Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 Review 2022: Is it for YOU?


Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 comes from the beautiful NP XL Airgun Series.

It is the smallest caliber (.177), but it also has the fastest velocity.

This rifle is made in.177 but you'll be amazed at how much it can do to fight off pesky pests in your yard.

(For more information on the best air rifles for rabbits, please see this post.

Gun Type

The Benjamin Trail XL 1500 uses Nitro piston technology.

A nitro piston gun or gas-piston works in the same manner as a spring gun.

Instead of a coiled spring, it uses a nitrogen-filled ram to power its operation. 

Inside the chamber is a nitrogen piston and a nitrogen cylinder.

The nitrogen in the cylinder has been held under pressure already. You can apply more pressure when you cock it.

The pressurized atmosphere is maintained under tension until you pull on the trigger.

When you fire, the gasoline expands and propels your piston forward.

The piston is quickly installed after the air transfer port.

Because the chamber is sealed completely, the compressed oxygen has no other place to go than behind the pellet.

Due to the propellant force generated by compressed air, the pellet is released from the barrel.

(For more information on how nitro piston technology can make gun sport more thrilling, please see this post.

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The caliber, which is the internal diameter of the bore in inches, can be measured in millimeters.

(For more on the differences between .177 & .22 and which jobs they do best, see this post.)

It’s a single-shot, break-barrel which means that you can only shoot one shot at a time.

To reload the second shot, you must first remove the barrel.

Single-shot guns allow you to be a disciplined shooter because you must make each shot count.

To make bullet spin, the barrel is made of rifled steel and has spiral grooves in its bore.

It stabilizes pellets, increases accuracy, and enhances the shooting range.

(See this post for more information about air rifle barrels and how to buy them.


It is made of handsome, hardwood stock that can withstand shocks and impact in everyday life.

Hardwood can also be refinished at anytime, which gives it a long life expectancy.

(For more information on the in-depth comparison of synthetic and wood stock see this post.

This stock can also be shot with either left or right hands.

The stock has dual cheekpieces that are raised on the left and right.

Raised cheekpieces provide a stable foundation for your eyes and allow you to adjust your shot.

The stock's texture grip and forearm add friction to shooting, reduce sweat slippage and increase stability when aiming.

Additionally, the gun comes with a sling swivel-stud that can be mounted to allow you to add a strap to help you carry it around.

The thumbhole stock provides a more comfortable grip for your wrist.

You can rest the stock on your wrist, rather than holding it with your hands.

Stocks with thumbholes work best for varmint-shooters

Bench rest shooting is an option for target shooters who spend much time in a shooting position.


Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 uses.177 pellets to provide its only ammo source.

.177 pellets are cheaper than.22 and/or.25 pellets, and you can purchase hundreds of them for as little as a few dollars.

When it comes to fun plinking and long hours of target shooting,.177 is the best choice.

(Read this article to learn more about how to choose the best air gun caliber for you game.

Loading and Cocking

The gun is cocked:

To begin, turn the gun on SAFE. Next, place the gun at your side. Then, tap the muzzle to expose the breech.

You can place the gun on your upper leg and grab the muzzle.

To perform cocking action, continue to pull the barrel to its limit.

How to load the pellet

With the breech opened after cocking, put the pellet (with the pellet’s nose lying forward) into the breech.

You can then pull the barrel to its original position, until it locks, and you're ready to fire.

Velocity, accuracy and power

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Benjamin Trail NP XL can reach speeds of up to 1500 FPS when using an alloy pellet, and 1250 FPS when using a lead pellet.

This gun is extremely fast compared to other air guns available.

These speeds allow the Benjamin Trail NP XL to belong to the magnum category of air rifles.

These are the results of chromaty tests performed on this nitro piston gun:

Crosman Premiere 10.5 grains102224.36 
Crosman Premiere 7.9 gr1224 26.29 
Baracuda H&N Exact match 10.65 gr102024.61 
RWS Meisterkugeln rifle 8.2 gr1069 20.81 
RWS Meisterkuglen pistol 7.0 gr1129.519.83
RWS Superdome 8.3 gr111022.71 
RWS Super Mag 8.3 gr1036 19.79 
RWS super point 8.2 gr108621.48 
Air Arms Diabolo Field 8.44 Gr101319.24
JSB Match Diabolo Exact 8.4 gr1041 20.22 
Daisy Precision Match 7.8 gr980.716.66 
Crosman Premier Hollow Point 7.9 G1130 22.4 
Crosman Premier UltraMag 10.5 gr952 21.14 
Crosman Premier Supermatch 7.9 gr110221.31 
Beeman Kodiak 10.2 grams96921.27 
Benjamin Discovery HP 10.5 gr943 20.74 
JSB Match Diabolo Exact 10.2 gr96321.01 

These numbers are close to the advertised velocity. Also, take a look at the muzzle energie of the gun.

This gun has an average of 20 FPE and can kill small animals or deal with pests in your yard.

You can feel confident using this gun for hunting or your backyard problems.

This rifle is powerful and fast, but what about accuracy? 

Let’s take a look at the shooting groups of different shooters to see how the gun performs:

These are the common shooting groups:

  • 2” at 50 yards,
  • 1.5” at 20 yards,
  • 1” at 10 yards,
  • same hole at 20 yards,
  • 1/4″ at 20 yards,
  • dime sized at 20 yards,
  • 1/2” at 20 yards,
  • 0.237” at 25 yards,
  • 0.578” at 50 yards,
  • dime size at 50 yards,
  • 3/4″ at 30 yards,
  • same hole at 10 yards,
  • 3/4″ at 42 feet,
  • 1/2″ at 15 yards,
  • 1.5” at 25 yards,
  • nickel size at 25 yards,
  • Nickel group at 50'
  • 3/4″ at 70 yards,
  • 1” at 30 yards,
  • 1 1/2″ at 25 yards,
  • 1” at 30 yards,1/2” at 30 yards and 2” at 50 yards.

This gun is a tack-driver with a shooting range up to 50 feet.

This is a quick overview of the air rifle


This gun doesn’t come with common iron sight: No front sight and no rear sight.

But it does come with a Center point 3-9×40 AO scope.

40 is the diameter the front lens (the object lens).

The scope's magnification capability is 3-9. It magnifies the photo 3-9 times greater than the one you see with your eye.

This scope also has an adjustable objective (AO), which will allow you to see the target clearly and more clearly.

This post will provide more information about the various types of airgun sights available and which one you should choose.


This gun is extremely quiet. There are hundreds of customer testimonials and not one single complains about its noise.

Be aware that lightweight pellets can sometimes break the sound barrier, making a crackling sound that could upset neighbors.

Scoring range and intended use

The effective range of shooting is approximately 50 yards.

This gun can be used for small game hunting, target shooting, plinking and pest control.


This gun includes uncounted Centerpoint Optic 3-9×40 AO scope as its only accessory.


Because of its excellent craftsmanship, the Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 needs very little maintenance.

Make sure to tighten all stock fasteners and check the scope mount

To keep your Crosman RMCOIL working properly, you should apply a dropper of Crosman RMCOIL to it every few hundred shots.


The Benjamin Trail NP XL is covered by a limited warranty of one year from the date of purchase.

Customer Reviews

You can find many reviews online for this nitro piston rifle.

Positive reviews confirm that users love the magnum power, incredible velocity, high accuracy and beautiful stock.

Some negative reviews are there, mostly about the trigger and dirty barrel.

If you have a trigger problem, an aftermarket trigger can be purchased for around 30 dollars.

To address the problem of the dirty barrel, clean your gun as soon as it is unpacked.

You are now ready to enjoy the new gun.


  • Caliber: 0.177”
  • Velocity: 1500 FPS when using alloy, 1250 with lead
  • Loudness 3 Medium
  • Barrel Length: 19.5 “
  • Overall Length: 48.25”
  • Capacity for shots: 1
  • Cocking Effort: 47 Pounds
  • Barrel: rifled
  • Front Sight None
  • Rear Sight None
  • Scope Rail Picatinny
  • Scope: 3×9-40 AO scope
  • Buttplate: Ventilated rubber
  • This product is recommended for small game hunting, pest control and target shooting
  • Trigger Pull: 2.5 lbs
  • Action!
  • Safety manual
  • Powerplant: Nitro-piston
  • Function: Single-shot
  • Type of body: rifle
  • Weight: 9.7 lbs


  • Advanced nitro piston technology
  • Gorgeous hardwood stock
  • Beautiful craftsmanship
  • Magnum power
  • Supersonic velocity
  • Quiet
  • Recoilless
  • It's easy to cock
  • Durable and sturdy


  • Dirty barrel from the box
  • Some shooters may find trigger annoying.


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Benjamin Trail NP XL 1600 is approximately 250 dollars.

It’s a reasonable price if you consider the advanced technology, handsome stock, supersonic velocity, magnum power, and other features this gun brings.


This gun is an uncommon behemoth.

The Benjamin Trail NP XL 1500 is a great addition to your arsenal if you are looking for a gun you can proudly show off to your friends.

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