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Things I liked:When buying a gun, accuracy is one of the most important factors of that gun. The Marauder has that in abundance. It is a pleasure to hit what you are aiming at all times, with very small groups.
Things I would have changed:nothing
What others should know:when buying this or any air rifle, buy it from Pyramyd Air. They stand behind their products. My first Marauder had a slight air leak. I called customer support and they sent me a return ticket and a new gun. No arguments! So very pleasant to deal with,I wish all companies were this way.
Things I liked:EVERYTHING !! For starters,you cannot beat the price point of this little PCP.. a GREAT entry level rifle for those not sure if a PCP is really what they want. I ordered this as a combo with the Benjamin Pump(which works great) for my wife who wanted to shoot, but was having difficulty with the weight, cocking effort and recoil of my high end magnum springers (all German). I fitted a Hawke 3-9x40 AO scope to it and sighted it in at 35yds and handed it to her..23 shots with a .627" ctc for her first time with it!! At only about 6.2lbs w/scope & NO recoil, she thoroughly enjoys this rifle.. and would be a Great "starter" Air Gun in any class, especially for women & young folks, due to the aforementioned light weight, total lack of recoil.. and also, the accuracy. It's NO fun for beginners with heavy air rifles,that are bulky, hard cocking, heavy recoil and/or, non-accurate..that's a fast way to turn them off from what should be a fun & enjoyable sport. The Discovery is aptly named.
Things I would have changed:The ONLY two(2)things I would request of Benjamin on the Discovery to make design changes on, are 1)PLEASE, change the trigger group, or at the very least, change the "curl" of the trigger itself and straighten it somewhat.. it "fits" smaller hands (ie:my wifes hand) and fingers "ok".. but for folks with Large hands & fingers(ie:myself)..the "curl" of the trigger digs directly into the middle of my trigger finger...VERY Uncomfortable!! SO..I changed it out myself, with an "updated" Brass unit from Alliance Hobbies, also from Ohio. I "finessed" it a bit and completely polished it & then color buffed it out (I do custom metal polishing & buffing)before installing it.. it works GREAT and horrendously more comfortable and Smooth to shoot,now. The only other thing I would ask for, would be to be able to get this great little pcp in .25 cal!! I realize that for a bunch of dollars, they can be "built" into a .25cal with aftermkt parts, but then you may as well buy an Mrod..which I also have.
What others should know:If your either "new" to air gunning, or perhaps have been at it for a period of time and have only been associated with springers or, multi-pumps(ie:Benji 397's etc) and wondering what shooting with a PCP would be like.. the Discovery is a Fantastic little rifle to start with, and without "breaking the bank" to do it..but, be careful.. it "could" spoil you. The ONLY "downside" to PCP's.. is the ever present NEED for "life support"..ie:either a pump or HPA (High Pressure Air) Bottles..just the nature of the "beast"...but,"IF" slinging heavier weight pellets down-range with some authority is your game,then PCP's are the way to go.. that's what the main purpose in their design is..HUNTING, NOT "punching paper targets" ..though the Disco does lend itself quite well to that also, due to it's small capacity air reservoir, & 2000lb max working air pressure,which makes refilling it,quite effortless even with a manual air pump..However,the larger PCP's (Mrod is borderline) mandate bottles.
Things I liked:First off, I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to Pyramid Air & Tyler Patner (especially) for their (his) Outstanding customer service, knowledge & open willingness to share that knowledge, friendliness and just plain ole fashion GREAT Customer Service !!...a genuinely & Sorely LACKING commodity in todays world of high tech & "faceless" (re:disrespectful in Most cases)"on-line buying"... all I can say is, PA - "your" a breath of fresh air in todays market place..PLEASE, DO NOT LOSE THAT QUALITY!!..and it's GREAT to not Only be able to actually converse with REAL people, but with people who actually have personal experience in the field(Tyler,for one)and who actually, care about their customers & potential customers. I have purchased several air rifles thus far from PA,& my latest is the "NEW" Mrod in .25cal..and for the price point, it's One Fantastic PCP that serves the caliber justly. It's well designed, balanced & deadly accurate & can be filled with an air pump.
Things I would have changed:Have had it since this past June(2014) and have run approximately 1300 rounds through it so far, and not a single "quirk" in it, just keeps getting better and better. How about an offering in .30cal - THAT!!..would be Great! There is Nothing that I would change that I can think of. Benjamin has done a great job in the redesigning efforts that they have done since the introduction of the Mrod, initially and have done well to make a great & REASONABLY priced PCP even better. The ONLY thing that they might focus on, would be to get a "handle" on the Quality Control of the barrels for the .177 & .22 caliber versions... they tend to be somewhat "hit or miss" in their accuracy (no pun intended). The "Green Mountain" barrels on the .25 cals. are Fantastically accurate.. especially at this price point, and Easily compare with the higher priced Weihrauch 100's, Air Arms, FX's, etc. Benjamin could possibly consider utilizing Green Mountain for their .177 & .22 cal. barrels as well.
What others should know:If you looking for a Very Reasonably priced PCP,& something with more (adjustable) power (& larger caliber) than what the entry level Benjamin Discovery can provide, then look no further,nor hesitate to purchase a Marauder. However, keep One thing in mind.. that the designed purpose for both .25 cal and PCP's in general,is as a HUNTING ONLY rifle, unless of course your wanting a PCP for competition FTT usage, then of course, it would strictly be .177 cal. @ 500 fps, like a Steyr & such and Tyler Patner at PA would be the "man" to speak with in that arena, for sure. If your wanting a .25 cal. that can "reach" out there, and "touch something" with authority, than a PCP is the ONLY way to truly justify the caliber.. as MOST ALL Springers in .25 caliber just do NOT have what it takes to Really do the caliber any justice. Springers, for the most part..in .25 cal are only good within 40 yrds, beyond that.. it gets "iffy" for hunting any "sizable" game. Mrods are WELL Worth their price pt.
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