Benjamin .22 Air Rifle
amazing for a beginner who doesn't have a PAL
Given the fact that in Canada most people don't want to go get there PAL they tend to buy a 495FPS air rifle, I am a person just like that and i spent a decent amount of time looking for a good quality piece that i wouldn't regret, althought this was a a touch on the higher price side it was so worth it, shooting in the rough neighbourhood of 480 fps with .22 lead pellets i can punch a solid inch into pine soft board which to me is amazing considering it's just air, things i was not a fan of the trigger pull is terrible even with the adjustable trigger , i'd prefer a 3lb single action trigger but you know you can't always get what you want
another thing to change would be considering the weight the addition of a sling and mount
best parts would be the scope, the illumination is an awesome feature and the scope is approximately 100$ worth of the value of the rifle.
January 5, 2013
This gun is very reliable and has good accuracy and power, it also has a nice feel and design.
August 29, 2012
Benjamin .22 air rifle
I like this air rifle. Nice design with one flaw that I believe is fixable. The trigger pull is awful. You start to squeeze and find that you are not just squeezing off a shot you are dragging off a shot. I do the - breath and then hold my breath and squeeze and the trigger slides along for a city block. I find myself having another breath and then finish squeezing off the shot. This is not the way a gun should operate. It makes for poor shooting when you have a long trigger drag like that. Everything else is just fine. I think that there is a replacement trigger from another source available on the web. Not a 5 star with that trigger.
July 26, 2012
Best Pellet Gun I've Owed
My enjoyment is long distance tactical shooting. I have this pellet gun dialed in to shoot 75 yards hitting a toonie. My goal is to stretch this gun as far as it will go. I am guessing about 150 yards hitting a 0.25 (quarter). Well worth the money for a folks who enjoy slowing things down and pitting the ACE. Enjoy
November 4, 2011
best gun here
this is one of the best guns you can get in canada. great scope, gun is made perfectly. i would recomend saving up for this one. its worth it. this will last a very long time if you know how to take care of it. i would recomend this over the nitro piston one because this one is cheaper to fix and there is no point in getting a nitro piston at 495 fps. at 495 fps this is already easy to cock and pretty quiet. i dont know of any other gun in canada that is better.
August 14, 2011
Nice Rifle. Here's What You Get:
You get an attractive, checked wood stock and very stable hardware. The included scope is excellent, and is robust enough for the rigours of air-rifle use. The trigger is very stiff though, and benefits from a 'trigger job' by a qualified gunsmith. This is money well-spent, because this rifle is worth it.
After testing with a good quality chronometer, this rifle shoots between 420 and 467 feet per second, with an average of 441 fps. (495 is the rated MAXIMUM muzzle velocity of this rifle, not it's actual performance) The average energy produced is 6.18 ft.lbs. Mine seems to like RWS Hobby pellets for speed and accuracy. Yours may prefer a different pellet.
Yes this rifle is heavy, but for accuracy it has to be. This is primarily a target rifle, not something to shlep through the bush for hours at a time. However, if that's what you want to do with it, take a support with you. Shooting sticks work very well to get rid of 'the wobbles' when shooting at the maximum range.
This is one of the better Chinese-built air-rifles on the market. That being said, it may take 300 rounds for the rifle to fully 'break-in' and perform consistently. Once it does, it is fully capable of consistently putting 5 rounds into a group of less than half an inch at 10 metres.
To properly assess its performance, place a series of targets 10 metres away, and then put 5 shots into each target. Always use the same size targets, and at the same distance. This way, you can see what pellets your own Benjamin Classic likes, as well as improve your shooting technique.
Bottom line: This lovely rifle will improve your overall shooting abilities. Because of it's low muzzle velocity and low energy, it is suitable for short-range shooting only (10 to 20 metres). That being said, these traits make it a PERFECT "basement gun" to use in the privacy of your own home, provided you do so safely of course. A good quality pellet catcher and eye protection are absolute necessities.
February 16, 2011
FYI- for most women this air riffle is too heavy. After a few shots I started to get the wobbles and it was very difficult to steady my arm because of the fatigue.
August 2, 2010
This is no toy
Very accurate and easy to set up
has lots of power scope is perfect for this gun
only took 4 shots to sight in at 100 yrds
able to penetrate 1/4 solid oak and plastic bucket at 100yrds
I would recomened for anyone that has gophers or bird issues
the .22 pellets hit hard and will bring down gophers at 50 to 75 yrds easy.
March 23, 2010
Benjamin Classic .22
I bought this rifle with high hopes, and expectations........and boy I wasn't dissapointed!!
This air rifle has been designed for hunters by hunters and the quality shows throughout. Starting from the muzzle, its fitted with a very effective muzzle break, which reduces the report from the barrel.......its by no means a silencer, and it still has a report, but its a lot less than say the Crosman Phantom.
The nickled barrel is a nice touch, maybe not to the traditionalist who prefer the Blued finish, but personally I think it looks sharp. Breaking the barrel takes some effort, but not as much as the Phantom, and locks in place with a solid click.....just the sound tells you it is a quality piece, the barrel itself is nicely rifled.
The trigger is adjustable to reduce stage 2 of the trigger action. The overall finish of the wooden furniture is excellent, and would complement anyones collection.
The Centrepoint scope is a 3-9x40 with illuminated reticule, and is perfectly suited to this rifle, and is easily zero'd with very few shots (I did mine in 12 pellets!!!) and I am hitting pennies at 30yds NOT feet!!!!
Its not the lightest rifle in its class, but for a .22 it hits hard, I have taken 3 squirrels at 25,30 and 36yrds respectively, and now looking forward to getting rabbits too.
The only minus points in my opinion are that the flip-up covers on the scope are a little flimsy, and break easily, and its too heavy for a novice or youngster. Other than that, this is a quality piece of kit, well worth the money because the smile it leaves you with is priceless.
Take it from me, you will not be disappointed with this rifle.
March 6, 2010
A fine air rifle - solid
Just picked up my Benjamin .22 Classic and spent the day shooting and plinking. this rifle seems well built, fit and finish are good but with some minor blemishes on the stock and forestock. The included centre-point 3-9x40 scope seems powerful and good quality, but the included battery is dead. The scope mounts easily on the dovetail rail, and has a scope stop set screw. This rifle hits hard at 10m, I haven't tried it out at longer distances yet. This gun is heavy (8.5 lb) - probably too heavy for youngsters or beginners. I'd say this one is excellent value compared to other Chinese made air rifles - it's a keeper.
February 8, 2010
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