Benjamin Gunnar PCP Air Rifle
The Benjamin Gunnar PCP air rifle first surfaced early in the year with its inclusion in the 2021 Velocity Outdoor dealer catalog.
(Incidentally, that’s not the same publication as the Crosman Air Power catalog that’s available for download from the crosman.com website.)
But now it’s clearly closer to customer availability as the Gunnar has recently been added to the Pyramyd Air and Airgun Depot websites. Don’t blame Velocity Outdoor for the delay. All companies in every type of industry have had new products held back as a result of the Pandemic and the supply chain issues it has caused worldwide.
HAM is anticipating availability before year end, 2021.
In the Velocity Outdoor catalog, the Benjamin Gunnar was slated as being available in .22 cal, .25 and also .45 caliber. However it looks as if the big bore model is not coming (at least not yet).
Another surprise is the price. At a Street Price of $1,000 (well, actually $999.99), this is uncharted territory for a .22/.25 caliber Benjamin air rifle. It places the Gunnar into competition with some big name, longtime favorites.
For example, the Daystate Huntsman starts at $1,195, the Weihrauch HW100 at $1,058, the Air Arms S500 at $1,109, Brocock Compatto at $999 and the FX Dreamline at $1,129.
That’s some pretty stiff competition! However Velocity Outdoor will doubtless take comfort from the fact that the Benjamin Bulldog has long sold spectacularly well at its price of $830 and up.
The Gunnar is a tactical-style PCP with a sidelever action. It has an adjustable regulator combined with external power adjuster. There’s the expected shrouded barrel, too.
The manufacturer’s specifications call for up to 1,000 FPS and 32 Ft/Lbs of Muzzle Energy in .22 caliber. That’s 900 FPS and 50 Ft/Lbs for the .25 caliber model.
No news yet on the consistent shot count that’s available from the 500 cc HPA bottle. But it should be good, in spite of having a – now low – fill pressure of 3,000PSI. That fill pressure is advantageous, however, if you plan on filling from a hand pump.
The Benjamin Gunnar PCP air rifle is provided with the security of the Velocity Outdoor 5-year limited warranty.