ready to fire. Squeeze the trigger, and the pellet will zip downrange at around 360 feet per second, depending upon the weight of the pellet.

The 747 Triumph is a favorite of IHMSA silhouette shooters not only because it is the most accurate air pistol that qualifies for the air pistol production class, but also because it is competitive in all other IHMSA air pistol classes. Many world records have been set with the 747 Triumph, and it can be used for entry-level 10-meter air pistol competition.

In addition, the Triumph is an excellent pistol for high-accuracy friendly competition in the back yard. With a Triumph, a tin of pellets, and a box of ShatterBlast targets, youll likely be amazed at how far and how accurately you can shoot with an air pistol.