Customer Review: Trail NP All Weather (.22)

Kyle S. of Wyoming submitted this review of the Benjamin Trail NP All Weather (.22) and granted permission to feature it on Croswords, “I own a Trail NP and hope to purchase a Marauder .22 rifle and pistol….I am sold!” We welcome your thoughts on any of our products and it’s easy to do: look up the product on Crosman.com, click the Ratings/Reviews tab and start writing!

It is a quality piece of workmanship. For the money you really get a lot! I have the .22 cal Benjamin Trail NP (in black Model #BT9M22SNP). However, there seems to be some confusion as others have reviewed it concerning the weight, groups, pellet/accuracy, pellet/weights, and the scope, etc. They are entitled to their views, but maybe I can help a bit if you are seriously considering this gun.

First, the weight. The gun, stock, scope, and provided sling weigh about 8 lbs. There is a reason for this just like with your typical .30-06 or .270. In shooting, sniping, and tournament circles rifle weight is critical for accuracy. Military experimentation with mission after mission and tournament after tournament has shown a few facts to consider: With a lower weight rifle – say about 4-5 lbs – as you look through the scope you’ll notice it is difficult to hold steady (bobbing), isn’t quite as balanced, and recoil tends be transferred to the shooter (not a big deal in this case, but it is hard to continue looking through the scope as you shoot because you momentarily lose sight of the target). However, the heavier the rifle is the harder it is to transport and be comfortable packing around. The magic number over the years seems to be in the 8 lb area. Thus, it is inherently more accurate and can be a great training tool as this may be similar to your regular hunting rifle. It feels like holding a 7mm Mag and looks like it. No complaints about that!

Second the pellet groups, accuracy, and pellet weights. Just like the expert air rifle professionals advise, every rifle is different and takes time to break in. The instructions state that it may take up to 100 shots to do this. But, in my experience I have found it advisable to start with a tin or two of the pellets Crosman recommends (don’t forget the RMC Oil every few hundred shots that Crosman also recommends) and make personal choices from there. I have used the Crosman Premier .22 cal hollowpoints from my local Wal-mart to break in. From there, this gun is accurate as the ammo you can find that it likes. Some online have blamed the gun, but in my experience it is the ammo (heavy emphasis here if the gun likes it and it may not hurt to try several to let the rifle decide what it likes) and sometimes the shooter pulling on the trigger. Notes: I have found a lot of positive reviews for JSB Polymags that are about 16gr. Another thing to think about: this gun was designed by the engineers for 14-some-odd grain ammo. Some have suggested staying between 12-18 gr and avoiding anything lower or higher as this could damage the seals or possibly the Nitro Piston. I do not know if that is the case, but something to think about.

The CenterPoint scope is a good value for what you pay. Pretty clear glass, minimal fringing, Mil-dots, and easy to adjust turrets are very useful. However, this is not a rough tough scope. I have had the scope get knocked off in a padded case while bouncing around in a side by side. That’s not healthy on any scope, but if you have it bouncing around in a truck, trunk of a car, atv, etc. just be aware that it was not designed for substantial impacts and may get knocked off. If this bothers you, there is always another scope out there.

Quiet: this air rifle is very quiet. Reminds me of hearing a .223 with suppressor. I’ve been out with guys and their spring powered rifles with included silencers (nothing wrong with springs . . . there are some great guns out there with springs) and can easily hear the Boing!! 25 yards away. When I shoot all I hear is a quiet phsssft!

Note on power: It has ~25 ft lbs at the muzzle and around 850-950 fps. A typical .22 rimfire has ~70-80 ft lbs at the muzzle and is 1000-1200 fps. For a 1 cock/pump airgun this is pretty substantial and impressive. I can blow through 3/4″ MDF at 30 yds just like the rimfire. Less ft lbs to the airgun, but the picture is clear. Lots of power. The ricochet at 50 yds sounds just like a rimfire. The manual states it may be dangerous up to 700 yards. Enough said.

Background: I hunt gophers and prairie dogs that live on and border a local golf course. This gun with the right ammo can take them in excess of 50 yards. (Sidenote: if you ever hear someone complaining about the how prairie dogs are being displaced from their natural habitat by houses, construction, and the like – here’s something to consider. Before the golf course was here (new addition) there were very few (numbering in the hundreds) of “dogs”. Now, with all the green grass they can munch, there are literally thousands. Hmm, if construction really destroys prairie dog habitat, then why do we have more than we ever did before? Maybe someone is regurgitating a false premise with a false theory with no scientific evidence or flawed studies with agenda’d outcomes? Anyway, without bait and airguns they can overpopulate causing: the spread of disease, destruction of other types of native plants, the fairways, greens, etc.

For someone who reads the above and thinks that shooting is cruel & we should use a more natural means of control, just observe a coyote, badger, or hawk take down a “dog.” Pretty rough way to go. Crosman is much more humane. We have tried the coyotes and hawks, but they typically can’t get as many as we need. Oh – badgers, coyotes, and golfers don’t mix well. They usually chase the golfers.

THANKS CROSMAN AND BENJAMIN!!

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