The Benjamin Marauder is probably one of my favorite PCP air rifles. I know that it has its flaws that keep it from being the “best” in terms of objective measures, but I’m a sentimentalist and this particular weapon has the kind of staying power that I really like. Still, I’m going to try and be as objective as possible in this review. You’re not here for me to wax poetic about my hunting trips. You
want to have the hunting trips that you can wax poetic about. So, warts and all, here’s the Marauder.
Plenty of Power
I’m not one of those people that prioritizes power over all else, but I have to say that I am incredibly happy with the power on this one. The Marauder really can shoot pretty far away – and not have too much of a drop off in accuracy – simply because it pushes so much behind every shot.
One of the issues, though, is that it really is very air hungry. You can get a good 20 incredibly powerful shots off, and then you have to refill it again. That means that either you’re going to be pumping for a while, which will leave you tired, or you have to get a separate kit for filling with a scuba tank. I wish that they would have considered that and just sent the kit with the rifle, but they didn’t.
People will call me a liar, but I know it’s possible to get a 5/16″ group at 30 yards consistently with this weapon. There are times when I’m at my best that I can put ten rounds in such a tight group that I can hide them with a penny from quite a distance away.
One of the things that I like about this particular PCP is that the manual comes with a bunch of fine tuning instructions to help you adjust aspects of it to your preferences. That means if that if the trigger is too tight, you’ll be able to loosen it. If the scope isn’t set well for you, you can adjust it. There are options, so it makes it easy for you to adjust in a way that will get the best results in your hands. About the only thing that you can’t change is the pistol grip, which is a little big for people with smaller hands.
I will admit that this is a heavy rifle. Add a scope and a sling and you’re looking at ten pounds that you’re hauling around with you. Combine that with the amount of pumping you have to do, and it’s going to be an exhausting outing when you go to shoot. As per usual, I equate weight with quality and toughness, but for some people it’s a bit much and you might want to consider the Discovery instead if the weight is going to bother you.
Incredible power and accuracy. I have not been displeased with the way that this gun shoots, even after it’s been used for a while. It requires very little active maintenance, but gives you the chance to adjust several aspects of it early on, so you can make it work well for what you feel comfortable with. It has a four chamber silencer, so it’s quiet, and there is no recoil at all when you’re shooting.
This is a really heavy gun, and adding a scope (which it doesn’t come with) will only make it heavier. You also have to really pump it up a lot since in order to get that much power, it uses up a lot of air very quickly. Just using this rifle is a workout. If you’re willing to put up with that, then it’s not a big deal, but some people will quickly tire, literally and figuratively, of it.
The Bottom Line
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I’m sentimental about this particular PCP, but it does have it’s flaws. For me, those flaws are worth dealing with, but for a lot of people they will be deal breakers. However, if you’re willing to deal with the physicality required to use this PCP, you’ll find that it works great consistently and for a long time, which is the best thing in my book.