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Benjamin 397

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SKU PY-206-571

$169.99

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  • Q & A: 3 answered questions
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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Overall rating:5.0 5.0

Value for money:5.0 5.0

Accuracy:3.0 3.0

  By Loy from USA on 2015-03-09
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Things I liked:I LOVE this gun. It is a classic, cheap for what it is, and is really special as this is what older family members learned to shoot with when they were younger. It is very accurate, but the open sights may be hard to use for those whose eyesight isn't what it used to be.
Things I would have changed:Not much. This gun was well thought out. It is a little wider on the forearm, to make it easier to pump. The only problem for some may be that the higher the pump, the harder it is to use. Shouldn't be a problem for adults, but younger shooters may have difficulty.
What others should know:This is a classic, fun, and is a great stepping stone in the world of airguns. Try it out!

Overall rating:5.0 5.0

Value for money:5.0 5.0

Accuracy:5.0 5.0

  By Charles from USA on 2014-06-28
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5.01 rating
 
Things I liked:Wood Stock. Metal fit and finish. Classic styling. Accuracy. Even the trigger is sweet on the rifle I received.
Things I would have changed:Can't think of anything. I'm tickled with this purchase.
What others should know:Called the nephews when it showed up. Between the 4 of us we shot a whole tin of pellets. Everyone loves this gun.

Overall rating:5.0 5.0

Value for money:5.0 5.0

Accuracy:5.0 5.0

  By Bill from USA on 2014-06-15
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Things I liked:Very pleased with this rifle. Accurate with plenty of power if you want it. Just for reference, one pump on this gun will push a pellet out the barrel with slightly less power than my IZH 61 rated at 490 fps. Two pumps puts the fps noticeably better than that 490 fps. Three pumps will put a pellet inside an empty dog food can at 20 feet. Five pumps puts it thru both sides. And that's as far as I went as five pumps gets difficult for me. Pellets used were RWS 10 Match 7.0 gr.
Things I would have changed:The gun is good to go as is, but I would like to see multi pump gun reviews include pellet velocities obtained with different numbers of pumps applied.
What others should know:Two pumps per shot is plenty for plinking and target shooting. Three pumps if your feeling aggressive. Won't tire you out. Gotta press your cheek into the stock to line up the sights but I'm guessing that's because the rear sight design puts the sight down low closer to the barrel. That seems like a good thing.
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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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Classic multi-pump that's bound to become your go-to gun! Perfect for spinners, paper targets and plinking.

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0.177" (4.5mm)800 fpsBenjamin-397 [PY-206-571]

$200.00
$169.99

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