Powerful and quiet
This is my second Crosman break barrel gun, my first "Benjamin" brand.
My spring piston Crosman quit working after 20 years, so that ain't bad. Squirrels have started eating right into the wood siding of my house. I've cut back the trees but need to thin the squirrels out! Tried my old Crosman spring piston .177 but it had lost it's accuracy entirely. I will miss how easy it cocked and it's very crisp trigger, but it's in my gunsafe on retirement for now.
Bought this Benjamin Trail NP All
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Weather at my local Academy for 229.99 plus a package of rifle targets and a tin of 500 Benjamin hollow-point .22 pellets.
-I have now put 70 pellets through it and it has become unbelievably quiet. Holy cow. It makes less noise than my childhood Daisy multi-pump gun did if I gave it only one pump and was shooting BBs! It sounds about like what I'd expect a suppressed .22 LR to sound like.
-Accuracy (so far tested out only to 30 yards) is so good you won't believe it. A little erratic the first 30 shots. Now will stack .22 holes in the bulls eye touching each other. I'm out of practice, but I am sure it will eventually be possible for me to shoot 20 shots into a nickel sized hole at that range. Maybe a dime if I use my bench rest. That may not sound too awesome to someone reading this who is a varmint hunter expert, but I'll be the first to say I'm not a good shot. The limiting factor here is the shooter, not the gun! Look out squirrels!
-Power is tremendous. I am shooting 14.3 grain hollow-point .22 lead pellets. They should be doing about 800 FPS. They are going right through 3/4 inch plywood. They have even started to blow the back out of a second sheet of 3/4 inch plywood I laid behind the first one to protect my cedar fence. The energy they are delivering to target must be tremendous. Lots of wood chips on the ground behind the first plywood sheet and even some shards behind the second sheet of plywood! I had better build a real backstop
-Easy to mount and sight in the scope.
-Easily to install the sling
-No iron sights. While I was working my way through the break in, a squirrel ran across the yard 5 feet from me. He'd be as dead as fried chicken if I had iron sights. No bigee - how often is that going to happen?
-The only issue with this gun: the trigger. Whereas my old spring-piston gun had about a 3/16 inch of trigger travel, I am not kidding when i tell you the tip of the trigger on this gun goes through every bit of an inch. I didn't measure it, but that's my guess. At first I was literally having to let out my breath, pull it most of the way, breathe, let out my breath, settle down and pull it the last 1/4 inch.
I think I have now figured it out /gotten used to it. Crosman describes it as a two stage trigger and indeed, once you pull it back 1/2 the distance you can relax your trigger finger, and the second pull of the trigger will be very easy until the trigger breaks. I guess for cost reasons they did not put in a noticeable click/detent at the first stage. A two trigger system such as is on some hunting rifles would also have been a nice way to go, but again expensive. What you have instead is a vague and very long pull. With practice I have been able to get into the habit of pulling it most of the way/setting the trigger before even thinking about letting settling my breathing, and then once there, I settle down and finish the last of the trigger pull.
There is an adjustment screw which the manual says will shorten the "length of the second stage" but I have not found adjusting it to make a difference, unless it's already as short as possible and turning it clockwise would somehow make it even worse! I will have to get a proper tool to adjust it some more and see what happens.
Verdict: All that aside, this is a very quiet, very accurate, hard hitting .22 pellet rifle with a trigger you have to learn to use. I would definitely recommend the gun to friends but I would share that observation. If you know that trigger will drive you nuts, buy another gun.