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Benefits of the Nitro Piston 2 over a metal mainspring:
All gas springs (gas pistons, gas rams) are NOT created equal!
The Nitro Piston 2 has it all over the original Nitro Piston and almost every other gas spring on the market. Most gas springs have a reputation of being hard to cock, but the NP2 put an end to that. According to airgun writer Tom Gaylord, it's the easiest-cocking gas piston he's ever shot.
But Crosman didn't stop the improvements there. They also improved the trigger so it feels like it's been tuned! Imagine that: A factory trigger that breaks crisp and clean. It has a significantly lighter trigger-pull, not one of those so-called "lawyer" triggers that requires Herculean strength to shoot.
As long as they were making improvements, Crosman decided to make a better and more effective integral sound suppression system that really is quiet. You'll notice an immediate difference between the report from your Nitro Piston 2 air rifle and the older Nitro Piston guns or other brands.
So, let's add up what you'll get in this great package: Easy cocking, fantastic trigger and less noise. And, it's assembled in Crosman's plant in Bloomfield, New York. While that's almost everything you could ever want, there's one more thing -- and it's really important: Accuracy. When Tom Gaylord tested a Nitro Piston 2 at an industry show, he commented that he hit everything he aimed at. Isn't that what you want to do? We thought so!
The Benjamin Trail NP2 isn't a dream -- it's a dream come true. It's here for you to enjoy, to hit everything you're aiming at, and not strain with each cock and each pull of the trigger. They've put the fun back in airgunning!
If you purchase the .22-caliber rifle, your box may state the wrong velocity with lead pellets.
|Max Velocity||1100 fps|
|Muzzle Energy||26 ft/lbs|
|Cocking Effort||28 lbs.|
|Trigger||Two-stage, adjustable take-up|
|Suggested for||Small game hunting/plinking|
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Things I liked: It's accurate with pellets it likes (for example, it seems to be happy with the .22 Gamo Rockets); the feel of it is nice, especially the thumbhole grip; it's not very loud at all; I like the looks of it (esthetically, a nice-looking rifle); the cocking is a tiny bit rough at first, but smooths out decidedly after 120 rounds or so. Fit and finish were both good.
Things I would have changed: Plastic barrel shroud no good! No like! Replace with METAL shroud for durability! As for weight--that's not really a drawback anymore, in this day and age of affordable shooting tripods and such; in fact, more mass works out to less wobbling and slopping around when you bench it. Scope mounts--now THERE is a (relatively minor) issue: I don't dig the little wedge-shaped pinchy-type mounts that come with the rifle, because they simply don't seat straight in the grooves at the bottom of the (Picatinny?) rail on the rifle. For that, I take away one star. I will eventually investigate the possibility of using different scope-mounts, so stay tuned for further reports!
What others should know: This rifle will punk out trash pandas (raccoons) and even opossums (which are VERY tough little monsters) with the right ammo (like Gamo Rockets), so if pest control is your goal, this will do the job on anything from bad birdies to bunnies to opossums to raccoons (listed in order of increasing size.) As for target-shooting: it'll do fine, but since it's not a light rifle, you'll seriously want to consider buying or making your own shooting tripod or shooting stick.
Things I liked: Accuracy Quality Stock Everything!
Things I would have changed: Combined Scope
What others should know: I purchased the Benjamin Train NP2 in the wood stock. Although skeptical at first because of the flaws when it was first released I decided to give it a chance. Crosman has overcome those problems, now the NP2 is a solid gun that can stomp any other breakbarrel in its class! If you're weary of buying this gun don't be! You're missing out! The only thing I would have changed is the combined scope, plan on throwing it out and replacing it. It is manageable for plinking, but to get the most out of the gun I recommend mounting a quality scope on it. One more thing, those saying it sounds like a .22 going off do not know what they're talking about (And probably have never heard a .22 rimfire being fired.) This gun is quiet, well built, has good accuracy, and is an all around excellent air rifle! Give it a second chance you won't be sorry! I will be posting updated pictures of my groupings with my Hawke Sidewinder 30.
Things I liked: Got the .177 and the .22. I have to say, as with any good (I don't have any $1200 break barrels yet), break barrel, you have to wrestle a bit to calm it down...but both these guns are 'Air Rifles' at their finest. They feel right. They carry well in the field. And for me, they hold Zero with a Nikon on the .177 and a Hawke (which I don't usually love, but this one which is a Panorama EV rocks)on the .22. Hunting wise, they do their job. Question is can I do mine? These Benjys make it easier with the right pellets which is a whole other topic.
Things I would have changed: I would've like there to have been a side or bottom rail for lasers etc.
What others should know: My .177 sometimes feels like it's cocked when it isn't yet and it did smack me hard across the face one time. Funny on the Three Stooges but not funny here. On the other hand, it forced me to respect every aspect of this sport with greater concentration and concern for everyone's safety. These are lethal weapons. Speaking of which, by .22 shoot Eun Jin round heads beautifully up to 20 yds. Fun! Great guns! as is said.
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I recently bought a Benjamin trail np 2 and after firing about 100 pellets the barrel seems to unscrew. Do I have a lemon or can I just retighten it?
Just retighten the shroud. The barrel is fused to the breech block and won't come lose.
I have an early NP in a Fury stock and mine turns too , but it just seems like the outside cover is turning? Maybe not the barrel itself ?
This is not an answer but mine does the same thing. Can feel the barrel twisting when cocking. Have read this in some other reviews about this rifle.
crazy recoil cant find one that wont fail.Leapers UTG 3-12x44 AO Rifle Scope, EZ-TAP, Ill. Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 30mm Tube, Weaver Rings Hawke Optics 2.5-10x44 AO Varmint Rifle Scope, 1/2 Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 1" Tube a leupold rifleman and a bushnell retical split in half if you have put more than 1000 rounds with 1 scope on this gun please let me know what it is because im killing scopes left and right
I would replace the main seal and be sure the breech seal isn't leaking. Leaks break scopes. Why is too much to get into here, but chevota at hotmail if you want info.
Look for something in the Hawke or leapers line with an "etched glass" reticle
If I return the rifle like they're asking me to do, suppose I asked for the same rifle as a replacement, wouldn't I still have the same problems that this model has or have they addressed the issues (cracked weaver rail). I really like the rifle, until it broke.
I think Crosman learned their lesson and have fixed them, but I wouldn't bet $ on it. I do however bet $ on them exchanging the next one if it does fail.
|Max Velocity||1100 fps|
|Muzzle Energy||26 ft/lbs|