Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 with scope Review

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The Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 belongs to the beautiful NP XL airgun series . It has the smallest caliber of all (.177, the others are .22 and .25) but also delivers the fastest velocity . Although being made in .177, you will be surprised to learn that this rifle delivers more than enough knockdown power to deal with pesky pests in your garden.

Gun Type

The Benjamin Trail XL 1500 features Nitro piston technology. A nitro piston gun (or gas-piston) works the same way as the spring gun does, but it has a nitrogen-filled gas ram instead of a coiled spring as the power source.  There is a nitrogen cylinder and a piston inside the chamber. The nitrogen in the cylinder is already held under pressure 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 gas expands and propels the piston forward. The piston comes swiftly after the air transferred port. The compressed air has nowhere to go but behind the pellet since the chamber is sealed completely. As a result, the pellet is discharged from the barrel due to propellant force from compressed air. Read more about the pros and cons of nitro piston gun in this popular post.

The caliber (the internal diameter of the bore, measured in inches) is .177 (4.5 millimeter). It’s single shot, break barrel which means that you can only shoot once shot at a time. After the first shot, you have to break the barrel down to reload for the second shot. Single shot guns make you a discipline shooter as you have to make your shot count.

The barrel is rifled steel with spiral grooves inside the bore to make bullet spin, which stabilizes pellets, improves accuracy and enhances shooting range.

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Stock

The stock is of handsome, hardwood stock so it can withstand shocks, impact and abrasion in daily life. Besides, hardwood can be refinished at any time so it has a very long lifespan. This stock is also ambidextrous: you can shoot it comfortably whether you are a left-handed or right handed-shooter.

There are dual raised cheek pieces located on both the left and right side of the stock. Raised cheek pieces ensure solid foundation and stable position for your eyes, and allow consistent sight alignment and shot adjustment.

The stock has a textured grip and forearm to add friction when shooting, prevent sweat slippage and increase stability in aiming. Furthermore, it has a sling swivel stud already mounted so you can add a sling to carry the gun around any time you like.

This stock has a thumbhole stock that provides a more relaxed grip on your wrist. By resting the stock on your wrist as opposed to holding it up with your hands. Stocks with thumbholes are best for varmint shooters and for target shooters who spend plenty of time in a shooting position, such as benchrest shooting

Ammo

Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 uses .177 pellets as its only source of ammo. .177 pellets are cheap compared to .22 and .25 pellets and you can buy hundreds of them for just a few bucks so .177 is your best choice when it comes to long hours of target shooting and fun plinking.

Cocking and Loading

Cocking the gun: First, put the gun ON SAFE, hold the gun by your side, the 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 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. Then 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 XL has a velocity up to 1500 FPS with alloy pellet and 1250 FPS with lead pellet. This is an extremely high velocity compared to other air guns on the market and these speeds help the Benjamin Trail NP XL belong to the magnum class of air rifle.

Chrony tests on this nitro piston gun give the results as follows: This air rifle delivers 1022 FPS with Crosman Premiere 10.5 grains pellet, 1224 FPS with Crosman Premiere 7.9 gr, 1020 FPS with Baracuda H&N Exact match, 1069 FPS and 20.8 FPE with RWS Meisterkugeln rifle 8.2 gr, 1129.5 FPS and 19.83 FPE with RWS Meisterkuglen pistol 7.0 gr, 1110 FPS and 22.72 FPE with RWS superdome 8.3 gr, 1036 FPS and 22.17 FPE with RWS Super Mag 8.3 gr, 1086 FPS and 21.48 FPE with RWS superpoint 8.2 gr, 1013 FPS and 19.24 FPE with Air Arm Diabolo Field 8.44 gr, 1041 FPS and 20.25 FPE with JSB match Diabolo Exact 8.4 gr, 980.7 FPS and 16.66 FPE with Daisy Precision Match 7.8 gr, 1130 FPS and 22.41 FPE with Crosman Premiere Hollow Point 7.9 gr, 952 FPS and 21.1 FPE with Crosman Premiere Ultra Mag 10.5 gr, 1102 FPS and 21.64 FPE with Crosman Premiere Super Match 7.9 gr, 969 FPS and 21.26 FPE with Crosman Premiere Super Match 7.9 gr, 969 FPS and 21.26 FPE with Beeman Kodiak 10.2 gr, 943 FPS and 20.75 FPE with Benjamin Discovery HP 10.5 gr, 963 FPS and 20.99 FPE with JSB Match Diabolo Exact 10.2 gr. 

Those numbers are pretty close to the advertised velocity, and look at the muzzle energy of this gun: with an average of 20 FPE, this gun produces more than enough power to deal with annoying pests in your backyard or take out a small animal in one quick shot. Therefore, you can be confident taking this gun to the hunting field or use it to solve your backyard problem.

The power and velocity of this break barrel rifle is impressive, but how about accuracy, you ask? 

Let’s take a look at the shooting groups of different shooters to see how the gun performs: The common shooting groups are 2” at 50 yards, 1.5” at 20 yards, 1” at 10 yards, same hole at 20 yards, 1/4″ at 20 yards, dime sized at 20 yards, 1/2” at 20 yards, 0.237” at 25 yards, 0.578” at 50 yards, dime size at 50 yards, 3/4″ at 30 yards, same hole at 10 yards, 3/4″ at 42 feet, 1/2″ at 15 yards, 1.5” at 25 yards, nickel size at 25 yards, nickel group at 50 feet, 3/4″ at 70 yards, 1” at 30 yards, 1 1/2″ at 25 yards, 1” at 30 yards,1/2” at 30 yards and 2” at 50 yards. As you can see, this gun is a tack-driver with the shooting range up to 50 yards.

Sight

This gun doesn’t come with common iron sight: No front sight and no rear sight. But it does come with a Center point 3-9×40 AO scope. 40 is the diameter of the front lens (the objective lens), measured in millimeters. 3-9 is the magnification ability of the scope: It magnifies the picture 3 to 9 times bigger than the image you see with your own eyes. Moreover, this scope has an adjustable objective (AO) that will give you clearer and sharper image of target.

Noise

This is a very quiet gun: it has hundreds of customer reviews and not a single one of them complains about the noise. But remember that sometimes the lightweight pellets break the sound barrier and produce a cracking sound that might upset your neighbors.

Shooting range and intended use

The effective shooting range is up to 50 yards. You can use this gun for target shooting, plinking, pest control and small game hunting.

Accessories

This gun includes uncounted Centerpoint Optic 3-9×40 AO scope as its only accessory.

Maintenance

With its great craftsmanship, the Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 requires very little maintenance: Just make sure you tighten all stock fasteners, check the scope mount and apply a drop of Crosman RMCOIL every few hundred shots to keep it functioning properly.

Warranty

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

Customer Reviews

There are lots of online reviews for this nitro piston rifle. Positive reviews show that people love its magnum power, impressive velocity, high accuracy, beautiful stock and advanced technology. There are some negative reviews, most of them complaints about the terrible trigger and the dirty barrel. For the trigger issue, if you are a picky shooter, you can replace it with an aftermarket trigger for about 30 bucks. For the dirty barrel issue, as soon as you unbox this gun, make sure you clean it thoroughly and run the bore brush through it to clean it again and you are ready to enjoy your new gun.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 0.177”
  • Velocity: 1500 FPS with alloy, 1250 FPS with lead.
  • Loudness 3- Medium
  • Barrel Length: 19.5 “
  • Overall Length: 48.25”
  • Shot Capacity: 1
  • Cocking Effort: 47 lbs
  • Barrel: rifled
  • Front Sight: None
  • Rear Sight: None
  • Scope Rail: Picatinny
  • Scope: 3×9-40 AO scope
  • Buttplate: Ventilated rubber
  • Suggested for : Target shooting/pest control/ small game hunting
  • Trigger Pull: 2.5 lbs
  • Action: Break barrel
  • Safety: Manual
  • Powerplant: Nitro-piston
  • Function: Single-shot
  • Body Type: rifle
  • Weight: 9.7 lbs

Pros

  • Advanced nitro piston technology
  • Handsome hardwood stock
  • Beautiful craftsmanship
  • Magnum power
  • Supersonic velocity
  • Quiet
  • Recoilless
  • Easy to cock
  • Hefty and durable

Cons

  • Dirty barrel out of the box
  • Trigger can be a turn off for some shooter.

Price

The price for Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 is about 250 dollars. It’s a reasonable price if you consider the advanced technology, handsome stock, supersonic velocity, magnum power and other features this gun brings.

There are a couple of different listings online with different prices but the listing I found with the lowest price is the cheapest among online e-commercial sites like Amazon, PyramydAir, Walmart,etc.

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Conclusion

This gun is a rare behemoth. If you want to own the gun that you can brag about proudly with your friends, the Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 is a good addition to your arsenal.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I am on my third pellet gun. The first two the scope and mount fell off after about 40 rounds. The third gun, the distance ring came unglued after 5 pellets were shot through it. So far I am not impressed with this gun. I hope the scope and mount don’t fall off. If it does I will return it and get my money back.

    • Nancy, I hope the gun will perform as you expected. If it has some problems, you may want to take a look at Hatsan 95 or Umarex Octane as alternatives.

  2. I am looking to purchase a Benjamin Titan np .22 for pest/hunting. Rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and ground squirrels are targets. Is a Titan enough for that? I like the price of the Titan but should I consider the trail xl?

    • Hi Flyfisher,

      The Benjamin Titan NP has cheaper price compared to the Trail XL. The XL has an average of 20 FPE with different kinds of pellets which is more than enough for rabbits/squirrels/chipmunks. These two guns are extremely close to each other and if you are on a budget I recommend the Titan but if you have a little bit more to spend then the Trail XL would be a solid choice for years to come.

      Sincerely,

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