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The Benjamin Trail NP2 .22 Caliber Is "Backyard Quiet" After Breaking It In

The Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston 2 pellet gun in .22 Caliber is backyard quiet, accurate and powerful making it a great choice for hunters and doomsday preppers.
With only 28 lbs. cocking effort, the Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston 2 air rifle is easier to cock than most all other break barrel pellet guns.

Best, Most Accurate, Powerful & Quiet Pellet Gun For Hunting Small Game, Survival, SHTF & Doomsday Preppers - Benjamin Trail NP2 .22 Caliber

The Benjamin Trail NP2 air rifle is a high quality, very quiet, very powerful, and accurate pellet gun that is perfect for hunting, self defense, survival, and prepping. is reader-supported. When you buy via the links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. Learn more.

The Benjamin Trail NP2 All Weather Air Rifle ranks #8 in our Top Ten Best Air Rifles & Pellet Guns list.

Benjamin Trail NP2 Air Rifle - Quick Summary


  • Very Quiet, i.e., "backyard quiet". Once you break it in (approx. 100 to 200 shots), one of or perhaps the quietest small game hunting air rifles of all pellet guns in the Gas Piston and Spring Piston categories.

  • Easier to cock than most other break barrel rifles. Only 28 lb. cocking effort.

  • Very powerful for small game hunting with 26 ft/lbs of muzzle energy.

  • Decent adjustable 2-stage trigger.

  • Highly accurate.

  • Variable scope works very well (although some shooters would prefer a Mil Dot reticle).

  • Leave it cocked all day while you hunt.


  • On the heavy side. Right at 10lbs with scope.

  • Typical of most Spring Piston and Gas Piston guns, the NP2 is a little more prone to recoil requiring re-tightening of stock and scope screws when accuracy starts to wander.

  • Requires artillery hold when shooting. Not a big deal, just learn the technique.

Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston 2 Air Rifle with Scope (Realtree Camo)

The Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston 2 air rifle is very powerful with 26 FPE of muzzle energy for small game hunting and makes a great survival weapon.

Our Take (click to expand)

This is a high quality, very quiet, very powerful, and accurate pellet gun that is perfect for hunting small game. This particular model Benjamin Trail NP2 is a "break barrel" rifle with a nitro gas piston which makes it quieter than normal spring-piston pellet guns.

Also, the nitro gas piston allows you to cock the gun, and leave it cocked (and ready to fire) all day long without causing any issue, and you can shoot whenever you are ready to take a shot with no reduction in power. This makes the nitro gas piston rifle better for hunting when compared to normal spring-piston guns where you cannot leave them cocked and ready to fire for extended periods or you'll damage the spring.

Also with a nitro gas piston, there is no having to deal with cartridges or air pumps. Note that all gas piston air rifles are NOT created equal! The Nitro Piston 2 has it all over the original Nitro Piston and almost every other gas spring on the market. Most gas springs have a reputation of being hard to cock, but the NP2 put an end to that.

According to airgun writer Tom Gaylord, it's the easiest-cocking gas piston he's ever shot. We own this rifle and agree. But they didn't stop the improvements there. They also improved the trigger so it feels like it's been tuned! Imagine that: A factory trigger that breaks crisp and clean. It has a significantly lighter trigger-pull.

As long as they were making improvements, they decided to make a better and more effective integral sound suppression system that really is quiet. You'll notice an immediate difference between the sound from your Nitro Piston 2 air rifle and the older Nitro Piston guns or other brands.

As with any gas piston air rifle, you'll need to break it in with approximately 100 to 200 shots before it quiets down. This air rifle has plenty of knock down power for small sized game out to 50 plus yards. There's one more thing, and it's really important. This gun is highly accurate.

When Tom Gaylord tested a Nitro Piston 2 at an industry show, he commented that he hit everything he aimed at. Isn't that what you want to do? We thought so! So, let's add up what you'll get in this great package: Easy cocking, fantastic trigger, powerful, accurate, and less noise. And, it's assembled in the USA.

The Benjamin Trail with the Nitro Piston 2 isn't a dream -- it's a dream come true for small game hunting and for prepping / long term survival. Hunters and Doomsday Preppers will appreciate the Benjamin Trail NP2 Air Rifle for hunting animals such as turkeys, raccoons, possum, rabbits, squirrels, and birds.

Features & Warranty (click to expand)


    • Available in

      • 0.177" (4.5mm)

      • 0.22" (5.5mm)

    • Nitro Piston 2 (gas piston)

    • Improvements over the original Nitro Piston and/or most other gas pistons: 10-lb. reduction in cocking effort, 15% faster and double the effective shooting range

    • Breakbarrel

    • Blowback - No

    • Single-shot

    • Rifled steel barrel

    • Enhanced 2-stage trigger adjustable for take-up (CBT=Clean Break Trigger)

  • Includes CenterPoint Optics 3-9x32 scope and mount (unmounted)

    • Rail - Weaver/Picatinny optics rail

    • Manual safety

    • Ambidextrous black synthetic thumb hole stock

  • Textured grip and forearm

    • Recoil pad

    • Integral sound suppression system

  • Smoother cocking Smoother shooting

  • No spring torque/spring fatigue

    • Assembled in America!

1-year limited warranty

Specifications (click to expand)

Specifications - Benjamin Trail NP2 with 3-9x32 scope & mount - Caliber 0.22" (5.5mm) specs

  • 900 fps/lead pellets

  • 1,100 fps/alloy pellets

  • Max Velocity - 1100 fps

  • Muzzle Energy - 26 ft/lbs

  • 28 lbs. cocking effort

  • Loudness 2-Low-Medium

  • Overall Length 46.25"

  • 15.75" barrel (4" shroud makes it look longer)

  • 8.3 lbs. (without scope/mount, which will add about 1.5 lbs.)

  • Stock - Synthetic

  • Grip - Ambidextrous

Sample Amazon & Pyramid Air Feedback (click to expand)

"Stupid not to get this one. It's almost boring hunting anymore. It's too accurate."

"Got this guy for Christmas along with the Crossman destroyer pellets and not only is the gun super accurate, when I shot an orange the whole thing blew up and there were pieces of it everywhere (I was about 15 yards out) I definitely recommend this gun for hunting or even just plinking even though​ this guy has way more power than needed for plinking."

"Excellent Pellet Gun. I don't care what any other review has to say. This pellet gun is the best break barrel I have ever shot. If you are looking for a gun that will put down rabbits, squirrels, and even raccoons (with good shot placement) at 30+ yards, this is the one for you. This gun shoots excellently with Crosman Domed Premier Pellets. Much more quiet than any break barrel I shot before, and is almost a tack driver at 30 yards. Sure, the scope isn't that excellent, but I bought a Monstrum 3-9X32 scope with illuminated reticle and integrated laser, and I am set. That scope was under $50. Besides, if you are buying a $270 pellet gun, you probably want to pick your own scope anyways. The trigger does the job, and I will definitely play with the trigger pull as the days go by. Excellent pellet gun. I would buy this again in a heartbeat."

(Review of Benjamin NP2 Wood version): "This is one hard hitting weapon. It is heavy, but I found the fit and finish to be excellent. I use it to eliminate tree rats. The included scope is more than adequate for my purposes. I sighted the weapon in at 35 yards. At 35 yards, it will hold a one inch pattern a shooting rest. Free hand is worse at about 2 inches. At 65 yards freehanded, it did 4 inches. The first 25 shots were loud, but it has steadily gotten quieter and I can now shoot it without the neighbors even noticing. As of right now, I don't see a better value in a pellet rifle. This is a serious piece of hunting equipment."

"Awesome gun! accurate and the new trigger is great! If you are on the fence get one you won't regret it."

"This gun is very accurate and priced below the competition I am very pleased with this purchase."

"What a nice rifle. It was everything as described. Nice fit, accurate, and functions great. Unless your shooting competition this is all the rifle you need."

"Was shipped fast and it shoots great very nice pellet gun , I've never had a pellet gun shoot 50 yards and hit bottles so easy."

(Review of Benjamin NP2 Wood version): "THIS GUN IS AMAZING. I got it to shoot in my backyard and occasionally I go hunting with it. I shoot at a distance of about 100 ft. and can get tight 1" groupings. This gun is really easy to cock and very quiet when shooting. The new CBT trigger is smooth and makes the world of difference when squeezing the trigger. The gun has a nice wooden stock which feels sturdy in your hands and looks great.. I'm 14 years old and my dad bought this gun for me. I couldn't have gotten a better gun. You will not be sorry if you get this gun."

Where To Find - Check Availability and Prices at Airgun Depot, Pyramid Air and Amazon.

The following video provides accuracy testing and how to aim the Benjamin Trail NP2 air rifle at different distances, and includes a valuable chart that will improve your accuracy.

The video below demonstrates the Benjamin Trail NP2 (cleaning the barrel, plus accuracy testing).

Note: The following video shows a successful Turkey Hunt with the Benjamin Trail NP2 pellet gun.

Caution & Warning

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