To exhaust air or CO2 from the rifle- you need to purchase the degasser tool.
The gun is warrantied for 1 year- but the hand pump has a 90-day warranty.
Get into precharged guns at an unheard-of price and also get the accuracy of an expensive European rifle!
Benjamin has bridged the gap and taken the pain out of PCP guns. Not only is this as low a price as you'll ever find on a PCP/hand pump combo- but it's so easy to pump up that a wispy teenager could do it!
If you prefer to use a scuba tank instead of the hand pump- you'll need a scuba tank adapter with hose and a female quick-disconnect with male threads. The last item already comes with this kit. The adapter fits tanks with a K valve. The air reservoir has a male Foster fitting.
The Discovery has raised the bar for PCP guns because it uses only 2000 psi of air. While the European companies race toward higher and higher air pressures- Benjamin is going the opposite direction and making it easier than ever to use a hand pump. If you want to use a scuba tank or carbon fiber tank- you can do that- too- and get the benefit of many more fills than you would from a gun that operates with 3000 psi. The Discovery gives you a choice! The air reservoir is 135cc.
The gun comes with a hardwood stock (14" length of pull)- Williams fiber optic front and rear sights- and a built-in air pressure gauge. Included in the package is a hand pump that's easy to use and very clear on showing you when you've reached maximum operating pressure.
Airgun Depot Review
We tested the Discovery PCP and boy, have we been impressed! We were up and shooting in less than 5 minutes. PCP airguns have been way too complicated in the past with a vast assortment of probe adapters, pumps, attachments, hoses etc. With the Benjamin Discovery everything has been simplified. Simply hook up the gun to the pump, give it about 100 pumps to fully pressurize it and your're ready to shoot. We were able to get about 35 full power shots before the FPS started to drop off. That's enough for any hunt or pest control outing. Another aspect of the gun that really impressed us was it's accuracy. Groupings were well under 1 inch even out to 50 yards! you can expect .3" groups at about 25 yards. We also liked the fact that you can leave this air rifle charged so it's ready to go whenever you are. It's actually better for the airgun to have pressure in it.
We mounted our test rifle with a Centerpoint 3-9X40 scope with illuminated reticle and with this scope the gun is a joy to shoot. No recoil and near hole through hole accuracy at 25 yards. The gun is lightweight at just over 5 lbs and with a scope mounted it brings it to about 6 lbs which makes for easy handling and enjoyable shooting. If you're looking for a great gun for pest control or small game hunting this is the rifle for you. It's also a fun gun to just plink around the yard with.
Let me start by saying that this rifle is not backyard friendly in any way without the muzzle brake (see Ted's video- http://www.tedsholdover.com/benjamin-discovery-22). The rifle produces a loud sharp pop when discharged and your neighbors are going to notice (may even cause a visit by your local police department). I was startled by the power behind these .22 cal pellets. I use JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy .22 cal 18.13 grain and the gun loves them. I tried to sight this in at home in the backyard. I built a very sturdy backdrop consisting of a back stop of layered OSB and particle board measuring nearly 1.5 inches thick. The rifle shot through this at 25 yards....hmm.. note to self- let's go to the range.
Sighting in was actually simple for me having done this with many rifles. I didn't do anything special and it only took a few shots to be right on target. I recently took this rifle and went to a desert area and set up some long distance shoots (25 yds; 32 yds; 56 yds; 72 yds and 93 yds- all confirmed with a range finder). I use Strelok and Chairgun pro and had spent time at home prior to the outing to dial things in. I set up Strelok to match what Chairgun was telling me. It worked awesome! There was a slight wind (4 mph out of the south-targets were northeast) and I entered this into Strelok. I also had an incline on the 72 and 75 yd shots as I placed them on a hill. Targets were clay pigeons held by 2x4's with clothes pins glued to them to hold the targets. I ranged each target prior to shooting and entered any last minute info into Strelok. I wont say I didn't miss a few times, but once I learned the gun and scope I was rocking and rolling. This gun was able to hit these targets at this distance with ease and shattered them. Many shots ricocheted off the rocks behind just like a .22 rim fire. Okay now your saying "but you cant use Strelok and enter all that while hunting.." maybe not but for getting things dialed in I used it and it works....period.
I am now hooked on PCP rifles and I am saving for a more expensive air rifle. Until then I will continue to enjoy this rifle. I actually enjoy shooting this gun as much as any of my high powered rifles and it costs a fraction of the cost to shoot.
Note about filiing: I purchased this from Airgun Depot in a package that included the pump. The pump is high quality and works very well. It takes approx. 100 pumps to fill the gun. The rifle seems to operate best between 1800 PSI and 1200 PSI, and gives me a total accurate shot count of about 10-12 rounds. This is my only complaint. The small air reservoir needs refilling often and I do get a bit of a work out filling it. I also sometimes feel a bit silly pumping up my gun and wonder what people at the range must be thinking :) .
Rifle Set Up:
Benjamin Discover .22 Cal.
Pellets: JSB Exact Heavy .22 18.13gr
Scope: Hawke Sport HD 3x9x40
Zero: 25 yards
Ballistics: With the JSB Exact .22 18.13gr pellets= 700 FPS Average; 19.72 ft.lbs at muzzle. See attached ballistics chart from Chairgun Pro.
Ballistic Software: Chairgun Pro by Hawke Optics
Ballistic App: Strelok Pro
Overall: If you are looking to try the sport out, don't hesitate on this rifle. Do some research; learn the rifle; buy the right pellets; practice gun safety just like any other fire arm.
First off, the Discovery is so much lighter and better handling than the Gamo Big Cat 1400. I thought the Gamo was attractive in a utilitarian way but the Discovery is beautiful and simple and mostly American made.
When the rifle arrived, it had 1000 psi prefilled so I knew there were no leaks. I also checked the screws and to see if the rifling on the barrel didnt have any deformations.
Many people on the internet say that the Discovery is loud. I guess it is, but it doesn't seem as loud as the Big Cat 1400.
Most importantly though, unlike the Gamo, the Discovery's noise doesn't sound like a firearm; it just sounds like highly compressed air being quickly released. In this way, your neighbors won't be able to tell that you are using a rifle. The Big Cat 1400 sounded like a firearm and I was always afraid the cops would get called on me. (Thankfully it never happened).
Depending on how much of a Douchebag you are, you probably won't need a silencer because it just sounds like you are using power tools in your backyard. (I choose to forgo the silencer for cost and weapons handling purposes.....)
The Discovery takes around 45 easy pumps to get from 1100-2000 psi. BTW, I am 145 lbs. You only get around 13 shots for that effort. So hopefully they are very powerful shots. Because of the effort required to pump, this rifle will be a pain to plink with unless you have a scuba tank. However, this is an acceptable compromise for an easy pumping gun at a relatively low pricepoint. I also bought a Crosman 1377 for just plinking and close range hunting/breaking things.
The weapon so far seems highly accurate. I use the Crosman pellets at Walmart because there is a Walmart everywhere in the world. Out of the box, with iron sights, I was hitting liquor flasks from around 25 meters without zeroing. This is awesome for me coming from the Gamo Big Cat which required almost 50+ rounds to zero and then because of the heavy recoil, the scope soon lost its zero. I spent 10x more time zeroing the Big Cat then killing and destroying things with it. I was destroying liquor flasks with the Big Cat from 60 meters away with a 4x scope and the Discovery seems to deliver tighter groups so far With just the iron sights.
I have two gripes about the Discovery. At first I thought people who complain about the trigger were retards until I used the Discovery. It feels like you can't predict when the round will go off, but maybe it's due to my inexperience with the trigger. The SAT triggers on the Gamo are better in my opinion.
Also, it took me 20 minutes to figure out how to use the pump. I didn't know there was a ring you had to push back on the hand pump nozzle before attaching to the gun. I wish the directions in the manual would've stated this.
Overall, this weapon is designed well to hunt accurately, be a self contained system that only requires you to buy pellets and occasionally lube, be small and easily handled, and all at a relatively low price point. Also there is no ridiculous recoil unlike a magnum springer, so I can use a cheap scope from any store Instead of buying online.
pesky starlings around my house. Crosman you hit a grand slam with this one. I would buy a 25 cal if you ever produce one.
This gun is lethal when 2100 psi remains in the tank, I usually air at 2200 psi when down from approximately 3000 psi full. I have often put 3200 psi in the gun. At 2200 psi you can shoot clean through most small game. I dispatched 6 rabbits in one afternoon as I did not care to share my garden with them. Someone commented that the triggers are plastic, mine are steel and the guns are well made. The synthetic stock on the pistol is quite cool looking. Serious guns for serious shooters. Pic is of the pistol with scope and stock. Shoots as good as a rifle.
I have since ordered a Marauder for myself. The pump is well built and will work for both rifles. Previously I bought a nitro-piston and was not happy with the accuracy. Airgun Depot was good to deal with and refunded the price. Thanks
with sights on the barrel. The others force you to also purchase a scope. The second reason was that
it is bundled with the pump, so the cost of entry into the PCP style of shooting is less than buying a gun
and pump a-la-carte. It took 78 pumps to bring the Discovery up to 2K PSI out of the box. The effort
wasn't bad at all. The pump pressure gauge and gun pressure gauge agreed. I can get 20-25 shots keeping
the gauge in the green zone and another 5-9 shots into the yellow. Pretty good. After that, it takes
me 55 pumps to bring the gun back up to the maximum green zone at 2K PSI. I really like the fiber optic sights.
The green dot is small as compared to my Phantom 1000 springer, which makes the Discovery more accurate
at greater ranges, because it covers less of the target. As a side note, Ace Hardware sells a nice pen style
screwdriver with two blade nibs and one fits the Discovery site screws nicely and you can keep it in your shirt
pocket. This gun is loud, more like firing a .22 short, but it isn't that bad. This gun is very, very accurate.
I set up a Champion bullet trap at 20 yards and tried RWS Superpoints, RWS Superdomes and Crosman Premiers
(Brown Box). The Crosman Premiers were very good, with groups about 1"-1.25". The RWS Superpoints shot about
4" low and 2" to the right and had wider groups at around 2.5". The Discovery really liked the RWS Superdomes. Very
tight groups about the size of a quarter at 20 yards and the groups were all a single hole - no outliers. I also
liked the trigger pull - smooth and easy. I also bought a hard shell case. With this type of case, it is easy to
put the gun into the open case on the ground and refill the air with the gun in the open case instead of placing
the gun on the ground. I am 6'2", so the Discovery's stock is a tad short for me, but not bad. I may add a recoil pad
just for adding length. There is very little to no recoil with this gun. All in all - a very nice package indeed.
Benjamin - well done!!!
I would like to have seen a rubber butt pad and installed swivle studs but so far I am thrilled with this gun.
Later this week I will try charging it up with CO2 and see how it does.
Great Gun, Great place to buy the gun, great people behind the place, They all deserve a 5 star rating!
The rifle is quick and easy to pump up, generally taking about 90 - 100 full pumps to reach the suggested 2,000 psi. I have found that this pressure will allow me to shoot at least 50 or so shots before I really start to lose power and need to recharge. There is little to no recoil when the rifle is fired which makes shooting for extended periods of time far more comfortable on the body than if I'm shooting one of my break barrel rifles. I also have an Airsoft sniper rifle but it doesn't even compare to the Benjamin Discovery in any category.
I would highly recommend this rifle to anyone who is serious about accuracy. I only use it for target shooting as I do not hunt at all but I am extremely pleased with how accurate this rifle is.
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