June 26, 2016

Outdoor Gear Review Opportunity – this is NOT Ralphie’s BB Gun!

Our Gear Review Opportunity this week comes to you from the fine folks at Crosman.  They have graciously donated a Benjamin Trail NP XL 1100 Air Rifle. This is decidedly not the gun that Ralphie desires in my favorite Christmas movie.  The Trail NP XL1100 features a handsome, checkered, hardwood stock.  The stunning 30 ft-lbs of muzzle energy, and shot velocities of up to 1100 fps* make this break barrel air rifle the ultimate choice for successful small game hunting and/or target shooting.  Specs for this gun are:

Model Number
Power Source
Nitro Piston
.22 caliber
up to 1100 fps
Weight (oz)
8.8 lbs.
Length (in)
48.25 in
Barrel Material
Bull Barrel

This gun is recommended for Small Game Hunting, Large Pest Control, Small Pest Control, and Target Shooting.  Retail value – $359

A few “fine points” :

1)  I am not sure if the gun comes with the scope or not.  I’ll try to find out and will post as an amendment.

2)  I have a favor to ask all of our International air gun fans.  For this offering, please refrain from commenting.  We are working with a number of Air Rifle companies to do a “UK only” offering in the future, but some more details need to be worked out.  Be patient – we’ve got somethings coming for you folks too!

The evolution of air rifles has been astonishing in recent years.  Growing up, I had a lever action BB Gun that looked like my Dad’s old Winchester Model 94 .30-.30.  When I shot the BB from that gun, you could watch the BB arc out  and plummet to earth. It was, in my eyes, great.  I didn’t have another air rifle until 2 years ago.  That gun was a pump action, and was (and still is) deadly accurate.  Then I went to a break barrel – like this offering – and came to realize what air guns are all about.  If you haven’t experienced these modern marvels, you need to throw your hat in the ring for this one.

Before you pull that comment trigger: Gear Review Opportunity is open to OBN Members with an Active Blog on the Outdoor Blogger Directory. By Commenting on this Entry you confirm you have read the Reviewer Guidelines and agree to the terms and conditions. Comments will be accepted until Sunday at 5 p.m. MST. Winning comment (s) will be selected by the Random Number Generator and announced here on the OBN.



  1. 1

    I’m not an air gun guy; how much damage will this inflict on the dogs (and/or their owners) that leave presents on my front lawn? If they’re able to limp away, consider this my entry.

    • 2

      You can withdraw my entry. All this legal mumbo jumbo makes my head spin. I’ll stick to fishing giveaways. Plus, I’m not sure the the trash truck will help dispose of the french poodle carcass.

  2. 3

    I have just the thing to test this out. I’ve had two tree services advise me to “thin out” the squirrel population in my Siberian Elm.

    Count me in for this one!

  3. 4

    I shoot my Gamo almost every day. Would love to give the Crosman a try and compare.

  4. 5

    I’ve got a squirrel hunt in January with this thing’s name written all over it. Please count me in on this review opportunity.



  5. 6

    I don’t own a Crosman, but would be willing to give ‘er a go. Looks like a decent air rifle for someone to review.

  6. 7

    I would love to test this thing out on some ground squirrels on my next hog hunt. Count me in!

  7. 8

    Count me in…I actually hope to win one of these opportunities one day…I have my fingers crossed!


  8. 9

    definately not ralphies bb gun!

  9. 10

    So is it a BB gun or a .22 air rifle? Regardless, I’m game.


  10. 11

    Please be aware that the laws regarding firearms ( which in some states includes “air rifles” and certainly .22 caliber rifles) may vary. Folks need to make sure, especially in this day and age of greatly heightened security( read: Big Brother) that it is legal for them to accept, possess and operate this weapon before asking OBN or the manufacturer to send it to them. Not tooting my own horn, because I know there are alot of firearms knowledgeable folks on OBN, but I have some knowledge about firearms related matters….and the laws vary in each state regarding the sale, transfer or gifting of weapons.
    Just FYI. ( PS – I can’t use this, so I’m not in….just trying to help out…)

  11. 12

    I have a lower end .22 Crosman to dispatch bunnies in my garden. I would love to try this one out to see if it’s any more accurate.

    Great score, OBN. Keep up the good work!

  12. 13

    I love small caliber guns and shoot on a regular basis. I would totally love to shoot this gun let alone be the proud owner of one.
    This is my entry for a chance to win.
    @-Rebecca & Joe- You guys have one hell of a thing going over here, just want to say props and keep it up!

  13. 14

    Between the range and the squirrels – I know we can put this gun to the test. I also agree that OBN is not only an incredible resource….it is just an awesome site. Thanks for what you do!

  14. 15

    I want me some of that!!!!

  15. 17

    I’ve only shot handguns, so would love to try this out!

  16. 18

    I’d like to give this a try. A friend gave me a Beeman and a Sheridan, both almost 50 years old. Would be interesting to see how they compare. Okay, interesting to me anyway.

  17. 19

    OK. I’m in. I have a friend who lives on the OBX that has a similar one and he loves it. I think he uses his to kill some of the Nutria that invade his property.

    I can certainly use it to cull some of the squirrels here.

    Come on lucky number nineteen!

    **Admin edit** Make that, lucky number 18!! I deleted a comment of mine from earlier. Soo…..come on 18, for JM ~ Rebecca

  18. 20

    I live right down the road from their headquarters (where they make them). They are definitely the real deal. Count me in! Thanks guys.

  19. 21

    Coutnt me in. I have shot a similar air rifle before and they are definitely not playthings for a Christmas Story. I would love to give it a shot… pun fully intended.

  20. 22

    Put my name in the hat please. I’m sure we could find some pesky critters out here in CO to take care of. thanks!

  21. 23

    Oh, my … since the days of my youth spent chasing squirrels with a Crosman .760 Powermaster, I’ve had a thing for Crosman air rifles. Truthfully, I likely spend more time shooting BBs and pellets than I do shooting and hunting with my other guns. I’ve promised the kids a squirrel hunt in February, and this would be an excellent opportunity to review good squirrel gun. Consider this my entry comment. Thanks, Crosman, for using OBN to get the word out. You won’t be disappointed!

  22. 24

    I’m game… grouse and bunnies watch out!

  23. 25

    Count me in I could use an air rifle. My wife may enjoy it too.

  24. 26

    Count me in. I have a Beeman that I use when I go shopping for ingredients for my famous rabbit pot pie. A scope? Oh man….


  25. 27

    Well there was just NO way I couldn’t put my name in the hat for this one. Here’s why:

    1- I ♥ shootin’ stuff, I won’t lie. Be it cans, targets, squirrels- Oh I ♥ to shoot squirrels! Little (Bleep-a-dee-bleep-bleeps!)
    2- Here in WI we love guns, so shipping to my place will be No Problem!
    3- It would be nice to actually have my OWN gun
    4- Did I mention I ♥ shootin’ stuff?

    Please count this chick in!

  26. 28

    Count me in. I am always looking for ways to keep in practice for the hunting season and this would certainly help out with that.

  27. 29

    The dad and boy in this family are very excited at the idea of going squirrel shooting. Currently the only air gun in our house is a Daisy Red Rider owned by the 6 year old. Dad is crossing his fingers.

  28. 30

    As trained, certified, and multiple awarded expert shooter in the United States Marine Corps, I can guarantee that I would put this air rifle through a vigorous field test. Definitely count me in on this one.

  29. 31

    I am IN! That looks like just the medicine I need to deal with my squirrel problem and turn it into some spicy mulligatawny soup.

  30. 32

    I’m in as well. My wife who hated guns before she met me is now hopelessly addicted to target shooting so this could be another gun for her to master.

  31. 33

    This looks like a really great gun for survival situations!

  32. 34

    If its not too late. I’m in.

    • 35

      Sorry Matt, we have indeed cut off the comment entries and now announced a winner for this air rifle. Check back this Weds to see what the next gear review item is going to be!

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