Benjamin Titan NP Break Barrel .22 Caliber Air Rifle with Scope
Absolutely Great Pellet Gun. Worth the $
First off, ignore anyone telling you that your pellet rifle is only accurate with an "artillery hold." That's nonsense. If your gun won't shoot accurately, take it back. I used to shoot competition airgun and we didn't use "artillery holds" and we literally stacked pellets.
Anyway, I hadn't had a Benjamin airgun since I was a kid(the pumping lever broke from so much use) and I had shied away due to the increased price compared to other, cheaper rifles. It's a mistake. Buy the Benjamin.
This rifle is very quiet and smooth. It has great build quality with a beveled breech, unlike cheaper guns that are sharp. It also features what looks to be a polyurethane gasket around the loading breech instead of cheap rubber o-rings. It will last longer.
No "artillery hold" needed with this gun. It's solid and the barrel locks after cocking. I think a lot of the inconsistencies that people experience with cheaper rifles is that the barrel droops and doesn't always lock exactly in the same spot. This one is different and is solid. I hold my rifle tight, just like I did in competition (or hunting with a 22lr), and I can pop squirrels in the head at 30yrds easy.
I had a Beeman Kodiak (RS2) because I wanted the option of two calibers. However that rifle got worse and worse immediately. It was cheap, the o-ring was falling apart after minimal use, I couldn't get a zero, and it wouldn't group any type of pellet (I tried six types).
I exchanged it and paid the difference for the Benjamin Titan and it's 100% better. Night and day. It has a smooth piston. The build is smooth and clean, the rifle is solid with no movement, the parts are longer-lasting, and it holds GREAT patterns with 90% of my varied pellets.
And again, the "artillery hold" is an excuse to try and make up for the poor build quality of cheaper guns and cheap parts used by other companies. It's an air-gun, not a 1,000yrd marksmanship rifle. Hahahahaha. If it doesn't work, take it back. Period.
February 25, 2014
This rifle is capable of shooting very tight groups. < 1/4" at 12 yards. But it is very sensitive to ammo, pellet insertion depth, and is hold-sensitive. The first one I bought had a stock that was chiseled out with an axe :-) There was a metal clip in it that had so much room to play it would rattle when you moved the gun. And I believe this is the reason I could not get decent groupings with it. I replaced it and the next one was rock solid and shoots as tight as you can hold your aim.
The scope is solid but very cheap. Terrible optics. I wouldn't waste your time putting it on.
This gun broke 2 Pursuit air rifle scopes, and 2 Nikon Target EFR scopes within 100 shots. It must have a heck of a recoil. I put a Hawke Sport HD 4x12 IR AO scope and that one works great.
You absolutely must use blue loctite on all 3 stock-to-gun bolts and every scope mount bolt. If you don't, you'll never get consistent groupings. I saw a guy on youtube say "you don't need to use loctite on scope mounts". Hah! He never mounted one on this gun. Every screw you don't loctite will come loose and accuracy will suffer.
My recommendation is to take it out of the box, put a lifetime warranty scope on it, have some fun, then loctite and torque every bolt to specifications and let it sit for 24 hours.
The trigger on this thing is pretty bad. Very long pull and requires tons of force. It loosens up a bit, but you'll probably want a better trigger eventually.
The breach on mine certainly wasn't beveled at all. I put a small bevel on it which helped accuracy a lot.
I don't have one, but would recommend getting a pellet pen to ensure consistent insertion depths. It is very sensitive to that.
Most pellets shoot pretty well out of this gun, but the JSB EXACT Jumbo Heavy Diabolos 18 gr. are by far the most accurate I've tried.
May 22, 2014
Got this gun just for fun but it turned out wow!!! Shot everything from squirrels to rabbits to yummy birds and a rattle snake. It didn't come with a 100% accurate sight but I have a bore sighter I had at bulls eye in 10 minutes so no complaint there. This gun is quiet compared to many I've shot, powerful enough for almost anything small to medium oh ya one complaint I've read that other places too the scope is mediocre at best but nothing that can't be fixed with a 35 dollar scope. Enjoy!!! I know I am
May 9, 2014
Great gun, worked well right out of the box. High quality materials used in this gun except the front muzzle break (made of cheap plastic and attached with glue). Very powerful .22, very accurate. Very quiet shots due to the NP technology (it quiets down after about the first 50-60 shots out of box). Great alternative to the more expensive Benjamin rifles (Trail NP).
August 17, 2012