Benjamin Armada PCP Air Rifle Review

Benjamin Armada PCP Air Rifle Review

The Benjamin Armada PCP air rifle and its predecessor, the Marauder, revolutionized the airgun market.

These two best-sellers offer features that weren’t available to the public before, which is why they’re considered game-changers. Now, anyone can buy this pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle and go hunting.

The Benjamin Armada has a lot of benefits that show just how professional it is.

Not only is it easy to purchase, but it’s also quite user-friendly. With this level of accuracy, all you need to do is to point and shoot!

Have I mentioned how hush-hush it is? You no longer need to hunt down the perfect silencer.

Read this Benjamin Armada review to find out more.

General Features

In this section, I’ll go over the main features of the Benjamin Armada.

Design

This American-made rifle looks like the rifles used in the military. If you like military-style weapons, you’re bound to love this one. Its sleek black design adds to its modern and tactical look.

This modular design adds to the rifle’s versatility, allowing you to kit it out with your preferred accessories.

Caliber

You can pick whichever caliber that works for you, depending on your shooting requirements. It’s available in the three main air rifle calibers, being .177 caliber, .22 caliber, and .25 caliber.

Whether you want to go to target practice or hunting, the Benjamin Armada is up for the job. It provides you with a range of 8 to 10 shots per round, which varies according to the caliber you’re using.

Precision

The accuracy of Benjamin Armada is one of the reasons why many people, myself included, favor it. You can hit your target like a pro with this choked barrel. Shot after shot, its consistency won’t fail you.

If you regularly shoot long-distances, using a scope is strongly recommended to ensure you land every shot. Once you do so, you’ll face little to no difficulty hitting your mark with this high-accuracy rifle.

Another factor that contributes to the precision of the Benjamin Armada is that, due to its PCP feature, there is no virtually no recoil. This gives the user full control over the rifle, enabling them to shoot with ease and accuracy without the worry of drifting off target after each shot.

Benjamin Marauder Vs Armada

Benjamin Marauder is the predecessor of the Benjamin Armada. It’s still one of the best PCP Air rifles in the market due to its impressive power and accuracy.

Available in both a .177 caliber and .22 caliber, it’s ideal for hunting small or medium targets. It’s easy to use and moderately priced as well.

For the best accuracy, however, you would need to purchase scopes to enable you to reach the level of precision desired.

The Armada, on the other hand, added the .25 caliber as an option. It also features a new modular design and has Picatinny rails, as opposed to Benjamin Marauder’s dovetail rails.

What We Like About The Armada

  • Reversible bolt-action
  • Manual release safety trigger
  • 5” Picatinny rails
  • Different velocities up to1100 fps
  • 10 magazine capacity
  • No recoil
  • Air pressure gauge
  • Easy to use
  • Low maintenance
  • Two-stage trigger

What We Don't Like About The Armada

Loading and unloading the magazine proves to be a challenge for some people. First, you need to turn the faceplate before inserting pellet number one, while keeping your finger on the opposite side to prevent it from falling on the other side.

Afterward, you should load the next nine from the front side. Some people find this to be a hassle or simply find difficulty doing it altogether.

There are also a few other downsides that you might want to consider before purchasing:

  • It is heavy, so may not be the best option if you have to carry it long distances.
  • Expensive in comparison to other air rifles out there, but this is a high quality and powerful air rifle, so you get what you pay for.
  • Some have reported that it has a stiff bolt-action

Quick Look At The Specs

  • Caliber: 0.177, 0.22 and 0.25
  • Mechanism: Pre-Charged Pneumatic
  • Action: Reversible Bolt Action
  • Velocity: 1100 fps
  • Magazine: 10 - 8 round rotary clip
  • Ammo: Pellets
  • Noise Suppression: Shrouded
  • Rail: Picatinny
  • Shots per Fill: 30
  • Trigger: Two-stage
  • Safety: Manual
  • Barrel Material: Steel
  • Length: 42.8"
  • Weight: 7.3 lbs

Unique Selling Points

So what makes it so special to be worth the price that it is, you might find yourself asking. This is what I’m going to explain in this section.

Powerful is one word that definitely applies to the Armada. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hunter, this is a vital feature.

Pre-Charged Pneumatic rifles use air pressure that's highly compressed for firepower. Meaning, your rifle shoots with the perfect amount of power needed to hit your target with force.

The air pressure of the Benjamin Armada is between 2000 to 3000 psi. It can roughly shoot over 60 shots at maximum strength. However, it’s meant for small to medium-sized targets, not large-sized ones.

With PCP, you don’t need to worry about reloading your gun every couple of seconds. You get to focus all your attention on your target.

However, when considering purchasing a PCP air rifle, you will also need to buy an air tank or a pump to charge the PCP so you can actually use it.

You can go for Benjamin’s High-Pressure Hand Pump or you can opt for a tank instead. Ninja’s Paintball Compressed HPA Airtanks are also highly recommended.

Powerful is one word that definitely applies to the Armada. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hunter, this is a vital feature.

Pre-Charged Pneumatic rifles use air pressure that's highly compressed for firepower. Meaning, your rifle shoots with the perfect amount of power needed to hit your target with force.

The air pressure of the Benjamin Armada is between 2000 to 3000 psi. It can roughly shoot over 60 shots at maximum strength. However, it’s meant for small to medium-sized targets, not large-sized ones.

With PCP, you don’t need to worry about reloading your gun every couple of seconds. You get to focus all your attention on your target.

However, when considering purchasing a PCP air rifle, you will also need to buy an air tank or a pump to charge the PCP so you can actually use it.

You can go for Benjamin’s High-Pressure Hand Pump or you can opt for a tank instead. Ninja’s Paintball Compressed HPA Airtanks are also highly recommended.

No Silencer Needed

Can you guess what the Armada and a conversation both have in common? They're both between 65 and 69 decibels.

This specific gunshot isn’t deafening. You don’t need to wear ear muffs, nor buy a silencer for this one. The barrel is crafted with sound suppression that makes this rifle uniquely discreet.

You can use it anywhere without worrying about noise. In particular, if you’re a hunter, you’re going to love how quiet it is. No more scaring away your prey in between shots.

Accessories

What makes this rifle even more practical than its predecessor is that its design is compatible with some AR components. You can use any of the AR-15 grips and stocks with the Benjamin Armada. There really is no limitation to the accessories available for this one.

You can also go all out and kit yourself up with the Benjamin Armada Combo, which includes a scope and bi-pod. The 4-16x 50mm scope adds to the rifle’s already-impressive accuracy. With it attached and the clarity it provides, you could even shoot at birds if you wish.

The bi-pod provides stability for the rifle, which enables you to shoot your perfect shot. It has extendable legs, with 6-9" height. The legs are also foldable, in case you have no use for them; however, due to the Armada’s weight, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have use for it after a while. Besides, you’ll enjoy the added support when you need to rest the air rifle between shots.

While you don’t technically need one, you can get the Benjamin Armada silencer adapter if you’d like to make it even quieter. Although it is originally designed for Benjamin Marauder, it can fit Benjamin Armada. Honestly though, we don’t think you are likely to need it for most situations.

No Firearms Certificate Needed

According to Crosman, "the Armada is the first commercially available PCP rifle that allows shooters the same breadth of modularity and user configurability as enjoyed by the AR community."

This is why it’s considered revolutionary. It introduced features that were previously unavailable to the public.

Before the Armada, you had to have a firearms certificate (FAC) in order to own a weapon with such capabilities. Well, not anymore. Now you can enjoy the same benefits of any AR rifle without having to get the license.

Bottom Line On The Armada Air Rifle

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hunter, Benjamin Armada is a wise choice. The easy-to-use rifle demonstrates an accuracy that is bound to impress. Add to it the scope and you have a combo where you just can’t miss.

If it's power you’re looking for, it's power you’re getting! Don’t let the sleek plastic fool you, it’s got what it takes. Pre-charged pneumatic rifles are as powerful as can be and this one is no exception. It’s strong enough to handle some hunting, in addition to your target practice.

What particularly makes this product special is that it's made for anyone, literally. You don’t need to be a professional and you don’t need a license. If you wish to put your mind to it, then go for it!

When it comes to it, the Benjamin Armada is an excellent choice, if its minor flaws aren’t deal breakers for you. It might seem a little pricey but it might just be worth adding it to your arsenal!

Pre-Charged Pneumatic

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