Benjamin Marauder Pistol 150% Power Increase Use the Force (or Rich Dudek)!
THIS IS THE WAY. THE MANDO-MARAUDER.
So it is time for another Stars Wars theme build! This build is a Mandalorian Bounty Hunter slug slinging carbine with the look and feel of a blaster you would see in the Mandalorian's arms room on his ship, the Razor Crest.
Rich Dudek stepped into this build and took it to the next level and increased the velocity and power by 150% AND fabricated a double bottle manifold giving me TONS of shots.
This build started off as a bone stock Benjamin Maurader Pistol from Pyramyd Air. Most of my builds start off with picking up gear from PA or Airgun Depot. Biggest selection of airguns online hands down.
I wanted to start this build off with a Crosman based airgun for a couple of reasons. #1 Made in America! #2 Other than the cosmetic treatments I will l be doing to this thing to give it that "Star Wars" look, there are some really well respected modders and tuners in our community with a TON of experience to take these pistols and rifles to the next level.
Not only do I want this thing to look Mando-awesome, but have some real knock down power just in case I ever come face to face with a Mudhorn and need to put it down with a slug.
I used the Benjamin Marauder High Power Tuning Regulator By Huma Air Regulators to give me the plenum space and consistent shot velocities I will be looking for to sling slugs from this pistol / carbine.
I built this gun as a Mandalorian Bounty Hunter concept carbine based on a lot of Star Wars and Mandalorian history. I will be researching a lot about the art form of model builders from the original Star Wars Trilogy.
If you are as big of a Star Wars geek as me, you understand the deep and meaningful history that went into the original blasters and weapons found in the Star Wars story. Many of the original rifles and pistols were based on WWII era weapons with a few "add-ons" to make them look more space aged, but keeping with a battle worn and rugged look.
Fun Star Wars fact! Most people can recognize many of the original star wars blasters based on some well known firearms, but did you know in the most recent Mandalorian series, many of his guns are AIRGUNS???!!!! Yup – that is right – the Mandalorian is a fellow airhead!
The Star Wars community of fans have already identified at least 3 obscure airguns in his collection. They are the: Apache Fireball Air Pistol – Webley Tempest Air Pistol – Webley Premier Air Pistol. I will be adding the Benjamin Marauder Pistol to this list.
There are quite a few scenes where Mando goes to his arms room on board his ship where there are tons of sweet looking blasters. I will be using a lot of the design concepts from these blasters to build my own.
Those "add-on" bits and pieces are referred to as Greeblies and is a term coined by George Lucas to describe the small parts that were attached to weapons, ships, walls, clothing. droids, etc. to give them depth and texture.
Back then, CGI was in its infancy and no one could imagine the 3D printing capabilities we have now days. The original prop makers and designers had to use stuff they found in the scrap yard and their imagination. That is how I will be doing this build. No 3D printed plastic stuff.
Taking some design inspirations for other Star Wars fan builders, I took a DonnyFL suppressor and added T bars which are a common Star Wars prop Greeblie. Now it is VERY quiet AND it looks Star Wars-ish.
You'll also notice that in the Star Wars story there is a lot of use of wood, leather, and other "organic" textures. I will be incorporating some of these items into this build. So this gun won't be something you will specifically see in the Star Wars story to include the new Mandalorian Series, but it will feel like it was plucked right from the set.
First step – disassembly and distressing. When most people get a new airgun then pamper it and don't want a single scratch on it to keep it looking new for as long as possible. Not this one! I need to make this thing look like it has seen battles all across the galaxy and maybe even spent some time in the belly of a Sarlacc on Tatooine. I even bought a lighter branding iron to possibly burn the Mandalorian logo into the wood grips or stock. We will see where I go with this.
Go out and pick up a Benjamin Marauder Pistol too and start your own build along with me! Get one here: https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Benjamin_Marauder_PCP_Air_Pistol/2367
Stay tuned and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!