When I first reviewed the Benjamin Trail NP All Weather (check out here http://22.214.171.124/blog/2010/05/benjamin-trail-np-all-weather-%e2%80%93-part-i.html and http://126.96.36.199/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