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Nitro Piston Air Guns and Rifles: NP Technology

Updated on January 25, 2012

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Nitro Piston Air Rifles are becoming the most popular air guns available for purchase today. These high powered break barrel air guns deliver faster pellet velocities, reduced recoil, and significantly less noise than similarly styled and powered spring piston air rifles.

Introduced in 2009 when Crosman announced the release of the Remington Nitro Piston Short Stroke (NPSS) Air Rifle, the NP technology has become one of the most intriguing options for air gunners looking to upgrade their air rifle collection or new shooters looking for quiet, consistent performance in their air rifle.

Since the Introduction of the NPSS Air Rifle, Crosman has released several new Nitro Piston Air Rifles such as the Benjamin Trail NP and Trail NP XL series of air rifles in 2010 as well as the Crosman Nitro Venom Series in 2011. In 2012, the Crosman Corporation released 4 new NP Air Guns including a Benjamin Brand Break Barrel Air Pistol. All of the Crosman, Benjamin, and Remington Brand Nitro Piston Air Rifles are manufactured with NP technology straight from the factory.

Crosman has also been retailing the Nitro Piston power plant and NP versions of popular brands like Gamo and Walther can be purchased with an after market modification that replaces their factory spring power plant with the NP power plant. Air Guns like the Gamo Big Cat 1200, Gamo Whisper Deluxe, Gamo Varmint Hunter and the Walther Talon Hunter can be purchased with the NP modifications.

What is a NP Air Rifle?

A Quick Answer to a Popular Question

NP Air Rifles are break barrel air rifles which are powered by a Nitrogen Gas filled piston. Traditionally, Break Barrel Air Rifles have been powered by spring piston. In 2009, Remington and Crosman teamed up to deliver the Nitro Piston Air Rifle and the Original NP Air Gun was born: The Remington NPSS. Today, many air rifles can be purchased with NP technology but only Remington, Crosman, and Benjamin brand air gun models are manufactured with NP technology. All other brands of air rifles such as Gamo, Walther, Ruger etc. that can be purchased are modified versions of the original spring powered rifles.

The advantages of a Nitro Piston powered air rifle include:

» Consistent Performance in All Temperatures

» Reduced Recoil

» Up to 70% Less Noise

» Enhanced Power, Accuracy, and Longevity

What do you mean by longevity? Spring Powered Air Guns can experience "Spring Fatigue" for a couple of reasons. 1) Regular use of a Spring Powered Break Barrel Air Rifle over time will cause the Spring to become less responsive. 2) Improper storage of an air gun or leaving the gun cocked for an extended period will cause the spring to lose power.

Unlike Spring Piston Air Rifle, Nitro Piston Air Rifles do not and will not experience Spring Fatigue.

Three Popular Nitro Piston Air Rifles - Information and Prices for Popular NP Air Guns

Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle (.177) powered by Nitro Piston
Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle (.177) powered by Nitro Piston

The 2011 Crosman Nitro Venom Series of Air Rifles is the most affordable NP Air Rifle straight from the manufacturer. The .177 Caliber Version Model CVW1K77NP fires .177 caliber lead air gun pellets at velocities up to 1000 fps and can be used for target shooting, pest control, and small game hunting. This air rifle has an MSRP of $209.99.

The Nitro Venom can be purchased in .177 or .22 Caliber (see below for more options).

 
Benjamin Trail NP XL 1100 Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22) powered by Nitro Piston
Benjamin Trail NP XL 1100 Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22) powered by Nitro Piston

Perhaps the most popular of the all of the Nitro Piston Air Rifles, the Benjamin Trail NP XL 1100 is a .22 caliber break barrel air rifle that fires lead air gun pellets up to 950 fps. Light weight high velocity pellets can be fired at up to 1100 fps. The XL 1100 Model BT1122WNP can be used for target shooting, pest control, small game hunting, and varmint hunting. This air gun features an ambidextrous hardwood stock with thumbhole, a rifled steel barrel, and comes standard with a 3-9x40mm air rifle scope. The Trail NP XL 1100 has an MSRP of $359.99.

 
Crosman Remington Nitro Piston.177 Caliber Nitro Piston Air Rifle with Digital Camo Stock (Includes 3-9X40mm Scope)
Crosman Remington Nitro Piston.177 Caliber Nitro Piston Air Rifle with Digital Camo Stock (Includes 3-9X40mm Scope)

As the original NP Air Rifle, the NPSS has a special place in Nitro Piston Air Rifle marketplace. As the original, one might think that this air gun has been surpassed by newer models of Nitro Piston Air Rifles. Those people would be wrong. The Remington NPSS is as solid of an air gun as any available for purchase. This particular model RNP77DC features a synthetic stock with a digital camouflage pattern and a thumbhole. The NPSS shoots .177 caliber lead air gun pellets at velocities up to 1200 fps and high velocity pellets up to 1500 fps.

 

Crosman RMCOIL - Air Gun Oil For Maintaning Break Barrel Spring Piston and Nitro Piston Air RIfles

Crosman RMCOIL Silicone Chamber Oil, .25 oz
Crosman RMCOIL Silicone Chamber Oil, .25 oz

Crosman Model RMCOIL is the only air gun oil recommended for use on break barrel air rifles.

 

Nitro Piston vs Spring Piston Air Rifles - The Readers Decide

Obviously, this page is dedicated to the Nitro Piston Air Rifles available for purchase today. However, it is possible that some people will never get away from their Springers. So, I am asking. Let us know why you like one or the other.

Do you prefer NP Air Rifles or Spring Piston Air Rifles?

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  • galant 5 years ago

    While I love to shoot all type of air guns, the NP air rifles are becoming one of my favorites because of the reduced recoil and higher velocities and energy of the Nitro Piston Power Plant. I am partial to the .177 caliber Nitro Venom because of the affordable introductory price, the higher velocity, and .177 pellets are typically cheaper than .22 pellets.

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Benjamin Trail NP XL Air Rifles - Models: BT1500WNP, BT1122WNP, BT725WNP

The Benjamin Trail NP XL Air Rifles were introduced in 2010. The Trail NP XL Air Rifles are the big, high powered, Nitro Piston Air Rifles that can be used for target shooting, pest control, small game hunting, and varmint hunting.

Crosman Nitro Venom and Nitro Venom Dusk Air Rifles - Models: CVW1K77NP, CVW8M22NP, CD1K77NP, CD8M22NP

The Nitro Venom Air Rifles come in two calibers and in two styles giving shooters 4 choices when purchasing this great air gun. The standard Nitro Venom comes with a hardwood stock and the Nitro Venom Dusk comes with a synthetic stock. The performance between the Nitro Venom and the Nitro Venom Dusk models is the same. However, the Dusk models with the synthetic stocks are 1 pound lighter than the hardwood models. All of the Nitro Venom Air Rifles feature a fluted muzzle break and come standard with a CenterPoint brand 3-9x32mm Air Rifle Scope.

Below, get discount drices for the Crosman Nitro Venom and Nitro Venom Dusk Air Rifles with general information about each air gun.

The 2011 Addition to the Nitro Piston Air Rifle collection offered by the Crosman Corporation, the Crosman Nitro Venom and Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk air rifles have been accepted by air gunners with warm reviews. Probably the most attractive feature of the Nitro Venom Series is the affordable price tag. These air rifles have a suggested retail price of $209.99, but they can be purchased (with discount offers below) for well under $200. Until the release of the Nitro Venom series, NP air rifles offered by Crosman were quite expensive with some price tags over $350.

Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle (.177) powered by Nitro Piston
Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle (.177) powered by Nitro Piston

The .177 Caliber Nitro Venom NP Air Rifle Model CVW1K77NP features a hardwood stock and fires high velocity pellets up to 1200 fps and standard velocity lead air gun pellets up to 1000 fps. This air gun has an MSRP of $209.99.

 
Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle (22) powered by Nitro Piston
Crosman Nitro Venom Break Barrel Air Rifle (22) powered by Nitro Piston

The .22 Caliber Nitro Venom NP Air Rifle Model CVW8M22NP features an ambidextrous hardwood stock and fires high velocity pellets up to 950 fps and standard velocity lead air gun pellets up to 800 fps. This air gun has an MSRP of $209.99.

 
Nitro Venom Dusk Air Rifle (.177)
Nitro Venom Dusk Air Rifle (.177)

The .177 caliber Nitro Venom Dusk NP Air Rifle Model CD1K77NP features a synthetic stock and fires high velocity pellets up to 1200 fps and standard velocity lead air gun pellets up to 1000 fps. This air gun has an MSRP of $209.99.

 
Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22) powered by Nitro Piston
Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22) powered by Nitro Piston

The .22 Caliber Nitro Venom Dusk NP Air Rifle Model CD8M22NP features a synthetic stock and fires high velocity pellets up to 950 fps and standard velocity lead air gun pellets up to 800 fps. This air gun has an MSRP of $209.99.

 

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      zraarAli 3 years ago

      keep it up untill it rocks..