Crosman Announces Nitro Piston 2


Break Barrel Airguns Get More Speed, More Power, New Trigger

Crosman Corporation today redefined break barrel air rifles with the introduction of the Nitro Piston® 2 system, an all-new powerplant that generates 15 percent more speed, 35 percent more power, requires up to ten pounds less cocking force, and features an upgraded trigger. Nitro Piston 2 features new patent pending technologies that minimize vibration and recoil, making airguns equipped with the system more accurate than ever.

“Nitro Piston 2 is a completely new system that changes the game for break barrel airgun performance,” said Phil Dolci, Crosman President and CEO. “Nitro Piston 2 shoots 55 percent faster than coiled spring powered airguns and has double the effective hunting range of simple gas piston powered guns. And we are proud to be building Nitro Piston 2 in America, right here in our Bloomfield, New York facility.”

Nitro Piston 2 is engineered to be more energy efficient without adding extra weight. The system includes unique patent pending components that work in unison to direct the piston’s energy.  New Tail Guides keep the piston centered and eliminate the energy-robbing friction associated with metal-to-metal contact, while the Recoil Arrest feature functions as a brake to reduce vibration and virtually eliminates secondary recoil.

According to Crosman Senior Product Manager, Linda Mosack, “The Benjamin Trail series is the first to be remade with the incredible Nitro Piston 2 system and will be available in April 2014. By the end of the year, nearly all our premier break barrels will be Nitro Piston 2 guns.”


“Crosman led the way in break barrel performance with the original Nitro Piston. Just when competitors thought they had closed the performance gap with their own gas springs, Nitro Piston 2 shows how far ahead Crosman is when it comes to break barrel technology,” added Mosack.

In conjunction with the new powerplant, Crosman unveiled the Clean Break Trigger (CBT), an all-new two-stage trigger system that breaks cleaner and pulls more smoothly while being fully adjustable for stage transition. “Unleash the power of Nitro Piston 2 with the best break barrel trigger we’ve ever made,” said Dolci.  The new CBT will be included with the Nitro Piston 2 in the Benjamin Trail rifles and additional premier break barrel airguns.

The new Benjamin Trail rifles are available in .177 and .22 and feature a rifled steel barrel, industry leading sound suppression, sling mounts, integrated Picatinny rail and include a CenterPoint® 3-9×32 mm scope with mounts.

The .22 caliber shoots up to 1200 feet per second (fps) with 26 foot pounds of energy (fpe) and is capable for turkeys and fox up to 40 yards. The .22 is available with a hardwood stock or a synthetic stock and has an MSRP of $350.  It is also available with a Realtree® Xtra camouflage finish with an MSRP of $380.

The .177 caliber has velocities up to an astounding 1400 fps with 21 fpe. It is suitable for target shooting and is effective on rabbits up to 40 yards and squirrels at 60 yards. The .177 is available with a synthetic stock and has an MSRP of $350.


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  1. Thomas Marshall says:

    It sounds great!! Is this product for real or just testing the waters like the UL77/MAV77. After that fiasco I bought a TX 200 Mk III, which was a real, in production fixed barrel. Crosman disappointed me greatly on that one! I am hoping quality control on the Nitro Piston 2 design exceeds that of the original. I’m still working kinks out of my Nitro Venom.

    The new Nitro Piston 2 does not need more speed. That does not bode well for accuracy.

  2. James Burdine says:

    Now if Crosman will apply that to a trail pistol that will deliver an honest 12 to 14 foot pounds of energy in a reasonable size for backpackers and trail people for a reasonable price, that would be great.

  3. james says:

    Hi will the Benjamin trail NP XL 725 in .25 cal be improved as well to have an increase of 15% m.v. and 30% m.e. or will these changes just be to the standard size NP’s to increase their power to the XL size but keeping their weight and length down? but give them the magic 30 ftp of m.e.

    • chunnicutt says:

      When the XL’s are updated, it will be a sizable increase. Specifics will be released when product is available.

  4. Wayne says:

    Make a an XL version that looks like am M-14!!!

  5. mark says:

    A couple of questions about the .177
    1. Air guns that make the pellet go supersonic are notorious for impairing accuracy as the pellet reaches mach 1 at ~1050fps. What did Crosman do to maintain accuracy at that velocity, and will special pellets be needed?
    2. Springer power plants are also known to have reduced life with ultra heavy pellets like the JSB Exact Monster @13gr for .177. Which the kind of power the new Benji Trail has, would it be able to withstand use of these heavy hunting pellets on a regular basis without prematurely impairing the gun?

    • chunnicutt says:

      1. Using heavy pellets will help stabilize the projectile in flight. It’s a good idea to try a variety of pellet shapes to see what you rifle “likes” as well.

      2. Yes.

  6. Geoff says:

    How much (approximately) will the Benjamin NP2 cost?

  7. Anthony says:

    Does anybody know if you can pre order the nitro piston 2 air rifle? Is the rifle hold sensitive! For the price is there a lifetime warranty for this particular rifle? What is the maintenance to keep this rifle up to par. I’ve been having problems with crosman lately sent out for some parts for a crosman break barrel rifle and got the wrong order I do not want to see anything on this new rifle saying its made from China aware its made in USA

    • chunnicutt says:

      No pre-orders at this time. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for announcements.

      Standard warranty applies. No new maintenance considerations.

  8. Leon McGuire says:

    How about a decent trigger to begin with too? Tuning and trigger jobs should not be necessary on a new gun, and I would sincerely love the option to buy one with a nice laminated stock, I missed out on the NP trail before it vanished. Thank you for your consideration.

  9. Richard Hayes says:

    Looking forward to buying the Benjamin Trail with Nitro Piston 2 Realtree® Xtra camouflage .22 cal as soon as it is available

  10. Ron Forrester says:

    Sounds awesome! Will the NP XL 725 in .25 cal also be getting the new Nitro II and trigger? I’d so, when?

  11. ludwig says:

    Will I have the opportunity to upgrade my current Crosman/Benjamin Nitro piston Airguns with the new Nitro 2 piston?


  12. Sam says:

    When it comes out in.25, I’m buying one. Until then…I await…patiently.

  13. j-p says:

    Great news. Will the upgrades be incorporated in the Nitro Venom Rifle (.22)?

  14. Kos says:

    Will the new .25 NP2 be available with the RealTree stock? That would be sick

  15. Kos says:

    Also, will the 30fpe on the .25 be increases with the new NP2 and if so…how much?

  16. Kos says:

    Are the stocks on the NP .22 & .25 the same?

  17. Austin Stump says:

    I got a question that I would really like to know. Your Benjamin Trail np in .177 is rated for 1000 fps with lead. but that’s not entirely true.. They usually shoot in the sub 800-850 fps range. Is this different with your new Benjamin trail np2? In .22, its rated for 1000 with lead and 1200 with alloy. Is that true? Or is that a little over rated? Thanks,

  18. Emanuel Perez says:

    When the NP2 power plant will be for sale? I want it for a Hatsan

  19. Adam Radack says:

    When are these going on sale? Is there a way to pre-order?

  20. Eric says:

    Which .22 pellet shoots the tightest groups with the Trail NP2 when tested in your indoor range? Group size? Distance tested? Thanks Chip!

  21. Old Fly Rod says:

    Will the new NP 2 line have the same scope?

  22. Luke says:

    I pre-ordered my Realtree Xtra NP2 in .22. Would you please ship mine first? My home has been invaded by pesky paper targets that just sit around all day collecting dust. Please, help me deal with this nuisance ASAP!

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