After three years of success with the NP2, Crosman has raised the bar again by introducing the Trail NP2 SBD (Silencing Barrel Device). Crosman engineered the SBD to improve the barrel shrouding, which resulted in the NP2 SBD being three times quieter than other breakbarrels its class. With the shroud's asymmetrical design, the included CenterPoint 3-9x32 scope's field of view won't be hindered at all. And there's no need to worry about the cold weather as the Trail NP2 SBD will operate at full capacity regardless of the time of year!
Assembled at Crosman's manufacturing headquarters in Bloomfield, New York, the Trail NP2 SBD is currently one of the most technologically advanced air rifles available for hunting, target shooting, pest control, or just plain fun and it's backed by American workers!
Benjamin Mayhem NP2 SBD Air Rifle Features
- Nitro Piston 2 (gas piston)
- Rifled steel barrel
- Adjustable 2-stage trigger CBT=Clean Break Trigger
- Front and rear sights
- Picatinny optics rail
- Manual safety
- All-weather black synthetic stock with grey soft-touch inserts
- SBD sound suppression system
- Includes 3-9x40 scope and sling mounts (rear post/front loop)
- Built in America!
Benefits of the Nitro Piston 2 over a metal mainspring
- Smoother cocking
- Smoother shooting
- No spring torque
- No spring fatigue, even if left cocked for hours
- Functions perfectly in cold weather
- Lasts longer than a metal spring
Pros - Cocking is a breeze, and this thing is silent. You hear the piston firing next to your hear so it sounds loud. But if you are not next to it, it's a soft pop.
Cons - The biggest set back is the trigger. Even after installing and aftermarket trigger spring and set screw to lighten the pull it's still stiff. The heavy trigger just takes all the fun away. Concentrating on pulling the trigger while maintain your target is cumbersome. Grouping is also not all that great. I have a Leapers fixed 4x, and I cant manage to pull off a group better than 1" at 25 yrds. For me, that's not acceptable. And no, this isn't my first or even second springer.
If you just want to shoot cans in your back yard its a great gun. Pest control...not so much.
The Silencing Barrel Device section on the barrel is plastic baffles (whether fiber-filled or not, I don't know) with a fairly thick aluminum shroud, and a plastic cap. It appears to do its job to my satisfaction; this is quiet to shoot, to me. The long SBD shroud prevents using a laser boresight, though that's mostly convenience (and ammo cost, and headache). As visible from the pictures, it has a front loop for installing a strap, though you need to install your own loop on the rear post to complete a strap installation. The center of balance is right at the ridge of the front part of the stock, just where the curve of the stock changes from the visible downward angle to being parallel to the barrel and piston housing. It weighs 7 lbs, 7.5 oz without the scope, and 8 lbs, 11.8 oz including scope and rings (and scope optics covers).
The front iron sight is a basic blade sight, molded into the SBD cap, so is not simple to alter or replace. The rear iron sight (notch) seems... less than useful. While it has adjustments for windage and elevation, the notch isn't held steady, either to the barrel, or to the windage screw. What I mean is that the notch pivots up and down along the axis of the windage screw, and the notch base is bolted to the barrel (with two Torx/Hex machine screws) rather loosely. This flaw is NOT visible to me in the pictures I've seen. Setting it for windage and elevation, therefore, could be somewhat futile, as the notch could shift by a degree or two up, down, left or right between shots. I don't see any utility to having the notch move that way, and while the base can likely be tightened down, I've seen no way to stabilize the notches blade. I feel like Crosman/Benjamin said 'You want iron sights? Really!? *Sigh* Fine.' and just slapped something together. The existence of the iron sights themselves was one reason I bought this over some other guns I had my eye on, so this kinda stinks.
I'm waiting 'til I can break in the gun (no more dieseling) before installing the scope, but as I'm quite new to scopes, I'll likely not have much to compare it to. Would've been nice to be able to use a boresight to get started sighting that in, but I might eventually muddle through it. Possibly I'll make/find an extender for the threaded post that attaches to the bore holder, so I can get it past the baffles.
Overall, the gun seems sturdy, and if it lives up to its ~800fps reviews, I'll be happy, but the little things are getting to me as yet. If I can edit this review, I might later, or review again later when I've had a chance to use it some more.
I bought this gun because I moved to a neighborhood where my plinking adventures need to be stealthily quiet. With that, I wanted something quieter than the Umarex Octane - that I love. It also has a gas piston, but with a loudness rating of "3 - Medium," so I was all excited about the "2 - Low-Medium" sound rating for this gun with the new and much-hyped SBD. Turns out there's not much difference in the noise level between the two, and the sound meter says so...
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