PLINK­ING PER­FEC­TION

Has the edi­tor found his per­fect plinker in the Ben­jamin Wild­fire?

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Phill Price spreads pel­lets like Wild­Fire, with this rapid fire ri­fle from Cros­man

D espite be­ing sur­rounded by some of the most high- tech kit you could imag­ine, I love a good, old-fash­ioned plink­ing ses­sion with a sim­ple gun. Mak­ing tin cans dance their way down the lawn never fails to raise a smile, and I’ll of­ten choose a multi- shot pis­tol for that, but it would be nice to have a ri­fle for the job, too. Ben­jamin must feel the same way be­cause they of­fer a great lit­tle ri­fle – the Wild­Fire – which uses some tech­nol­ogy that might well be bor­rowed from a pis­tol – or a re­volver, to be more pre­cise.

From the out­side, the Wild­Fire looks a lot like a Ruger 10/22 rim­fire ri­fle, a model that’s mas­sively suc­cess­ful in Amer­ica. The 10/22 is semi- au­to­matic, mean­ing that ev­ery time you pull the sin­gle- ac­tion trig­ger it will fire, mak­ing it great fun to plink with, and to get the same ef­fect the Wild­Fire uses a ro­tary mag­a­zine, turned by the first stage of the trig­ger’s move­ment. Once a new pel­let is in line with the bar­rel, the ham­mer drops and al­lows high pres­sure air to flow from the reser­voir to drive it down the bar­rel.

REAL GUN AP­PEAL

In re­al­ity, it is a dou­ble- ac­tion re­volver mated to a pre- charged pneu­matic ( PCP) ri­fle, to cre­ate pure plink­ing fun. As fast as you can pull the trig­ger, another .177 cal­i­bre pel­let is fired un­til all 12 are gone. The ro­tary mag­a­zine is held by a fake box mag­a­zine that locks into the ac­tion in the way firearm ones do, adding to the ‘real gun’ ap­peal.

The am­bidex­trous syn­thetic stock is a good choice for young­sters who are likely to scratch and ding it, be­cause be­ing so tough it will be able to take the abuse. At just 13½” the pull length – that’s the dis­tance from the trig­ger to the butt pad – will suit young­sters, yet still be com­fort­able for most adults to en­joy, too.

“enough power to shoot right through both sides of a steel can with ease”

Open sights are fit­ted as stan­dard and are a mix­ture of the old and the new. The front sight is a ramped job, with a bright green, fi­bre- op­tic in­sert to make it clear in your view. The rear is a sim­ple bent metal job that can be ad­justed for el­e­va­tion with a notched wedge. Windage ad­just­ments need a cross- head screw­driver to loosen two screws first. They might be sim­ple, but they work per­fectly well on a plinker. On top of the plas­tic ac­tion there are scope rails moulded in should you want to add a scope or a red dot later.

RAPID-FIRE PLINKER

As men­tioned, this is a PCP that car­ries its air reser­voir be­low the bar­rel. It’s filled though a male Forster fit­ting at the muz­zle, and I was im­pressed to see a par­ti­cle fil­ter fit­ted to keep dirt out. Be­cause the reser­voir is so small and the fill pres­sure just 138bar, fill­ing slowly and care­fully is vi­tal. I was de­lighted to see a pres­sure gauge in the belly of the stock, too. Ben­jamin claims 60 shots per fill, but I think that might be a lit­tle op­ti­mistic. The chrono­graph told me that the Wild­Fire can drive the Air Arms Field Di­ablo at over 600 feet per sec­ond for 7.5 ft.lbs. of muz­zle en­ergy, enough power to shoot right through both sides of a steel can with ease.

Just as I’d hoped, the Wild­Fire is a truly ex­cel­lent rapid- fire plinker and loads of fun to shoot. The light­weight build and sim­ple sights al­low ev­ery­body to have fun, so re­mem­ber to have plenty of air and pel­lets on hand if you buy one be­cause you’re go­ing to need them!

BE­LOW: Fast fire fun is guar­an­teed

TOP RIGHT: The ‘box mag’ holds a 12-shot ro­tary pel­let mag­a­zine

TOP LEFT: Ev­ery PCP needs a pres­sure gauge like this

BE­LOW LEFT: The Fos­ter fill­ing port has a par­ti­cle fil­ter

BE­LOW RIGHT: Load­ing .177 pel­lets is sim­ple

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