The Benjamin Rogue, .357 caliber of air gun fun from Outdoorsman Kevin Reese
September 20, 2013 - 2:23pm
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
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