October 25, 1977


Release # 77-111

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 25) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the Crosman Arms Company, a division of The Coleman Company, Inc., announced today the possibility of an inoperative safety in certain BB repeater pistols marketed under the Crosman name.

About 25,000 model number 454 repeater pistols were manufactured and distributed nationwide during 1977 for recreational shooting.

In a portion of these, an improper dimension on a receiver cover raises the possibility of the pistol discharging when the trigger is pulled with the safety engaged.

The company is trying to locate the pistols involved in order to make modifications to eliminate the possible problem at no cost to the consumer.

The pistols are identified as Crosman model 454, 16-shot, semi-automatic .177-caliber CO2 powered BB pistols. Suspect pistols can be identified by the first three digits of the serial number. The digits are 477, 577, 677, 777, or 877. The serial number is located on the left side of the pistol just below the name Crosman.

Pistols bearing these serial numbers but with an "R" stamped on the right-hand side of the casting under the grip or below the barrel on the front of the receiver have been inspected by Crosman and do NOT contain the possible malfunction.

Owners of the pistols are requested to take the pistol to the nearest authorized service center listed on a brochure which was included with the pistol when purchased. Owners may also write the Crosman Arms Company, 980 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, New York 14450 or call the Crosman service department at (716)223-6000.