Benjamin Trail NP pistol: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

Benjamin Trail NP pistol
Benjamin’s new Trail NP breakbarrel pellet pistol, with cocking aid removed.

There’s been a lot of talk about this new breakbarrel air pistol from Benjamin — the Benjamin Trail NP pistol. First and no doubt foremost is the price — just $80 at launch time. When you consider the power this pistol is rated to — over 600 f.p.s. with lightweight alloy pellets — you can understand the interest. You get the power of a Beeman P1 or a Diana RWS LP8 for a fraction of the price.

Yeah, but is it accurate? I don’t know yet, but you all know I’m going to test the heck out of this pistol to find that out.

But in the back of many minds is that NP label, which we know stands for Crosman’s Nitro Piston. That’s the brand name they use for the gas springs they put in airguns, and this is the world’s first pistol to get one as far as I know. If anyone knows different, please speak up.

So, a gas spring is often hard to cock. In fact, that’s the single disadvantage to the technology, in my mind. But not all gas springs are hard, and Benjamin has offered certain Nitro Piston rifles in the past that were quite easy to cock. Then what’s the story with the Trail NP pistol?

No worries
No worries, mate! Old B.B. has already cocked the gun. I have the news you have been waiting for. This 65-year-old codger says the Benjamin Trail NP pistol is very easy to cock. Let me put that into perspective for you. I think this pistol is in the same difficulty class as the two pistols I compared it to — the P1 and LP8. In other words, this isn’t for a young person, nor for anyone who doesn’t mow their own lawn with a push mower or ride a bicycle; but if you’re in reasonable shape, you’ll find the Benjamin Trail NP remarkably easy to cock.

I am not going to tell you exactly how hard it is to cock until the Part 2 velocity test, but I’ve already put it on the scale and I know the number. The Crosman engineers designed the pistol with the optimum cocking linkage and pivot point. Just when you think the effort is going to soar, it actually falls off sharply — giving you a pleasant surprise. As far as I’m concerned, Crosman should put some sort of trademark on this pistol’s cocking effort like “POW-R BOOSTER” (or something similar). Even if there’s no special or patentable technology involved, they’ve crossed the line and given us not only the world’s first air pistol with a gas spring, but also one that’s easy to cock.

In fact, I would like to see this pistol turned into a small rifle. They don’t need a longer barrel — just a barrel sheath that takes the front sight out farther, and a stock to hold the action. It would be a sort of Air Venturi Bronco with a gas spring. How cool is that?

Think I’m impressed? YOU BETCHA! This is the second time in 2013 that I’ve had the pleasure of testing a remarkable new airgun with impressive technology. The LGVs were first, and now this Benjamin Trail NP is something else that makes B.B. smile! I haven’t done much of that in recent years. I see so many clones that all seem to blend together with too much weight, cocking that’s too hard and a nerve-shattering firing cycle. But this new pistol is smooth.

Ooops! Did I just slip and reveal that I’ve also fired the new Trail NP? Why, yes I did. I’m not going to elaborate today because I need material for the Part 2 velocity report but, believe me, this pistol shoots smooth.

The gun
Okay, B.B., quit hyping this pistol and tell us about it.

The gun I’m testing is a .177 breakbarrel that’s fairly straightforward, except for the Nitro Piston. Being a breakbarrel, it’s also a single-shot because the barrel must be broken open every time to both cock the spring and to load the next pellet.

It looks like a large air pistol. The grip is actually a stock that holds the entire barreled action, so the spring tube sits high above the hand. You would think that would make the pistol recoil — and it would if this was a firearm — but since it’s an airgun and one with a gas spring, the recoil is quite light.

The grip/frame is synthetic, which it should be for the price and also to keep the weight off. The grip has large rectangular knobs that provide a good grip. The pistol weighs 3.46 lbs. and balances surprisingly well. It looks very front-heavy, but that cocking aid is just hollow plastic and weighs almost nothing. And speaking of the cocking aid, you leave it on the pistol while shooting. When it’s off, the pistol is about the same size as the Beeman HW 70A we’re currently testing.

Sights
The front sight is fiberoptic. Unfortunately, the top is rounded instead of being flat, so it’s going to be harder to obtain a sharp sight picture. With proper lighting of the target, it should be possible.

Benjamin Trail NP pistol front sight
The front sight is fiberoptic and the cocking aid fits around it.

The rear sight is also fiberoptic, plus fully adjustable for both windage and elevation. each adjustment knob has crisp detents that leave no question about the movement. I’ve seen guns for twice this much that didn’t have sights as nice as these.

Benjamin Trail NP pistol rear sight
The rear sight has crisp adjustments in both directions. It’s also fiberoptic, but the fiber tubes are very short.

Trigger
The trigger is single-stage and adjustable for the break point. I don’t know how they managed to pack that feature into an $80 pistol that’s also the first of its type. Of course, I’ll report on its performance, but something in the owner’s manual made me stop and take a second look.

The owner’s manual?
I know, it’s very girly to admit I read the manual, but I wanted to find out about the trigger adjustability. However, in this manual I found more.  Just after the introduction to the parts of the gun, they have a short paragraph about the break-in period. They tell you that accuracy may be inconsistent during this period, and that the gun may sound louder than it will later on. That blew me away! Not that the gun needs to be broken-in, but that a manufacturer acknowledged it and even addressed it in the manual. In the bad old days, you were either expected to know such things or get out of airgunning altogether. I joke, but it’s not far from the truth. It’s one big reason that I became an airgun writer in the first place.

What this passage indicates is that someone at Crosman spent some time with the pistol and put their findings into the owner’s manual. That sort of thing is very uncommon these days and is one more indication that Crosman is serious about what they’re making.

First impressions
I guess I gave you all of my first impressions at the start of this report. But I’ll say one more thing. Putting a gas spring into a pistol is a daring move. It’ll bring many initial sales to those whose curiosity has to be satisfied at all costs; but if the pistol doesn’t perform, it’ll quickly get a black eye from word-of-mouth on the internet. All companies must know this, but many of them act as if they don’t care or don’t appreciate the power of this kind of publicity. They must think that the novelty and power of their airguns will trump any bad press it gets on the internet. If they have an established distribution network in the large retail outlets, it can last for a long time; but if they don’t, this kind of bad press will kill them.

Crosman does have one of the largest distribution networks, yet they obviously still appreciate what their customers think. That fact is demonstrated by this new pistol. They could just as easily have made it hard to cock and shoot with a harsh firing cycle as gas springs are so prone to have, but they went beyond that and built a powerful pistol with a very acceptable cocking effort and a smooth firing cycle.

The Benjamin Trail NP pistol has my attention!

56 Responses to “Benjamin Trail NP pistol: Part 1”

  • J-F Says:

    NO WAY!!! It’s finally here!
    I’ve been holding the buying of a break barrel springer pistol since this one was announced.
    I saw somewhere, one of the guys who received one of the 100 first pistol sold by Crosman directly and he said that he couldn’t cock without the cocking aid but if he used it, it was really easy.

    I just hope the velocity isn’t too fast with real world pellets or that Crosman makes a .22 available with the same nitro piston so I can get one in Canada legally.

    I think it’s great for us to still see you getting as excited as we are about new airguns after you’ve seen and tried so many of them.

    Anything new you can tell us about Mac?

    J-F

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      J-F,

      I will hopefully report the NP pistol’s velocity later on this week.

      As for Mac, I am with him right now. He has good days and bad, but the outlook is not good. I will be here until this weekend and I’m looking for the right words to say about this. When I find them, I will report his condition and outlook.

      B.B.

  • Derrick Says:

    I shot pics of the Findlay, Ohio airguns show and wrote up a brief report here:
    http://anotherairgunblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/findlay-ohio-toys-that-shoot-airgun-show.html

    Hope Mac is doing better.

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Derrick,

      I saw your photos yesterday. They are great. I had planned to be at the show, but wasn’t able to follow through. So it was nice to see what I missed.

      B.B.

      • Derrick Says:

        BB,
        It’s just airguns. Your friend, Mac is far more important.

        • B.B. Pelletier Says:

          Derrick,

          My thoughts, exactly. But with all those pictures I can still get a sense of what was at the show.

          B.B.

      • Spritzer Says:

        BB,
        Not that I’m involved but in my limited experience the Michigan show provided more room and fewer Daisy collectibles, while Findlay is friendly, family and fun (and packed). If Derrick is looking I think I found the runt in the show and I’ll be channeling his OH energy to clean her up (but that FWB 65 did look incredible). I wish I had the knowledge, skills he has. But on the Mac side, please let him know that we ALL thank him for all of his contributions over the years – silent and blogged. And we are also pulling for him in every single way.

    • J-F Says:

      Seems like I’d be ruined if I ever set foot in a place like that.
      Is it common to see people with a “kidney for sale” sign hanged around their neck?

      J-F

      • derrick Says:

        More common to leave the wife at home so she doesn’t have any idea what you just bought.

        • J-F Says:

          I don’t care about the wife but a kidney should be worth a few thousands $$$ enough to buy a biger vehicule to haul all the new airgun I could buy ;-)

          J-F

  • Titus Groan Says:

    Hello B.B. I’m with J-F on this one. Being a fellow Canuck, we are subject to whatever those in power deem we are able to own. I just hope you guys and gals to the south, don’t let the same thing happen to you. Once the politicians get their foot in the door, nothing is sacred to their whims. It always amazes me how fast a law can be passed when they think momentum is on their side.
    O.K. enough soapboxing from me. This pistol seems too good to be true. You get all the good stuff you want in a pistol for under $100.00 ? Crosman will have another 2240 on their hands, if B.B. can show us it performs.
    Also, I want to thank you Derrick, for the writeup and pictures of the Findlay, Ohio airgun show. If this is one of the smaller airgun shows, then the big ones must be awesome. Again, we have nothing like it up here, for reasons I have explained. My goodness, I love the looks of those older Feinwerkbau pistols. It might be a blessing in disguise that we don’t have these shows. I have already spent over $1000.00 just by looking at the guns I know I would have to have.
    I know Mac must be felling better, just from having a good friend at his side at this critical time. You truly are a friend indeed, Tom. Nothing can compensate true friendship and love. I wish the best for Mac, and would love to see him do another guest blog.
    Caio Titus

    • twotalon Says:

      Titus…
      Did you get the 97k running ?

      twotalon

      • Titus Groan Says:

        Hello Twotalon. No, I haven’t been able to work on it. I came down with the worst case of flue I’ve had in years. That was last week, and I think I might be on the road to recovery as of today. The fact that it hit me so hard and so fast, was a surprise to me. I just shot 5 pellets from my HW77 this morning, and it practically wore me out. Now, our long-haired German Shepard wants me to take him for a walk, but I think it will just be up and down our street. Thanks for your interest in my 97. I will do as you suggested, and cock the trigger before installing it. Why would this make my gun refuse to engage the trigger though? Doesn’t the same thing happen each time you shoot? These questions are mostly speculation on my part. I’m just trying to understand the workings of the spring piston gun. If that is possible.
        Caio Titus

        • twotalon Says:

          Titus…

          I think the safety ends up getting on the wrong side of something if you don’t cock it first.

          twotalon

    • Derrick Says:

      That room is probably only the size of a church gymnasium. At some point, they’ll need a larger facility as I know there are more vendors than space. I can’t say enough good things about Dan Lerma, his wife Angie, and their friends, Dave Barchent and Duane Shafferly.

      I like this new Crosman pistol, too. I’ll have to get one ordered up in the near future.

  • Ridgerunner Says:

    I am still thinking R7.

    Give our best to Mac. I think of him every day.

  • TunnelEngineer Says:

    B.B.
    Where is it made?

    T.E.

  • Desertdweller Says:

    BB,

    Mac is in my prayers every day. Please let him know we are all pulling for him.

    If the accuracy of this pistol lives up to the care and planning put into it, it will surely be a winner. And even priced in my range! Looking forward to Part 2.

    Last night, I finally got my Daisy Model 25 together. My son George helped me with the parts that needed four hands. This one took a lot of thinking about the right sequence to reassemble it. I replaced the barrel, abutment washer, felt oil washer, cocking lever assembly, trigger assembly and spring, and rear sight parts. I ordered period-correct parts from Jim Copland.

    I still can’t figure out just what engages the spring guide at the trigger end, but when I cocked it, the spring caught and held until the trigger was squeezed. That is what it was failing to do when I bought it.

    I also made a spring compressor out of copper tubing.

    George and I took it down to my basement range and took turns shooting it. I am satisfied with its accuracy, and think it is more powerful than the Red Ryders.

    Today I’ll partially disassemble it and apply grease to the wear points, and oil the felt pad. I think lack of maintenance by its former owner caused the excessive wear that caused its failure.

    Les

  • cowboystar dad Says:

    Off topic.
    I had a chance to try one of the variable that is often brought up when testing accuracy group size.
    This weekend, after a bit of trigger work I had my Savage 93FVSS (WMR) out to the range…first nice day in my area since the beginning of spring (if you call hovering around the freezing mark nice?).
    Went for four 5 shoot groups…most hovering right around 1.5″ at 100m, which I’ve found is right in the ballpark for shooting off a bi-pod.
    Then I noticed that I had not brought as much ammo as I thought, so I figured I’d try some 3 shot groups just to see how much difference there was.
    Five 3 shot groups averaged 1.25″…knocking a quarter inch off the sizes.
    I still have a 1.5″ gun (2″ in the wind)…but now I know where all those sub 1moa claims come from in the range coffee shop…which are never seem to happen on the firing line.

    • ajvenom Says:

      Nice shooting, I just have a standard savage bolt 22Lr. I haven’t been able to shoot it much lately. I’m lucky to do that at 50 yards and at a 100 yards that is awesome. I feel rim fire is harder to shoot consistently than center fire, especially against those who reload their own.

      Sounds like you have a good set up. Have you tried different ammo? I’ve had good luck with cci green tag, Federal Gold Medal, Eley or Eley primed target ammo. I haven’t gone through all my ammo with my Savage, but that’s generally where I start. You never know until you shoot it, if a particular ammo is going to work. Just like airguns, rifles can can be picky.

      • cowboystar dad Says:

        Thanks aj.
        I’ve definitely had my struggles with the Savage.
        When I first purchased it 1.5 years ago I was pretty convinced it was a bad sample. Read too many internet forums where people were claiming how their off the shelf Savage/CZ/Marlin was shooting sub 1/2moa right out of the box…mine was lucky to shoot 3″ if there was even the slightest breeze.
        Luckily I did lot of research and found out that a rimfire that shoots 1.5″ is a darned fine example of a gun. As someone mentioned on one forum, there are a lot of custom barrel, action, trigger manufacturers doing very well providing parts to make an Anshutz (for example) shoot .75MOA consistently…yet there are dozens of people who claim on the net that they do that with and off the shelf $200 gun…with their eyes closed.
        After dumping the cheap Bushnell the gun came with and replacing it with one of the top of the line Hawke Tacticals…having the trigger adjusted and having a local gunsmith polish the action, and (this is a big AND) learning how to properly torque my stock screws…I have a gun that consistenly shoots 1.5moa with Remington Accu-Tip…and only Remington Accu-Tip.
        I’ve come to respect rimfires a lot, for the same reason I do springers…if you can shoot either one really well at longer ranges, you can shoot anything.

        • B.B. Pelletier Says:

          CSD,

          And THAT, sir, is the truth. Those half-MOA groups really change when you ask to witness them. Any rimfire that can do an honest 1.5 MOA is a good one.

          Maybe one of these real calm days I will shpt my Otho rimfire at 100 yards and show the results.

          B.B.

        • ajvenom Says:

          Some of the pros may do better. Those who had work done only showed none to slight improvement. Many of the articles I read on rim fire bvts savages were only getting 1 to 1.5″ 5 round groups at 100 yards. My best .22LR is 1.18.” Anyone can get lucky once…I’m still chasing the repeat performance.

    • Matt61 Says:

      I understand that the WMR is more powerful than it is accurate, so you’re doing very well.

      Matt61

  • Victor Says:

    B.B.,

    Mac is very blessed to have a friend like you. I hope that all things are being considered, including diet and physical therapy. I’m losing my balance along with my hearing. My otolaryngologist found out from a friend at Harvard that tests are being done with antidepressants to help people with hearing loss. I found that to be very interesting because antidepressants are also known to help the brain repair itself. This is a relatively new finding. In my case, both of my ears are in perfect condition, physically. My left ear was killed almost instantly after getting hit in the back of the head with a baseball when I was just 7 years old. Now I’m losing hearing in my right ear (along with everything else, like balance), because of what happened to my left ear. Anyways, the left ear is effectively dead because of nerve damage.

    This pistol is on the heavy-side, but the grip looks small enough to make it easy to hold, and the trigger looks like it’s far enough back so that it’s easy to manage. I don’t like air-pistols with large grips and a trigger that is too far out. The shape of the trigger blade appears to limit finger placement, which is not bad if it means consistency.

    How does it feel in the hand, and how do the sights line up with this particular grip? I guess you’ll tell us how good (or bad) the trigger is in a subsequent report. Of course, I can’t wait to learn about it’s accuracy. The price will make this pistol very enticing for a lot of folks. :)

    Victor

    • Matt61 Says:

      Victor, good news about the possible new therapy. Hang in there for the outcomes of new medical research. After over a year of struggling around on a cane, I am as good as new with my injectable medicine, and I think I might take up running again.

      But win, lose or draw, it is the mentality that will get you through. One of my favorite Nietszche quotes is: “If you can find why to live for, you can bear with almost any how.”

      Matt61

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Victor,

      I have smallish hands, too. The fit of this pistol is good, and the balance is very good.

      B.B.

    • ajvenom Says:

      Good luck to Mac…I hope he is getting better.

      Victor, wow….that really is tough luck. My dad was deaf in his right ear (infection as a child) and managed to play drums in a polka band. I’ve had some issue when I was younger (tubes put in). Last year I had an inner ear infection and it messed me up for a while. It traveled into my sinuses, then my throat, lungs and later I ended up with pneumonia. Twice I had to take antibiotics, use ear drop, nose spray and Zyrtec D. I thought I was going to lose my hearing or my mind, whichever came first. This year I just use Zyrtec when I felt fluid inside my ear drums and luckily it cleared out the Eustachian tube before I had any problems or needed any type of surgery.

  • ajvenom Says:

    Nice….I wish they had a 22 cal nitro version shooting 600 fps…as for .177 and the price, all I can say is “look out 1377 owners.”

  • Bradly Says:

    B.B., good job teasing us! After reading that, I can’t wait for Pt. II. I agree with some of the others, make it in 22 cal also. Maybe put a little bit more hp under the hood and offer a .25? Not for me but some would buy it no matter just because of size! Really though, I’d like to see one in .20. The .20 seems to be a forgotten cal. Robert Beeman (I think that is he name) used to say the .20 was the perfect blend (compromise). Good Job BB…..And give Mac all our thoughts and prayers!!!!

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Bradly,

      I can’t wait, as well. I haven’t chronographed it yet, so I am as much in the dark as all of you.

      B.B.

  • Matt61 Says:

    I’m losing track of all these new pistols. This one looks a lot like the Browning. If the firearms industry seems enamored with concealable pistols, the airgun world seems to be going in the opposite direction with these big springers.

    B.B., I can see why my 686 has that very heavy forward balance with the 6 inch barrel. And I see that there is some flexibility with ammo choice. A 110 gr. .357 load was briefly available on Midway. I understand that 125 gr. is considered the standard. And then there is the honking 180 gr. load. And speaking of ammo, I’ve just bought my first order since December 2012! 80 rounds of 8mm Mauser in 196 gr. And going with B.B.’s advice I’ve gone with Sellier and Bellot. They get sterling reviews which also say that unlike American loads, SB loads 8mm up to the full WWII specs. Yeow. The Enfield with the 180gr. bullet had quite a thump, so I can’t wait to see what this will do.

    Desertdweller, the writing for the original Star Trek is fabulous. Favorite lines:

    Kirk: Flint loves this woman, but he takes every opportunity to put her together with me.
    Spock: It does appear to defy the male logic as I understand it.

    And then a grandfathered passage from one of the Star Trek movies with Shatner as Kirk:

    Sarek: As Spock’s friend, you were obligated to bring back his body. You must go and do it.
    Kirk: But Spock’s body is deep in Romulan territory and I don’t have a ship.
    Sarek: You will find a way, Kirk!

    On the subject of unfortunate transactions of this past weekend, I have one unrelated to guns. So, there I was in Sofia, Bulgaria with my parents when this young fellow comes up to us. Looking back, I was reminded of my conversation with a guy who told me how he worked at a bar in New York City that was frequented by gangsters. How did he know they were gangsters I wanted to know. Because of the “weight of their eyes” he said. This man’s eyes didn’t exactly have weight but more of a furtive uneasiness and what felt like a kind of disturbance in the force. I pushed it away at the time, but looking back, and I can say that I called the shot.

    The guy had some cock and bull story about being stranded in a foreign country and needing to change some large amount of money to get home. We had heard enough about this kind of thing to refuse. But he kept at it with the very fact of his helpless forlorn presence, and he started to bargain us down to some lower amount. I was holding strong saying we only had large bills when my Mom turns around and says “You’ve got [some small amount] in your front pocket.”(!) She is soft-hearted to a fault. Then, we were sort of committed. But we reduced the amount to be changed down to 20 dollars. The guy handed back $20 for us to count and the number came out wrong. I was getting very uneasy and started to back up and circle behind the guy, if only to flush him out. Retaining his composure, the guy apologized for the miscount and counted out the bills very obviously and handed the amount to my Dad. Just at the moment, the older guy came up to my parents on the opposite side of me and this other guy and starting screaming and shouting. It was something about him wanting money too. Naturally, I snapped to it and interposed myself. Then, we started walking away and finally got rid of the guy. Once we had disengaged ourselves, the first thing my Dad said was, “I don’t think the guy gave me $20.” Naturally, the first fellow was long gone, and, the two were in cahoots. The first guy smoothly shifted through various deals then pulled a final sleight of hand. And that was exquisitely timed with the intervention of the second guy taking us in the flank and screening the departure of the first guy. I had to admire the crummy professionalism of it–the bracketing, the timing, the rapid adaptation to shifting circumstances–it was all there. I was enjoined to strictest secrecy about this by my parents who were highly embarrassed. :-) Anyway, as for those guys, if they were almost discovered by the likes of me, I don’t expect that they can look forward to a tranquil old age.

    Anyone familiar with mules? I had a big surprise the other day from an aficionado who told me that mules are actually quite a bit smarter and stronger than horses. I had thought that with their stubbornness that they represented a degradation. But apparently they opposite is true, and they represent hybrid vigor. I’m going to visit the local petting zoo where they are kept.

    Matt61

    • ajvenom Says:

      It took me a while to find, but I wanted to share this story….better told by Kirk Neely:
      http://kirkhneely.com/2008/04/08/a-good-mule-is-hard-to-find/

    • BG_Farmer Says:

      I don’t know anything about mules, but I have three smallish ones as pets/coyote whackers. Smarter than horses? That’s like saying somebody is smarter than a rock. Smarter than most of the human population would be about right. I prefer donkeys for conversation and singing — they seem to have more verbal processing skills (really!) but maybe not the abstract reasoning capabilities and long term memory. The mules are easier, however, to keep healthy in a non-arid climate, and a close second. They can be a little rough on the trainer, though, as their idea of a gentle kiss is a bruising nip and a bone-breaking kick to them is just a sign they are annoyed. I actually think that part of getting them over that kind of behavior is letting them know it hurts; maybe I’m overly indulging in anthropomorphism, but they do seem to have some empathy and put people into classes. People who try to beat their mules into submission generally get kicked in the head years later “for no reason”.

    • Fred DPRoNJ Says:

      Matt, sorry you never heard of this type of ruse before. I have been approached in NYC’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, various train stations and the last time, by the Arc’ de Triumph in Paris. Usually it’s, “my mother, father sister brother is sick and I need money to get to the hospital in Albany, Boston” well you get it. While in Paris on a business trip, this guy came up to me and claimed to have left his wallet in his hotel room and had no money to get a taxi as he also needed to get to the airport to catch his plane.. In the middle of his story, I said to him, “stop. Same story, different city. You need to re-write it”. With that, he turned around and walked away looking for an easier mark. But it’s only money and you can look at it as a life lesson. Just say no and NEVER exchange money from a street person. You have no idea if it’s counterfeit.

      BB – still hoping for improvement, perhaps a miracle for Mac. Tell him he can sell me any rifle he wants when he gets better and I won’t haggle over price. Much.

      Fred DPRoNJ

    • Slinging Lead Says:

      Matt61

      Your story reminds me of a lyric from Modest Mouse:

      Well, a fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam,
      It was worth it just to learn some sleight of hand.

  • Mark N Says:

    All,

    Thought I’d pass along a link to the vid from Crosman on this pistol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BytHOFbKld8

    Sure hope this one is a shooter. Of the three Titan GP rifles I own only one is. But the one is a keeper.

    Mark N

  • ajvenom Says:

    The other day we were talking about guns we never should have let go….it reminded me of a burglary in Mankato, MN. A collection of guns were stolen a little over 2 years ago. On the off chance anyone has seen any of these, please contact the proper authorities. Thank you.

    http://www.militarytrader.com/military-trader-news/historic-weapons-stolen-from-minnesota-armory

  • Jake Says:

    Is that highlight on the side of the grip painted, or is it an illusion of the camera?

  • colt25 Says:

    bb, I’m 13, im good shape, and with strong arms.
    I can cock spring guns up to 45 pounds all day (have done it before).
    Do you think I can cock this pistol?

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      colt25,

      I just cocked and shot it about 60 times in a half hour. It was very easy. I don’t think you will have any problem.

      B.B.

  • Art Says:

    B.B.,

    I just read some reports on a forum stating that shooting with the cocking assist on severely affects accuracy… did you find it possible to cock it without the assist?

    Thanks!

  • Lakisha P. Nielsen Says:

    JSB Exact RS The last pellet I tested was the JSB Exact RS dome . I included it because of the accuracy potential. Although it’s light like the Hobby, it has a thinner skirt, so it was anyone’s guess how it would do in this pistol (because the gas piston is known for blowing pellet skirts out from the sudden pressure spike).

  • Chris Nord Says:

    Anybody know if an parts assembly (EVB) is available for the Benji Nitro piston pistol (BBP77)?

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Chris,

      Crosman would be the place to ask. But because this pistol is so new I doubt they have gotten to it yet. Undoubtable they have the engineering drawings for the gun, but what you are asking for is something that’s not needed for manufacture, so it has to be created.

      B.B.

  • Chris Nord Says:

    I checked the Crosman web page, no go. I sent in an inquiry and I’ll what they say. I was looking on the trigger mechanism and wanted a reference prior to dis-assembly. I got it apart polished and reassembled with no issues.

  • Dawn Mcclain Says:

    Nearly 18 months ago, I became aware that Crosman Corporation had plans in the works to build a spring-piston break-barrel air pistol based on the Nitro Piston powerplant. I was particularly interested because, to the best of my knowledge, no other company is building a break-barrel pistol based on gas ram/gas spring/Nitro Piston technology. From time to time I would send an email to my contact at Crosman and inquire when the pistol would be available. For quite a while, the answer always came back: “Not yet.” A couple of months ago, though, I got an email telling me that Crosman would send me one soon. And sure enough, not long afterward, a UPS truck arrived bearing a large box containing the Benjamin Trail NP Pistol.

  • Dave Says:

    I was just talking with my brother a month and a half ago about wanting a gas-springer in a pistol. Two weeks later I came across the Benjamin Trail NP pistol, Model# BBP77 online at one of the major airgun retailers, and was ultimately able to get one from Amazon about 3 weeks ago. Still working through the break in…getting close to the factory recommended 250 shots. It’s very easy to cock with the included cocking device; And is fairly easy for an in-shape adult to cock without using the cocking device at all, it can be tricky as to where to place your fingers around the front sight blade WHEN NOT using the cocking device. Watch the rear sight on this pistol. I had initially taken it off to put a red/green dot scope on the pistol that Amazon had bundled with it. BAD IDEA! WATCH the retaining clip on the windage stud of this rear sight…mine is missing (Crosman sending New Sight) and it keeps the windage adjustment from staying in one place.
    Crosman has a CenterPoint Adventure Class 2.5×32 mm Pistol Scope Model# 72004 on their website, however, it’s not available yet. Crosman customer service says this scope should be available in October 2013.
    This was an economic decision for me, because I really want the Weirauch HW90 with a Theoban gas spring. However, rifle, required scope And scope mount together run around $1000.

    I’ll try and get back after this pistol is broken in!

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