Benjamin Trail NP All Weather Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22) powered by Nitro Piston
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- Powered by patented Nitro Pistron®
- Durable, all-weather synthetic stock with sling mounts
- Shoots up to 950 FPS alloy / 800 FPS lead
- 8.3 lbs weight, 44.5" length
- Ideal for small game hunting
- The gun requires 200 shots before it will accurately sight in
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Crosman BT9M22SNP Benjamin Nitro
The Trail NP All Weather fetures a durable, all weather synthetic stock. This rugged break barrel boasts an impressive 23 ft-lbs of muzzle energy, providing 16% more downrange energy than .177 calibers and features velocities up to 950 FPS (alloy).
- Model Number: BT9M22SNP
- Pellet Velocity: Up to 800 fps
- Alloy Pellet Velocity: Up to 950 fps
- Weight: 8.3 lbs
- Length: 44.5 in
- Mechanism: Break Barrel
- Power Source: Nitro Piston
- Caliber: .22
- Ammunition: Pellets
- Capacity: Single Shot
- Barrel: Rifled Steel
- Optics Rail: Picatinny Style
- Optics: 3-9x40 mm AO
- Safety: Lever
- Material: Synthetic
- Color: Black
|Variable Pump||CO2||Break Barrel||Pre-charged Pneumatic (PCP)|
|POWER SOURCE||3-10 strokes of an on-board lever to compress air||12-gram cartridge||Spring or piston cocked by a lever (barrel)||On-board high pressure reservoir|
|FILLING METHOD||None, self contained||Insertion of CO2 cartridge||None, self contained||Use of high pressure tank or pump to fill on-board reservoir|
|VELOCITY *||Up to 700 fps||Up to 780 fps||Up to 1400 fps||Up to 1100 fps|
|NUMBER OF SHOTS||Unlimited (must be pumped for each shot)||40 - 60, varies on rapidity of trigger pull||Unlimited (must be cocked for each shot)||15 - 35 (varies with caliber)|
|EFFECTIVE RANGE **|| 15 yards || 20 yards || 35 yards || 60 yards |
|COST||$40 - $200 ($ - $$)||$80 - $130 ($ - $$)||$100 - $300 ($ - $$$)||$250 - $600 ($$ - $$$$)|
|ADVANTAGES||Velocity is variable based on number of strokes||Convenient, accurate||Self-contained, accurate||Powerful, consistent, superbly accurate|
|DISADVANTAGES||Must be pumped up for every shot||Performance can vary with temperature (70 degrees is optimum)||Requires practice to shoot at highest accuracy||External fill source required|
|* Velocities based on alloy ammunition|
|** Accuracy is determined by ballistics and shooter ability|
Small Game Hunting
Choosing a Caliber
|Material||Copper coated steel||Lead (lead-free consist of plastic and/or zinc)||Lead (lead-free consist of plastic and/or zinc)||Lead|
|Weight (grains)||5.2||7.9 or 10.5||14.3||27.9|
|Energy (@ muzzle)||4 FPE @ 600 FPS||17.5 FPE @ 1000 FPS||20.3 FPE @ 800 FPS||42 FPE @ 825 FPS|
|Shapes||Spherical||Wadcutter, domed, pointed, hollow point, destroyer||Domed, hollow point, pointed, destroyer||Domed, destroyer|
|Uses||Plinking||Targets, plinking, pest control||Targets, plinking, pest control, small game hunting||Pest control, small & medium game hunting|
|Advantages||Less expensive than pellets||Fast, flat trajectory ideal for targets||Ideal for both targets and small game||Hard hitting hunting round; conservative on air|
|Disadvantages||Ricochet if fired at a hard surface||Weight limits hunting to pests, small game||Not heavy enough for larger small game species, predators||Limited shapes available|
Nitro Piston vs. Spring
|Nitro Piston (Gas Piston)||Coiled Spring|
|Materials||Common steel tubing||Steel spring|
|Advantages||Easier to cock than coiled spring guns|
|70% less noise over the shot cycle than coiled spring guns|
|Not affected by weather|
|May be left cocked||55% faster than coiled spring guns and 15% faster than simple gas pistons|
|Affected by weather|
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The Center Point scope that comes with the gun gets generally bad reviews, (as it did from me for the scope that came on my old Crosman "Quest' .177 cal). However, I really think the Center Point scope may be getting a bad "Rap". I swapped out the Center-Point with my excellent Leapers UTG 4X32 scope, and got virtually the same, unacceptable, scattered grouping of pellets from the NP Trail from both scopes. I really think that if it were mounted on an accurately shooting air rifle the Center Point would probably be fine.
Whether the gun is just basically sorry or the trigger is driving the problem I don't know. In reading and watching reviews it appears that most everyone who finally gets the thing to shoot with any sort of accuracy seem to be purchasing after-market trigger replacements for their gun...prepare to shell out another $30 to $40 bucks...
I tested the accuracy of the Trail NP using both the Center Point and Leapers scopes at a measured distance of 44 ft. using a rifle firing brace.
I shot the same set up with my 60 year old Benjamin 312 .22 cal multi-pump gun. Hands down the accuracy of the old Benjamin blew away the NP Trail! The pellet groupings from the Benjamin 312 were less 1/3 the size those of the NP.
So, after hours of reading and watching reviews, and personally testing the rifle with different scopes...my bottom line is this; If your intention is to "scare" squirrels away, the NP is fine choice...although a rock would serve the same purpose.! If your intention is to kill the vermin don't waste your time with the NP (or probably any of the Crosman break barrel guns) Furthermore, the notion that the purchaser should have to run 100 (or 1000!) pellets thru the gun before it's "broken in" to give marginal accuracy is outrageous. And even if the break-in is "real" and successful you will still have to put up with a pitifully bad trigger. These are both quality issues that Crosman should have addressed years ago...it's fairly clear they don't care too be bothered.
I would say don't waste your money and time with these sorry Crosman break barrel guns (I doubt the low-end Gamo's, etc. are any better...for they all appear to use the same or similar triggers). For about the same price the Benjamin 392 might be a better choice if it has retained any of the quality of the old American made "real" Benjamin 312/342 series guns. Some might whine about the lower muzzle velocity of the multi-pumps, but personally I'm not impressed by a gun that will "whiz" a pellet out of the barrel at nearly the speed of sound, but can't repetitively hit within 2 to 3 inches of the aim point from a distance of 50ft!
Update July 2015:
After this bad experience with the NP Trail I ordered and tested the Benjamin 392 multi-pump rifle in hopes that it would that it it would provide the accuracy of the old American-made Benjamin 312/342 series...Bad NEWS...it did not! See my "one star rating of the Benjamin 392 if you are interested. McB
I hated it and how it function. I disliked the recoil and sound of the spring after the shot.
I sold it so I could get this one.
First off, I like the overall look, feel and function of this rifle.
It is much heavier than the Big cat but it feels like it's of better quality.
The piston recoil to me is so much lighter and quieter than the ping of the spring on the big cat.
Well the trigger is not as bad as most of the reviews lead me to believe.
You can buy the Charlie trigger or save yourself some money and do the research on air rifle tune ups and mod the trigger yourself. I polished a few of the mating parts on the trigger and now it's as smooth as glass. Sure it's still a long pull but as others have mentioned you can squeeze the trigger up to the breaking point and back off then when your ready to take the shot it'll be a much lighter squeeze. Now it's an absolute joy to shoot.
I am able to get a more consistent grouping with this rifle at 30 yards than I could ever hope to get with the big cat at 10 yards.
apparently barrel droop is a big issue with this model.
Crosman Domed Premier Pellets, .22-Calibre, 14.3 grain
Benjamin .22 Caliber Hollow Point Pellets, .22-Calibre, 14.3 grain
Predator Polymag .22 Cal, 16.0 Grains, Pointed
Between the two 14.3 grain pellets my rifle favors the Benjamin's in regard to accuracy. It also shoots the Predator Polymag's very well as well and you can definitely see, hear, and feel the difference from the added weight of the pellet. The 16 grain pellet definitely hits harder.
I've had no issues at all with the rifle at all, however I have to give it four stars because the scope that came with it will not zero in. I finally took it out two weekends ago and put it on a bench and completely tapped out the elevation turret and it still shot 2 inches low. However, I mounted another .22 scope I had laying around and that fixed my point of aim/point of impact problem right up.