Things I liked:Everthing. This is my all-time favorite air pistol. I have had mine for 16 years, back when they were nickel plated instead of black, and it has never let me down, despite some very hard usage and sheer incompetence on my part. The HB17 is easy to pump and is about as powerful a pnuematic air pistol as you can find. It is accurate beyond belief, and made so solidly that I doubt it will ever have problems. It's a big and heavy air pistol - but very well balanced. Wood and metal construction ensure a long life - with proper maintenance. The tigger is smooth and fairly light. The sights (despite what some say) are excellent.
This gun will shoot way better than you or I can. And for a very long time. Things I would have changed:Not a damn thing. What others should know:The pistol comes in .22 caliber as well - but the .22 is very hard to pump. Still it is very powerful and every bit as accurate as its .177 counterpart. You can't go wrong with either.
Things I liked:I'm glad so many shooters like this weapon. And why not? For the bang for the buck it cannot be beat. I've owned one for a decade, and when I want to hunt with an airgun, thie 392 is my choice. Sure, I've tried more powerful spring piston guns, but when it comes to accuracy this airgun can't be beat. I've taken out squirells and rabbits and even crows with this baby, and when they're dead they are really, truly, most sincerely dead. And without a scope.
Yes, the gun requires a massive amount of energy to pump - about 200 lbs for 8 pumps. But you don't even NEED 8 pumps. According to Dr. Beeman, 6 pumps gives you 90% of the gun's energy (although I recommend 8 for crows!).
The 392 is tough - really rugged. I've put mine through hell and it still performs the way it did when new. Why? Because it is made of metal and good wood and is one tough S.O.B.
Now - don't get me wrong - this is NOT a plinker. If you want that, get the Benjamin .177. This is a HUNTER.
The trigger is typical Benjamin - very smooth and with a clear break-point. And very good it is.
In 10 years, I have never had a problem with this gun. Oil it; maintain it; shoot it; and love it. It truly is an all-American classic. Things I would have changed:Nothing. Adding a scope to it (and I've used the B-Square mount) is an exersise in sado-masochism. What others should know:The "Silver Streak" (now in black) is a .20 caliber rifle and easier to pump.
But it is nowhere near as poweful as the the .22 392. If you hunt, this is the gun for you.
Things I liked:I really love the way this gun feels - it is heavy and feels like a genuine firearm. It also has a good amount of power, and it is LOUD! It also looks better than the photos of it online - the grips are darker and really look like varnished wood.
I found the accuracy of the gun much better than I expected : Windage is excellent. Though my gun shoots a little high, this is an easy compensation to make.
Loading the CO2 canister is enhanced by sliding the appropriate side of the handle to open, and it is permanently attached to the handle - no ratchety cheapo plastic ill-fitiing removable part. The magazine is all metal and heavy - nice after having so many toy plastic or rubber mags go bad.
But what I REALLY like about this gun is shooting it! Things I would have changed:The slide. This is not a blowback pistol, nor does pulling the slide back load a round. I can't see any reason for it to be "slidable." It is very loose fitting and moves both laterally and horizontally, making the gun ratchety for no apparent reason. If anyone can give me a reason not to, I think I'll epoxy the slide firmly in place. What others should know:This is a very fun gun. Don't expect to win contests for accuracy - this weapon is a joyful plinker - and as such is well worth the money.