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The Daisy 717, 747 and 777

The Daisy 717 first appeared back in the 1970s, and serious target shooters looked down it it from the beginning. I mean, it’s a Daisy, for goodness sake- they make BB guns! and it looked pretty crude, too, with a cast white metal frame, brass barrel, and cheap plastic grips. And then something strange happened- 717s started showing up at matches, and winning them. These were guns pretty much right out of the box, too, with stock poweplant and grips, and occasionally modified sights. A $50 gun from Arkansas was beating some very fancy $250+ European guns, particularly when given a trigger job developed by shooting legend Don Nygord, who published it in the April 1980 American Marksman. 717

Daisy took notice of this, and started making two improved versions- the 747, which is identical, save for a Lothar Walther steel barrel in place of the stock barrel, and the 777 (now discontinued), which added better metal sights, an adjustible trigger, and wood grips. Being a poor grad student in the 1980s, I bought a 717, and with it learned the basics of good pistol shooting. I made my own custom hand-fitting grips out of epoxy, but otherwise left it alone.

What made this gun so good right out of the box? For one thing, it had a single-stroke pneumatic poweplant, a fairly new concept in those days. The result was exceptional shot to shot consistency- far better than most spring guns, and a lot better than many of the new CO2 powered match guns. A few drops of Daisy oil on the compression chamber O-ring and an occasional swab of the barrel were all that were needed to keep it shooting in the X-ring. The excellent balance and long sight radius helped, too.
The 717 and 747 are still an excellent choice for the new- and maybe intermediate- target and silhouette shooter. With retail prices as low as $138 for the 747 and $110 for the 717, it’s hard to find a better value in a target pistol today.

UPDATE:

Here’s a good site with info on stripping and tuning the Daisy target pistols:

http://www.pilkguns.com/tenp/spd747.htm

8 Comments

  1. Paul wrote:

    I just purchased a 747–where can i get information on the Nygaard modification you mentioned?
    thanks,
    Paul

    Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  2. mje wrote:

    First, my apologies- I miswrote Don Nygord’s name as “Nygaard”- must have been thinking of someone else. Don’s article on 717 mods can be found here:

    http://home.nycap.rr.com/tpl/daisy717.pdf

    Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  3. Emilio wrote:

    I have a daisy stock no.777 still in its box. Anyone have an idea what this is worth

    Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  4. mje wrote:

    Arizona Airguns recently sold one without the box for $150. Figure having it new in the box adds anywhere from $50 to as much as $100.

    Monday, June 23, 2014 at 6:22 am | Permalink
  5. Mark wrote:

    Got 2 daisy 777 one box has Walther barrel sticker – the other Same box everything but no sticker

    Question: we’re there 777 made without Walther barrels ?

    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  6. mje wrote:

    As far as I know, every 747 and 777 has the Lothar Walther barrel. That alone accounts for a significant part of the increased cost of the 777 and 747 over the 717.

    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  7. Raymond Falgout wrote:

    I have a Daisy Power line air pistol in like new condition. It was hardly used and kept in its original carton along with its tag. My brother in law must have bought it back when it first came out. I will put an ad in our local paper to see if I can sell it. I also have a small can of ammo that at one time held 250 pellets but a few are missing. Being it is old but in good condition I’ll ask $200 for it.

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 10:25 am | Permalink
  8. mje wrote:

    If this is the original 717 model, it’s worth about $50 used. Maybe $70 in perfect, like new condition, with all the papers. A used 747 is worth maybe $100-125. A 777 would be worth as much as $200 or more.

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 11:09 am | Permalink

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