By Lars Dalseide | January 19 2012 12:01

American Air Gun manufacturer Crosman has an addition to your high powered rifle that lets you shoot pellets instead of bullets

Crosman MAR177 at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada - Crosman's MAR177 is probably one of the coolest things I've run across here at the 2012 SHOT Show in Vegas. Why you ask? Because it converts your AR into an air rifle. How's that for cool?

"It's cold out, it's raining out and you want to do some shooting without going to the range," started Crosman representative Mark Deboard. "With the MAR, modular adaptive rifle, you can take your AR upper off, replace it with the Crosman Modular and go to your basement or garage to shoot .177 pellets."

Now you might be thinking there's an arduous task aligned with turning your AR into an air rifle. According to Mark, there's a simple three step procedure involved:

  1. Remove your upper.
  2. Attach the Crosman MAR177
  3. Fire down range.

Back end of the Crosman MAR177 at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas "You're using your trigger, your weight, your gun. But the thing that you have to wrap your head around is that but you're shooting air guns, you're shooting pellets."

Fitted with a "10-shot rotary clip", all the shooter has to do work the bolt back every time after firing. And the air shaver on the top of the barrel ensures that the only air expelled from your rifle is released behind your pellet.

Shooting your new AR Air Rifle

"It's a 10 meter gun designed for National Match air rifle competitions," said Deboard. "We took it to Camp Perry last summer for the High Power Rifle Championships, shot it inside the 20 foot Crosman Trailer and everyone loved it."

And when considering the monetary side of training, there has to be a huge benefit for those who can go over the basics with a pellet instead of the standard high power round.

"You're getting great trigger time without going to the range and without buying .223 ammo You can buy a tin of 500 pellets for about five bucks. I don't know what 500 rounds of .223 is, but I know it's not five bucks."


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