Crosman Benjamin Elite Powermaster .177 Air Rifle

Priced: $219.97 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 10 reviews.
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The Benjamin® Elite Powermaster .177 Air Rifle features a magnum break barrel with nitro piston technology and a sleek hardwood ambidextrous stock with thumbhole grip and vented rubber recoil pad. This air gun uses nitrogen as the power source instead of a steel spring contributing to the 70% quieter break barrel. A quicker lock time, CenterPoint 3-9x40mm scope and reduced felt recoil add extra shooting accuracy.
Country Of Origin: United States


  • Hardwood ambidextrous stock with thumbhole grip and vented rubber recoil pad


  • Gas piston technology uses nitrogen as the power source, instead of a steel spring
  • Includes CenterPoint 3-9x40mm with adjustable objective and Mil-Dot reticle
  • Magnum break barrel with nitro piston technology
  • Fluted muzzle break
  • 70% less noise than the competitor's "quiet" break barrel
  • Velocity up to 1500 fps (with alloy); 24ft lbs. of downrange muzzle energy
  • Quicker lock time leads to increased accuracy
  • Dramatically reduces felt recoil by eliminating the "double hit" and "spring torque" of a steel spring
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Crosman Benjamin Elite Powermaster .177 Air Rifle Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Deal on A Great Rifle

I was shopping for a magnum Gas Piston air rifle for months. I ran across the Power Master Elite which was discounted in .177 Cal. In comparison to my two other magnum spring Air Rifles (one in .177 Cal and the other in .22 Cal): The Powermaster Elite is fast, hard hitting, accurate and easy to shoot. It groups well (.25 to .50 inch) with artillery hold shooting at 25 yards, with Gamo Red Fire (8.13 gr polmer top and tight fitting) and still not broken in, since I've shot less than 200 rounds. Out of the box the barrel was very hard to break. The barrel needed a hard slap at barrel end to break and resulted in a sore palm. Breaking the barrel got easier after about 100 rounds and is now acceptable. The trigger has a long 2nd stage. I adjusted mine 1.5 turns counterclockwise and it's now OK (for me) for target and snipping chickmunks and squirrels. I'll probably go another 1 turn after break-in which I expect after about 500 rounds. I've ordered Crosman compression chamber silicon lube which is suggestd every couple of hundreds rounds. The Center Point scope is great, it includes a scope stop and holds zero after magnification or AO adjustment which are both easy to perform. There has been about 1 inch change of point of impact (zero) which I believe is the gun break-in process since it still groups .25 to .50 inch and scope screw are still tight. The rifle is quieter than a .22 cal firearm but loader than my other 2 rifles when shooting lighter than 8.13 lead pellets. My Crosman 7.4 and 7.9 gr pellets (Destroyer EX, Match) do give a sonic crack and .5 to .75 groups, while Gamo Rocket 9.6 gr and Gamo Red Fire 8.13 do not sonic crack are quiter and group tighter at 25 Yards. I've ordered 8.8 and 10.2 gr pellets seeking better grouping and even less stealth for outdoor shooting. Crosman PBA (SSP) 4 gr is as load as a .22 cal short rifle cartridge fired from a firearm and gives 3 inch groups. The fit and finish are OK, balance is great for artillery hold and recoil is less than my .177 cal spring but more than my .22 cal. spring. The gun is heavy with the scope, very long barrel and cocking stroke. The length and weight are OK for me at 6 ft 4 in, 240 lbs and 38 inch shirt sleeve length but the sling is still needed while carry it any distance, cocking while sitting is a stretch and sometimes the muzzle will hit the ground when carried vertically under arm to hide it from my neighbors view.
MisterB at Dick's Sporting Goods on 09/09/2011

Aftermarket trigger, on the way!

I love this rifle, with the exception being the trigger. My HK 91 has a 9lbs trigger, and yet, that has less creep. I'm going to check out Charlie-da-tuna triggers to see if they make the GRT-III for this rifle, or call Rick Willnecker at Precision Pellet and see what he can do. He does warranty work for Crosman, so I'm sure he's familiar with this system. On a positive note, I like everything else about this gun. I really like the power due to the fact that you can use 16 grain pellets and still be up around the 1,000 fps mark, which equals more bang for the buck. Mine came with a nice sling and sling mounts which was a big plus, and a really nice Center Point scope which helps alot with my old eyes. Now, if I could just get my RWS 34 trigger on this gun, I'd be set!
Tom at Dick's Sporting Goods on 11/11/2011


never owned a real air gun till now(had the childhood pump up gun as a kid) got a squirel overpopulation problem ,so something had to be done. well the short of it is 30 rounds out of the box i was shooting .5 groups at 40 yards, i actually (lucky shot) whacked a fly sitting just outside of my target area, the scope seems decent and i had it dialed in 30 to 40 pellets as far as the trigger i have read it has a lot to be desired, but like i said this is my first gun so i got nothing to compare it to, ignorence is a bliss i guess,, i love the gun it shoots acurately,fast,and delivers one hell of a punch, as a half dozen tree rats have found out as they lifted the cover of my trash barrel for the last time!!!!!!
rio at Dick's Sporting Goods on 11/11/2011

Reach out and touch something

Incredible power. Easily puts an end to the rabbits eating the garden. Thirty to forty yards is no challenge for this gun. I owned a Benjamin 397 pump when I was a kid. This gun is far far above even the excellence of the 397. I went to Dicks to get another 397 but they didnt have any. I am so glad I decided to spend the extra $100 to get this one. I had some trouble getting the scope to be consistent so I took off the scope and shoot with the sights. Gun is right on. Ive put almost 500 rounds through it and im still excited to get off work and go out in the back yard and start shooting. Be careful -- highly penetrative. Lots of fun. Lots of power. I will be making my first rabbit stew tomorrow.
Obijohnkenobi at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011

Accuracy Could Be Better. Good Power.

Took well over 500 rounds before I saw anything resembling accuracy. Now have around 1200 through it and it still leaves a bit to be desired in terms of consistency. Extremely powerful. I chronographed the gun at 1520fps using super-light rounds. More like 1200fps with a standard lead pellet. Love the supersonic snap. About as loud as a .22, without the hearing-damaging pressure wave. Bad for use near populated areas, as the layperson will mistake it for a real gunshot. For reference, it will hit a gallon milk jug at about 150 yards consistently assuming no wind, but where on the jug it will hit is anyone's guess. This makes it good for game but not good for targets.
Zach B at Dick's Sporting Goods on 09/09/2011

good dun

i don own one of these guns, but my friend does and when i shot it it was vary good.
it is comfortable and is made for people who have the bodies build of 13 yrs and older. it has the kick of a 22 rifle so you know what you have in your hands is a good gun. it is a good rabbit and bird gun. i didn't use the scope though his was broken it's lens was busted because when he was putting it on his gun it slipped and fell on rock but i figured that would be with most guns.
the great cornholeo at Dick's Sporting Goods on 04/04/2011


I bought this to take care of the raccoons and stray dogs and cats. I needed something quieter than my .22 cal rifle (due to neighbors) but very accurate and powerful. This gun is very accurate and had more power than needed. However, it is as loud as my .22 cal!! If you are after the neighbors dogs or cats, THIS IS NOT THE ONE FOR YOU,but if you want a good quality gun, this is it. I was VERY impressed with the finish of the wood and metal. Very comfortable to shoot. The perfect weight to take care of recoil.
Rastis at Dick's Sporting Goods on 08/08/2011

Personal Opinion

The velocity of this air rifle is Amazing, especially with Gamo Pellets. The accuracy is excellent through open sights, but the scope takes time to adapt to. I have successfully Hunted with this air rifle, and competed against much more expensive rifles in competition.
Deputy Ray at Dick's Sporting Goods on 10/10/2011

Negative Reviews:

Beautiful gun,but------

This is a very attractive,well made,powerful gun.That being said,the trigger pull is just criminal for a gun this expensive.The gun won't hold a decent pattern,but I can't judge the scope or the gun its self because the trigger is worthless Chinese junk.The triggers on $20.00 dollar Daisy air guns are state of the art compared to these.What were they thinking!!!!If you buy one,plan on the further expense of buying a better trigger assembly.Then the rest of the gun can be judged.
J.P. at Dick's Sporting Goods on 09/09/2011

Doesnt group.

OK the good thing about this gun is that it is fast, and that's pretty much it. Now the bad things are they put a really bad trigger on it. It doesn't group ether so if you are using this gun for hunting you are out of luck. I'm very unsatisfied.
Sam at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011