Crosman® Introduces The Revolutionary Benjamin® Rogue™ .357 Big Bore ePCP™ Air Rifle With New Electronic Valve and Multi-Shot Clip
According to professional hunter Jim Shockey, “The .357 caliber Benjamin Rogue offers more knock-down power than any .22 cal rimfire ranging from 150–300 foot pounds of energy.” The Rogue is a multi-shot repeater equipped with an innovative, micro-processor controlled valve that extends the firing distance and provides “accuracy and lethality out to 150 yards,” says Shockey.
Ken D’Arcy, Crosman President and CEO, comments that the pioneering technologies in this air rifle will “Combine to change the course and perception of airgun hunting in the same way that the introduction of compound bows transformed the world of archery hunting. Encroaching development and increasing predator encounters have helped with the acceptance of using big bore airguns for urban animal control as well as hunting,” he said. “This venture into big bore hunting airguns is a natural progression for us as we continue to focus our product development in the hunting category.”
The new Benjamin Rogue ePCP hunting air rifle is “Different than traditional compressed air PCP or CO2 airguns because of its innovative, patent-pending e-Valve,” says D’Arcy. “The electronically driven power furnished by the e-Valve promises drastic changes to the way we’re used to hunting with airguns. No other airgun provides as many as 20 shots per fill and shoots at a consistent rate of 150 fpe – and certainly not at this price range” he said.
“The Benjamin Rogue’s flexibility adds further distinction. By adjusting the electronically controlled settings, the Rogue is capable of short and long distance shooting making it appropriate for both small and large game hunting. The Rogue’s velocity ranges from 200 to 900 fps with knock-down power from 6 fpe to an astounding 300 fpe. The limitations of traditional, close range airgun hunting are eliminated with the Rogue as you can now experience an airgun that ethically harvests game at longer ranges,” stated D’Arcy.
Equipped with a single air reservoir, the Rogue fills to 3000 psi. “Thanks to the patent pending e-Valve, the remaining pressure is monitored in the reservoir and maintains constant velocity, solving the problem other big bore PCP guns have of decreasing shot count and reduced knockdown power as the psi decreases,” said Terry Neumaster, Crosman product manager. “Unlike our more expensive competition, the Benjamin Rogue continues to deliver powerful shots even with pressure as low as 1000 psi. This feature makes for remarkably efficient use of what air remains in the reservoir resulting in an increased shot count,” he said.
All the information a hunter needs for a day in the field is available on the Rogue’s built-in LCD screen. “Accurately displaying the remaining pressure in the air chamber helps hunters determine how many shots are left in the chamber before the gun needs to be re-filled,” says Neumaster.
The LCD screen reports other variables controlled by the micro-processor including the controls for the e-Valve. “By controlling the open time of the valve via the LCD screen, you have the option of adjusting your shot velocity. In addition, by making adjustments to the settings for the grain weight of your ammunition, you literally ‘dial in’ your preferred speed and power,” according to Neumaster. A heavier load means more knock-down power, and although a heavier load reduces the quantity of shots per fill, it produces heavier impact on larger game. “The most exceptional aspect of the Rogue is its variability. No other airgun lets you choose what kind of game you want to hunt, in one package with only a few easy adjustments,” said Neumaster.
“There is enough power in this air rifle to take a boar-sized animal, and while I like airgun hunting for the challenge of close range pursuit, having one gun that offers both short and long range options in one package is a hunter’s dream,” says Shockey. “The Rogue brings airgun hunting beyond pest control and into trophy hunting territory.”
The Rogue’s innovatively designed stock is shaped for hunters. The 25 inch, baffled .357 barrel is rifled and compatible with other calibers in the same receiver. While most guns are limited to a single caliber, the Rogue can accept from .354 to .357. The magazine holds 6 shots with an option for a single shot tray. It has a 2-stage, electronic, adjustable trigger with dual electronic switches. The air rifle is outfitted with sling studs, fill adaptor and a degassing tool.