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Benjamin 397

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)
Max 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 Will from USA on 2016-01-14
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Things I liked: Variable pellet speed related to how many pumps you put in.

Things I would have changed: Better quality control. The wood is not uniform color (I got one with an "oops" where clearcoat dripped onto the wood before the stain was applied) big light colored blot. It's ugly.

What others should know: I have read good reports on this gun and that's why I bought it. Due to variation is manufacturing, the rifles will vary in quality from junk to really great. I got a junker and waited too long to return it.

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By Rick from USA on 2015-11-30
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Things I liked: I've had my 397 now for 15 years and have never had to replace anything on it. I use it throughout the year every year. It's accuracy can be counted on. Easy hole on hole at 30 yards with the proper scope.

Things I would have changed: If you use one often enough you will get tired of pumping it. There are easy things Crosman could do to change the pumping assembly and valves to make it easier to pump and more powerful to boot.

What others should know: It may seem pricey but keep in mind that I've had mine for 15 plus years and have never had any issues with it. It's an excellent air rifle.

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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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  • Tommy from Hong Kong asked:

    In my place hong Kong we can own only power less than 2 joules .can you reduce the power if I want this model 397 .just for collection and short range paper target indoor.thx

    • Stanley from USA:

      This is a multi-pump rifle so theres no real way to reduce the power it makes , unless you only pump it 2 or 3 times to limit F.P.S..

  • 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

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Item Description

Benjamin-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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