Beeman Chief PCP Air Rifle Now Available
The new Beeman Chief PCP air rifle was launched at the 2017 SHOT Show in February this year.
HAM has already brought you details of prototype of this gun in previous posts.
However, now the first production models have arrived and we’ve checked-out the .22 caliber version.
Muzzle velocity of the Beeman Chief PCP air rifle inspected by HAM averages 848.64 FPS over 10 shots with 14.35 Grain JSB Exact pellets. This equates to 22.95 Ft/Lbs – a pretty healthy figure for hunting small game.
Of course, the Beeman Chief PCP air rifle does not feature a regulator. So, it’s no surprise to discover that the muzzle velocity drops steadily from the 870.79 FPS of the first shot as the pressure in the tube is reduced, shot-by-shot. This is shown in the following chart.
The manufacturer claims “up to 35” shots per 2,000 PSI fill of air for the Chief in .22 caliber. By shot 35, the sample tested by HAM had fallen to 626.29 FPS. That’s a reduction of nearly 30% on the initial muzzle velocity. It compares to the “up to 50 shots” per fill claimed for the .177 caliber model.
The production model examined by HAM featured a degassing capability that enables the pressure to be removed from the gun without “dry firing”. This is achieved by using the included degassing tool which screws into the rear plug of the pressure tube, pushed the hammer forward and opens the valve to let the air out. This is the same system as is used on Benjamin Discovery and Marauder air rifles.
At a Street Price of $179.99 – or less – the Beeman Chief PCP air rifle is competitive with the synthetic-stock Benjamin Maximus, but at a price point $50.00 below that of the Crosman air rifle. It offers more claimed shots per fill at about the same Muzzle Velocity and with a wood stock.
As such, the Chief represents yet another step in the improved price/performance of PCP air rifles that seems to be a feature of the current market.