Benjamin Trail NP Hardwood Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22) powered by Nitro Piston
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- Includes 3-9x40 mm AO optic from CenterPoint
- Hardwood stock
- Shoots up to 950 FPS (alloy) / 800 FPS (lead) / 23 FPE
- 44.25" overall length, 7.125 weight
- Ideal for small game hunting
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The Trail NP Hardwood features a handsome, checkered, hardwood stock. The imposing 23 ft-lbs of muzzle energy provides 16% more downrange energy than .177 cal., and features velocities of up to 950 fps*. Benjamin Nitro Piston powered break barrels produce 70% less noise than spring powered airguns, and with smooth cocking effort, less recoil and less noise, a successful day of hunting is within reach. One simple cocking motion and your follow-up shots are fast, quiet and easy. Each Benjamin Trail NP break barrel comes with a 3-6x40mm CenterPoint precision scope, featuring an adjustable objective and range estimating reticle. The Trail NP air rifles feature a bull barrel, Picatinny mounting rail system, installed sling mounts and a ventilated rubber recoil pad.
The Trail NP All Weather air rifle, from Crosman's Benjamin brand of guns, features a durable, all weather wood stock and rugged break barrel design. The 0.22 caliber weapon provides 16% more downrange power than common 0.177 calibers, and an impressive 23-foot-pounds of muzzle energy fires at velocity speeds of up to 950-feet-per-second (FPS).
Note:It is common-practice to shim a scope for sighting-in.
Break-barrel pellet rifles such as this one, require a different holding practice vs a traditional pneumatic pellet rifle. The gun should be held using the “Artillery Hold,” which is basically just letting the fore arm of the rifle rest on an open palm vs holding the gun tightly".
- Nitro piston power source
- 0.22 caliber
- Firing velocity up to 950 FPS
- Eight-pound weight
- 43-inch length
- Bull barrel
In 1923 in Rochester, New York, Crosman was founded as Crosman Arms Company. From its inception, Crosman's principal products were airguns and airgun ammunition. During the 1950s, new accounts included Sears Roebuck & Co., Montgomery Ward, and Western Auto, all of which sold Crosman's products under their respective brand names.
In 1966, Crosman introduced its own Crosman brand airgun, the Crosman Pumpmaster 760, which has sold more than 11 million units to date. Crosman Corporation is now an international designer, manufacturer, and marketer of Crosman pellet, BB, airsoft rifles and pistols, Copperhead ammunition, and Benjamin pellet rifles and ammunition.
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Let me start off by telling you that I'm 47 years old and I've been shooting break barrels since I was 20 years old so, I know how to shoot them. I have put about 200 rounds thru this piece and, I mean to tell you that I have never experienced a more unpredictable pattern at 20 yds than I have with this Trail NP .22cal. Oh yea, I've done all the things an experienced break barrel rifle owner is supposed to do like, tighten the stock bolts, clean the barrel, blue loctite the scope, artilery hold, etc, etc... like I said, I'm not new to shooting break barrels... It's just that every time I think I'm on to something, it starts shooting very, very erratic again.. first its shooting low, then its shooting high, then its hitting on a nice pattern; repeat....***Stay with me til the end****
Started out shooting cheap Daisy paper punch pellets just to help with the break in... moved on to Crosman HP premiers to sight it in...no joy... Got on youtube after a few sessions and watched a review by EdGun..looked liked the Crosman Domed Premiere were pretty accurate so, I switched to them and, for a moment it looked like I had the winning ticket. After about 60 rounds or so and another good cleaning I realized the rifle wasn't performing any better than it was with the HP's.... I'm at a loss...But, I'm not giving up yet... I read somewhere that you need to put at least 500 thru her to see it's true potential. So, I'm going there today... I'll update this review pending a few hundred more shots. But, for now it's a sad excuse for a rifle @ 224 hard earned american. I would have rated it a 1 but just like a dead clock, this rifle is accurate twice a day. I have a foto of a 12 shot target @ 20yds, outside, winds R to L @ 10 mph that i wish I could post so, that you could see what I'm dealing with...***Stay with me***
EDIT 11-1-13...I've run about 600 pellets thru her and at this point I am wasting my time.. Going to return to Amazon and give the Titan a try, I guess. Wish I had gotten one of the accurate ones because its a nice looking piece... A thought, I read about the accuracy problems the .22cal Marauder had and I wonder if this barrel has the same design...just a thought
EDIT 11-5-13... During my last edit I was completely frustrated and I had my Trail packed up and ready to ship back. But, I called everything off because I saw a YouTube video by OneShotMilDot and it gave me pause about the rifle. I have since ordered 2 tins of H&N FTS 14.66gr, 5.54mm domed... I will update it after I give them a try...I'm also considering a GRTIII Charlie da Tuna trigger for the rifle...See ya after I make the changes.
EDIT 11-7-13.... So, I didn't want to be one of those guys that say they're gonna update and don't so...well, well, well what a difference 6 days, 15 YouTube videos, 3 airgun forum websites, some items from the mail man AND last but, probably the most important, A TRIGGER MODIFICATION can make... I AM SOOO EXCITED about my Trail NP now that I'm shooting bullseyes with dime sized groups! I haven't had a chance to do any long distance (50 yds +) yet, but I will...I'm so glad I decided to keep it. ****VIEW MY PIC IN THE PIC SECTION****....
I am going to re-rate this rifle a 4 because of all the work I had to do to get it rite. But this rifle will be your 5 if you do everything I did in the beginning. This is going to be my hunting rifle but, I take head shots so, it had to be on. This is my advice to anyone who owns or wants to own this rifle:
Order a cleaning kit, some H&N FTT 14.66gr, 5.54mm pellets (as many as you can afford), get some very cheap pellets to break it in (about 500 shots[for me])...just shoot at cans and stuff. You'll be breaking it in and learning it at the same time.
TRIGGER: I used a washer to take up most of the second stage out of my trigger...you can find it on YouTube. The guys got an explicit mouth but, he'll show you what to do... My trigger went from a mile long pull to a half inch...the difference in accuracy was tremendous immediately. I love it!
OK, back to it.. Once you've shot up all the cheap, dirty pellets, clean the barrel thoroughly (it will be filthy)and lubricate it with silicone, add H&N's and watch your Benji Trail pulverize the bullseye.
This gun is quiet and powerful since I've got about 1500 rounds thru her. If you can afford a better scope get it. The one that comes with it is good but, not all that clear... Enjoy..
UPDATE:11-10-13 For the first time, in all my years of shooting air rifles, I invested in a shooting rest and, now I am shooting like the pro that I knew I was. So, if you don't have a rest, get one. You'll be glad you did. Test all you bolts for snugness every so oftEN
UPDATE 11-13-13... Even though these rifles can be modified to shoot better we have to remember that it is a hunting rifle and not a competition target rifle. The emphasis is on velocity first, accuracy second. This particular rifle that Benjamin makes happens to be one that, with the right tweeks, can have the foot pounds of energy to take down small to medium game and have respectable accuracy all in one. It's a really good gun. Good hunting with yours. *Note* I ordered 2 breach seal rings from Crosman with hopes of picking up some velocity. From what I've learned, the breach seal is supposed to protrude out a little, creating a lock-tite seal. The more fpe you have.....lol... If you havent noticed I am realllly enjoying this review
I want to get better at 3 position target shooting my .308 and got the idea to use this pellet gun at home to do that.
So my needs are accuracy and repeatably so I can work on my goal.
I didn't want to spend the $600-$2500+ on match target pellet guns, so after many hours of review reading on many guns, I chose this benjamin trail np in .22 cal.
Why .22 caliber when .177 caliber is supposedly more accurate ?
price. I could get the .22 with wood stock here from amazon about $50 cheaper at the time.
I am not sorry that I did.
I uploaded a jpg to this product page showing 9 consecutive shots in dime size clusters from 15yards away.
why 15 yeards ? It's the longest range I have at home, I know 20yards is more of a stardard target range, but I couldn't do it.
The scope that comes with the gun is nice and very usable. It is sharp and clear when ranged(front ring) and focused(rear ring).
the gun comes with a picatinny rail on the gun, which is a very good scope mounting method.
some notes/tips for others that might help:
a) check all the screws for tightness before you shoot the gun as others have suggested.(I did not and should have.)
b) check all screws, especially the scope after shooting 30-50 shots; my scope was loose again.
c) shoot at least 100 shots through the gun before looking at accuracy; my gun took 75. The gun started out with the shots varying by 1-2 inches at 15 yard range.
d) the cheap daisy .22 cal, precision max, hollow point, 14gr(unmarked on tin) that I got from amazon shoot very well. Others have referenced good luck with other pellets too.
e) print your targets on paper I got from amazon : Wausau Paper Index Card Stock, 92 Brightness, 110 lb, Letter, White, 250 Sheets per Pack (49411); it shows the pellet holes a little more clearly because of the 110 lb paper weight.
f) I got free targets to print on the above 110 lb paper from 6mmbr dot com website.
g) I clip the targets on a hardboard clip board which lasts for 20 or more sessions(not pellet hits, but 8.5x11 target shoot outs). I bought them by the case from amazon and were only $1 or so each: Bazic Hardboard Clipboard with Low Profile Clip, Standard Size (Case of 24)
h) for those needing a more sturdy backstop, search the internet for 'pellet trap electrical box duct putty'.
I am very pleased with this gun for it's build quality and especially the accuracy.
update 9.4.2011: I now have 1200 or so pellets through the gun and noticed accuracy was slipping. Looked and could not find the recommended crosman 'RMCOIL' here on amazon or elsewhere, but I did find some rws synthetic chamber oil. I added a drop to the chamber and accuracy seems to have come back.
tip: I have read that we should not use oil that is not "chamber" friendly. ie do NOT use crosman "pellgun oil".
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