The New Benjamin Super Streak
The new Benjamin Super Streak is the first springer to bear the name "superstreak" since the inception of the company, to my knowledge. Upon being acquired by Crosman, some changes have occurred, and the use of the name that generations have used to refer to a pump-up pneumatic now has a springer to its name.
The gun in question is one of the better-made offerings from China. And it is a whopper of a gun! Fully 50" in length, this is not a gun for the small shooter, or for the shooter who has a limited reach. When I'm sitting down in a chair, it is almost impossible to reach the end of the barrel if I have the butt of the gun resting on my thigh. So cocking it takes some getting used to, and you have to really reach out there to slap the end of the barrel! The long barrel does keep the cocking effort from being prohibitively irksome, but it still takes a good tug to cock this large springer.
Out of the box, I immediately noticed the truly ambidextrous thumbhole stock. What a nice touch, good for left or right hand shooters. And there is some attractive patterning on the stock to firm up your grip.
Each Super Streak comes with a 4-16x40mm CenterPoint precision scope. This Adventure Class scope has adjustable objective, zero locking/resetting windage and elevation dials and a red/green illuminated Mil-Dot reticle. Included are flip open lens covers. The scope comes mounted, though it needs firming up by positioning exactly where you want it, and securing the scope rings and mount in place. The CenterPoint scope is nice, bright, and easy to adjust. The adjustable turrets have a handy locking ring that allows you to secure your scope adjustments in place without having to worry about scope knob covers. I found this a useful feature, and hope other makers adopt such a system.
The Super Streak I tested was in .22 caliber, and I used the following pellets for testing: Crosman Premiers, JSB Exacts, RWS Superdomes, RWS Super H-Points, and Gamo Hunters. Of the pellets listed, I managed my best groups with the Gamo Hunters, which were sent downrange at an average velocity of 850 fps over a 5-shot group. Depending on the pellet used, you will get anywhere from 21 fpe to 26 fpe, dependent of course on the weight of the pellet.
Here is the pattern I achieved from the Gamo Hunters. Note that this gun is brand new, out of the box, with about 200 warm up shots in it. Over time, groups normally will tighten as the gun wears in, and the shooter become more accustomed to it.
The trigger and safety switch are metal, located inside the plastic trigger guard. The safety is positioned just ahead of the trigger, common in many airguns. Easily reached with the trigger finger, it held firm in either position, and required a purposeful movement to engage or disengage the safety.
If you prefer open-sight shooting, the rear sight is of good quality, easily adjustable, and the front sight sports a globed front pin.
This gun will suit the large-framed individual who enjoys hunting. It has the power for raccoon-sized animals and down, and comes with all you need to get out into the field after a few test shots and sighting in. And the price? Currently selling for $299.95, it is easily acquired. So give this new Benjamin some consideration when thinking of a hunting air gun.