Benjamin Trail NP .22 with scope Review

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If you hate the idea of being caught in the rain with a woodstock air gun, you’re going to love the Benjamin Trail NP .22.

This rifle is a nice combination of remarkable technology with a durable stock that’s impervious to all kinds of bad weather.

It also has the potential to become your favorite pellet gun for the next few years.

Gun Type

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The Benjamin Trail NP is powered by Nitro piston technology.

A nitro piston gun (or gas piston) works the same as the spring gun but it has a nitrogen-filled cylinder instead of a metal spring.

The air in the cylinder is already compressed and you apply more pressure to it when you cock the gun.

The pressurized air is kept under tension until you pull the trigger.

When you fire, the pellet is pushed downrange the barrel due to propellant force from compressed air.

A nitro piston rifle is lighter and lasts longer than the spring gun. Besides, it produces less recoil and is easier to cock.

Furthermore, it can be left cocked for days because there is no spring fatigue.

(For more on How nitro piston technology can make your gun sport more exciting, see this post)

The caliber (the internal diameter of the bore, measured in inches) is .22 (5.5 millimeters.).

.22 is the king of hunting and is the go-to caliber for hunters and pest eliminator.

(For more on how to choose the right air gun caliber for your game, see this post.)

Aside from this, 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 target

Or it will run away laughing at your face when you are still busy with the reloading action.

The barrel is rifled with helical grooves inside the bore to make the pellet spin.

Spin stabilizes the bullet, improves accuracy and enhances the 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.

(For more on things you should know about air rifle barrels before buying, see this post.)

Stock

The stock is made of hardwood so it brings the intimate, authentic feel to your hand and withstands impact, shock, and abrasion.

It can be refinished easily at any time so it has a very long life span.

For more on the in-depth comparison between synthetic and wood stock, see this post.

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This gun has a thumbhole in the stock

So it provides a 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 shooting position, such as bench rest shooting.

This stock has twin raised cheek pieces on both the left and right side of the gun.

Raised cheek pieces give you firm control in shooting.

Furthermore, it has a textured grip and forearm to add friction to your hands when shooting, prevent slippage from shooter’s sweat, and increase stability when aiming.

The sling swivel stud is already mounted so you can put the sling on it anytime you need to carry the gun to the hunting field

Ammo

This gun uses .22 pellets as its only source of ammunition.

While .177 is lighter and sometimes doesn’t deliver enough knockdown power to kill humanely,

the .22 pellet is heavier, more stable in its trajectory and delivers enough energy to finish the job in one clean shot.

Thus, the .22 caliber is your best bet for small game or for eliminating pests in the garden.

(For more on the differences between .177 & .22 and which jobs they do best, see this post.)

Cocking and Loading

Cocking the gun:

First put the gun ON SAFE, point the gun in a safe direction, hold the gun near your body and firmly tap the muzzle end to open the breach.

Next, let the gun rest on your upper thigh and grasp the muzzle tip.

Continue to pull the barrel down to its limitation to perform cocking action.

Loading the pellet:

With the breech opened after cocking, put the pellet (with the pellet’s nose lying forward) into the breech.

The pull the barrel up to its original position until it locks and you are ready to fire.

Velocity, Accuracy and Power

The Benjamin Trail NP shoots up to 950 FPS (feet per second) with alloy pellets and up to 800 FPS with lead pellets.

This is a high-end velocity compared to other .22 air gun on the market and it allows you to hunt or drop pests at long-range.

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For this air rifle, various shooting tests have been conducted by different shooters with positive results. 

At 10 yards, Benjamin Trail NP delivers:

1” group with Crosman domed pellet 14.3 grains ultra magnum

And 3/4” with Crosman Destroyer 14.3 grains.

At 20 yards, it provides:

  • 3/4” with H&N hollow point 12.65 grains,
  • less than 1” with Crosman pointed hunting pellet,
  • less than 1 “ with Beeman FTS 14.72 grains,
  • less than 1” with H&N field target trophy 14.66 grains,
  • less than 1” with Beeman Crow Magnum 18.21 grains.

Also, the common shooting groups are:

  • 1/2” at 30 yards,
  • 1” at 25 yards,
  • 1/2” at 30 yards,
  • 1/4” at 50 yards,
  • less than 2” at 35 yards,
  • 1/4” at 30 yards,
  • 1” at 10 yards,
  • 1” at 30 yards,
  • 3/4” at 20 yards,
  • 1” at 50 feet,
  • 1/4” at 30 yards,
  • 1/4” at 20 yard,
  • 1” at 20 yards,
  • 1/2″ at 50 yards,
  • 1/4” at 25 yards, 
  • 1/4” at 30 yards,
  • dime size at 30 feet,
  • 3/8″ at 25 yard and
  • 1/2” at 40 yards.

Some people can even manage to:

  • get zero at 50 yards,
  • hit ceramic doll and soda can at 100 yards,
  • zero at 30 yards,
  • dime size at 40 yards
  • and less than 1 “ at 75 yards. 

As you can see, this gun is an awesome tack driver with a shooting range up to 100 yards.

But does the Benjamin Trail NP have enough knockdown power for pest control and small game hunting?

Well, shooters report that they’ve dropped starlings at 90 yards, hit a squirrel at 75 yards, taken out a racoon at 32 yards.

This rifle is the powerhouse you can trust to go hunting with or do pest control in the backyard.

(For more on the best air rifle for rabbits, see this post)

Sight

This gun doesn’t have an open sight: No front sight, no rear sight.

But you don’t need an iron sight since Crosman has installed an awesome 3-9×40 AO scope on it with a mil-dot reticle

So you can take comfort in knowing that your accuracy is greatly enhanced

(For more on how many types of air gun sights out there and which one is suitable for you, see this post.)

Noise

With the Nitro piston Technology, Benjamin Trail NP produces minimum audible output.

It has hundreds of customer reviews without a single complaint about noise so you can shoot without disturbing your neighbors .

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Shooting range and intended use

The effective shooting range for Benjamin Trail NP is up to 50 yards.

You can use this gun for target shooting, plinking, pest control and small game hunting.

For more on the best air rifle for squirrels, see this post

Accessories

The accessories include the Weaver-style rings and unmounted 3-9×40 AO Centerpoint Scope.

Maintenance

The Benjamin Trail NP requires very little maintenance:

Just apply a few drops of Crosman RMCOIL every few hundred shots into the compression chamber,

Use cloth to clean the external metal parts and you are fine.

Warranty

As of this date, the Benjamin Trail NP has a one year limited warranty from the date of purchase

Specifications

  • Caliber: .22
  • Velocity: 950 FPS with alloy, 800 with lead.
  • Loudness: 3- Medium
  • Overall Length: 43”
  • Shot Capacity: 1
  • Cocking Effort: 33 lbs.
  • Barrel : Rifled
  • Front Sight: None
  • Rear Sight: none
  • Scopeable: Picatinny
  • Bookplate: Ventilated rubber
  • Suggested for : Small game hunting/plinking
  • Trigger Pull: 3.5 lbs
  • Action: Break barrel
  • Safety: Manual
  • Powerplant: Gas piston.
  • Function: Single-shot
  • Body type: Rifle
  • Weight: 8.0 lbs.

Customer Reviews

There are plenty of reviews on this nitro piston pellet gun.

Positive reviews show that people love it for its high-tech features, high velocity, awesome power, extreme accuracy, and sophisticated design.

On the other hand, there are some negative reviews — people complain about the trigger.

They say it takes too long to pull and make them feel uncomfortable.

This problem can be solved in 2 ways: The first is to take some time getting used to it and practice proper shooting techniques.

The second is to buy an aftermarket trigger to replace with this one.

Pros

  • Awesome accuracy
  • Superb knockdown power
  • Durable stock with lots of amazing features
  • Great scope
  • Fantastic design
  • Advanced technology
  • Quiet and recoilless
  • Easy to cock and simple to use

Cons

  • Made in China
  • Trigger takes too long to pull (takes some time to get used to or can be replaced with an aftermarket trigger)

Price

The Benjamin Trail NP is only about $200.

It’s very cheap if you consider lots of great features and technology this gun offers.

I’m sure you can get a high-end rifle to do a better job but it will cost anywhere from $500 to $2000.

Conclusion

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The Benjamin Trail NP .22 has all you need for a successful hunting day.

It’s quiet, powerful, accurate, recoil-less and functions perfectly under any kind of weather.

I strongly recommend it for pest eliminators who want to get rid of those irritating critters in their backyard

And for hunters who want to get a field companion they can trust for years.

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