Benjamin Bulldog Big Bore Air Rifle
Launched at SHOT Show
Benjamin Airguns, the premium hunting brand of Crosman Corporation, has taken the leash off what’s expected from an airgun with the announcement of their new big bore, the Bulldog .357 air rifle. Lighter, more maneuverable and featuring over 30 inches of rail space for accessorizing, the Bulldog is lethally effective on predators, large hogs, trophy whitetail, and as professional hunter Ian Harford has proven, even African plains game.
“The Benjamin Bulldog performed flawlessly on my safari in South Africa. We were successful on several species, all with a single shot and none requiring a track of more than 70 yards. The Bulldog is an amazingly compact, powerful weapon and surprisingly affordable,” said Harford.
The Bulldog is offered in a bullpup configuration that allows for an overall length of only 36 inches and a weight under eight pounds. And created for the Bulldog is the Benjamin SoundTrap, a trapezoid shaped shroud designed for big bore sound suppression.
“We created the Bulldog to respond to the growing demand for more powerful, higher caliber airguns,” said Jennifer Lambert, VP marketing for Crosman. “The Bullpup style allows us to give hunters that power, but still offers maximum balance and maneuverability.”
By moving the breech rearward, the barrel length necessary to generate large game-capable power is preserved while reducing the overall length for balanced handling.
Today’s trophy hunters outfit their rifles with a range of optics, cameras, night vision gear and bipods. The Bulldog can accommodate all these and more with 26 inches of picatinny rail above the barrel and 5.5” inches below the muzzle
An all new 5-shot magazine design is easier to load and provides visual confirmation when full or empty. The flush fit into the stock means no interference when aiming. An efficient sidelever bolt enables a single cocking motion, providing quick followup shots, and a crisp, two-stage trigger delivering the predictability hunters demand. The side-mounted pressure gauge is conveniently located for reading during filling and for monitoring while in the field. The Bulldog includes standard sling posts for easy carry.
Jim Shockey, professional hunter and host of “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures” and “Jim Shockey’s UNCHARTED”, is excited about hunting with the Bulldog, “the Benjamin Bulldog is a versatile, accurate, and affordable option for hunters interested in the challenge of airgun hunting. The range of game that can be taken with the Bulldog will have you hunting all year long.”
The Benjamin Bulldog delivers consistent five-shot groups of nearly 800 feet per second (FPS) and with a stunning 200 foot pounds of energy (FPE) when using the Benjamin eXTREME airgun 145 grain hunting bullet by Nosler. Shooters can expect up to 10 usable shots on a single charge.
Crosman claims that the Bulldog .357 is better suited than any firearm for hunting small parcels where noise and limited range are factors. And when adventure beckons, they say that the Benjamin Bulldog is the one rifle that has a permanent spot in the pickup.
The Benjamin Bulldog is available now at an MSRP of $999.99.
Our photograph shows Crosman’s Chip Hunnicutt shooting a prototype Bulldog back in the Summer.