Review of the Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle

my family survival Review of the Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle

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The Benjamin Titan GP is an excellent foraging tool for small game.

Some of you may remember reading my last air gun review, in that review, I found the Crosman Titan GP to be lacking in dependable on target accuracy. As stated in my review, the results could have been due to a poor quality rifle from the lot, and not a representation of the rifles themselves.

Because of my first experience with the Crosman Titan GP, I was excited when Pyramyd Air offered to send me the Benjamin Titan GP Nitro Piston .22 Caliber Air Rifle for review. As far as I can tell the Benjamin Titan GP is the exact same rifle as the Crosman Titan GP except for the name.

Reviewing this new rifle would give me a chance to compare the two and perhaps vindicate this line of air rifles. Let’s get started…

Shipping from Pyramyd Air was prompt with the product being delivered in under a week. The rifle came well packaged with the rifles factory box discreetly placed inside a plain brown cardboard box.

The first thing I noticed when opened the box and removed the rifle was that the Benjamin Titan GP sported a darker finish on the stock than the previously reviewed Crosman. I prefer a darker finish on all of my rifles, so the Benjamin Titan GP was already one up on the Crosman.

In my experience air rifles of this type tend to be on the heavy side and the Benjamin Titan GP was no exception weighing in at 8.50 lbs (a standard Ruger 10/22 weighs 5.00 lbs.) It would be great if air gun manufactures could get the weight down on this rifle to less than 6.00 lbs.

Perhaps they could do this by shortening the barrel and redesigning the stock (the rifle has an overall length of 47.00″) but then, I’m not an air gun designer or manufacturer so I don’t know the technical specifics to such changes or the effects they would have on the performance of the rifle.

Cocking the rifle was easy in one smooth motion of the single shot breakbarrel after tapping the barrel with the palm of my hand, and required little physical effort. The technical specifications listed by pyramydair.com on their product page states; that the rifle takes 31 lbs of effort to cock, which isn’t a problem for most people, but it could be problematic for someone with advanced age or a disability.

The Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle features a 19 inch fully rifled barrel and a muzzle brake, both with a nice looking deep blued-steel finish. I also have a Ruger .177 caliber air rifle and comparatively the finish on both the metal and stock is much nicer on the Titan GP.

As with most air rifles of this type, the Titan GP has no iron sights but the rifle is grooved for mounting an optical sight and comes packaged with a CenterPoint Optics 4×32 scope & mount kit. I think the addition of a good set of metal sights would greatly add to the overall functionality and dependability of the rifle.

But as a rule, I prefer all of my rifles to have the choice of iron sights as well as scope mounting with see through mounts. Scopes can break, become fogged, lose zero etc., and the ability to quickly change from one sighting option to the other without losing the target aids greatly to the utility of any rifle.

The Titan GP features an ambidextrous thumb-hole stock with dual raised cheekpieces, and while well designed, I found the reach from the grip to the trigger to be a bit long. But, this would not be a problem for shooters with larger hands or longer fingers. Even with the longer reach to the trigger from the grip, I had no problem pulling the trigger or shooting the rifle.

The rifle also comes with a 2-stage adjustable trigger for fine tuning to the needs of each shooter, however I found the factory setting to be very good for my needs so I left the settings as is. But, adjustment is an option and a welcome addition that I’m sure many will find very useful.

One of the main selling points of the Benjamin Titan is the Nitro Piston system and a velocity of up to 950 FPS. The Nitro Piston offers a several advantages over rifles with a metal mainspring system, such as smoother cocking, no spring fatigue, reduced vibration, functions better in cold weather and the Nitro Piston system is also much quieter.

In fact, the Titan is noticeably quieter than my other air rifles, and is much quieter than my Ruger air rifle which is the loudest of the lot.

Sighting-in and accuracy

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I shot this target from 15 yards - it measures just less than 1 inch including the flyer.

After plinking away the first one hundred shot break-in period that is recommended by the manufacture, I tacked up a target at 25-yards from my shooting table and went to work fine tuning the CenterPoint Optics 4×32 scope to match the precise point of on target impact. After several shots and a few clicks of adjustment, shots where center of zero with 5 shot groups averaging 1 1/4 inches.

After sighting the scope to match the rifles point of impact, I decided to do a couple of tests to see what the penetration capabilities of the rifle are. Using Crosman hollow point hunting pellets (the only type available at my local Wal-mart) the penetration was better than I had expected, with the pellet penetrating through both sides of a full can a cream corn at 15 yards.

A hunting we will go

Last weekend, I decided to take the Titan GP small hunting in the woods that surround my property. After walking about 75 yards, I spotted a nice gray-squirrel on a tree branch at about 20 yards. I slowly moved the rifle up to my shoulder into a shooting position and pushed the safety forward and off-safe with my index finger.

After centering the CenterPoint Optics 4×32 scope on the squirrels neck, I gently squeezed the trigger releasing the shot. The animal jumped and fell to the ground dead with the pellet completely penetrating the body and exiting through the other side.

Final Thoughts

The Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle is a great survival tool that will allow you to quietly and effectively take small game out to 25 yards, without alerting neighbors or giving away your location.

I would replace the CenterPoint Optics 4×32 scope with a better and more versatile air gun optic such as the Leapers Golden Image  and add a sling such as the Gamo Gun Buddy air rifle sling.

For less than $170 the Benjamin Titan GP .22 caliber air rifle is hard to beat and is a recommended addition to you survival preps…

Comments

  1. templar knight says:

    Great review, MD. You made the salient point when you noted the size of these things. As for effectiveness, ease of use, noice levels, cost of shooting, etc. I love air rifles, and I don’t think a serious prepper should be without one, better to have two. But I am like you, I just wish they were smaller and lighter. I hope your review gets these companies to do just that, make them shorter and much lighter.

  2. I bought a Gamo .177 Air Rifle and up until the Scope cross hair seemed to dislodge and skew about 15 degrees to the left, I was very pleased with. I am out of the warrentee(how convenient) they won’t replace the scope. I am going to buy the Hammer that you suggest.

    Thanks for this review. I hope to buy one once I get the Gamo back in working order.

    Carl

  3. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    I used to be into air rifles in a big way, the springers (barrel cocking) seem to be heavy as a rule. The lightest model I am aware of is the long discontinued Beeman C1, the C standing for carbine. About 30-30 Winchester lever length and weight, its a honey of a carry gun. I still have mine and it ain’t for sale! If you want light, a pump Benjamin 397 (.177) , 392 (.22) or the Sheridan are probably your best bets. Not as accurate, but far more lighter and shorter, inside 30 yards with a good hold, you will likely gain some meat or kill vermin.

    My other springers are long and heavy, the biggest is my RWS 350 Magnum, something very similar to what you just reviewed. About 4′ long and nearly 10 pounds scoped (heavier than my Garand for Pete’s sake!) but is it ever accurate. Its a .22 and really puts pellets in tight little groups, its a rabbit killer, but meant I think for shooting off your porch. Walking around – a bit too much. Or maybe I’m just getting old. About 36 pounds of cocking – and if you let go, it will hurt the rifle and likely yourself – don’t ever plan on trying that trick! I have had an RWS 45 .177 for nearly 30 years now. I used to have ‘mouse safari’ in my backyard, as my brother used to raise racing pigeons, and small predators used to gather around. Smoking a Camel and taking a stand near dusk, I killed a lot of rats on the roof, power line wires and trees – cats were very happy for the free vittles. :^)

    Thanks for the review sir.

  4. I concur with the remarks about air guns. I have a .22 in my preps and consider it an integral part of my equipment. My grandson also has a .22 and we have killed small game and varmints with them. A must have IMO.

  5. Yep! Gotta have one of these. I used to hang soda cans in the trees in my yard. They made great real world target practice. I can’t believe I don’t have an air rifle now.

    • I had a customer at work who was a prosecutor for california state and he liked to shoot squirrels in his backyard with a crossman bb gun.

  6. Bought a refurbished Gamo shadow express because I liked the shot shell aspect of it. Shoots a little shot shell with like 15-20 #9 shot in it and they will go through a can at 10-15 yards. Also shoots 22 cal pellets and is pretty accruate, does not have scope mounts but I can still get a group within 2 inch square at 15 -20 yards. At 1000 fps it will shoot pretty far and will bury a 22 cal pellet half into a 2×4 at 15 yards. Just got this one to mess around with to see how I like it and will probably bet another better model with scope. All in all for $100 not a bad deal.. I do agree that in a SHTF or TEOTWAWNO situation having a way to get some game silently will be essential.

  7. I own 3 .177 pellet rifles, One is a cheap Crosman with a Tasco scope I mounted on it. It has taken many squirrels over the years and is still my son’s choice when ever he wants to do some plinking around the house. The other two air rifles I own are both scoped Gamo .177’s. Bothe rifles are very accurate and have taken many squirrels, rabbits, ground hogs and racoons.

    IMHO a good air rifle is a great addition to your tools when TSHTF to put food in the stew pot. Ammo is cheap and practicing with an air rifle will not break the bank.

  8. Thank you for that review MD. Any comparisons to other air rifles that you have had in the past that were worth noting?

  9. Very good review, thanks as always for the info and all you do.

  10. axelsteve says:

    I never really thought of a air gun for some reason. My Dad has an old Benjamin pump that I sold him for 10 $ 30 or so years ago.I bought it for 10 dollars at a garage sale for 10 dollars and put the scope on a 22. I wonder if he still has it in his closet. i think that I will look into it.Daisy airguns were orijanily a throw in when you bought a windmill. They quit making windmills and kept on making the airgun.

  11. Ron (on the Rio) says:

    Sounds great nut what I want to know MD, is how did you fix the squirrel?

  12. Another good one that isn’t made anymore is the Winchester 190 . Old but good .

  13. rather have a pellet gun than a 22 . powerful and quiet if you get the right model.

  14. Jarhead 03 says:

    Great article. I own a Daisy Powerline 856 .177 pump, an RWS .22 and a Gamo with interchangeable .177 and .22 barrels and love them all. If I bought another I would consider this rifle.

    I have used them all for pest and varmit control and hunting rabbit and squirrel. The RWS has dropped one coyote. Firearms are great but not only are air rifle fun but they are effective tools in a preppers inventory.

  15. Just a thought for those of you, who like me, want to aquire some firearms, but don’t have the money upfront to buy one. I talked to my local firearms shop to ask if they had a layaway plan – they said for only 30 days because the gun had to be purchased, but they were out the money for a long time.

    So I thought about it, and asked if we could do a layaway, where it did not involve a ‘specific’ gun, more like a gun savings account, and order or purchase the exact gun once I had enough money in my “savings” and they agreed.

    That made it great for me, because I wanted a .45 glock (the full sized one), and did not think it would be easy for me to save up $625 here at the house (it’s always something!) The choice of a .45 firearm is to standardize on ammo with the rest of the family, so we onl have to stock up on shotgun shells, .22 and .45, and not 15 different kinds.

    • Jarhead 03 says:

      Michele⁠, you are right on about consolidating ammo and firearms. Selling my 9mm, 380 and .308 allowed me to consolidate and concentrate on .22, .45, .223, 7.62×39 and 12 Gauge. Using the same storage area and having more ammo is more of less than less of more. I just picked up a Glock 21 to add to my 1911 and Ruger P90.

      Nice things about an air rifle is they are cheaper, not as loud, pellets are available at any sporting goods shop and no registration involved.

  16. blindshooter says:

    Now you done it! I want another air gun I only have one old .177 pump rifle that was all rusty when I got it out of a trash can at the beach about 25 years ago. I’ll keep your review in mind.
    thanks…….

  17. I can barely handle the Mossberg in my bedroom closet. We have it in case of intruders when my DH isn’t home. I’ve been wanting to catch some small game for stews and crockpot meals! I’ve butchered chicken; is small game much different?

    Thanks for the review, MD! I will definitely be looking into air rifles. Sounds like something I can handle… Dumb rookie question, but would an air rifle scare a person away from my property and/or pack enough power to stop someone trying to hurt me?

    • Scout,

      “would an air rifle scare a person away from my property and/or pack enough power to stop someone trying to hurt me?”

      No one likes being shot and would seek cover no matter if you are shooting with a centerfire rifle or an air rifle. But I suggest you buy a shotgun or centerfire rifle for home / property defense and don’t forget training. As for this air rifle packing enough power to stop someone… that depends on a lot of factors, such as distance and shot placement. These rifles do have enough power to kill a human attacker especially if the shot was to the head or neck area.

      • Having read your earlier post about the Crosman Titan I was pleased to read this latest one. I have the Benjamin .22 version also (by the way, the part number on my barrel is the Crosman part number; I think the two are identical in every way except that there is no .177 Benjamin Titan). I am replying here because I appreciate what you say about the lethality of these air guns; they are not toys. I think it best to gain some reasonable knowledge about any weapon (or other tool) and determine in advance where and how that tool is most useful. That said, if I only had a decent air gun in a immanently seriously threatening situation, I would make the best shot I could.

    • Scout,
      Small game is butchered similar to a chicken. Split open the breast and removes everything from the esophagus to the anus, perhaps saving the heart or liver. Unlike a chicken which you probably pluck, you should be able to peel off the skin, fur and all.

      An air rifle might scare someone away, but the problem occurs if they call your bluff. An air rifle would perhaps be better than nothing, but any small caliber firearm will generally be ineffective in incapacitating someone quickly enough. A well placed shot could kill someone, generally through loss off blood, but will most likely allow them time to inflict damage on you before their demise. Better than nothing, but definitely not a really good choice IMHO.

  18. Well ever since reading this yesterday I’ve been doing a bunch of reading on air rifles and I am definately going to get one but you know how one click leads to another. Now I’m interested in slingshots also. There are people getting 250 fps out of some of them. MD ,have you ever done any hunting for small game with a sling shot?

    • Bctruck,
      Yes. I’m a fair shot with a sling shot, but taking small game is still difficult past a few yards. A blow-gun is more accurate, for me anyway.

    • Jarhead 03 says:

      Bc, I have used a slingshot for on a rabbit but was pretty close thinking it was used to people being around since it was on a hiking trail near a local college. Like M.D. said, the blow gun works well but some states restrict them. I have to go to Arizona or Nevada for bolts and darts for them.

      • I have found a good supply of blow-gun darts from Cheaperthandirt.com and BudK.com. I found some nice stun darts, blunted ends, that worked well in keeping Woodpeckers off the house without killing them. Cold Steel makes an awesome hunting blow-gun, more expensive but for the $, silent and effective.

        • Jarhead 03 says:

          Pineslayer, thanks for the info! I love blow guns and own a few but can’t have anything shipped to my state so I guess its an out of state run.

  19. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    The really great thing about air guns is hardly any restrictions on them. You want to put a rifle stock on a pistol for very compact – no can do without Fed permit, but with an air gun – no problem! Carry in vehicle – sure, why not. Non powder burning so firing within city limits – often can be done with no problems and GREAT for backyard practice.

    I wonder if while bugging out, a short air rifle makes some sense to carry. You wouldn’t be hunting large game (short on time to process large amounts of meat) but for rabbit or even ‘tweety birds’ to add to flavor on cup on stove, maybe just right.

  20. I have some Daisy 499 competition rifles, known as “the world’s most accurate BB gun”, as well as several slingshots and a blowgun; however, I had never thought of a high velocity air rifle as a survival hunting tool. This forum gives me a lot of ideas, and unfortunately helps me budget and spend a lot of money LOL. I guess I need to do some research in this area and add it to my wish list.

  21. Richard H says:

    I have a personal preference towards the smaller and lighter 177 caliber of air rifles. This does come with some trade offs but in my opinion is well worth it.
    Pros-much less bullet drop over distances(high velocity-low surface area)
    greater penetration, lower weight of ammunition (about half as much) cheaper ammunition (obviously),
    Cons- Higher velocity means louder and while they are still much quieter than normal firearms I would deeply suggest a nitro piston for 177 rifles. Also they can over penetrate a target if it’s very small.

  22. Dan in Oklahoma says:

    I own one and it is good for silent creeping and stalking. as long as your ten yards for a good shot.

  23. I have a Crossman 760 pump master and it has taken birds and squirrels. It has the “iron” fiber optic sights on the barrel but, a scope is the best way to shoot straight.

    Btw, I hope Benjamin lets you review their .357 sized air rifle. I would like to hear about the electronic trigger adjustment. Want to see more of the Benjamin Rogue? Type “357 air rifle” into Cabala’s search box. The “air” rifle is $1299.99 and the high pressure tire pump is $199.99. There is a high pressure (4,500psi) tank that is carbon wrapped. The “bullets” are 90 grain HP, 145gr. w/ballistic tip and 175gr round nose.

    If anything, this is the air rifle I am considering.

  24. Why was that Crossman Nitro piston poor as compared to the Beeman?
    Don’t they come off the same assembly line?
    Was there something loose with your scope mounts or whatever.
    I locktite my scope mounts to the rail to avoid shift.
    I also give the barrel a good “Flitz Polishing” before initial shooting.
    I never use a brass brush in a 22 barrel. However, if I had to it would be in one direction only from rear to front.
    Also It is a good idea to stand the rifle on its muzzle and brush so that the Flitz polish only goes as far as the muzzle and does not actually exit from the muzzle. Any wear around the muzzle will destroy accuracy and will require a recrown of the muzzle.
    Jim