Very impressive .22 caliber air rifle
By The Staff of Trucks & Guns Magazine
Do not roll your eyes because it is “just an air rifle.” Air rifles can be and are way more value than you naysayers think. Here at Trucks & Guns Magazine, we love air rifles for many reasons. We will not go into all of them in detail right now – we will save that for another article. We will just touch on some of the major value points really quickly.
First, cheap, mussel memory practice, you can get hundreds of pellets for under $10. This is a great way to practice breathing exercises and trigger pull. Second, no regulations and silly laws, we can go to any outdoorsman store and walk out with a pellet rifle and shoot it in city limits. If you have a long enough yard you can even go practice and teach your kids about gun safety without going to a range. Third, we do not need to waste ammo on pest control. Crows need to stay out of our gardens, right?
UP AGAINST A 10/22
The Benjamin Trail Air Rifle is a .22 caliber pellet rifle. It is capable of pellet velocity of 950 feet per second. During our velocity testing we were getting an average of 810 feet per second with the round top pellets. With that velocity it delivers 26-foot pounds of energy to the target. It is able to achieve these numbers because of a split piston design which they call the Nitro Piston 2. This design pushes 30% more air with less recoil than standard piston designs. This is a one pump break rifle design with a 30-pound cocking force – just cock, load, and shoot. It is 10 pounds lighter than the previous generation. Air rifles are already quite as it is, but the Benjamin Trail has and integrated baffling system which makes it even quieter. Our testing found average DBs of 87 compared to our older .177 caliber was 98 DB. The Benjamin Trail also features a two-stage adjustable trigger which allows you to adjust the trigger to get the lightest trigger possible.
Since this a .22 caliber rifle, we decide to test it next to one of our Ruger 10/22 rifles. This is when this rifle really impressed us. At 25 yards we were matching the accuracy of our Ruger 10/22, and at 50 yards the Ruger was doing an inch-and-a-half groups and the Benjamin Trail was right on its tail with an inch-and-three-quarters groups. An Air rifle getting that sized grouping at 50 yards is impressive.
BEYOND THE TECHNICAL
Now that you know what this rifle is capable of it is time to talk about the non-mechanical features of the rifle, like the elongated wooden stock with thumbhole design. The recoil pad attached to the stock is a firm density. The stock also has sling attachment points. Included with the rifle is a CenterPoint 3-9 x 32 mm scope; it is a clear and crisp scope that is perfect for this rifle. The scope is attached to the integrated Picatinny rail so if you did want to change the scope you could do so easily. The rifle with scope weighs 9 pounds, giving it a nice weight – not too light, and not too heavy.
The Benjamin Trail .22 Caliber air rifle is a nice rifle; we have been very happy with it. However, the crows in my area – not so much. It is quite, powerful, and the two-stage trigger is great. To learn more and see the full line of Benjamin Air Rifles visit http://www.crosman.com/
POWERPLANT Nitro Piston 2
LEAD PELLET VELOCITY Up to 950 fps
ALLOY PELLET VELOCITY Up to 1100 fps
ACTION Break Barrel
PRODUCT WEIGHT 9.00 lbs
BARREL MATERIAL Steel
BARREL TYPE Rifled
COCKING EFFORT 30 lbs
FRONT SIGHT None
MOUNTING RAIL Picatinny
NOISE SUPPRESSION Yes
TRIGGER Two Stage
STOCK STYLE Thumbhole
SLING MOUNTS INCLUDED Yes
STOCK MATERIAL Hardwood