Benjamin 397

Benjamin 397

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PY-206-571

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To maintain the seals for a long time, remember to put one pump of air into the gun when putting it away after shooting. Whether you plan to shoot again the next day or not again for another 2 years, always put one pump into the gun when you're done shooting!

This air rifle has no scope rail or dovetail. If you buy one of the scopes or dot sights listed in the accessories link, you will need either the Crosman 3/8" Intermount or the Air Venturi Weaver/Picatinny Intermount.

An American classic! The Benjamin 397 .177 cal. rifle is a multi-pump pneumatic. The hardwood Monte Carlo stock is sleek and lightweight. The rifled brass barrel is finished in black and sends pellets screaming at 800 fps! You can vary the velocity by the number of pumps (up to 8). The 397 is ideal for plinking, target shooting, slapping spinners and popping paper targets. In fact, we predict this gun will become one of your favorites.

Although this gun has been made for decades, the manufacturer continues to put extra fine details in the rifle, such as a swelling in the forearm to make it easier to pump and a fully adjustable rear sight. You can put a scope on the 397, but you'll want to use the B272 intermount to do that.


Don't forget to click on the AMMO link for a list of recommended pellets. The ACCESSORIES link has a list of scopes, fun targets and safety gear you'll need.
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Caliber0.177" (4.5mm)
Velocity800 fps
Loudness4-Medium-High
Barrel Length19.25"
Overall Length36.25"
Shot Capacity1
Cocking Effort3-8 pumps
BarrelRifled
Front SightBlade and Ramp
Rear SightAdjustable for windage and elevation
ScopeableNo
TriggerTwo-stage non-adjustable
ButtplatePlastic
Suggested forSmall game hunting/plinking
Trigger Pull5.5 lbs
ActionBolt-action
SafetyManual
PowerplantMulti-pump pneumatic
FunctionSingle-shot
Weight5.5 lbs
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By Bill from USA on 2015-07-05
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Things I liked: Fairly accurate.

Things I would have changed: Trigger pull needs to be lighters

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By Gary from USA on 2015-06-27
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Things I liked: smooth trigger, very accurate and easy to shoot

Things I would have changed: Too hard to pump! With stock between legs while standing and left palm on top of breech it was very hard to break tension and start pump action with the right hand. After freeing pump lever the pump stroke was hard the whole way and very hard to complete which included a painful snap at closure. After sighting in and shooting about a hundred rounds my left palm was badly bruised and thankfully the pressure module would not hold pressure anymore and I was able to send back and buy the Benjamin Discovery which I hope will be a better experience.

What others should know: See above details.I started the air gun trip with the Gamo whisper fusion and still have the gun and will use it happily. The violent nature of the nitro piston recoil makes it very tricky to shoot well. I can hit the 4" gongs at 35-40 yds. steadily but would like to do the same with a 2" target. Maybe the pcp will be the answer for me. I have a small 40 cu. ft. nitrogen cylinder and a fill kit a welding shop friend put together for me complete with a pressure release valve and I am just waiting for the Disco to get here. Jerry at Pyramid Air was more than helpful in the successful resolution to this problem. I will recommend them highly to anyone who is interested,

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By Mark from USA on 2015-06-01
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Things I liked: solid rifle/ no frills, just like the one my dad had in the 60's, that gun was sold years ago and I just had to have one like it, yes it is made now with modern technology, but if he was alive he would pick it up and smile with every shot!

Things I would have changed: the packaging was skimpy to say the least, 2 pieces of foam on the gun and a cardboard box, but it was not damaged in shipping

What others should know: shoots best in targets with Crosman Wadcutter pellets

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  • Luis from USA asked:

    Hello I've heard from some places that the 397 and 392 have brass barrels. Can any owners refute this?

    • Stanley from USA:

      I have the model 342 from the 70s and they do have brass barrels, mine is still in perfect shape , the lead pellets they shoot are soft so they don't affect the barrels any.

  • Joel from USA asked:

    I'm thinking of buying thia without the scope and put a Williams peep sight on, Would that be a good fit, would the 342 be ok also with this sight

  • Bill from USA asked:

    Maintenance directions say to oil pump lever pivots and rivets but do not mention oiling the pump piston. Crossman toll free said it was not necessary. Oil would work its way thru the gun just by oiling the hinges. I still think I should oil the piston. Yes?

    • Stanley from USA:

      I put pellgun oil on the rubber buffer it works its way into the piston and internals.I have the 22 cal. version model 342 two of them both 40 years old no problems so far.

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Item Description

In stockBenjamin-397 [PY-206-571]
Classic multi-pump that's bound to become your go-to gun! Perfect for spinners, paper targets and plinking.
Caliber0.177" (4.5mm)
Max Velocity800 fps

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