Things I liked:Screw top tin.
Joke potential. Watch your victim try to load or shoot there accurately. Things I would have changed:The past to one in which I would not have purchased these pellets. What others should know:I have tried these pellets in five different rifles; FWB, Gamo 2 Crosman, B3. Tried hard just to load them. I ended up using a golf tee and a small mallet. Velocity was similar to the Crosman Premier Hollow Point, my favorite pellet, but accuracy was terrible. At 90 feet, the FWB shoots CPHP pellets in a one inch circle. The Super Points missed the target paper, over six inches off. Results were similar in the other rifles. I have tested over a dozen different pellets in my guns and the Super Points are the only one to work poorly in every one. I will use these up breaking in new barrels.
Things I liked: The “SS” is said to stand for “short stroke”. They could have called it “big bore” since it has a piston area about 35% larger than their B18 based rifles (Optimus, Titan, Trail, Venom ...), but ”BB” might give the wrong impression. The short stoke allows for greater mechanical advantage while cocking. I measured 26 lb.
The parts quality of these “Made in USA with some foreign components” guns was much better than I have found in Chinese products.
One interesting feature is the set screw used to prevent the barrel pivot bolt from loosening. I don’t know why but the bolt inserts from the left side like every other breakbarrel I have worked on. If it inserted from the right, it would have less tendency to loosen.
The scope is the best I’ve encountered in a package deal. I used medium Leapers instead of the included high mount. The clearance is too small to completely fit the objective lens cap but otherwise I like the lower location. Barrel alignment was good as both scopes zeroed within the center quarter of the adjustment range.
Things I would have changed: I own both the .177 and .22 faux carbon fiber stock versions. Out-of-the-box, I measured 945 and 728 fps with Crosman Premier Hollow Points. ( CPHPs worked best of the dozen pellets I tested ) Both guns sounded a bit “crunchy” while cocking. After 30 shots, the .177 gun’s spring loaded barrel detent jammed retracted. Since the barrel would not stay in the firing position, I decided to disassemble both guns. I know this voids the warranty but as an engineer, its just something I am compelled to do.
The jam was caused by a metal chip. Both NPS guns plus two Chinese guns, a Titan and an Optimus I worked on this year, had chips throughout.
Note to Crosman; parts should be clean and chip free before entering an assembly area.
The cushion at the base of the gas spring required trimming to fit. The chosen rubber appears to swell in contact with oil.
The trigger is a bit heavy but reasonably smooth. I’ll install a softer trigger spring when I find one.
What others should know: This gun has a bit of an identity issue. First released as Crosman NPSS ( ELS77, ELS22 ). then badged as Remington NPSS ( RNP77, RNP22 ). and just this year as Benjamin NPS ( BNP77, BNP22 ) and currently under a new product numbering system ( 32040, 32050 ).
The only machining I did was to add scope stop holes to match my preferred mounts and increase the transfer port from .120 to .156 on the .22 rifle.
Reassembled, the velocity of the .177 rifle rose only 5 fps to 950 but with smoother cocking. ( no metal chips ) After a couple hundred shots, velocity has stabilized at 930. Energy is 15.2 ft-lb.
The .22 rifle improved 32 fps to 760 which I attribute to opening up the transfer port. Pellet energy increased from 16.8 to 18.3 ft-lb.
Out-of-the-box accuracy was almost twice as good for the .22 compared to the .177 and accuracy is improving for both with break-in.
Things I liked:I purchased this gun in February. I also have two NPS rifles which are the same gun except for the stock. I reviewed them on 2013-11-13.
Despite the problems I have encountered, This rifle still seems like a great deal. I have not missed a single squirrel in the bird feeder at 60 ft. Power is more than adequate with the pellet buried 1/4 in wood after passing thru the rodent.
I continue to think that the scope is the best I have received packaged with an air rifle.
Out-of-the-box velocity was 745 fps with Crosman Premier Hollow Points. Things I would have changed:The scope mount was missing from the box but I planned on using the Leapers medium 2-piece as on my other guns. The barrel droop exceeded the adjustment range of the scope. Instead of a droop compensating mount, I removed .012 from the barrel stop to bring the aim up near the center of the scope adjustment. The barrel detent also was modified to protrude .015 farther to lock the barrel in the firing position.
When disassembled, I found this rifle to be much cleaner inside then the previous two. Crosman must have cleaned up their assembly area.
As with my .22 NPS, I opened the transfer port to .156 and added a scope stop hole to match the mount. Velocity remained the same so now I would conclude that the original .120 port is fine as-is. What others should know:The trigger pull measured 5# 4oz. My two other NPS rifles measured 5# 1oz and 5# 15oz. It was hard to stay on target and after a couple dozen shots my trigger finger was tired and sore.
I modified all three with kits on eBay that include a softer trigger spring and some bits to make it smoother. The trigger pulls now measure 2# 1oz, 1# 14oz and 2#.
This change has greatly improved my accuracy. A replacement trigger would probably do the same but cost about 3 times as much.