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This is a Community Review of the Benjamin Woods Walker air pistol by Steve Scialli. The author of the following review are in no way affiliated with Airgun Depot. The views expressed below are personal opinion only.
If you hunt small game and are looking for a lighter weight, compact alternative… then you need look no further. Being brilliantly small and extraordinarily light, Crosman’s Benjamin Woods Walker is appropriately titled. I can think of nothing else I would want to tromp around the woods with.
Arriving in four major components, they consist of the pistol, the detachable stock, the red dot sight, and one rotary magazine. The single plastic magazine holds 8 rounds, and I was not able to find a single pellet that would not fit within it… and I tested some big ones. It takes some getting used to but after a few hours of awkward practice it becomes second nature to load. Initially, I found it challenging to have to wind it up, so to speak, and to have to hold my finger under the first pellet hole so the pellet wouldn’t fall through. But like I said, it became muscle memory after a while and performed flawlessly for over 500 rounds of use.
The plastic grips unscrew with one screw per side, allowing the stock to simply slip over the handle’s inner framework. It’s straightforward and fast to make the changeover, with the penalty being that the stock doesn’t stay very tight. It’s tight enough to function but for the price point, I would have preferred an improved design that doesn’t begin to move around after a few minutes of use. So you can expect some shoulder stock movement when cycling the bolt.
Made by Centerpoint, the Red Dot Sight is phenomenal, and totally exceeded my expectations. Blasting squirrels, I felt like the Predator with its four different laser reticles. Choose from a dot, three vertical dots, a dot with a vertical line under it & a horizontal one to its left & right… and a dot with a circle around it with vertical & horizontal lines on its axis. As if that weren’t enough choices, you can also pick from red or green… and view them all in five different light intensities for appropriate brightness in all lighting conditions. This instrument allows for very fast target acquisition, and compliments the Woods Walker’s feathery feel. It looks great, operates with buttery smooth rotary dials, and is a great choice for inside of 25 yards.
Something the Woods Walker does especially well is keep the noise down. The precision choked barrel comes fully shrouded which means you can shoot it indoors without hearing protection or you can shoot in the back yard without alerting your neighbors. You can also shoot it in the woods without spooking the wildlife. Crosman did a great job silencing the Woods Walker… it’s as quiet or quieter than my springers, and goes off with a satisfying “snick.”
Setting things in motion is the match grade trigger. Its pull weight comes set lighter than that of its big brother, the Maurader Rifle… and it can be set even lighter. The included instructions detail how to adjust pull weight, along with first & second stage duration. Simply remove the pistol grip side plates and it’s all right there. I found the trigger to be very predictable and lend to the superb accuracy of the Woods Walker. It broke in the same place every time, but was able to be set light enough to surprise me a few times… so take care in your adjustments. The bolt action was very smooth to cycle, but required moderate force.
The high pressure air (HPA) permanent reservoir in the Woods Walker is fillable up to 3,000 psi, although Crosman now recommends you fill it to 2,900 psi to steer clear of any valve lock. Underneath the foregrip is a monometer to keep an eye on fill pressure… and refilling is straight forward. Pop off the removable dust cover to expose the male foster fitting and fill with a SCUBA, SCBA tank, or hand pump. In my tests, I was able to get 40 usable shots, filling to 3,000 psi and shooting it down to about 1,300 psi… impressive count & curve for such a compact unit. What this means to you is a predictable spread for repeatable results. It also means that you should get about 20 very consistent shots filling to about 2,300 psi and shooting it down to about 1,400 psi… plenty for a day of hunting.