Preoccupied… yeah, that’s me. You can probably tell, based on the quality of some of my posts over the last couple of weeks. There have been a lot of things on my mind, not the least of which has been this Texas thing. But let’s not make excuses… I just haven’t been focused. Meanwhile, Christmas just keeps marching closer.
There’s a lot of truth to the argument that most men are just little boys, grown old. But the bigger we get, the bigger our toys get. For some of us, our wind up trucks become Monster Mudders. For those of us who have a thing about shooting and guns, it’s the graduation of our Red Ryder to something more… something… BIGGER.
Enter the Benjamin Marauder, .25 caliber air rifle. Oh, yeah! This is sure enough not a step but a leap beyond the old BB gun. It slings a .25 caliber pellet downrange like a miniature Hammer of Thor! No more teeny-tiny .17 caliber BBs or pellets that would bounce off of a glass soda bottle (if you remember glass soda bottles, you’re old… make the best of it). No more trying to shoot a real tin can (not aluminum) in the same spot three or four times until the metal finally ruptures. No, this thing is the real deal… as close to a rimfire round as you can get without a FFL.
OK… that was probably a shade over the top. Who can blame me , though, after the daily inundation of Christmas shopping ads on TV, the billboards, and the print ads? Everything is bigger than sliced bread these days… and the truth is, I really am pretty much blown away by the Marauder. If anything can stand up to the hype, this rifle can. But of course, it is still “just ain air rifle.”
It’s just an air rifle that slings three of those huge pellets into a 3/4″ group at 40 yards (my experience so far). It’s just an air rifle that will penetrate clean through my 3-D wild boar archery target, as well as another 3/4″ of redwood fencing.
I’m no airgun expert, and I know there are some pretty incredible rifles out there. There are guns that shoot faster, guns that shoot tighter, and a whole collection of guns that just look cool as hell. But if the hunter or shooter on your list is looking for something that will shoot straight and hit hard, and you’re looking for something that won’t completely break the bank, the Marauder fits the bill.
By the way, you can also find this rifle in .22 or .117 which are also great options for pest control and plinking fun.
Santa Hog approves.