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Benjamin 397

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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 & Ramp
Rear SightAdjustable for windage & 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 Gerald from USA on 2018-11-05
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Things I liked: great...wanted one for years...took a minute to get it dialed in but is a great air rifle.... classic design will last the rest of my life and then some.

 

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By Jody from USA on 2018-08-19
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Things I liked: These guns are great airguns. I have owned several over the years and everyone of them will easily group as many shots as you shoot inside a quarter at 25 yards. They can be a little pellet fussy, the current one I own likes H&N 8.64 grn FTT or JSB 8.44 grn Diabolo Exacts. With other pellets I have tried the grouping expands. When I shot 7 pellets over my chronograph I noticed with the JSB and the H&N pellets an extreme spread of 6 fps. (8 pumps) This consistency adds to the shot grouping. If you get this gun put a good scope on it you will be impressed.

Things I would have changed: The trigger isnt what it used to be. When I first started to own this series of benjamins the trigger was all metal and was smooth and crisp. But now they put the crossman trigger on it, which effects the shot grouping. These guns will group all day long inside a quarter at 25 yards, but the old ones with the better trigger would group all day long inside a dime at 25 yards.

What others should know: To put a scope on this gun you will need to order the special scope mounts. The mounts are well worth it. I feel that a better scope with higher magnification brings out the full potential of these guns.

 

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By Tucker from USA on 2018-08-15
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Things I liked: Over the last four and a half years, I've put roughly 23,000 rounds through my 397, which I've used primarily for plinking and pest control. Overall, I am more than happy with the fit, finish, and quality of the rifle, which is definitely on par with the older Sheridans. Accuracy: Initially I could barely hold a 1.5 inch group @25 yards with Crosman ammo (7.9 grain HPs and 10.5 grain Ultras). I started experimenting with some other pellets such as H&N, Air Arms, RWS, and Predator, and while H&N looked slightly promising grouping at just over an inch, I just wasn't impressed. Fast forward six months and I notice PA has JSB Exact Diablos 8.44 grains on sale. I gave them a try and that did the trick! 6 pumps at 25 to 30 yards rested would consistently give me 1/2 inch groups. Quality: Well built to say the least. Wood stock is nice, trigger is heavy but breaks clean. Bluing (not really bluing, more like paint) isn't bad. Careful rubbing it against things because it will scrape off.

Things I would have changed: The amount of pumps you pump the rifle has a definite effect on accuracy. After 6 pumps group size starts to go south pretty quick with mine. I think it has to do with the hammer not smacking the valve hard enough to empty the air reservoir completely, because I've noticed that the groups become more strung out vertically instead of horizontally, suggesting inconsistent velocitys. If my assumptions are correct, the gun merely needs a more powerful hammer spring. Might be a potential mod. Although I'm not hugely concerned about this, iron sight shooters will be. There is no windage adjustment on the sights, so if you intend on shooting without a scope, plan on making an additional investment in something such as a William peep sight or similar. The scope mounts I bought are branded by Sheridan and can be had on Amazon for about $12. They work fine for me, but if your scope is short in length, then you will most likely have problems with proper eye relief since it sits so far forward.

What others should know: Beware of the initial pump effort. Took me at least a couple hundred rounds just to get it broke in enough so I could pump it more than 5 times. For those who are shooting in residential areas with neighbors, keep in mind the noise. Nothing major, but there definitely is a little bark to it. After about 9,000 rounds, the seals finally wore out so every time I went to pump the gun up, all the air blew out of the resvoir an through the barrel. I called Pyramydair customer service (GREAT PEOPLE) and they assured me that all I needed was a rebuild kit. I followed the instructions, punched the pins, and replaced the seals. Took me about an hour. Make sure you store the gun with one pump (I didn't, that's probably why the seals wore out so soon on mine). Lastly, make sure you have the proper form when pumping the rifle. I always use the inside of my palm, and hold the butt of the rifle between my legs and press the pump lever closed. Also keep the gun oiled well, and always use Pellgun oil.

 

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  • Gary from USA asked:

    What year did the Benjamin 392 get the Gold stenciling?

    • Stanley from USA:

      Yeah the warning label and model and caliber info?

    • Tyler from USA:

      Gold stenciling?

  • Al. from USA asked:

    brass barrel...does that mean no BB allowed? Forget...I got my answer from Dave C. on chat. NO BBs on a brass rifled barrel.

    • Stanley from USA:

      Correct.

  • Michael from USA asked:

    can i get replacement parts?

    • Stanley from USA:

      Yes from crosman.

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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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