A GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED WITH AIRGUNS

Whether you’re plinking, handling pest control, off on a hunt, or even after big game, there’s a Benjamin airgun that hits the mark. Getting started is easy with a little guidance on the different types of air rifles and accessories.
Almost all Benjamin airguns use the pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) firing method. This means they use a high-pressure, pre-filled integrated reservoir to force compressed air through the barrel to fire pellets. See our pellet gun ammo guide to learn more about our pellets.

WE BELIEVE PCP IS THE SUPERIOR CHOICE OF FIRING METHOD.

THE BENEFITS OF PCP

  • High Power, High Accuracy
    With a full reservoir, a PCP airgun delivers high power and high accuracy with almost no recoil. Other methods of firing an airgun allow for less consistency, accuracy, and power.
  • Multiple Shots, Less Hassle
    With a PCP, you can fire dozens of pellets before you’ll need to top off the reservoir. And because PCP reservoirs are highly pressurized and large, you can fire without pausing to pump or refill. Enjoy this high level of reliability with these types of air rifles from Benjamin Airguns.
  • See Your Status
    Benjamin PCP airguns all feature a pressure gauge, so you can see when you need a refill.
  • Make it Yours
    Benjamins like the Marauder can be fine-tuned to fit your shooting preferences. You can adjust the hammer spring, the striker, and the valve metering screw to match the pellet you’re using and to flatten the curve as you deplete the reservoir.
 

TYPES OF AIRGUNS

THERE ARE FOUR MAIN CATEGORIES OF AIRGUNS, EACH WITH A DIFFERENT FIRING METHOD.
Spring Piston
These types of air rifles come in break barrel, side-cocking, and underlever varieties. All use a cocking mechanism to retract a spring, which activates an internal piston to push air through the barrel and fire the pellet.

PROS/CONS: Spring-piston airguns have to be cocked before every shot, recoil can be an issue, and so too is barrel droop—that’s when you fail to perfectly lock up the barrel, so your aim gets thrown off.
Nitro Piston
A step up from spring-piston airguns, these swap compressed gas for the spring in the action. In both types of air rifles, a piston gets pushed forward to compress air in the barrel and fire the pellet, but a Nitro Piston (or Gas Piston) airgun has a built-in cylinder permanently filled with compressed gas. When you cock the airgun you further compress the gas inside so it can consistently power the piston and fire a pellet.

PROS/CONS: Nitro piston airguns have to be cocked before every shot, but they deliver consistent power over many shots while a spring can relax over time. Noise and vibration are also reduced with a Nitro Piston airgun.
Pneumatic
Also called variable pump airguns, these types of air rifles get filled via pump action. Some can be fired with just a single stroke, while others require more.
PROS/CONS: You need to pump these up for each shot.
CO2 -Powered
These use disposable cartridges as a power source. You load one into the airgun and then prime it so that each trigger pull releases a consistent amount of compressed gas.

PROS/CONS: These can be fired repeatedly without re-cocking. There’s no recoil, but the pressure will fluctuate as the cartridge gets depleted.
PCP
These types of air rifles use the same mechanism as pneumatic airguns, only they’re powered by a much larger, high-pressure reservoir.
 

GEAR UP

You’ll need a few things to get started:
  • For spring-piston and pump-action airguns, all you need is the gun and pellets. Read our pellet gun ammo guide for more insights.
  • If you opt for a CO2 airgun, you’ll need to add Powerlets®.
  • For a PCP airgun, you’ll need a filling solution.

FILL WITH HIGH-PRESSURE POWER

With the Right Help
Most PCP airgun reservoirs need to be filled to between 2000 and 4500 psi (pounds per square inch). That’s more than a standard home compressor can handle but, for a small fee, and with the right adaptor, you can swing by and get your Benjamin filled at a dive shop or paintball range. This works across all types of air rifles at Benjamin Airguns.
DIY
You can fill an airgun reservoir with a high-pressure hand pump. These use multi-stage compression to reach pressure. Filling an airgun with a hand pump is labor-intensive, but it’s relatively inexpensive.

A Benjamin Charging System Cylinder can be filled at a dive shop, and then you can use it to top off your airgun around six times before you’ll need to refill it.

Benjamin also offers two models of high-pressure air compressors:
  • The Traveler runs off a 12-volt battery—like the one in your car.
  • The Recharge is a plug-in model.
 

READY, AIM, FIRE!

Once you’ve made your choice from all the types of air rifles we have in stock, lined up your gear, and checked out our simple pellet gun ammo guide, there are only a few steps before you’re ready to fire a PCP airgun.

  • Fill your reservoir
  • Load your pellets
  • That's it.

If you’re following all applicable laws and all recommended safety precautions, you’re ready to shoot.

 

THE RIGHT AIRGUN FOR YOU

Airguns can be used in far more situations than a firearm.

While laws vary between states, in general, you can:
  • Use any type of air rifle without a license
  • Use one outside of firearm hunting seasons
  • Shoot them in places other than ranges.
Because airguns are quieter, your neighbors won’t complain, and you don’t need ear protection.
Airguns are less expensive to use.

While you might spend hundreds on 500 30-06 rounds, the same number of airgun pellets sell for $15. With more powerful, high caliber airguns now available, there are a dwindling number of situations in which only a firearm will do
 

RECOMENDATIONS

First Timers
If this is your first ever airgun, the Benjamin Marauder Pistol is perfect for beginners. We have different types of air rifles ideal for all experience levels.
Every Day Users
Everyday shooters will likely lean toward a more advanced airgun, such as a Benjamin Marauder or Akela, both of which come in a variety of calibers.
Big Game
If you’re after a bigger game, you’ll want either the Benjamin Bulldog (.457) or a Pioneer Airbow, which can fire 8 full-length arrows in the same amount of time it would take to fire three from a crossbow.
 
Benjamin puts the power in your hands—the power to make something yours, to live the way you want, and to walk tall the whole way. We already know what Benjamin airguns can do. It's what you can do with yours that we're ready to see. Explore our different types of air rifles and get the perfect ammo with our pellet gun ammo guide today.
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