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Ok, let's talk Benjamin Armada for the NRL22 AG class….

Forums NRL22 NRL22 Talk Ok, let's talk Benjamin Armada for the NRL22 AG class….

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    USMCShooter1
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    I've been out of the active airgunning world for a few years now…10-12 years ago I was neck-deep…when the Marauder first came out…I still have a modified .22 Gen I that I did some valve and port work and installed an LW barrel in with a custom, laminated thumbhole stock with some nice trimmings…is shoots 16 grain pellets at 950fps for 40 shots per fill…I killed over 2000 squirrels with it over 6-7 years. I bought a .25 Marauder around the same time and worked on it, but it was an absolute air hog…only 24 shots per fill….I put it in a bullpup stock and my Son loved it so I gave it to him for a BDay present.

    I bought a Cricket in .25 as a gift to myself when I retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 and I've been hunting it nearly exclusively since. I've started shooting the PRS series and discovered the NRL22…..I'm looking to start shooting it to up my PRS game and was happy to hear they have an AG class now. As I've been looking at guns to shoot the series with that will most closely match my PRS gun (an RPR the wife bought me for a BDay present 2 years ago that I've done some work on to make it slick…with a Proof barrel that I won at my first PRS match)….as I look around, I can spend $2K on an FX Impact, and get modular design, or $1700 on a Uragan that is sidelever (not bolt), and several other $1600-$2K guns…..I've looked at the AEA's, but they're all sold out everywhere….I haven't looked at a Benjamin in 8 years…then I saw they had a Marauder in a chassis and call it the Armada…it looks to be the closest to my PRS gun that I'm going to find…ergonomics-wise.

    I'm wondering if anyone has worked on them? I know HUMA makes a reg for them, and it's my understanding their barrels are pretty decent nowadays (although the Green Mountain in my Gen I .25 Marauder was extremely accurate). I'm just wondering if I can get this thing to run with a decent shot count, say 32 per fill at 950-ish fps, or if I'd wind up with $2k in the thing before I got it competitive?

    v/r

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    pnwairgunner
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    It’s a money pit. There’s zero difference in the Armada and the Marauders you’ve already had experience with. If you can afford to drop the cash all at once, look into the American Air Arms stuff.  Awesome build quality. 

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    USMCShooter1
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    Just went and looked at the AAA guns…that's a hard nope….nice guns…but well out of the price point I'm willing to spend up front on an airgun….that's nearly twice what I've got in my RPR, and I could buy 3 precision .22LR guns to shoot NRL with for that money….I realize the Armada is just a marauder with different furniture…and if I could get the furniture, I'd consider moving my 1st Gen MROD into it….but I don't think 1st Gens are compatible with any 2nd Gen furniture? 

    I'm just trying to find something with ergonomic commonalities that I can have some fun with….I'm not looking to win or I'd buy any number of .22LR to compete with. I was just wondering if anyone has handled an Armada and wondering about the application factor.

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    pnwairgunner
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    I have an Armada .25 with a custom valve, barrel, trans-port, hammer, striker face, spring, depinger, Mag-Pull PRS stock, Donnyfl adapter, custom short shroud…etc. Very easy to drop a fortune into it. But now it is the quietest pcp rifle I’ve ever heard.  

    i too, like the looks of the furniture on it. You are correct it will NOT fit gen1 marauder rifles. 
      You can certainly get one and have a blast with it, but it’s still just a marauder. A very front heavy marauder.  

     

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