Since 1923, the Crosman brand has stood for high quality, accessibly priced airguns, airgun ammunition, and CO2 powerlets.
Led by the legendary 760 Pumpmaster™, the Crosman brand offers variable pump rifles and pistols, CO2 rifles and pistols, and entry-level break barrel air rifles.
Additionally, since 2009, the Crosman Challenger™ PCP rifle has been the leading air rifle for the sporter class competition circuit. Crosman is the official supplier to the Army and Marines JROTC shooting programs.
Ravin Crossbows is a leading designer, manufacturer and innovator of crossbows and accessories. Ravin primarily focuses on the higher-end segment of the crossbow market and has developed significant intellectual property related to the advancement of crossbow technology, quickly establishing a reputation as a manufacturer of the industry’s most dependable, durable, accurate and technologically-advanced line of crossbows.
In 1882, Walter R. Benjamin of St. Louis, Missouri, introduced the first Benjamin air rifle. These Benjamin Pump guns were manufactured by the Wissler Instrument Co. of St. Louis under a U.S. patent that had been issued to Benjamin. Unlike many air guns of this period, the Benjamin was intended not as a toy, but as a high-power compressed air.
The Benjamin Air Rifle Company was acquired by Crosman in 1992. Today, Velocity Outdoor has built on the Benjamin heritage to feature all of our adult hunting and high performance PCP and break barrel airguns, as well as a selection of premium pellet ammo. The evergreen consumer favorite Benjamin Marauder was launched in 2008 and the first ever big bore airgun, the .357 caliber Benjamin Rogue, was launched in 2011.
Today, Benjamin continues to lead the airgun hunting market with high-powered products such as the Benjamin Bulldog™ .357 caliber and the revolutionary hybrid hunting weapon, the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow™ which fires a full size, full weight arrow with broadhead downrange at a a blazing 450fps.
In 2016, Velocity Outdoor launched a line of crossbows under the CenterPoint Archery brand. The line was led by the award-winning Sniper 370 (the winner of the 2016 Outdoor Life “Great Buy” and “Quietest Crossbow” honors.
Today, CenterPoint crossbows are known for their high quality and premium performance and are sold in all of the major sporting goods retailers including Academy Sports, Walmart, Cabela’s, Bass Pro, Amazon, and many others.
The CenterPoint Optics line was launched in 2006 as a way to provide affordable, high-quality riflescopes to hunters. In 2014, CenterPoint was the first company to bring to market a Ballistic Drop Compensating reticle at affordable price points with the TAG™ (Trajectory Aiming Guide) reticle series.
CenterPoint continued blazing trails with the launch of the CenterPoint Spectrum™ series in 2017, bringing First Focal Plane scopes to never before seen price points. The quality and performance of these scopes are so strong that CenterPoint offers an industry-leading Bullseye Guarantee, which allows consumers to return products any time, for any reason, no questions asked.
In 2018 CenterPoint launched the PLT™ (Precision Lock Turret) series, a line of scopes offering tactical-style, tool-less locking ring and resetting capabilities and rugged, 30mm tubes.
Today, CenterPoint offers a range of riflescopes, red dot sights, binoculars, and other optics accessories.
In 2017, Crosman acquired the commercial business of LaserMax, Inc. LaserMax serves the firearms market by providing technologically superior lights and laser gunsights, all manufactured in the US.
LaserMax’s proprietary Guide Rod series are the most technologically advanced laser systems on the market. Guide rod lasers replace the recoil spring guide assembly in semi-auto pistols for a seamless integration into the firearm and guaranteed alignment to the center of the bore. No laser sight in the world is subject to more rigorous testing.
In 2017, LaserMax introduced the revolutionary GripSense™ activation technology. This groundbreaking approach uses technology similar to smartphones, sensing the user’s grip on the firearm and activating the light or laser instantly – no push button required. In personal defense situations, GripSense saves you precious seconds that would be wasted fumbling to activate a push button.
LaserMax also offers a complete line of rail-mounted products, including the Spartan series which is guaranteed to hold alignment when compared to low-priced Chinese imported brands.
The Game Face brand was created in 2001, originally for a line of paintball markers and accessories. The company expanded into the airsoft market in 2002
Game Face is now one of the leading brands in the airsoft market, known for fun, high quality airsoft rifles, pistols, ammo, and accessories.
Velocity Outdoor began in 1923 as Crosman Rifle Company in Rochester, New York. Bertram Fenner, the Operations Manager for Crosman Brothers Seed Company, reached an agreement with William McLean to produce pellets and an airgun based on McLean’s own patented design.
Two years later, Frank Hahn purchased Crosman Rifle Company and renamed it Crosman Arms. His son, P.Y. Hahn, becomes the driving force of the company for the next fifty years.
The Coleman Company, Inc. acquired Crosman in 1971 and moved Crosman’s principal manufacturing facilities to the current location in East Bloomfield, New York.
In August 1990, Worldwide Sports and Recreation acquired Crosman. Shortly thereafter, Crosman acquired the Visible Impact Target Company in 1991 and the Benjamin Sheridan Corporation 1992. Benjamin has continued as a dominant U.S. manufacturer of high-end pneumatic and CO2 powered airguns. Sheridan was one of the world's foremost manufacturers of high quality paintball markers.
In January, 1997, Crosman was acquired by Forrest Binkley Brown, a private investment group. During this ownership period, Crosman formed the Sheridan Paintball Division created the Game Face brand, and introduced a line of airsoft products, designed for low-impact, recreational target shooting.
Crosman was acquired by The Compass Group in 2004. During this time period Crosman introduced spring piston break barrels to the U.S. market and started the CenterPoint Optics line of riflescopes.
After being acquired by Pamlico in 2007, Crosman introduced a line of PCP guns under the Benjamin brand, including the evergreen consumer favorite, the Benjamin Marauder. From 2007 – 2011 was a notable period of innovation for the company, with the Challenger PCP competition rifle and a youth archery line launched in 2008, the revolutionary Nitro Piston break barrel powerplant brought out in 2010, and the first ever Big Bore airgun (the .357 caliber Benjamin Rogue) launched in 2011.
Crosman was acquired by Wellspring Capital in 2011 and signed a license with the U.S. Marines for Airsoft products, proceeds of which go to MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) programs for veterans. This was another era of innovation and diversification as Crosman acquired the Remington license for airguns, including storied brands such as Remington, DPMS, Bushmaster, and Marlin. In 2016, Crosman introduced the CenterPoint line of crossbows as well as the revolutionary hybrid hunting weapon, the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow™.
After the success of the above initiatives, the company was acquired for a second time by The Compass Diversified Group in 2017. Shortly thereafter, Crosman acquired the commercial business of Lasermax Inc, the premier manufacturer of laser aiming devices for firearms.
In 2018, Crosman formed Velocity Outdoor and formally changed its name to do business under the new corporation. Velocity Outdoor identity better reflects the diverse portfolio of brands, highlights the company’s strengths in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets, and positions the company for future growth.
Today, Velocity Outdoor is an international designer, manufacturer and marketer of Crosman and Benjamin pellet and BB rifles and pistols and ammunition, Game Face airsoft products, CenterPoint precision optics, CenterPoint crossbows, and Lasermax products.
The company employs more than 300 people between the Bloomfield manufacturing facility and the Farmington, NY warehouse. Velocity Outdoor distributes and markets its products around the world.
NEW - September 4, 2018
- Velocity Outdoor, Inc. (parent company for leading brands such as Crosman and Benjamin Airguns, CenterPoint Archery and Optics, LaserMax, and GameFace Airsoft), today announces the acquisition of Ravin Crossbows, the most revolutionary crossbow company in the outdoor industry.
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