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Everywhere you turn in the air rifle world, you can hear the buzz around the Benjamin Trail NP2. Crosman has put a lot of effort (and money) into marketing the Benjamin Trail series which features Nitro Piston 2 Technology. They promise less cocking effort, less vibration, less cocking force, less noise, a crisper trigger and the most important thing: accuracy.
Sound too good to be true? Is this gun overhyped? In this review, we will take a closer look at the rifle Crosman has been bragging about.
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Check out how the Nitro Piston 2 was made:
They have different stations for building different parts of the NP2 air rifle. Starting with the piston, the first step in assembling the piston is putting the piston head (or crown) inside of the base, and then they have a rubber bushing on top of that. Then they put on the piston and bolt it down. Next, they move it to another base where they have a neat little tool that puts the piston seal for them. After they remove that, they take the real things (or the piston skirt button as we always call them) and they install those and we have an assembled piston. Next is the gas ram and putting the end cap on. Then they move to the trigger assembly station where the trigger housing comes with the primary seal and the trigger weight is predetermined.
The Nitro Piston 2 has so many advantages over the original Nitro Piston and almost every other gas spring air gun on the market. Most gas springs have the reputation of being hard to cock, but the NP2 psut an end to that by reducing the cocking effort up to 10 lbs. According to air gun godfather Tom Gaylord, this is the easiest cocking gas piston he’s ever shot. Moreover, NP2 is 15% faster and doubles the effective shooting range. This gun really over-delivers on what you demand of an air gun.
The Benjamin Trail NP2 is available in both .177 and .22 calibers. While .177 is a popular and perfect choice for target shooting, .22 is the king of hunting and is the go-to caliber for hunters and pest eliminators. Besides, this gun is a single –shot break barrel gun so you can only shoot once at a time. After the first shot you have to break the barrel to manually reload the pellet. Single-shot guns make you a disciplined shooter: You have to make your first shot count since you have only 1 chance to hit the animal or target.
The barrel is rifled with helical grooves inside the bore to make a pellet spin. Spin stabilizes the bullet, improves accuracy and enhances its shooting range. Furthermore, the barrel is shrouded i. e. it has a jacket enclosing the barrel and containing the violent release of compressed air from the muzzle. It lets the pellet escape but forces the air to use up as much of its energy before it leaves the shroud, thus reducing the noise.
Benjamin Nitro Piston 2 Stock
The stock is black synthetic. Unlike wooden stock which is heavy and easily affected by weather, synthetic stock is lighter and works perfectly in any outside condition. Additionally, modern synthetic stock is robust, durable and easy to stand the rigor of field use, so it’s best for hunters who and for pest eliminators who live where the weather is fickle.
This gun has a thumbhole in the stock so it provides more relaxed grip on your wrist by resting the stock on your wrist as opposed to holding up the stock with your hand. Thumbhole stock is best for hunters and shooters who spend lots of time in a shooting position, such as bench-rest shooting.
The Benjamin Trail NP2 uses .177 and .22 pellets as its sources of ammunition. As you can see from different e-commercial sites, the .177 pellet is cheap, easy to find and very popular among target shooters. On the other hand, .22 pellets have more stability in their trajectory than .177 pellets so you can shoot it under windy conditions. Besides, .22 hits targets with serious authority and often gets the job done in one clean shot, so you can handle every nuisance in your back yard or bring home dinner after a hunting session.
This gun doesn’t have a traditional open sight: No front sight, no rear sight. Instead of an iron sight, you have a 3-9 x32 Center point scope for more precision in shooting. 32 is the diameter of the front lens, measured in millimeters. 3-9 is a magnification power of the scope. It means that the scope magnifies the picture 3 to 9 times bigger than the image you see without it. Having this variable power scope gives you confidence in long-range shooting and a successful hunting day is within your reach.
The rail is manufactured in Picatinny style. A Picatinny rail is almost identical to the weaver rail, except it has a series of ridges located at precise intervals along the rail. This type of rail gives you lots of benefits: You have more mounting options and you can swap scopes from one gun to another and use different scopes in one air rifle as well. And yes, no more worrying about tube length, eye relief, etc since you can place scope rings any place you want.
Cocking and Loading
Cocking the gun: First, put the gun ON SAFE, hold the gun by your side, then firmly tap the muzzle end to expose the breech. Let the gun rest on your upper thigh and grasp the muzzle end. Continue to pull the barrel down to its limit to perform cocking action.
Loading the pellet: With the breech is opened after cocking, put the pellets (with the pellet’s nose lying forward into the breech). Then pull the barrel up to its original position until it locks and you are ready to fire.
Velocity, Power and Accuracy
In .177 caliber, Benjamin Trail NP2 delivers up to 1400 FPS with alloy pellets and up to 1150 FPS with lead pellets. In .22, this break barrel rifle gives you 900 FPS with lead and 1100 FPS with alloy. This is a high-end velocity compared to other air guns on the market so this is the rifle you want to use in long-range shooting.
For Crosman Benjamin Trail NP2, various shooting tests have been conducted by different shooters with positive results. The common shooting groups are: 1”- 1 1/2″ at 40-50 yards, 1” at 30 yards, 3/4″ at 12 yards, 5/8” at 30 yards, 1/2″ at 30 yards, 1/4″ at 25 yards, 1/2″ at 25 yards,nickel size at 25 yards, dime size at 20 yards, 1” at 75 feet, 2” at 50 feet, dime size at 30 yards and 1/4″ at 25 yards. Some gunners can even get the same hole at 20 yards, 5×5” target at 50 yards, bull eyes at 30 yards, 1” at 45 yards,1/4″ at 50 yards and hit a cigarette lighter . As you can see, this is an extremely accurate gun w up to 50 yards.
And how about power? This nitro piston gun kills a dove at 45 yards, drops squirrels at 20-25 yards and hits big birds (turkey/seagull/waterfowl) at 80 yards, so it’s the gun that hunters and pest eliminators can use to deal with varmint and small animals.
The advanced technology of Nitro Piston Technology makes this gun very quiet. Despite being a supersonic gun, it has hundreds of customer reviews without a single complaint about noise so you can use this gun in the backyard without worrying about your neighbors or you can bring it to the hunting field with a high level of stealth.
The Benjamin Trail NP2 features an all-new, enhanced two-stage trigger called CBT (Clean Break Trigger). Crosman has put lots of effort into this trigger so it feels like it’s been tuned. Imagine that a factory trigger that breaks crisp and clean. It has a significantly lighter trigger-pull, not one of those so-called “lawyer” triggers that require Thor’s strength to shoot.
Shooting range and intended use
The effective shooting range of Benjamin Trail NP2 is 50 yards. You can use this gun for target shooting, plinking, pest control and small game hunting.
This gun includes 3-9×32 Centerpoint scope and mounts (unmounted) as its accessories.
Benjamin Trail NP2 requires little maintenance: Just make sure you tighten all stock fasteners, check the scope mount and oil the gun every 20 shots and it will have a long lifespan.
As of this date, the Benjamin Trail NP2 has a one year limited warranty from the date of purchase
- Caliber: 0.177 and 0.22
- Velocity: For .177: Up to 1150 FPS with lead and 1400 FPS with allot/ For .22: Up to 900 FPS with lead and 1100 FPS with alloy
- Loudness: 2-Low
- Barrel Length: 15.75”
- Overall Length: 46.25”
- Shot capacity: 1
- Cocking effort: 28 lbs
- Barrel: rifled
- Front Sight: None
- Rear Sight: None
- Scopeable: Weaver/Picatinny
- Buttplate: rubber
- Suggested for: target shooting/pest control/ small game hunting
- Action: Break barrel
- Safety: Manual
- Powerplant: Gas-piston
- Function: single-shot
- Body Type: rifle
- Weight: 8.3 lbs without scope – 9.8 lbs with scope/mount.
Special note: This gun is assembled by American workers in Crosman’s manufacturing headquarters in Bloomfield, New York.
There’s lots of customer reviews about this break barrel rifle. Positive reviews show that people love this gun for its high-end power, awesome technology, great design, smooth trigger and little recoil. On the other hand, negative reviews mostly complain about defective features during the manufacturing process . Most buyers think that this gun deserves a better scope for hunting although the scope comes in the package is just fine for target shooting and plinking.
The price for this air rifle is about 200 dollars. It’s a bargain if you consider all of its advanced technology, fantastic craftsmanship, jaw-dropping power, hair-splitting accuracy and minimum recoil.
There are a couple of different listings online with different prices but the listing I found with the lowest price is the cheapest price among online e-commercial sites like Amazon, PyramydAir, Walmart,etc.
Benjamin Trail NP2 is a rifle that will take you to the next level in shooting sports. It’s high-tech, accurate, robust, recoilless, hard-hitting, and easy to handle. It’s incredibly friendly with young shooter and powerful enough to please the most demanding shooter. I highly recommend it for shooters and hunters who want to experience the thrill of Nitro Piston 2 technology.