Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston Air Rifle
Nice gun! Was really torn between the nitro piston and the Benji classic .22 springer. I was worried that if a seal in the gas cylinder would leak, I would end up with a really expensive club. After lots of review reading on line for both guns, I found myself in CT looking at them again. As the clerk was putting the nitro piston back in the display case, a nice gentleman walked by and said "great gun, I've got the same one". We spoke or several minutes and he pulled out his cell phone to show me pics and spoke very highly of it. I was very greatfull for his input and I was now leaning in that direction. Then realized that it was on sale!! $100 off! Sweet! Bought it and brought it home, zeroed in the scope at 25ft with about 20 shots. Got to say, so far, great gun. Nice feel, and it hits hard. RWS pointed pellets went through 3 sheets of wood panneling. So far, very satisfied!
December 18, 2012
Great Gun, Not Worth The Price
Loved the gun, absolutely stands up to its 495fps label. However the nitro piston for an extra $200 just didn't fit. I can imagine if someone were wanting to do some serious hunting than this would be worth their while, but at 495fps serious hunting isn't really an option. Although the .22cal does deliver much more power than other .177cal air rifles, spending the extra dollars just to make the shot quieter didn't tickle my fancy. I personally use my .22cal spring loaded pellet gun for get rid of pests in my back yard, and most vermin's are not that effected by the noise of the average air rifle, rather the pellet hitting the ground around them. I ended up taking the rifle back and using my original 495fps springer, and has still worked great after the year I've had it.
December 7, 2012
NOT a hunting gun @ 495 fps
A good quality target pellet gun but grossly under powered for the price. Silly Canadian laws restrict air rifles to 495 fps max which makes them a poor choice for hunting anything but empty pop cans. Anything more powerful and you need a PAL permit. The U.S. version shoots up to 800 feet per second ! A cheap Crosman 760 has the same 495 fps velocity.
September 30, 2012
Quiet, Yet Powerful!
This was the year I was supposed to get into Hunting but missed the FAC courses due to my schedule. So I decided to purchase this air rifle as a temporary substitute for a real small game rifle, And was pleasantly surprised with the amount of power this gun had for the little amount of noise and kick it had. I Would highly reccommend this gun to anyone looking for a serious air rifle with the potential for short-ranged small game Hunting or just alot of fun.
November 25, 2011
this gun is cheaply made! i bought it and it broke after putting 5 rounds through it. the piston broke inside so i took it back and got another. that one broke too! i used the proper pellets and stuff. the piston broke in this one too. i DO NOT recomend this gun!!!
July 14, 2011
i just bought this rifle today and it is really a great gun. i havnt broke in too yet but its getting quiter and more consistent every 10 shots or so. the only problem was the trigger has kinda a long pull but its not that bad but if its to long of a pull for you, you can adjust because it is a 2 stage trigger. everything else on this gun is great. the scope is very nice, the thumbhole stock gives you that bit more accuracy and control and the all weather stock has good grip.(also in the manual it says ONLY to use crosman or Benjamin pellets other pellets might damage your rifle over time so just a heads up). this gun is kinda difficult to cock so if your getting for your kids they might need some help. it is kinda heavy but the sling it comes with is really good. i would definitely recommend this gun, in my opinion it is probally the best gun you can purchase without a lisence.
July 12, 2011
You might have heard that from Crosman before. Believe it. This gun will kill pigeons out to 60 yards. It really nails them. Best air rifle for small game hunting in Canada without a license. It is extremely powerful and quiet. At first it is kind of loud, but it will get quieter as the nitro piston breaks in. Scope that it comes with is very nice with the adjustable objective and 3-9 zoom. One only downside is that is is heavy. But it come with a nice sling. I put a bit of camo cloth on the grip to keep my hands warm in the winter. The benefits of the nitro piston are that you can keep it cocked for hours, reduced vibration, reduced recoil, and very quiet. This gun is very nice to shoot. This is no plinker, this is a hunter.
December 28, 2010
Nitro Piston Air Rifle
Over all a fairly good rifle. It is heavy and can be difficult for a smaller built person to use. I found the second stage trigger pull to be too long and I could not adjust it down to a short enough pull for my liking. The power seems to be good at 10 meters and under, however I found it to be a tad lacking outside of that distance. It briefly stunned a chipmunk at 20 meters with a body shot and did not penetrate the body. The scope is great and easy to fine tune for windage and elevation. It is also very quite.
October 13, 2010
So i went out and bought this air rifle today, and boy was i amazed! only about 10 pellets to sight in at 25 yards and after that got to some small game hunting, took a squirrel from 30 yards with a body shot! imagine if it was a headshot! i can't wait for rabbits.
overall: great gun even for starters.
only downside is that it is fairly heavy.
October 2, 2010