Marauder And Challenger 2009 Triggers – Differences And Similarities

I have long been somewhat confused by the differences and similarities between Marauder and Challenger 2009 triggers. Strictly speaking, that should be Trigger Assemblies, of course. And judging by questions we receive in our Archer Airguns parts business, I’m far from alone…

So to resolve the issue once and for all, I analyzed the parts diagrams for the Generation 1 Marauder, Gen 2 Marauder and Crosman Challenger 2009. I also spoke to Velocity Outdoor Product Manager Phillip Guadaulpe. Thanks for the explanations and clarification, Phillip!

In fact, the answer is much simpler than I expected.

Trigger Comparison Overview

1. The Generation 1 Marauder (models BP1763, 2263 and 2563) and the Crosman Challenger 2009 both use the same trigger assembly.

2. The complete trigger assembly for the Gen 2 Marauders (models BP1764, 2264 and 2564) is not interchangeable with that of that of the Gen 1 guns, nor of the Challenger 2009.

3. However, only two individual parts that are different. These are the Trigger Casing and the Sear. All other individual trigger parts ARE interchangeable.

4. Before anyone asks, the SAM (Semi Auto Marauder) trigger assembly is very different from that of the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Marauders. It’s definitely not interchangeable with the bolt action guns.

Below. These screws are located in different positions relative to the trigger slot in the pressure tube of the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Marauders. This shows a BP1764 (Gen 2) Marauder.

Marauder And Challenger 2009 Triggers - Differences And Similarities

So Why The Confusion?

I think some of the confusion is down to the parts diagrams (EVPs) that are published at crosman.com.

Firstly this is absolutely NOT a complaint against Crosman. The way they make parts diagrams available to owners of their products is outstanding and a model for the industry!

But, there are some issues that arise when comparing the Trigger Assembly EVPs for the Gen 1 Marauder, Gen 2 Marauder and Challenger 2009.

Below. Here’s the EVP for the Trigger Assembly of the Generation 2 Marauder.

Firstly, the trigger diagrams have the individual parts labelled in different sequences. This makes it more difficult than it should be to compare the different models.

For example, the Trigger, part 1763-042 is identified as Item 6C in the Gen 1 Marauder EVP, Item 29C in the Challenger 2009 EVP and Item 38H in the Gen 2 Marauder EVP. In each case, it has the same part number and performs the same functions in each gun. This labelling confusion extends to many other parts…

Also, the Trigger Casing Side Plate is shown as having different part numbers (1763-041 and 1764-041) between the Gen 1 Marauder and the Gen 2/Challenger. In fact they have exactly the same dimensions and are interchangeable.

Phillip explains that there was a material change made in about 2014 that accounts for the different part numbers.

This is also the case for the Safety, which has part numbers 1763-043 and 1764-043. Again, they are interchangeable, in spite of the different part numbers.

Current trigger packs for the Gen 2 Marauder both use the newer Gen 2 Casing Side Plate. The original part is obsolete. Current trigger packs continue to use the original Gen 1 Safety. In this case, it is the the newer 1764-043 part that is obsolete. Obsolete parts are no longer available.

For complete, simple confirmation, here’s a comparative list of the 19 individual parts for Marauder and Challenger 2009 triggers. Crosman has always been VERY consistent and clear with part numbers. Where you see the identical part number listed for different guns, it’s always exactly the same part: even a slight change is recorded by issuing a different part number, as we’ve seen above.

I hope this makes things clear!

Crosman Part DescriptionChallenger 2009 And

Gen 1 Marauder
Generation 2
 MarauderNumber Of
 Parts
In Assembly
Casing, Trigger - DIFFERENT1763-0401764-0401
Cover, Trigger Casing
Interchangeable, slight material change only.
Originally 1763-041
OBSOLETE, now uses
1764-041
1764-0411
Trigger (Blade)1763-0421763-0421
Lever, Safety

Interchangeable, slight material change only.
1763-043Originally 1764-043
OBSOLETE, now uses
1763-043
1
Link, Trigger1763B0441763B0441
Sear - DIFFERENT1763-0451764-0451
Pin, Dowel10804108045
Spacer, Delrin1763-0481763-0482
Spacer Delrin1763-0491763-0491
Spring, Trigger Link1763-0501763-0501
Spring, Safety1763-0511763-0511
Spring, Sear1763-0521763-0521
Set Screw1763-0541763-0542
Set Screw1763-0551763-0551
Screw (Side Plate)1763-0561763-0564
Roll Pin1763-0571763-0571
Seal397-062397-0621
Spring, Torsion Link1763-0651763-0651
Screw1763A0531763A0531