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Benjamin Akela PCP Air Rifle

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By zechjobg 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:

    Gun looks good, accurate, good trigger.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    All good

  • 4.0 4.0

    3.0 3.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Powerful. Good trigger.

    Things I would have changed:

    Barrel strap. Tighter tolerance for bolt latch. Need a high rise mount for scope.

    What others should know:

    Order from pyramyd with 10 shot test to ensure operation. That being said, Pyramyd has excellent customer service and makes return exchange easier.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Once I got the scope sighted in, this gun is a tack driver. Also my gun chronoed at up 999 fps during the 10 for 10 checkout at Pyramid Air. Ive only been able to zero it at 25 yards so far ( small yard here) it is only SLIGHTLY louder than my marauder, so its a very quiet ,powerful, and accurate gun.

    Things I would have changed:

    The rubber butt pad tend to hang up on my clothes when I shoulder the gun, and it takes a second to find the right eye relief in my scope, but thats likely a learning curve issue.

    What others should know:

    This gun looks sexy because it IS sexy..!! I recommend you get either a scuba tank or a compressor, because you'll go through a lot of tins of ammo.

  • 1.0 1.0

    1.0 1.0

    1.0 1.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    nothing

    Things I would have changed:

    quality control

    What others should know:

    first one lasted a day before leaking, a second one was sent to me and never got to shoot it as it wouldnt take any air, leaking out end of barrel and action... JUNK. tired of packing these up and running to fedex, maybe test before shipping out???

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Gun design , weight and balance are good, accuracy and 38FPE with heavier pellets/slugs.

    Things I would have changed:

    This thing should be sealed in polyurethane like the product picture shows. Crossman is misleading customers and overcharging for a gun with a oil rubbed finish. Oil rubbed finishes are fine but are not totally waterproof for outdoor use and the area behind the buttpad is not sealed.

    What others should know:

    Crossman's quality control on this gun is HORRIBLE wait, NON EXISTENT. The gun is designed well and if fixed out of the box its great from there on. However, out of the box you will get a $600 brick. Seriously, first gun would not hold air. Sent it back to Pyramid no problems, got the second gun and exact same thing. Leaked so bad you could not even get it to hold air from an HPA tank. If 2 defective guns in a row wasn't bad enough, the second one also had a fake Foster fitting on the end of the reservoir. It would prevent air flow because the internal check valve had no spring. Man! called Crossman and they sent me to a Service tech who fixed the gun but had to replace the foster fitting and then remove the valve and tank assembly. Then carefully clean/shave the valve mating surface and reassemble the whole gun back together. Then I sealed the stock with 3 coats of wipe on varathane poly like it should have been out of the box. You will be very lucky if you get a working one

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I was surprised at the accuracy because it is a short rifle. It works very well.

    Things I would have changed:

    I can't think of anything to change.

    What others should know:

    You should use high scope mounts for sure.

  • 5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Love the Benjamin Akela

    Things I would have changed:

    Barrel bands added and rubber orings in magazines to hold pellets or hybrids in place so they don't fall out or rattle around when hunting

    What others should know:

    Awesome Bull pup air rifle

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Looks, feel, walnut stock, pistol grip contours, smooth coking lever, 12 shot magazines, balanced weight, shot count per fill, FANTASTIC TRIGGER. 5 year warranty. Despite the issues (read below). I love this rifle. I happened to get a dud. 5 year warranty is better than most at this price. The 1st gun shot great. I should have had Crosman send me a new manometer instead of returning it. After the 2nd rifle issues, I chose to stick with it. Waiting on my 3rd. Both rifles had shot 3-5 pellets through a single pellet hole at 20 yards. My daughter shot a squirrel at 50 yards on her first try. The looks, feel and accuracy are well worth it. Its a more polished version of the Kral Puncher Breaker series.

    Things I would have changed:

    Add a regulator. This is unregulated. Bipod picatinny rail needs 2 screws instead of 1. It needs an easier to activate safety switch. Its way too stiff.

    What others should know:

    I am on my 2nd rifle. That one is on its way to Crosman for replacement. I wasn't sure how to rate it. 1st rifle had a defective manometer. It read 1,000 psi low at complete fill. But it shot 2 mags very accurately. Easy return to Pyramyd for replacement. The 2nd rifle seemed fine at first. But the manometer needle was shifted to the right. Close enough for government work. Initially it shot somewhat well. But shot groups opened at 20 yds. POI would shift immensely from 1 mag to another and from 1 fill to another. I would have 2 or 3 completely different groups in 1 magazine. The fill port would get blocked while filling and cause my compressor to jump to over 4,000 psi quickly. Damaged o-ring on the check valve causing it to stick. The trigger stopped working after degassing it. Crosman support was great and will replace it instead of fixing it.

  • 4.0 4.0

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    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    The fit and finish of this rifle are great for the money. Mine shoots H+N slugs in .217" among the best of any pellets I've tried. It also likes Baracuda hunters very well. Crosman Premier HPs are decent in it but it really didn't like H+N Field Target Trophies, Crow Magnums, or RWS Super H Points. I like the quality of the wood on the stock and it would really shine with some coats of Tru-oil.

    Things I would have changed:

    I'd like to see the side lever relocated closer to the trigger. I also think the rifle would benefit from a barrel band. The area between the shroud and receiver was pushing out a little of the grease from the o-rings around the outside of the barrel and on further inspection both of them had been nicked slightly on assembly.

    What others should know:

    Mine arrived empty which was different from the Cayden I had gotten a couple weeks earlier. On the first fill it lost 1400# in about 30 hours. After the second fill the o-rings must've seated because it hasn't lost air since. Use really tall rings if you are used to putting your cheek on the rifle to look through the scope. I used a set of tall Burris Zee rings and even then I felt like t the plastic cheek piece was in my way so I took it off. Since then I've milled off the pic rail and I will prob stick on a piece of foam once I paint the top cover. I didn't bother installing the lower pic rail on the forend but I use Harris bipods so I didn't need it anyway. The bipod fits a little less than bombproof on the forend but it seems workable enough. The sling swivel studs are a little less than artful but I just took the rear one off since I don't carry it via sling. I'm hoping that the .218" slugs shoot well also but I'm really happy with the 217s so far.

  • 3.0 3.0

    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I like the looks and the price range

    Things I would have changed:

    Have the Picatinny rail come down in front and become a barrel ban. Use non shrouded barrel

    What others should know:

    I did not like how the floating barrel was so flimsy you could move it rates of an inch just buy barely pushing on it same with the Picatinny rail it could be flexed by hand with heavy scope mounted. I sent the gun back and got the Cayden much happier with it as it has a solid barrel with a band on the end

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I like the accuracy, the power, and the balance. I did do some modifications to the stock to make the rifle a better fit for me.

    Things I would have changed:

    The things I would change, I did. I know that the manufacturer has a price range and in-order to stay within that range your gonna get things like a cheap picatinny rail etc. So, I'm good..

    What others should know:

    I'm 57 yrs old, and I have had Benjamin air rifles since I was 12 yrs old. That's what prompted me to get the new AKELA, and I'm not disappointed. It is a joy to shoot.

  • 3.0 3.0

    4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    I do not own this gun, and other than the pics here, I've never seen one. By all accounts, it appears to be a quality PCP, but I take issue with this and other makers. While the finger grooves in the grip might look "sexy" they are a great hinderance to us fat-fingered dudes. I own several KRAL bullpups, and I am unable to properly place my fingers on the grips, because the finger grooves do not fit me. My Glock pistols are similar, although that company listened to it's constituency and have removed those grooves from their latest models.

    Things I would have changed:

    Please produce these types of guns WITHOUT the grip's finger grooves - PLEASE!

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I really like the balance of this rifle. At my age, 79, shooting off hand accurately is a struggle. With this rifle and the fact that the bulk of the rifle is very close to my body, I can achieve accuracy in the standing position that is not possible with my other air rifles. Shooting off the bench this rifle is as good as any of my other PCP air rifles. The trigger is especially nice and it definitely enhances my accuracy. I have shot over 1000 rounds with the gun and it works beautifully.

    Things I would have changed:

    I am a bit over 6 feet tall and a big issue for me with most of my rifles is reach. Usually I can fix this issue with a recoil pad. But with the Akela I needed 2 additional inches. My solution was to duplicate the but pad on the rifle in several pieces of walnut I had. The reach on this rifle is shorter than any of my other air rifles. There should be a source of stock extenders for Akela that are a compliment to the very nice stock that the rifle has.

    What others should know:

    This is my third Benjamin PCP air rifle and all of them are really great values and fun to shoot.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Accurate and quiet. Wiped out the squirrel horde that was hanging out at my deer stand. Didn't spook them like using a .22 rimfire. 6 headshots in a row out to 48 yards. Shoots H&N slugs great. Hits hard.

    Things I would have changed:

    Picatinny rail rotates on single screw mount regardless of how tight the screw is. 3D printing a replacement that will pick up the mounting screw and the sling swivel. Crossman should do the same...

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    pellet in pellet accuracy...very smooth cocking...beautiful walnut stock

    Things I would have changed:

    magazine seems a bit flimsy...works well though...could use some quieting

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    This Akela is awesome! Easy, smooth, accurate!

    Things I would have changed:

    Two screw pictinny forearm attachment! Reduce the stock weight!

    What others should know:

    I love the floating barrel! Action is smooth and easy! Accuracy is awesome!

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Beautiful gun. very accurate and comfortable. One of my favorite bullpups, shooting HN slugs great in .217 and .218. Very consistent for non regulated Airgun!

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

  • 3.0 3.0

    4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    It looks really nice and feels great when handling while shooting. Once the barrel is normalized with the air cylinder to be parallel, the accuracy is exceptional with certain pellets.

    Things I would have changed:

    The barrel should be parallel to the cylinder. I needed to place a spacer of electrical tape to make the spacing along the body of the gun parallel from the breach to the end of the rifle.

    What others should know:

    This is my 1st PCP air gun after some 48 years of air gun shooting. The accuracy is exceptional. Filling the PCP with a hand pump was easy. I have about 2 dozen .22 airgun pellet types that were tested before this review. This gun likes some pellets and not others. Lighter pellets appear to be more accurate. Falcon 13.43 grain, 'Accuracy Plus' were the most precise in my testing.

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    This is very accurate

    Things I would have changed:

    the weight, heavy and awkward to handle. Very loud compared to how its rated.

    What others should know:

    very loud in comparison to my Marauder, would not have bought. Not backyard friendly.

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    very accurate and the cocking lever is very smooth.

    Things I would have changed:

    cocking lever is to far back and it seems way heavier then my Marauder which makes it awkward to handle.

    What others should know:

    If you own a Marauder it will sound much louder. It will not fit in a standard scope gun case. Over all I do like it.

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