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Benjamin Akela Reviews

Benjamin Akela PCP Air Rifle

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By Zee from USA on 2020-09-09 15:14:37

Things I liked:

Very powerful gun, very accurate. Granted you'll need to put in the work finding the right pellet. It slings 25grain pellets no problem which is a huge plus. Ergonomic design and excellent balance make it a comfortable shooter. Great choice for a mid-range PCP, it'll take down any medium game you need with no problem. Nice shot count too.

Things I would have changed:

Cocking lever is further back than I would have liked, but not a deal breaker by any means.

What others should know:

You definitely want to find a 500 psi working range to get the most accuracy out of the gun. You shoot a 1,000psi range with it and it will do fine, but if you narrow it down to a specific 500psi range this gun will shoot nearly hole in hole at 45 yards.

The most helpful critical review

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

1.0 1.0

4.0 4.0

By Ron from USA on 2021-07-16 09:35:51

Things I liked:

I liked this beautiful rifle except for one major problem that I had. I simply could get my head next to stock to see through a scope. Three of us tried two sets of rings and bases as well as scopes. Neither of us could see through the scopes without getting our heads directly behind the stock. We never touch the trigger or anything else. PA was great about letting us to return for a refund. I wish it could have worked for me because I liked it otherwise.

Things I would have changed:

Stock or mounting system

What others should know:

You may have trouble setting a scope system to get face/cheek to align with center of scopes.

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  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Accuracy. Shots per fill. Its a beautiful gun.

    Things I would have changed:

    Its heavy. Wish they had a lightweight option. I would be willing to pay for a carbon fiber tank and barrel shroud. And maybe remove some of the wood from the stocks interior.

    What others should know:

    It is a very good looking rifle. Very accurate. I drew half a dozen chipmunk sized heads on a box, placed that in front of a 3/4 inch thick piece of plywood, and had a 1/2 inch thick chipboard behind it. After zeroing the scope, I made 30 consecutive head shots at 20 yards. But be careful. On full power, I got through 3 magazines with no change in accuracy. But some of the pellets were penetrating through all of my layers when laying shots on top of each other. Overall, this is a fantastic rifle at any price point. I highly recommend it.

  • 2.0 2.0

    2.0 2.0

    1.0 1.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    great look and feel, fun airgun to shoot

    Things I would have changed:

    improve accuracy, my other Benjamin and Kral airguns are much more accurate, very disappointed was expecting the same with the Akela

    What others should know:

    I don't recommend this airgun if accuracy is main concern

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Gorgeous Turkish walnut stock, shoulders well, trigger is light and crisp. Adjustable, but perfect out-of-the-box, IMHO. Love the floating barrel. Accuracy is very good. Tight groups out to 60 yards. Sidelever is easy to operate, and manageable in its rearward position. Shoots JSB Heavies very well. Same for Monsters. Does not need a barrel band or regulator with this kind of out-of-box accuracy.

    Things I would have changed:

    You will want high mounts to get a good sight line on your scope. Hammer spring was too strong; clipped it to get a flat shot string vs. a falling string. The stock is dry, in need of some boiled linseed oil. The action has a lot of lubricant in it, and needed a good wiping. A taller scope rail or lower cheekrest would be good. Moving the side lever up to the trigger area would be awesome.

    What others should know:

    I use a floor pump, and refilling from 2000 back to 3000 psi is manageable. Other than the issue with the hammer spring, performance is exceptional. First gun had a leak, and Crosman replaced the gun in a timely manner. Excellent customer service. This is my first PCP and my first bullpup. Very pleased with it.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Everything. Accurate. Quiet. Looks Great. Nice weight. Easy to shoulder. Decent shot count. Great chrono numbers for an unregulated rifle.

    Things I would have changed:

    I think a barrel band is needed for support.

    What others should know:

    You have to get one to believe how good this rifle is. I am able to shoot a 5 shot group at 50yds that you can cover with a nickel consistently. I can get 32 to 34 shots that range from 914 fps to 896 fps on a fill from ~3100 to ~2400. Not bad for an unregulated PCP. You could go to around 2000 but that is below where I like my fps for JSB 18 grainers. I don't know if all Akelas shoot this well or if I actually got a rarity. My numbers: 905.3 Average FPS 5.82 S/D 20 E/S 914 Highest FPS 2% % E/S

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The look and feel of this rifle, the accuracy, the weight. This is a great rifle for the price.

    Things I would have changed:

    I don't know if it will be an issue but I think a barrel band needs to be added. Maybe add a section to the top rail that extends to, and attaches to the tube for support.

    What others should know:

    I don't know if this is normal or not but my Akela delivers a great shot count. I get about 32 shots on a 3000 psi fill before I start to see a noticeable fps shift. For the 32 shots my fps ranges from 896 to 914 shooting JSB 18 gr pellets. Results below. No kidding 905.366 Average FPS 5.827 S/D 20 E/S 914 Highest FPS 2% % E/S

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Nice crisp trigger, safety easy to put on and off. I'm a southpaw so the cocking lever is a bit awkward, but easily accommodated. Fantastic rail. I opted for a red dot, but might later change my mind and put a 2-7 variable scope on it.

    Things I would have changed:

    The stock shape makes the rail seem low, I had to use an extender to put a red dot up more at eye level, but then it was fine. Took me a few tries to finally be able to insert the magazine in the gun, they come out SO easy, but don't go in as easily.

    What others should know:

    Took me two months to wait for weather suitable to take it out to a range and sight it in. DId that today, started at 10 yds, moved to 20 yards, then finally 25. Took about 17 shots altogether, but seems quite consistent. Probably more accurate than I am able to hold it. This was my first time using the pump too. THe 20 shots I took only reduced the pressure in the gun down to about 2400psi. Took me about 50 or so strokes on the pump to raise that back to 3000psi. But its definitely a workout. I can't imagine having to pump it back up from zero!

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Purchase was made from Pyramid Air in 11/2021. I like: 1) overall design and design implementation, 2) quality and performance comparable to products costing considerably more, 3) superb accuracy (3-shot groups w/ 16-18 gr H&N pellets are 3 holes touching one another), 4) attractive and nicely inletted wood, 5) adjustable power, 6) smoothness and reliability of pellet feeding, 7) modest report w/ moderated barrel, 8) easily filled using Hill Mk4 air pump, 9) safety location (ahead of trigger), 10) air gage placement for easy viewing, and 11) modest air usage (drops about 300 psi per 12-shot magazine, @ mid-position of the power dial), despite impressive power. The Akela is an attractive and compact package for target use and, I expect, a suitable tool for harvesting a broad range of varmints and/or small game animals (if one doesn't mind taking such a pretty gun into the field!).

    Things I would have changed:

    I would add a small semi-circular relief (i.e., a cut-out) on one end of the picatinny rail which attaches to the bottom of the forearm. Let this cut-out engage the sling swivel stud (or add a dedicated stud for this purpose); this feature would still allow the rail to be attached using a single screw but would positively keep the rail from rotating . . . which could easily happen when a bipod or other accessory is attached.

    What others should know:

    Holes in stud swivels are drilled slightly smaller than the corresponding pins on some slings; 'chasing' the holes with a #28 drill bit may be necessary to install a sling. Also understand that this rifle sports a real walnut stock; it is beautiful in appearance but is not light. The addition of a proper scope and sling may well put the 'carry-weight' of this gun between 8 and 9 pounds. I don't mind it but buyers expecting the lighter weight of a comparable synthetic-stocked rifle might find it heavy under some circumstances. Finally, the magazines are axially slim, as is the slot in the receiver which accommodates them. As such, don't count on being able to single-feed pellets or slugs (unless you have mighty slim finger tips). I've not yet tried to see if the mags will accept/feed 22 cal slugs. If so, great! If not, it does not diminish my satisfaction with this gun; I like it very much.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    It is a beautiful gun - well balanced. Very accurate. Awesome trigger. Delightful to shoot! The detachable picatinny rail on the bottom of the forestock.

    Things I would have changed:

    The wood stock on my Akela was unfinished. No biggie - numerous wipes with boiled linseed oil fixed that (and made the stock even more beautiful). The two magazines that came with the Akela were damaged: one had a crack in the clear plastic cover that soon broke, the other has a bad spring and won't advance the last four pellets (.177 cal). I purchased two new ones and they are working fine. I wish the sling attachments swiveled on the posts. I wish the air fill nozzle cap was easier to remove, and the QD fitting was easier to access (it is protected by raised wings that make it challenging for big fingers).

    What others should know:

    This is a beautiful air rifle that is accurate, powerful, and fun to shoot. You won't be disappointed!

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I bought the .22 cal. At 45 yds it's a tack hammer, it loves AA diabolo field heavy 18 gr.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing, beautiful out of the box,accurate and powerful

    What others should know:

    Buy it,you will not be disappointed, I purchased thru pyramid air and I couldn't be happier

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Accurate and quiet.

    Things I would have changed:

    The pic rail is useless and will never stay straight because it is attached by a single screw.

    What others should know:

    This rifle is not too difficult to fill with a hand pump.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Compact. Sturdy. Ease of use. Very accurate and super quiet. Just dialed in with a Hawke 3x9 scope and only have a slight problem with assuming proper eye relief due to the cheek piece.

    Things I would have changed:

    the cheek piece is very uncomfortable and hard to use. A solid piece would make more sense. The power adjustment is extremely stiff and hard to adjust. Perhaps a push button system might be better.

    What others should know:

    Overall, I'm happy with this air rifle. It is a great addition to my collection and will see a lot of use because of it's accuracy and quiet function.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The fit and finish is beyond what I expected for the price. The accuracy is stellar. It did 1/2 and smaller groups at 30 yds out of the box.

    Things I would have changed:

    In my opinion the trigger is too light. It is smooth and breaks clean. Mostly just a learning curve for me but I would prefer a break around 2 lbs

    What others should know:

    you need the right optic. The adjustable cheek piece is good in theory but in reality when you shoulder the rifle your eye relief depends on the placement of the scope on the rail. The rail is generous but if you need long eye relief there might not be enough rail for a big scope.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Quality, feel, looks, accuracy. The Akela is a real eye catcher and feels great to shoulder!

    Things I would have changed:

    Lighten the back of the stock a little. I do wish Benjamin would offer a barrel band for it.

    What others should know:

    I haven't had this long, so was not able to shoot it and test it nearly as much as I wanted. Having said that, it is an excellent gun for the money!

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Wood finished stock, gauge location,shot cont considering this being an unregulated pcp rifle.amazing accuracy.

    Things I would have changed:

    Mount rail a little bit higher

    What others should know:

    All scoops are not a great fit for this rifle, choose wisely.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I've owned the Akela for a few months now and am totally satisfied with my purchase. This is truly a quality rifle at a reasonable price. The wood stock is smooth and well made. It even has the pleasant scent of a wooden finish. For me, there is nothing like the combo of a quality wooden stock and blued metal. The rifle is accurate and you need to look no further than YouTube to see just how accurate. What you see on the video reviews is true. Mine is amazing! And performs the way is seen in the online reviews. I own the Maurader, and now the Akela. Both were purchases where my money was well spent.

    Things I would have changed:

    The Akela needs a barrel band. I'm not a fan of long, free-floating barrels. There are aftermarket bands sold which I purchased and work perfectly. The barrel is now solid and I don't have to worry about giving it a slight bump and have my accuracy compromised. After shooting my Maurader for a while I got to see how a regulator truly improves consistency and shot count. After shooting the Akela for a while I got to see how a regulator truly improves consistency and shot count :). I would gladly pay more to have a regulator on this rifle which would only enhance its performance and appeal.

    What others should know:

    Invest in a moderator. Not only will it quiet the rifle some, but it will also serve to make it look meaner and more tactacal. Even my wife who is not a shooter said it had a more powerful look to it after I installed the moderator. This rifle will NOT disappoint and I highly recommend it.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Very accurate.

    Things I would have changed:

    Make available in .25 caliber.

    What others should know:

    Great value - shoots good, feels good, looks good! Takes a little getting used to with scope mounted. Might have to experiment with different height scope rings.

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Great looking gun. Got 1 inch and less grouping at 35 yards with Crossman 14.3 domed pellets.

    Things I would have changed:

    I had to send mine back I could not get my head down on the comb comforibly to shoot. That is with 1 inch scope rings.

    What others should know:

    It was a little heavy

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Perfect small gun, similar to my fx wildcat, seems lighter, adjustable power, mk 2 wildcat does not have that option , my impact mk2 does, picitany rail, all my scopes use this type of Mount. Trigger, nice and smooth, quiet, no need for a surpresor. 12 round mag in . 22. Accurate , size, accuracy and adjust power make it perfect for pest birds at any range. Wood stock is nice, I like it better than plastic on my FXs. High power with 15.9 is 1004 high and 980 low. At low setting its Around 540. Well worth the600$, I bought two, one for me and one for a friend helping with some yard work.

    Things I would have changed:

    Sorry bipod mount. You need two screws or do like I did, use the front swivel as a mounting point, then drill a hole to match countersunk bolt. Maybe a barrel band to stabilize barrel? Not a problem yet, and wonder if it would hurt accuracy, just be careful of bumping the barrel. Maybe a regulator add on is in the future?

    What others should know:

    AwSome gun, excellent for a beginner or a well seasoned air gunner. I have had and currently have FX, HW 100 and 110, Benjamin Mai raider, hw97, Diana 54 airking. And so on. This little Benjamin is the perfect size and very accurate.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Love this little gun, very accurate

    Things I would have changed:

    Sling mount point not centered. Throws your bipod off when mounted

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Size... Accuracy... 12 round shot cartridge... Quiet... Lightweight... Price point....(with discount on July 4,2021...$538.00...including tax) Safety location and trigger feel...(about 1 1/2 pound) Cocking lever...

    Things I would have changed:

    Fill port has awkward lip around it... Fill port cap difficult to remove at times... Front of gun stock is tapered making mounting a bi-pod awkward to mount... These 3 I can live with because this gun is awesome... However, I hate the floating barrel system... Hate it, Hate it, Hate it...

    What others should know:

    For those using a hand pump to fill gun, follow these steps... 1. Do not dry fire gun... 2. Put safety on and cock gun... 3. Now begin pumping to fill... Failing to follow these steps will result in gun leaking through barrel. Gun will have to be sent back or a high press tank system will be needed to fill...

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