Crosman’s Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle
Wooly and Ready for Hogs, Deer and More!
Reese, outdoor writer extraordinaire and a man who appreciates a good high powered air gun, sent us the following look at Crosman's Benjamin Rogue .357
air rifle enough to stop that next bruiser boar or buck of a lifetime? A quick
trip back to the Lewis and Clark expedition would answer that question through
proven results; in fact, their single Giradoni air rifle is considered by many
to be the REAL gun that won the west. The .46-caliber Girandoni fired up to 40
shots on a single charge and the tube magazine held up to 22 rounds that could
be emptied in less than 30 seconds.
August 30, 1803 - “Left Pittsburgh
this day at 11 ock with a party of 11 hands 7 of which are soldiers, a pilot
and three young men on trial they having proposed to go with me throughout the
voyage. Arrived at Bruno’s Island 3 miles below halted a few minutes. Went on
shore and being invited on by some of the gentlemen present to try my airgun
which I had purchased brought it on shore charged it and fired myself seven
times fifty-five yards with pretty good success.”
(Lewis and Clark Journals, Volume 1)
and Clark’s journals, comprised of 13 volumes and more than a million words,
refer to the Giradoni air rifle 39 times. While they also had 22 muzzleloaders
it was the Giradoni air rifle they turned to repeatedly to demonstrate superior
fire power to Native Americans, a move more than anything to protect the
contents of their keel vessel.
the expedition only had one Giradoni, tribe leaders could and did assume the
keel vessel was loaded down with them and the thought of 38 men firing 22
.46-caliber balls accurately in less than 30 seconds was quite intimidating.
rifle was also used effectively for big game hunting and was the perfect answer
for repeatable fire without compromising powder supplies needed for the 22
muzzleloaders. Merriweather Lewis’ use of the Giradoni rifle nearly single
handedly assured safe passage and charting of the west for future expansion and
certainly proved its worth in hunting. Check out this informative video about
the Giradoni’s Air Rifle’s rich history from NRA-History at http://home.nra.org/history/video/lewis-and-clark-girandoni-air-rifle?utm_source=08302013_ORGHistoryChannel&utm_medium=P1Feature&utm_content=LewisAndClarkGirandoniAirRifle&utm_campaign=MuseumTreasureCollection
people continue to depend on air rifles and other firearms to provide for their
families’ sustenance, including big game. The good news, however, is that
unlike the 1,500 pumping repetitions required to hand-fill the Giradoni,
today’s charging systems aren’t nearly as arduous.
smaller caliber air rifles may operate off of factory sealed disposable tanks
or age-old hand-pumps, high-powered, big-game-oriented rifles like my personal
favorite, Crosman’s Benjamin Rogue .357-caliber Precision Air Rifle, are easily
charged up to 3,000-psi with a 3,000- to 3,500-psi scuba-style air tank.
Benjamin Rogue also does not look anything like Lewis’ Girandoni. While both
are considered PCP systems, the Rogue’s patent-pending ePCP™ technologyePCP™ technologyePCP™ technologyePCP™
technology means more versatility and increased power while the patent-pending
eVALVE system makes for more efficient use of the air charge via precision,
user-selected distribution options. Shooters not only have some great
ammunition choices to make, including round-nosed, flat-nosed and Nosler’s
eXTREME ballistic tip bullets, they can even use their own cast .357-caliber
Rogue’s EPiC™ LED display and selection buttons allow configuration of key
ballistic elements including medium-high foot-pounds of energy/velocity options
and bullet weights of medium (up to 145 grains) and high (over 145 grains). The
rifle even includes manual mode setting. In manual mode, the shooter can calibrate
air pressure and valve-release delay to experiment with ballistics and achieve
optimum performance from their favorite heart-stopping pellet!
Benjamin Rogue can make for a tough carrier over long distances, Crosman’s
Center-Point 4-16x44mm riflescope does shave that walk down a tad and a
picatinny rail system allows for added accessories to increase fit, form and
function according to individual needs.
Benjamin Rogue air rifle I worked with, I used the picatinny rail to mount
interchangeable sitting and kneeling bipods and a Hawglite Sabre high-intensity
red LED tactical lighting system that gets me out to well over 100 yards; however,
I try to keep larger animals like coyotes, deer and hogs within 75 yards.
all states allow hunting with air guns in some form or another; check your
state regulations for game specific applications, especially before chasing
larger animals like deer, hogs, bear and other traditionally recognized big
game animals normally taken with firearms or archery equipment. Here in Texas,
the Benjamin Rogue .357 is tough enough to take down the biggest boars in the
woods and often quiet enough to anchor more than one of those pesky, yet tasty
eating bruisers! That means deer also are easy prey for the Rogue – pick your
the buzz circulating deer camp this fall when you drop the hammer on your next
success story with an air rifle! The Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle is more than
enough to get the job done for you and is by far my favorite air rifle offering
ALMOST All the Right Stuff – What I
wasn’t so excited about…
field testing some amazing products is really isolating opportunities for
improvement. While I feel Crosman really has something special in the Benjamin
Rogue, again, it’s my current favorite, hands down, there are two areas of
improvement worth mentioning.
loading the magazine with pellets and subsequently loading that magazine into
the rifle’s action took quite a bit of practice. While loading the magazine
with pellets I dropped my fair share (In Crosman’s defense the instruction
manual warned me to cover the opposite opening with my finger).
while there is a picatinny rail located at the bottom of the handguard more
rails on the sides of the handguard would be a great addition. The lower rail
could be used for a bipod while side rails could accommodate systems like the
Hawglite Goblin or Crimson Trace CMR-201 Rail Master laser; product reviews for
another day. With one rail accessories are either stacked or not added. This
may be a great opportunity to offer an array of handguards.
my fascination with air rifles is simply nostalgia. Time on an air rifle
reminds me of time spent shooting with my dad… and even my mother; she’s a heck
of a shot, too! With my son, that air rifle legacy continues. His aversion to
loud noises, a product of sensory integration, means that shooting air rifles
even offers some therapeutic benefits in that he gets to enjoy shooting while
avoiding the report of larger firearms, bothersome to him even with hearing
protection. At some point, conditioning should resolve his aversion but we
choose to eat sensory integration as we would an elephant. Whether shooting a
.17-caliber or my wild and wooly Benjamin Rogue .357, Jacob is ready to go.
hard, hunt often and consider taking the Crosman Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle
on your next hunting adventure!
Learn more about Lewis and Clark’s
incredible expedition at www.archives.gov/education/lessons/lewis-clark
Learn more about the Girandoni Air Rifle
visit home.NRA.org/history and type
Girandoni Air Rifle in the search field.
Visit www.Crosman.com, www.Brownells.com,
www.CrimsonTrace.com to learn more about the Benjamin Rogue .357 and other
great shooting and hunting accessories.