Installing the GTX Trigger in the Benjamin Trail NP All Weather

Monday, April 11, 2011

When I first reviewed the Benjamin Trail NP All Weather (check out here http://www.airgunsofarizona.com/blog/2010/05/benjamin-trail-np-all-weather-%e2%80%93-part-i.html and http://www.airgunsofarizona.com/blog/2010/05/benjamin-trail-np-all-weather-%e2%80%93-part-ii.html ), you might recall that I found a whole lot to like about this rifle.

“The cocking stroke is one smooth, noiseless glide. It’s like cocking a break barrel springer that has been fully romanced by one of the master spring gun tuners.” And “The recoil is quick and surprisingly smooth, with no torque, twang or vibration. Further, the report is quite subdued, even for a breakbarrel air rifle.”

But the trigger was unusual: “When I first measured the trigger pull with my Lyman digital trigger gauge, I saw the following: at 1 lb 11 oz, the first stage appears to come out of the trigger and there is a hard stop. Then there is a long creepy pull and another hard stop at about 4 lbs 13 oz. Finally, at around 5 lbs, 4 oz, the shot goes off.”

While it is completely possible to shoot accurately with stock trigger, there is definitely room for improvement. So I emailed the nice folks at Airguns of Arizona and asked them to send me one of Steve Woodward’s GTX Generation II aftermarket triggers.

To install the GTX trigger, you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver, a flat blade screwdriver, a pocketknife or an awl, and of course, the GTX trigger. The trigger kit comes with a gold colored replacement trigger, a set of instructions (both sides of a sheet of paper) and a very small allen wrench.

The instructions contain a lot of information, and quite frankly, I found the instructions a bit intimidating. But in reality, the installation process is really quite simple.

To get started, first remove the screws from either side of the forestock.

 

Next, flip the gun upside down and remove the screw in the hole between the trigger guard and the pistol grip.

           

Next, flip the gun right side up and ease the action out of the stock.

Now, rest the action on the bench in front of you with the barrel pointed to the left and the trigger facing away from you. On the trigger assembly, you’ll notice an e-clip around the trigger pivot pin. Insert an awl or the tip of a pocketknife blade into one of the gaps between the e-clip and the pin and push the clip off the pin. Be careful not to lose the e-clip; you’ll need it later.

           

Now you can push the trigger pivot pin down and out of the trigger assembly. With the pin removed, you can slide the trigger out of the trigger housing.

Next, remove the “fat” pin (circled below) from the original trigger.

           

And slide it into the hole indicated below on the GTX trigger.

           

You’re almost ready to install the new trigger, but there are two more steps required. First, unscrew the strut adjustment screw at the back of the trigger housing.

           

Next, with a flat blade screwdriver, push the plastic block that held the strut adjustment screw out through the back of the trigger housing.

           

When the plastic block is removed, the end of the strut will pop up in the trigger housing.

           

Now, you’re ready to slip the GTX trigger into place. This is a two-handed job, since you have to press the trigger in against the spring-loaded strut, and slide the trigger pivot pin back into the trigger housing and through the hole in the GTX trigger. When you get the pivot pin properly reinserted, it will hold the trigger in place.

Now you need to slide the e-clip back in place around the trigger pivot pin. I found I could do this by placing the e-clip behind the pivot pin and gently pushing it forward with a flat bladed screwdriver.

The finished assembly should look like the picture below.

            

Now you are ready to put the action back in the stock. At this point, you can adjust the trigger by using the small allen wrench provided, but I don’t recommend it. I liked the pre-adjusted settings the trigger came with just fine, and I think most shooters will too. If you absolutely insist on fiddling with the adjustment, turning the primary adjustment screw clockwise will shorten and lighten the second stage. If you go too far, it becomes a single-stage trigger.

When you’re ready to shoot the GTX trigger, heed this warning: Don’t even touch the trigger without first pointing the muzzle in a safe direction! The trigger is now so light, smooth, and easy that it is possible to pull right through the second stage while trying to get a feel for it.

I found on my digital trigger gauge that around 1 lb. 2 oz., the first stage comes out of the trigger. At 1 lb. 15 oz., the shot goes down range. That’s light, but it’s very predictable once you become accustomed to it.

The GTX trigger makes a huge improvement to the Benjamin Trail All Weather.  It takes an already enjoyable air rifle and makes it smoother, more enjoyable, and more fun to shoot.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

-          Jock Elliott

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70 Comments

  1. Patrick Miller says:

    What a fantastic article that makes it look so simple and easy because of the straight-forward format. Thanks so much for providing such a practical piece of information.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Thanks for the kind words!

  2. leslie anderson says:

    will this install work for the gamo varmit hunter rifle aswell

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Leslie,

      I don’t know. Contact http://www.airgunsofarizona.com regarding that/

  3. Mark Johnson says:

    On the old trigger tthere is a spring with the “Fat”Pin, Do you put the spring and Fat pin in the GTX trigger?

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Mark,

      According to the designer of the GTX trigger, those parts are discarded. Consult part #s 10 and 17 on the instructions.

  4. M. Burnham says:

    Thanks for writing this up. Piece of cake and great improvement!

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      M. Burnham,

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad you’re enjoying it.

  5. Marcus Maia says:

    Jock
    Congratulations on the article.
    I live in Brazil and would like you to direct me to a store that makes delivery of the U.S. in my country, the trigger GTX-II.
    I searched and only found the http://www.archerairguns.com, but they do delivery in Brazil.
    Thank you.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Marcus,

      I’m pretty sure http://www.airgunsofarizona.com will help you. Contact them at mail@airgunsofarizona.com

  6. Marcus Maia says:

    Jock,

    Thank you for the information.
    I will contact them.

    I take this opportunity to question him about another piece of the NP Trail XL Benjamin .22 caliber.: The seal of the piston.
    I read some articles that say they are vulnerable.
    What is your opinion on the subject?

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Marcus,

      Unfortunately, I have no information on the subject, so I have no opinion.

  7. Cedric says:

    May I aks you a question? I have the Benjamin NP Hardwood and it features a plastic trigger. Which trigger do I need? Was the trigger in you Benjamin NP plastic as well?

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Cedric,

      According to Crosman info, the NP Hardwood has the same (non-plastic) trigger as the All Weather.

  8. Paul Roger Canting says:

    I’m about to buy a Benjamin Trail NP XL .22 cal and I need to know how can I purchase this trigger?

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Paul,

      Contact http://www.airgunsofarizona.com to purchase.

  9. Gary says:

    I have a similar trigger in a Gamo Delta.
    The transformation was dramatic. Light and smooth.

    BUT…a very big BUT. The reduction in trigger weight (as you noted) was significant enough that a big caution has to be made.

    You MUST be very careful with the new trigger. The reduction in trigger weight makes it much easier to accidentally fire the rifle. The dangerous part is, if you are out tromping about in the field, the physical exertion will raise you heart rate and physiologically change you. What was a nice light trigger will suddenly feel like the rifle went off when you just touched the trigger. IMHO a light trigger belongs on a controlled range.

    I received a comment “keep your finger off the trigger when you are not shooting.” That is fine in theory, but when are going to shoot, you put your finger in the trigger guard. If the rifle fires when you think you just placed your finger on the trigger, that is an accidental discharge. You could be on your target or not, but by definition, an accidental discharge was a shot that was “out of control.” And an “out of control” shot is a dangerous situation.

    The second is, a light trigger can be dangerous for new shooters who have not mastered trigger control. So much so that I will no longer use my Gamo Delta with the replaced trigger for a starter/trainer rifle. It is too easy to have an accidental discharge with untrained/new shooters. I now use a Daisy 953 with a deburred trigger a starter/trainer rifle.

    I really like the trigger, since most of what I do is target shooting on a controlled range. But I have to think about where I will shoot, to make sure that the shooting condition is safe for a light trigger.

    I wish there was a way to adjust the trigger weight with this trigger. Then you can adjust the trigger as appropriate for the shooting that you do, range or field.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Gary,

      I agree with you: you must be very careful with the new trigger. I also agree that probably new shooters would be better off starting out wtih a heavier trigger.

      As to in-the-field conditions, if you practice enough with the light trigger on the range, that may help you anticipate its light pull when you are in the woods.

      Thanks for your comments.

  10. Steve H says:

    Thanks for a great article Jock. I put this trigger in my Crosman Nitro Venom Dusk and it does indeed make a big difference. I have one question and one comment.

    1. My secondary adjustment screw works its way in clockwise with each shot to the point where after 20 or 30 shots the safety will not work and there is almost no fisrt stage travel. Can you recommend a “loctite” type material to put on the screw? I notce that the primary adjustment screw already has some type of material on it.

    2. On Gary’s comment about the light trigeer. I did find I could adjust the primary to make the trigger pull heavier. I adjusted it so that there is more “overlap” as it is called in the directions.

    Thanks again, this trigger made a big difference for me.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Steve,

      Thanks for the kind words. The designer of the GTX trigger says: Both Loctite “Blue” and ND Industries “Vibratite” would be good choices.

  11. J. Moore says:

    Hello Jock,

    I just purchased a Remington NPSS model air rifle and do not like the very heavy trigger pull. It seems to be forcing my shots down and right every time. Have you had a chance to fire this gun and would you recommend the GTX as an option. I appreciate the help as I am considering getting something else.

    Thank you.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Jason,

      The NCT trigger should fit the NPSS and provide a big improvement. Look here: http://www.airgunsofarizona.com/NCT.htm

  12. Chris Byrne says:

    Thanks for the step by step instructions. These are much better than the instructions that came with the trigger. It probably only 10 minutes to install. I could probably do it in 5 minutes if did it a second time.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Chris,

      Thanks for the kind words. Enjoy your trigger and your gun!

  13. Mac M says:

    I bought the gtx trigger and installed it in my Benjamin Trail NP all weather and the safty will not work any more. Any advice?

    I also had to use the other hole for the pivot pin instead of the hole you circled. Did do it incorrectly? It does cock and fire.

    Thanks,

    Mac

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Mac,

      The inventor of he GTX triggers says:

      Mac,

      For your safety toggle issue, please refer to the “Secondary Adjustment” section of the “Adjustment Guide” that was supplied with your trigger – also available online at: http://www.airgunsofarizona.​com/GTX.htm Click on the blue “Adjustment Guide” button on the upper right of the picture of the GTX.

      You’re correct about the smaller of the two holes being the correct one for the pivot pin. The larger hole (circled in the blog writeup) is for the “Fat Pin.”

  14. Michael B says:

    Great article. Thanks very much!

    1. Michael B says:

      So, now I’m struggling somewhat. I followed your instructions carefully (I like to think so), but with the new trigger installed the rifle won’t cock fully (and of course the trigger won’t function). The barrel won’t lock at the end of the action (?). Admittingly, the trigger on my new Trail NP (hardwood) has some subtle differences to the pictures above. I can certainly email you some photos. I also noticed initially that I needed to remove two e-clips from each side of the trigger pivot pin (you only mention one). The trigger pivot pin is not a symmetric cylinder on mine, but has a larger ‘flat top’ on one side – is this the same as yours?
      I admit that despite my experience with firearms, I have little ‘gunsmith’ experience. Any help would be appreciated!

      1. Jock Elliott says:

        Michael,

        A great 24/7 source for airgun advice of all kinds, including application of AoA custom products like the GTX, is the “Yellow” forum.

        I suggest that questions such as yours be posted there. Here’s how to gain posting privileges on the Yellow if you don’t already have them: http://www.network54.com/Forum/79574/message/1299934519/Instructions+on+becoming+a+poster

  15. Michael says:

    I’m struggling to get this to work. I followed your instructions carefully (I thought). First, I just bought my Trail NP hardwood recently, and realized there were some subtle differences in the trigger compared to the one pictured above. I proceeded anyway. I realized my trigger had 2 e clips which I removed ( you mention only one). I continued with the install. when the rifle was (seemingly) back together it wouldn’t cock properly. The barrel would not lock back, and the rifle could not be cocked. I’d like to send some photos to illustrate the differences I noticed, perhaps you would be so kind to help troubleshoot this. I don’t have much amateur gunsmith experience.

  16. Michael says:

    I’m struggling to get this to work. I followed your instructions carefully (I thought). First, I just bought my Trail NP hardwood recently, and realized there were some subtle differences in the trigger compared to the one pictured above. I proceeded anyway. I realized my trigger had 2 e clips which I removed ( you mention only one). I continued with the install. when the rifle was (seemingly) back together it wouldn’t cock properly. The barrel would not lock back, and the rifle could not be cocked. I’d like to send some photos to illustrate the differences I noticed, perhaps you would be so kind to help troubleshoot this.

  17. Scott Hemleben says:

    Hi Jock,

    I’m a bit confused. I’ve got an All Weather. I’d like to install this trigger. But I see here and on other sites that the XL may not like this mod. So I’m wondering why and I’m a bit leery. Aren’t the triggers the same in the All Weather and the XL? Is is a crap-shoot as to whether or not this mod will work in my rifle?

    -Thanks

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Scott,

      Here’s the what inventor of the GTX trigger has to say: “The GTX generation 2 is carefully designed and engineered to fit all Benji’ Trails and rifles using a similar trigger group. You’re right, however, that unfortunately this is not true of all aftermarket “golden” triggers. Therefore please beware of imitations and imitators.”

  18. Ben says:

    If your main concern is the heavy trigger pull, remove the culprit, the spring in the trigger. I am now much happier with my Trail NP Hardwood (less trigger spring) without having to spend a single dime. Try it!

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Ben,

      According to the inventor of the GTX trigger, removing the spring will cause the trigger blade to flip-flop back and forth between its full forward position and the onset of contact with the sear. It doesn’t sound like a trigger that I would enjoy shooting, but perhaps it works for you. Personally, I approach all trigger modifications with extreme caution, and I hope that the readers of this blog will do the same.

      1. Ben says:

        Jock,

        I forgot to mention the plastic block (with strut adjustment screw) also needs to be removed. The tension from the strut spring keeps the trigger in place, the trigger is solid, it doesn’t flip-flop; now you’re just pulling the trigger against the force of the strut spring (as it should be) and not against the strut spring + trigger spring. Yes, safety works, everything works as in stock condition, there is absolutely no safety issue, just a lighter trigger and not a hair trigger. The trigger will only be loose if the plastic block is left in place, it keeps the strut from fully contacting the trigger. BTW, this is EXACTLY why the plastic block is REMOVED with the GTX and other gold trigger installations, the tension on the trigger is entirely from the strut spring…and guess what, those gold trigger have NO trigger spring! Keep in mind, this only remedies the heavy trigger pull (which has been by far the biggest complaint with Trail NP’s) and not the 1st/2nd stage adjustments. Jock, give it a try, remove the GTX, reinstall the original trigger minus the block and trigger spring.

  19. Scott Schory says:

    I wonder if you could tell me where to order one of these triggers for my Trail NP, the help is greatly appreciated! (a website or pone number would also be great)

  20. Scott Schory says:

    well, I received and installed my GTX trigger and you guys are correct. Super light, yet predictable…just as I was getting used to shooting the stock setup, now I have to learn the new trigger pull all over again. I think for myself, I use only my fingertip to set the first stage, breathe, the squeeze again….my accuracy is improving, but the gophers in CA aren’t much bigger than a mouse. Still waiting for my first kill on the little bastards!

  21. Rowdy MacFarlane says:

    Hi, Will the GTX trigger also work in the Benjamin Trail NP XL .25? Thanks.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Rowdy,

      Yes, I believe it will. Check with the good folks at http://www.airgunsofarizona.com when you order.

  22. Ed Quinones says:

    For all those with problems installing the GTX to the Benjamin Trial NP. The problem is that Crossman uses two different types of triggers. You need to compare the trigger mechanism with the photos here and if it is different, then you have to contact them to ask if they have a different replacement trigger.

  23. Chriss says:

    Hi. I received the my GTX and with your great page it was very easy to install on my Benjamin trail NP hardwood. The trigger is amazing soft. My only question is about the 2 stages. I found that when the triger was installed was like there was not 2 but only 1 stage. I tried the fix but the filling of the first stage was not so good…Seems that the trigger had nothing to keep steady…a feeling like in the air….like no spring keep the trigger in the first stage…so I returned back to the “like one stage” triger. You just touch and when you want to shoot just …klick. Maybe my English are not so good to explain the feeling. The GTX is aGREAT trigger. Before this I was thinking to sell my benjamin.
    Thanks

  24. Mick says:

    Just received the GTX Gen II trigger and installing it following your instructions went smoothly. Trying to decifer manufacturer instructions are, as you stated, somewhat confusing. They don’t really cover some details as well as you did. My NP 22 all weather shoots so much easier, it’s not even the same gun. Gotta get used to the light pull factor since the 5 pound trigger pull earlier was a real pain. After purchasing this rifle I nearly sold it because of the miserable trigger system, then I found your site and this is a keeper rifle now for sure. Watch out squirrels, Mick’s in town.
    Thanks. Mick

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Mick,

      Thanks for the kind words. Enjoy!

  25. Mike says:

    Will this change the travel on the trigger? Just bought one and the poundage isn’t bad but the travel is awful,almost to the back of the guard.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Mike,

      Yes it will shorten the travel.

  26. cedric says:

    hey guys my problem lies in side the trigger assembly. Their is a sring that came out and I have tried to put it back in but every way i vput it in it doesnt fit. I do know that it has to do with the pulling back of the piston. Can any on help.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Cedric,

      If you are referring to the blade spring (part number 17 in the installation diagram), you don’t need it with the GTX trigger.

  27. Steve Watson says:

    Thank you for the trigger information. My Benjamin trigger-pull was more like 12lbs. first stage and twelve lbs. second stage. AWFUL! Being a competition pistol shooter, I appreciate a good trigger. I now have a GREAT trigger. Install time was about 5 minutes. Again, thanks. Good job.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Steve,

      Thanks for the kind words!

  28. Don Swyers says:

    I upgraded my nitro trail trigger to the gtx generation 2 and my safety hasn’t worked since.. I tried adjusting the secondary, and it still doesn’t work…

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Don,

      I will be replying to your comment soon in an upcoming blog.

    2. michael says:

      My gtx did that in my stoeger and I realized I left the large pin out!

  29. Mike says:

    Just installed the new trigger. The difference is amazing. A true target trigger.I haven’t shot a group yet but I know they will shrink a bunch.

  30. michael says:

    My safety didn’t work after installing the gtx but the gun fired ok. Figured out I had left the large pin out!

  31. Hal Niebel says:

    Brilliance is taking the seemingly complex and making it simple. Your explanation of installation of the gtx was BRILLIANT!

    Your step-by-step instructions worked perfectly. Thanks a bunch!

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Hal,

      Thanks for the kind words.

  32. Hal Niebel says:

    Mr. Elliott -

    I wrote the note directly above. My E-mail, should you care to reply to this request, is ONTRD1@VERIZON.NET.

    Many years ago I was an infantry officer in Vietnam. My sidearm was a Colt .45 which I purchased personally. A USMC gunsmith was kind enough to file (stone?) the hammer hooks to a point where the pull was perfect.

    At 74 years of age, I am having a bunch of fun with my Benjamin BT1122WNP rifle. However, I would like to move up a notch to a fine “match” air rifle.

    There are two reasons for this: 1) I have hit what I believe to be the limit in accuracy with the Benjamin (w/gtx) , and, 2) in spite of my age, I have a steady hand; when I was much younger in the USMC, I shot high combined pistol and rifle at the TBS (120 students).

    I am looking forward to your thinking should you care to share it.

    Respectfully,
    Hal

    I need to move to the next level in air rifles, i.e., “match.” Suggestions? With respect, Hal

  33. Jeremy says:

    Thanks for the easy instructions. I had my new trigger installed in less than 5 minutes and unlike my last Benjamin pump rifle fix, this rifle still works.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Jeremy,

      Thanks for the kind words! Enjoy the new trigger.

  34. Teo says:

    Hi Jock,

    I have purchased a new Benji trail NP and would like to install the GTX trigger, I am however concerned about the safety of the GTX trigger, is it possible to adjust the gtx to a higher pull weight (to prevent accidental discharge while I am still getting used to the rifle) and lighten it over time or is the stiffest setting still “unsafe” as mentioned by others?

    Kind regards

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Teo,

      The GTX trigger is as safe and resistant to accidental discharges as the stock trigger because it preserves the same amount of sear engagement.

      Please read and heed my article on airgun safety (12/9/13) – in particular the suggestions regarding correct trigger handling habits.

      Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you’re ready to shoot. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard while loading the airgun.

  35. Eric Tankersley says:

    Just installed my new GTX trigger on my Benjamin Prowler with the help of your article! Took me like five minutes! Thank you for your easy to follow step-by-step instructions! I can’t believe the world of difference this makes on my gun! I am one happy man!

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Eric,

      Thanks for the kind words!

  36. Mark says:

    Jock,

    Great write up!! Made it so easy for me.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Mark,

      Thanks for the kind words. It’s always nice to know that something I wrote proved useful.

  37. chris from canada says:

    here is an impossible possibility [at least i can't figure it out] for you guys i want to share. i have a crosman cs5m22 with an outwardly similar looking trigger group. i pushed out the pin for the safety lever by following it through with a similar pin to retain all the parts from flying out. i was successful last night in permanently removing the safety lever, safety spring, five inch long safety de-cocking arm and spring. now here is the joke, the sear spring is in place but the end has miraculously jumped over the sear head and is resting inside the body of the trigger group which is the opposite of your third picture showing the sear spring outside the sear head and trigger body … oh darn, i just remembered something… the pin i used to chase out the original pin was slightly undersized. that probably did it… : \ ….never-mind LOL i’m off to remedy it. thanks for your pictures they helped me talk myself through that one. :) thank God for you and the internet.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Chris,

      Thanks for the kind words. Be extremely careful with any trigger modifications! Safety — by a wide margin — should be your first priority.

      1. chris from canada says:

        i agree safety safety safety…here in canada we take a mandatory safety test before being granted firearms licenses unlike in the USA. we learn and employ the a.c.t.s. and p.r.o.v.e. method of gun safety which guarantees absolute safety if followed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVnKDEqsRHA i usually spot safety violations on all the youtube gun videos i watch and leave a comment. as for my airgun i mostly had a problem with the factory decision to not let me de-cock the air gun after it was cocked. they wanted to arbitrarily force me to fire the weapon to de-cock it. i said no thanks and did my modifications LOL all is working fine now. i fixed/repositioned the sear spring the next night after seeing your pictures.

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