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Definitive Guide to the

Benjamin

Marauder

The Benjamin Marauder is a life-changing air rifle. It's stealthy, accurate, beautiful, powerful and has a superior trigger.-Tom Gaylord "The Godfather of Airguns"
The Benjamin Marauder PCP Air Rifle, has been the standard that all other low cost, high value pre charged pneumatic air rifles have been measured against, and justifiably so. The Marauder air rifle, or M-Rod as it has been dubbed by airgunners, is where the PCP obsession for most of us started. The M-Rod gives you everything that you need and nothing that you donít at a price that is wallet friendly. Whatís even better is that the Benjamin Marauder is a gun that can grow with you as you grow in the hobby of airgunning. The Marauder air rifle has very strong aftermarket support and a devoted following of shooters who are more than happy to share their love of airgunning with other enthusiasts. The Benjamin Marauder has become a modern classic in the world of airgunning.
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The Marauder came into existence in 2009, and right out of the gate it changed the way that airgunners thought about a PCP. Previous to the Marauder, Benjamin had released the Discovery and at the time the Discovery was, and even today still is, one of the best priced PCP's on the market. But the Marauder filled a gap between the Discovery and the high end European PCP's. The Marauder gives you high end features like an closed rotary magazine, a 2-stage match trigger, and a fully shrouded barrel making this one of the quietest PCP's on the market. The Marauder gives you premium performance at a fairly low entry level price point.



The Basic Anatomy of the Marauder

The Marauder features a fully ambidextrous Monte Carlo style stock with an adjustable cheek rise to give you the perfect line of sight with your scope. Both the hardwood and synthetic versions feature a wide and flat forend that lends itself well to shooting off a sandbag and for those interested in using it for field target competitions.



The trigger is a 2 stage adjustable match trigger that pulls at about 1.5 pounds. We found that when the trigger was lightened to about a pound, the first stage pull was very light and the second stage break was carrot-like and conducive to shooting great groups.



The Marauders magazine system is a real strong point for the rifle. Once you get the hang of loading the mags they are virtually foolproof and can be loaded very quickly. The use of a couple preloaded AirVenturi pellet pens can make the job go even quicker if you're out in the field.



The Marauder is equipped with an 11mm dovetail rail across the top of the receiver and is ready for your favorite optic. Which will be necessary since it does not come with open sights. If you're interestested in having everything you need in one box we recommend the Marauder Premium package that comes with a Centerpoint 4-16x40 AO scope, rings, and a sling. Looking for an even better scope? Put a Hawke Sidewinder on your M-Rod!



The bolt on the Marauder can be switched from a right hand set up to a left hand set up with relative ease making the M-Rod a truly ambidextrous rifle. The cock-on-opening design makes it easy to cycle quickly for follow up shots.



Shot Groupings, Velocity and/or Decibel Readings

For our testings we used a stock .22 cal Benjamin Marauder. It's important to note that the Benjamin Marauder Air Rifle is truly a flexible airgun where you can adjust both the power of the gun as well as the maximum fill pressure the reservoir will accept. In reality unless you have a good reason, don't mess with the tank and just leave it at 3,000 psi so you can get the maximum amount of shots per fill.



There are plenty articles about tuning the power on your M-rod, but if your eyes glaze over with the thought of having to tinker with your airgun, have no fear: we have found the M-Rod suitably tuned right out of the box for the majority of airgunners. Finding a great balance between power and maximizing the amount of shots per fill. For velocity testings we primarily stuck to heavier hunting pellets to see what kind of foot pound energy can be achieved.



Though all the pellets we tested acquired satisfactory groupings at 50 yards (mostly 2" groupings), we found that the Marauder really loved the Predator Polymag Shorts. The shorts are smaller version of the popular hunting pellet that won't jam in the rotary mag. We shot one of the best grouping we've seen in a long time at 50 yards with the Polymag shorts!



One of the best things about the Benjamin Marauder Air Rifle is how quiet it is. The internally shrouded barrel provides an ultra-hushed operation, and is easily one of the quietest rifles in it's class. You won't have any problems using this in your backyard. Decibel readings taken in a closed indoor range produced just 68 decibels. What does that compare to? How about a polite cough or a normal conversation at 3'.



Marauder Competition

For years the Benjamin Marauder has sat alone within its price point without much competition. There really has not been a lot to compare the Marauder to as far as an air rifle with the same quality in the same price point, however as of late more rifles have began to flood the entry level PCP market.



Viable options worth comparing in this genre (price range + similar caliber options) include the Gamo Coyote, BSA Buccaneer, and the Hatsan AT44. It's also worth investigating the AirForce Condor. Though not quite in the same class due to the higher price, its quality makes it worth looking into. While each of these rifles has its benefits the Marauder continues to be the golden standard among the type (though the gap is quickly closing).

Accessories

One of the first accessories that we added to our test Benjamin Synthetic Marauder PCP was a bipod. Being that this is a gun that is perfect for sniping pigeons and squirrels at 50 plus yards, having a solid bipod is a great addition. With the Marauder you'll want to use a Harris style bipod that attaches to the sling swivel stud.



It's a must to pick up extra magazines. And it seems almost every M-Rod owner ends up owning at least three of four. It's easy to understand why as this gun is a joy to shoot and the last thing you want when you're hitting a groove is to reload your magazine.



Although the magazine is much more convenient when shooting a lot or hunting, there's something to be said for single-shots. They tend to be more precise. If you're looking for tighter groups or more precision when hunting, pick up an Air Venturi single-shot tray for your Benjamin Marauder air rifle breech.



Another great upgrade is a Hawke Sport HD 4-16x50 AO scope. Hawke scopes feature impeccable glass quality for the price point and will help you unlock the true long distance potential of your Marauder rifle.



Maintenance / Technical

Filling the Marauder is a breeze from either a scuba tank or carbon fiber bottle with the on board Foster style quick disconnect. No need for a specific probe here, just pop on the quick disconnect, open the fill valve to top off the air reservoir, and then make sure your bleed the air line after closing the valve to remove the hose, it's that easy.



If you're interested in using a hand pump the Benjamin Marauder is available in a special combo with a Benjamin pump. The price is certainly right with the savings you get by buying the pump combo but if you're looking for a higher quality pump to make it easier to fill your Marauder, we recommend either the Air Venturi G6 Hand Pump or the gold standard of pumps, the Hill MK4 Hand Pump. As for the biggest bang (or pump) for the dollar: the Air Venturi G6 would be our recommendation.



The Marauder is an easy gun to care for. Like most PCP's we recommend the use of cleaning pellets every few hundred pellets or so to keep the lead build up in the barrel down. Wiping the stock down with a microfiber cloth removes smudges and fingerprints keeping your rifle looking new, and other than the occasional need for a replacement seal your Marauder should provide you with years of shooting enjoyment.



Caliber & Stock Options Versatile and ready for the field or the range, the Marauder has the power and caliber options to suit you. If you're looking to join your local field target club? Stick with the .177 caliber M-Rod. Live in a windy area? Maybe increase to the .22 caliber. If you prefer using your M-Rod to hunt at 50 yards, the .22 or .25 cal is best suited for you. Whether you go with the hardwood stock or the all-weather synthetic, both models come equipped with sling studs to make packing your Marauder easy.

Power, Accuracy & Pellet Recommendation For our testing we stuck primarily with hunting pellets. Most pellets were very accurate at 50 yards obtaining 2" groupings. It seems when it comes to accuracy the Marauder isn't too picky when it comes to pellets. The Polymag Shorts really surprised us though as we were able to achieve a remarkable 1/2" grouping at 50 yards. This would be our recommended hunting pellet.

Decibel Readings One of the best things about the Benjamin Marauder Air Rifle is how quiet it is. The internally shrouded barrel provides an ultra-hushed operation, and is easily one of the quietest rifles in it's class. You won't have any problems using this in your backyard. Decibel readings taken in a closed indoor range produced just 68 decibels. What does that compare to? How about a polite cough or a normal conversation at 3'.

Modifying the M-Rod The Marauder features strong aftermarket support once your ready for mods. The Marauder is a great platform for building rifles from mild to wild! Everything from power adding internal upgrades to custom stocks can be had for these rifles. Keep in mind though that you will want to make sure you've spend some time with your new M-Rod to insure there are no defects before modifying your gun since any modification will void the 1 Year warranty. Quality control has been very good from Benjamin, but you'll want to be sure of that before starting your mod. Note that if you're just looking for a more AR style look for your Marauder, instead of modifying it, just pick up the Benjamin Armada, which is basically just a Marauder wrapped in a modern AR stock.

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