Looked at PA data again on the XL 1500, and they list .177 MV at 1500 fps ..... gotta be the wrong rifle I'm looking at.
That sounds about right for light-weight pellets.
Straight Shooters lists a 725, 1100, and 1500 Benjamin Trail rifles.
Trail NP Hardwood .22 Caliber
The Trail NP Hardwood features a handsome, checkered, hardwood stock. The imposing 23 ft-lbs of muzzle energy provides 16% more downrange energy than .177 cal., and features velocities of up to 950 fps*.
Trail NP XL 1500 .177 Caliber
The XL1500 features a handsome, checkered, hardwood stock. With its daunting 24 ft-lbs of muzzle energy, and shot velocities of up to 1500 fps*, small game – it’s game over.
Trail NP XL 1100 .22 Caliber
The Trail NP XL1100 features a handsome, checkered, hardwood stock. The stunning 30 ft-lbs of muzzle energy, and shot velocities of up to 1100 fps* make this the ultimate choice for successful small game hunting.
Trail NP XL 725 .25 Caliber
With 30 ft-lbs of muzzle energy, and velocities of up to 800 fps (using alloy pellets), the fearsome NEW XL725 provides 24% more downrange energy than a .177 caliber offers. This is the most powerful Nitro Piston break barrel available.
Cocking effort is listed as heavy for all models - http://www.straightshooters.com/benjaminsheridan/trail-np-rifles.html
R&L Airgun Supply, http://www.rlairgunsupply.com/cart/products/Benjamin_Trail_NP_XL_177_Cal-472-62.html,
doesn’t mention cocking but does list 1500fps for the .177 Trail NP XL.
Of the Crosman made rifles with NPs the U.S. made Remington’s are reported to be the best. I can’t personally speak to that claim, but I was considering the Remington before I settled for the new Diana 34 Classic. I decided I didn’t need that much power for my purposes, and actually would have preferred something along the lines of the HW50S from Weihrauch with its 574 fps muzzle velocity (.22 cal), but $379.95 was/is out of my price range at the moment. Weihrauch, same as the German made Beemans, are amoung the cream of the crop – but they are all Springers IMHO.