Pros: Accurate, well made, shoots inexpensive widely available pellets
Cons: Single shot
Benjamin .22 Pump Air Rifle
This is a pneumatic (air) rifle that works with a pump action that can be pumped multiple times to develop the pressure to drive the projectile down the barrel and carry it to the target at up to 685 feet per second.
These rifles are a product of Benjamin, a famous maker of air rifles. The rifles incorporate features from the now-defunct Sheridan air rifles that featured bolt action pellet loading and multiple pump capability for extra velocity. The Sheridan was the premier pellet rifle available in its day but now it has been absorbed into Benjamin who makes both brands.
The rifle is decent size and weight with a 19 ½" barrel and American hardwood stock and forearm. Available in both .177 and .22, this rifle is 22 caliber and uses the standard .22 air rifle pellets available at department stores, hardware, and sporting goods stores.
Loading consists of operating the bolt action at the rear of the barrel, inserting a single pellet into the firing chamber and closing the bolt. Swinging the forearm down through 90 degrees operates the pump action that creates the pressure to drive the pellet through the rifled barrel. The pump can be operated from one to eight times depending on the amount of velocity you want to impart to the pellet. This process is repeated for each shot you wish to take as it is a single loader.
I found pumping five times to give plenty of oomph for my target shooting. You also want to consider the different velocities associated with variable pumps can change the point of impact so if you are an accuracy bug, this will concern you. When you are looking for repeatability as you are with accuracy you try to make everything as similar as you can from one time to the next. That concern is part of the shooting sport in general also, or any hand eye skill that you can develop.
The gun is 36" overall length and has adjustable open sights that can be easily zeroed for point of impact. A scope can also be mounted as an extra cost feature. The trigger pull breaks cleanly and is capable of good accuracy. I can put each shot into a nickel sized target paster, about ¾" at 50 feet. The Benjamin is a good teaching tool and can be used to teach youngsters to shoot. It is also good for keeping in practice as the shooting fundamentals are the same in any sort of target shooting.
The Benjamin .22 pump air gun uses standard 22 caliber pellets available at sports stores, hard ware stores, and department stores. Young shooters should only use under adult supervision. The Benjamin .22 air rifle is a fine accurate rifle that will afford good practice and development of shooting skills.
Always follow the four rules when handling guns:
o All guns are loaded.
o Never point a gun at something you do not wish to destroy.
o Be sure of your back stop. Guns shoot through things.
o Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target.