Benjamin Discovery Air Rifle From Crosman

Posted By on July 22, 2009

Dallon holding gun 2By: Ray Walters.

The air gun is, and has been for generations, an icon in the shooting industry. The first air rifles hit the American public in the mid-1800s most notably, when the Daisy Windmill Company used an inexpensive BB gun as a promotional gimmick to get the mid-western farmers to buy their windmills. An air rifle was given away with each windmill and the demand for this simplest of all guns started to surpass the windmill market and Daisy soon devoted most of their production resources to making air guns.                              (Dallin, 15-years old, Junior Shooters gun tester)

However, one must remember that the air rifle had been in use for many years prior to that and history records the pneumatic rifle being used to take game by the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition at the beginning of the 19th Century.

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                                       (The Bejnamin Discovery from Crosman)

CrosmanLogo editAs a youngster in rural Southwest Idaho, I received my first BB gun on my sixth birthday and was never without one for the next four years when, instead of my usual BB rifle Christmas present, my dad gave me a brand new Benjamin pneumatic pump .177 caliber rifle which was my constant companion until it was lost when I moved my family to a new home in the early 1970s.

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                      (Hayden, 14-years old, another Junior Shooters gun tester)

That wonderful little rifle accounted for literally thousands of pellets going down range as both a target shooting and training tool as well as taking innumerable pests and small game including birds, ground squirrels, rabbits, and the like. I was truly saddened by the loss of that old friend.

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Today there are several suppliers of air rifles, both American made and imported. The prices are as varied as the types, styles, and manufacturers, with entry level guns going for less than $50 up to Olympic competition quality guns running in the thousands of dollars. Most of us will never handle, much less fire a true, top end target air rifle, but usually opt for more modestly priced guns that are both accurate and reliable.benjamin_lg_edit

right side frame with logo & boltOne such gun that I have been trying out for the past several months is Benjamin’s new Pellets 1Discovery air rifle from Crosman that has some very innovative features that make it one of the handiest air rifles that I have seen.

The rifle sent to Junior Shooters is chambered to fire .177 caliber pellets. Weighing in at about six pounds and featuring an oil finished walnut stock, the Discovery is not nearly as bulky and heavy as many of today’s air guns. Set with Tru-Glo sights, rear and front. Front sight 3

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PumpThis single-shot rifle is very unique with its duel air charging system. The basic rifle comes with a low-volume, high-pressure hand pump that looks very much like the old style bicycle tire pumps that your parents probably grew up with. ConnectorsFeaturing a quick-disconnect coupling below the muzzle, the pump attaches easily to the rifle and the internal air tank is charged by utilizing the hand pump. On the underside of the stock is a gauge that shows the pressure remaining in the air tank and can be easily checked to see what the pressure level is simply by turning the rifle over. The tank, when fully charged, will supply enough reserve air pressure to fire approximately 50 shots before recharging is required. While charging the tank does take several minutes and a fair amount of physical labor (approximately 100 pumps when the tank is empty), the convenience of not needing to worry about the air supply for 50 shots is well worth it.

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Now, I need to explain the duel air supply aspect. That comes in the form of an optional CO2 air tank and supply kit that allows you to charge the rifle air tank in a matter of a few minutes with little or no work. Simply connect the CO2 tank to the rifle’s tank with the adapter kit, turn on the valve and you have a charged rifle. This is a great idea that is perfect for those who want to work less and shoot more.

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Hollow point pelletsWhen testing the rifle for accuracy I found the Benjamin Discovery to be similar to most of the guns that I have tested in this price range. Firing the supplied Benjamin round-nose, hollow-point pellets from a Caldwell Lead Sled rest, five, five-shot groups at 25-yards averaged just over one-inch. Velocity, as registered on my Pro-Chrony was a very impressive 1,000 feet-per-second. With that type of accuracy and velocity, the Benjamin Discovery is just about the perfect all around air rifle, with good accuracy for target shooting and plinking, and ample power for pest and small game hunting. All-in-all this is one fine little rifle.

Go to to check out the discovery and their other great new air rifles including the new NPSS and their new CH2009 PCP competition air rifle approved by the (Civilian Marksmanship Program) CMP.


It has been approved for use as a Sporter Class air rifle by the National Three Position Air Rifle Council. Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), Gary Anderson, said that Council approval of the Crosman Challenger PCP as a legal Sporter Class air rifle means that the Council has determined that it fulfills all basic rulebook standards for price, caliber, velocity, weight, configuration, dimensions, sights and adjustment capabilities.

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Copyright & Published By: Junior Shooters & Junior Sports Magazine, Inc. July 2009

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6 Responses to “Benjamin Discovery Air Rifle From Crosman”

  1. i am inquiring because i am involved with Camp Dudley, a YMCA camp that at present uses 22’s and would like to at least look at converting to Air Rifles. We would like to compare as to safety, cost, etc. We serve young boys ages 12 to 15 in our target shooting program. Any information that you could provide us would be very helpful. Thanking you in advance I am Ben nelson

  2. Hi Ben,
    I would contact Crosman directly. This rifle is really great and reasobable cost. Crosman also has a new rifle called the Challenger that we will be covering very soon with an article posted on the website. If you got to our website at on the Home Page and look at the right sidebar scroll down just a little bit and you will see an ad for BENJAMIN click on the ad and it will take you to their site and you can view their products, really awesome.
    The new rifle, the Challenger, is approved by the NRA as a airgun for the SPORTER Class and would be a great one for you. You can also call Crosman (Benjamin) at (585) 657-6161 and ask for Laura Evans. Please tell her where you saw the article on the Discovery.

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  5. tak the bolt and sights and pressure guage location put them on your discovery,..along with a conversion kit ,a clip or auto index rotary mag like the marauder,..sell a bipod and a sling for the price,..i use my discovery daily the guage is irritating its location not good…my stock sights were um,,less,for the cost, than good,. and once scoped, this rifle is tough to quickly reload,.i have made several shots,on varmints,.last long one was 276 ft .177 semi hollow point discovery ammo is the best 1000 fps dont lie,.wish crosman would sell this stuff i mentioned, if you know any body who does contact me

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