Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston Hardwood – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

On Saturday night, I noticed that my left arm, the one with an IV line, was swollen. Being prudent, Edith and I went to the ER. Since I had no pain, no one thought it was a big deal…but it was. Turns out that I have a very small blood clot. While this sounds bad, it’s actually a blessing in disguise. The doctors are giving me a new IV line and pulling out the old one, they’re now doing imaging and procedures that were originally scheduled to happen in the coming weeks, and they’re moving me along very quickly to finally resolve my pancreatitis.

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Test and photos by Earl “Mac” McDonald read more


Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston Hardwood – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Testing by Earl “Mac” McDonald

This will be my final reminder about the Baldwinsville Airgun Show and Shoot at American Legion Post 113 in Baldwinsville, New York, on July 16 and 17. Email Larry Behling or call 315-695-7133 for info.


Benjamin’s Trail Nitro Piston rifle is new and different.

Today, we’ll look at the velocity for the Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston. Mac says the rifle feels very strong when shot, but the numbers he got don’t back that up. As you’ll recall, the cocking effort is a constant 38 lbs.

Crosman Premier
Remembering that the Trail is a .22-caliber rifle, Mac first tried Crosman Premier 14.3-grain domes. They fit the breech pretty good and were of a consistent size. They averaged 697 f.p.s. The spread went from 685 to 712. The average velocity gives a muzzle energy of 15.44 foot-pounds. read more


Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston Hardwood – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Testing and photos by Earl (Mac) McDonald

Before I begin, there’s an airgun show coming up this month in New York. The Baldwinsville Airgun Show and Shoot will be held at American Legion Post 113 in Baldwinsville on July 16 and 17. Email Larry Behling or call 315-695-7133 for info.


Benjamin’s Trail Nitro Piston rifle is new and different.

Mac has tested the .22 caliber Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston for you, and this is the beginning of his report. The rifle is the new-style Benjamin Trail series that features a thumbhole stock and a Weaver base attached to the spring tube. So, everyone who has been waiting for a Weaver base that isn’t an add-on — this is the rifle for you. read more