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Benjamin 392/397

Discussion in 'Air Guns' started by ZVP, Sep 25, 2013.

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  1. ZVP

    ZVP Member

    May 20, 2010
    I have noticed few mentions of the great Benjamin Multi Pump rifles here and I too am a fan of this powerful,. accurate rifle!
    I bought one of the early Cartrige Valve models when my old Sheridan started leaking and the new Benjie's came out.
    A whole $89 back then and biy have prices risen!
    I chose the ,22 caliber 492 because it was to replace the Sheridan but I soon found that the etra power of the heavy, large diameter ,22 seemed to hit harder than the old 5mm used to but most of that was the increased frontal area and the fact I was shooting Wadcutters. It really smacks inatament objects like metal soup cans and the penetration with Domes or Points is impressive! Water filled Soup Cans literally explode when hit with a 8 pump charged Point!
    At first, I used the tock sights but soon ordered a set of Scope Mounts. The Scope ended up sitting WAY too high and you couldn't make a good cheek weld with it. I then decided it was time to just spring or the Williams sight and though a little expensive, it worked out perfectly! You get cheek weld and the target even becomes a bit cleared and crisper when viewed through the apreature!
    Depending on the air charge, long range hits became quick and often!
    I gotta admit long shooting sessions find new muscles or at leasr get old ones sore, but charging even to full power isn't that hard...
    I normally shoot t 6 pumps because the velocity is good there and the time to get to the charge is fast. For 10m I just charge to 3 pumps because of the quicker time between shots and besides there's plenty of velocity there for paper.
    I gave up hunting some years back but I would advise full 8 pump charges for
    The Muzzle Report of these Pump Pneumatics is quite a bit louder than a Springer but not eben near a .22 short. the total noise getting the gun charged and loaded IS considerably louder but I can remember from my Sherdian days, not a problem. It;s definately not a backyrd shooter if you have "squirrely" neighbors
    At full power. the 392 closely equals my .22 Webly Stingray Carbine and the Webly is quicker and quieter but the Benjamin is a lot lighter to lug around the woods all day! Those who have opted to have Tim at Mac-1 Airguns do a "Steroid" tune to their Benjamins really have a powerhouse on their hands!
    Lower pump counts make more power and full charges are awssome! As a sidenote, I had Tim do my Crosman 180 CP2 and WOW it's a cannon! His worl is first rate with many hand made and fitted components. You get one heck of a Hunter from Tim's Shop!
    I haven't ever shot a .177 caliber model but velocitys look good and the availability of good pellets is endless.
    Overall, even at todays inflated prices the 397/392 is a good value ready to give a lifetime of shooting fun!
  2. Jaymo

    Jaymo Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I love mine. I put a Williams peep sight on mine.
    I want to get mine steroided.
    I need to get a couple of things done to my Blue Streak.
    Barrel needs resoldered and the valve isn't dumping all the air.
    I forget what causes the valve to not dump all the air.
  3. bracer

    bracer Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    It is common for the Benjamin 392/397 made by Crossman to have paint in the barrel at the muzzle end .The paint must be removed to get any accuracy from the rifles. Crossman did not list the Sheridan model C9A 20 Cal blue streak pump up rifles in their 2013 catalog . I have spring powered Beeman R-1 17 Cal made in Germany and Beeman GS 1000 22 Cal made in Spain which are barrel cocking. I enjoy shooting a Benjamin 312 22 Cal pump up made in St Louis Mo and a Benjamin 342 22 Cal pump up made in Racine Wis, after they had purchased the Sheridan Co. My rocker safety 5 MM/20 Cal Blue Streak made by Sheridan in Racine Wis is well made and most accurate of my pump up air rifles. Crossman purchased the Benjamin Sheridan Company and moved the production equipment to New York state. Crossman at first made the tang safety Benjamin and Sheridan model air rifles with walnut stocks but the last ones had the safety in the trigger guard with hard wood stocks. I shoot three tang safety 20 Cal rifles and two safety in the trigger model pump up air rifles. Crossman also changed the compression chamber on the 17, 20 and 22 Cal rifles. Two of the pump up air rifles have peep sites, three have scope site and the rest have the original open sites.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2013
  4. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Sadly Crosman has dropped the Sheridan line,they are no more.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2013
  5. bracer

    bracer Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    I feel good about having five Sheridan 20 Cal air rifles made by Crossman. The one C9 Sheridan made by Crossman has a soldered in intake air valve guide and a tool is required to repair the compression chamber. The C9A models compression chamber can be removed as a whole unit.
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