Benjamin Trail NP Air Pistol Features
- Nitro Piston
- 19.5" long with muzzlebrake; 16" long without muzzlebrake
- 25 lbs. cocking effort
- 7-lb. trigger-pull
- Fixed fiber optic front sight
- Fully adjustable fiber optic rear sight
- Textured- ambidextrous grip
- 11mm optics dovetail
- Manual safety
- Includes cocking aid
Here are the benefits of the Nitro Piston
- Smoother cocking
- Smoother shooting
- No spring torque
- No spring fatigue- even if you leave it cocked for hours
- Functions perfectly in cold weather
- Lasts longer than a metal spring
Live the overall design of the gun as well as power it put all all together.
Naturally, checking and rechecking every screw, using different pellets, shooting from bench rifle and pistol rests, anything I could think of...short of Ransom pistol vise, made no difference!
Worst trigger pull ever!
Unlike CO2 pistols you can use it for plinking with one of thees most of the year (I live in the Midwest) and have not set up an indoor range yet.. Also it does have enough power for small Ferrell critters.
I many like to sit back with Trail Blazer and my older RWS P5 pistol and shoot cans. I notice the Trail Blazer NP takes less cocking power. I just had to give the elevation a little spin and it is sighted for me. Then it was on to knocking cans and stuff around.
Upon receiving my 1st Trail NP, took it through it's 250 round break-in period that in the end, were giving me tight 1" groupings at 10 yards with the included iron sights...Nice! However to get there, had to have the windage dialed 35 clicks hard right and the elevation dialed all the way down and even bent a little further to achieve a bulls eye POI...not good. Then discovered the fixed front sight was canted 3.8 degrees right, causing the need for the extreme rear sight settings. Since I was left with little right windage adjustment for outside target shooting, I Exchanged for a 2nd pistol.
With the 2nd pistol, the front sight was canted 1.8 degrees to the right. After break-in, needed 20 clicks to the right of windage and 15 clicks up of elevation to achieve a desired bulls eye POI. I could have possibly lived with that, but during the first 200 rounds, I had shot to shot dieseling and smoking that eventually leveled out, but with a reduction in velocity. I got a chronograph to see what was going on and measured an average of 20% reduction of the OEM rating 525fps (lead pellets). Apparently, the piston had been over-oiled (new from the factory), causing some damage to the seal. Additionally, the blued- steel finish on the barrel and receiver was very flat and had a some blotching areas. Alas, this also went back for another exchange.
So far, seems 3rd time Is the charm! The front sight is perfectly 90 deg squared on the muzzle (no cant left or right). Out of the box with windage dead even and elevation at zero, was hitting around my POI with an occasional flyer. Break-in time was much quicker (100 rounds) with almost zero dieseling and very little smoke. This pistol was peaking close to 560fps with my Benjie 7.9g HP's and after break in (about 150 rounds), leveled out with 5-group averages of 540fps ! Out of those 150, I had very few ricochets with 98% of the lead embedded in my 3" target wood backstop!
My last 5-shot group the other day was a descent 1" grouping (still using the iron sights). I then installed a RR red\green dot reflex scope and was able to get sighted in to punching 1\2" bulls eye POI targets at 10yds. This .177 shoots quietly, just 75db 6" down from the muzzle and measured at ear level (all indoors), but I usually use hearing protection anyway. The trigger measures the rated 7# and has been consistent with a steady even pull and break. The included pics are: 1\2" cross POI, a good 5-shot 1" grouping with Iron Sights. Then, installed a red dot scope and shot 4-shot groups at 1\2" POI bulls eye (with an "I pulled it" flyer).
Haven't been able to take it outside yet to sight in at 25+ yards, but still have the maximum elevation travel for any distance adjustments. Overall, if you get a good one, it's an Accurate and Fun Shooter!
AirGun Depot sent a return slip, but the Fed EX store near me could not scan the slip and I had no printer available.
I took the barrel apart and the crossbolt in the barrel would not release the spring bar that locks onto the bolt.
I am very disappointed to be sold such a defective item.
I bagged it up and dumped it in the trash bin.
It is not too loud but not as quiet as some say. I like how it looks, the sights are not too bad for the price point, but the cocking handle is one thing i never want to lose! I'm sure the advertised FPS must be for the lightest pellets, but I wasn't expecting lots of power. Have not put many rounds through it, yet, so i can't say how accurate it is or isn't. But I'm plannign to mount a Weaver red dot sight on it too, perhaps this will help with accuracy. I'm guessing 50 feet is about the max practical range for an average shooter like me, and that's fine.
If you don't mind putting in some time and maintenance it is fun to shoot.
like their Custom Shop guns come in .I couldn't see any signs that this gun was refurbished,It looked brand new.
Of course"I tried it out as soon as I could and it compares with my new model.
It came with the cocking aid and I fired at least 30 shots with no problems.It also came with a photo-copied manual.
I am very happy with it and look forward to more of the same to have some back up
for my favorite air pistols.
First the bad, It is hard to cock, and for me, the cocking aid is necessary if your going to shoot a lot. Next is it a bit heavy, I hold it more like a rifle than a pistol. Last the trigger pull is very long, and pretty hard, so the effort to pull the trigger affects my aim.
I'm getting used to the cocking effort, and especially with the cocking aid, it's really no bother. Heavy? All that does is affect how quickly I can bring it up and aim it. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but with hunting chipmunks it is. They move quickly and never stay in one spot for more than a second once they see me. For the trigger, just like someone else here said, I got a slightly longer screw and that shortens the trigger distance quite a bit. Also like the other reviewer said, I had to be careful with the depth of the screw because that affects the whole trigger mechanism. I found the sweet spot and now the distance is much better. There is still the effort needed to squeeze the trigger, but with a shorter, more predictable distance, it's not much of a problem.
Accuracy so far is just a bit poorer than the Vigilante, but I think that is due to the trigger effort, and I think it will improve with practice. I'm only shooting at distances of 30', so maybe someone will say, that distance is so short, any gun will be accurate, I'll work on greater distances later and report back then.
At zero to 30', I had no problem at all with the sights. None. I like the fiber optic effect too. With any light, they practically glow. Since I don't like iron sights, I got a red dot sight anyway, so the sights are a moot point.
Stopping power, for a pistol at least it good. At 30' that is. Comparing it to the Crosman Vigilante, it is much, much better. The Vigilante was barely effective with a full cartridge, and once that began to empty, I had a few wounded chipmunks scurry off to die painfully at a later date. With this, problem is gone. Remember, my kills are mostly at 15 to 20', but remember also these things are very small, and hitting a kill zone means hitting a 1" target. Even wounded with this gun, they aren't able to scurry very far and I always have time to reload and get that next shot to finish him off.
I've only shot around 500 rounds, so I'll come back to this review later, but so far, I'm very satisfied. PS, I almost forgot. Compared to the CO2 powered Vigilante, this thing is much quieter. That's important in a suburban setting.
1) Just shoot it as it comes and use cheap wadcutters to break it in.
2) After a tin, I ordered optics: DAB NC Star red/green with dovetail so no rail was required for mounting.
3) Removed the front and rear sight and mounted the red/green dot sight. Make sure it is moved right to the back of the dovetail and there won't be creep. Blue locktite ALL screws on gun, handle, barrel and especially the screws for mounting the sight.
4) Sand the handle. It's rough and after 100 pellets chews up your shooting hand especially from cocking the gun.
5) Get a longer screw to reset the trigger pull. The factory screw is too short and won't allow you to adjust trigger for a shorter, smoother, more consistent pull.
6) Clean often. Never bought a cleaning kit but use household oil and spray silicone to keep the gun functioning. Had some bamboo skewers, cut cloth to fit barrel, and reamed with a combination of oil and silicone. Seems to work great. The gun is smooth and if I miss the bullseye (dime size) at 10 meters, it's me not the gun.
7) Pellets are personal. I just shoot targets so have continued to use wadcutters. Crosman were good but too dirty to handle. Gamo were fine but settled on coated Beman. Buy 3 get 1 free. Sweet.
8) Technique is everything when shooting this pistol. Haven't shot a gun in 40 years; bowhunted exclusively during that time. I also got into target shooting compound bows and it helped in transitioning back to a pistol. The gun, even with an adjusted trigger, still wants to shoot incrementally to the left. When I hold, I have to add slight pressure to my left hand to compensate for the slight pull. Am almost as accurate freehold with two hands as I am from a rested position. With one hand...fuggegaboutit. I am retired, still a bit of gym rat and over 200 lb. but cannot shoot this pistol with one hand. I continue to try, but progress is very slow.
When I first read reviews of this pistol, some complained about the cocking pressure. A slight tap to break the barrel and then one finger in front of the sight was sufficient to cock this gun. With the front sight removed, it's a piece of cake to cock.
Have given up bowhunting but used to spend $700 on a compound. For $75, optics included, I'm backyard plinking and target shooting daily. And this gun shoots twice the fps of my bows.
For $50, it's a steal. Just be prepared to put in some time and effort to get it where you want it.
Jan. 30th...update: Lost the green dots on the NC Star sight and it would not turn off. Called Matt at NC Star and he took me through removing the top of the sight and tightening four screws beneath. I asked if he thought the recoil of the Benji was too much for the sight and he said no, but I should locktite the three set screws that hold the sight to the rail. All my dots came back and it turned off when I rotated to 0. I remounted the sight and will try shooting it tomorrow.
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 600 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 1
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 625 fpsLoudness 3-Medium