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Crosman Introduces Nitro Piston Break Barrel Technology



ROCHESTER, New York - -( Crosman Corporation, long known for innovation and quality in the shooting sports, has signed a multi-year agreement for the exclusive license to manufacture and market the patent pending Vortek gas piston technology under the name Crosman Nitro Piston™. The new technology promises break barrel users greater accuracy due to quicker lock time, greater vibration dampening, a lower decibel report and significantly less recoil. The new technology will be incorporated in a new Crosman break barrel, the Nitro Piston Short Stroke (NPSS) and will be available at retail in June, 2009.

According to Crosman President and CEO, Ken D’Arcy, the new technology is an order of magnitude improvement over earlier break barrel spring airguns. “Break barrel technology has so many advantages. Now, by adding Nitro Piston technology, we have solved most of the objections people have to break barrels,” he said. “Nitro Piston provides a quiet, vibration-free, accurate rifle with very little recoil. It really is the best of both worlds.”

The heart of gas piston technology is its use of nitrogen as the power, instead of a coiled steel spring.

Unlike steel and CO2, nitrogen isn’t adversely affected by temperature. In addition, the technology allows for much easier cocking. The nitro piston starts engaging the moment the shooter starts cocking the gun. Gas pistons can also be left cocked for long periods of time without degrading and losing velocity, the way steel springs do. Also, when a steel spring uncoils, the vibration is not only annoying, it compromises precision. “Nitro Piston technology solves both by creating a smoother cocking force and releasing the gun’s power more quickly,” said D’Arcy.

Says D’Arcy, the auto industry has been using gas piston technology for decades. “Our cars ride smoother and quieter because of these steel-free pistons having been incorporated into modern engines and suspension systems. Our doors and hatchbacks last longer, operate more efficiently, and are more reliable since converting to gas piston technology. I think Nitro Piston will raise the break barrel category to a whole new level in shooting satisfaction,” he said.

Crosman will introduce its first Nitro Piston airgun in June, the Nitro Piston Short Stroke, with the expectation that this technology will be incorporated in additional break barrel models during the next year. The NPSS will feature a soft touch vibration dampening stock with an enhanced trigger package for greater performance.

D’Arcy expects “to witness this technology distinguish Crosman break barrels, and be integrated into hundreds of thousands of our rifles in the future.”

For additional information on Crosman’s Nitro Piston technology, or on the rifles whose design will include it, or on any Crosman, Benjamin, Centerpoint Precision Optics, Crosman Archery, or Game Face Airsoft products, visit the company’s Web sites at ,,, or write to Laura Evans, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, East Bloomfield, NY 14443, email her at, or call her at (800) 7 – AIRGUN (724-7486).

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  • 3 User comments to “Crosman Introduces Nitro Piston Break Barrel Technology”

    1. Terminal Velocity on May 12, 2009 at 1:32 PM said:

      Could of given a little credit for this breaking news considering they were the first to have info on it and the fact Tom Gaylord were discussing this rifle oh like last week.

    2. We always give credit to the original creators of news and in this case it was the corporation Crosman who submited the above press release.

    3. Henry Faber on February 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM said:

      I would like to ask if the rifle Benjamin Super Streak, Black Finish has Crosman’s Nitro Piston technology because does not have any recoil and I read that many owners were complaining about strong recoil.

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