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Benjamin 397, .177 cal

  • Code: BJ397 · .177 · 800 fps
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Made in the USA
An American classic! The Benjamin 397 .177 cal. rifle is a multi-pump pneumatic. The hardwood Monte Carlo stock is sleek and lightweight and sports a raised cheek piece. 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 rich wood stock of this airgun is carved to fit the arm and the eye for smooth, clean shooting. 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. At 33 feet, this airgun can deliver a half inch group. It's accurate and it's forever. Helpful Tip: 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 are done shooting! Features:
  • Elegant hardwood stock
  • All metal barrel construction
  • Beautiful and functional Brass bolt and hard ware
  • Fully Functioning safety
  • One year limited warranty

Scope: Requires B272 intermounts
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  • ManufacturerBenjamin
  • Caliber .177
  • Velocity 800 fps
  • Condition New
  • Ammo Type Pellets
  • Action Bolt-action
  • Barrel Style Rifled
  • Fire Mode Single-shot
  • Gun Weight 5.50
  • Overall Length 36.25
  • Barrel Length 19.25
  • Loudness 4-Medium-High
  • Magazine Capacity 0
  • Mechanism Multi-pump pneumatic
  • Rail No
  • Safety Manual
  • Front Sights Blade & Ramp
  • Rear Sights Adjustable for windage & elevation
  • Shots per Fill 0
  • Trigger Adjustability Two-stage non-adjustable
  • Trigger Action 0
  • Use Small game hunting/plinking
  • Warranty 1-year limited warranty
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By SquidRock!June 27, 2019

ive had the 397 for about 6 months now, and every shot has me more impressed than the shot before. i use benjamin premium copper jacketed round nose pellets weighing in at 10.6 gr. they give me a roughly 1/2 inch grouping at 15 meters (49 feet). ive used alloy pellets with decent results. the copper jackets just hit hard. i put a hole through a Coleman Propane bottle on 8 pumps. unbelievable! i am a huge benjamin fan and an avid air rifle user, as far as im concerned, Benjamin multi pump air rifles are top of the line! only drawback i can think of is the intermount adapters. the scope is set to far forward to get a full sight picture, so i made a front sight hood and what a world of difference! i highly recommend it!

excellent accuracy and alot of punch.

intermount kit is awkward to install and you cant use the buckhorn sights after installing it.

By CanoemanJuly 17, 2017

I used to have a marvelous Sheridan air gun that looked like this and thought this to be the same. Something is remarkedly different though, I can't get my eye down far enough to look through the sites, my cheekbone hits the gun stock. I will chop the gun stock down an inch or so and see if that helps. By the time I get this gun customized with my carving tools it might be pretty cool but I shouldn't have to do that.

By GregJuly 8, 2017

I've had mine for well over 15 years. Shoots great. I have had no problems with it. I just added a scope.

easy to use. last a very long time. looks good. shots well.

Wish I could upgrade the trigger on it.

By GregJune 27, 2017

Well...I've been using the Benjamin for pest control for the past few weeks with ok results. I've found the Beeman Crow Magnum 8.8gr work pretty well and get good grouping. I'm using open sights. I find the build quality to be sloppy at best. Every screw needed turning right out of the box. The wood stock is split near the rear grip. So far the performance is not much better than a sub $50 Daisy I was using.

Shoots straight enough after finding a good pellet to use....Beeman Crow Magnum 8.8gr Packs enough punch with 4 pumps in it

No quality control Defects right out of the box Manual does not provide instructions on how to adjust for Left/Right of center, only elevation. Had to research that myself.

By TeresaUSAMay 8, 2017

It works Great , I had to adjust the rear sight and it works as well as the one I had 30 years ago. Thanks

By ArmandoUSAMay 2, 2017

This Benjamin is labeled "Refurbished" but I'll tell you it looked brand new! It performs just as expected. I'm very satisfied & almost feel as if I stole it.

Excellent condition, hope it serves me as long as my 347.

Zero, nada, zilch.

By JoeUSAMarch 31, 2017

I bought this gun out of nostalgia. A lot of friends had these is varying calibers. The It shoots good, looks good, and feels good. I bought mine in .177 caliber for 1100 fps for a pump up rifle. Built in the U.S. Couldn't be better.

By CareyUSASeptember 7, 2016

This is a sturdy, solid, powerful, high-quality product. I love plinking with it from the rear deck at my home. With only a few pumps you are ready to reach out and touch your targets. It's a lot of fun for the money, and inexpensive to equip and maintain. I highly recommend getting one!

Great look and feel. Solid, well-made. Economical to equip. Ammo readily available.


By Mike B.May 27, 2016

Use mostly for target practice using BB's. Found the gun to be very accurate for up to 150'

By RobbUSAOctober 22, 2015

Me and a buddy bought theses at the same time for fun and pest control. The hot pretty hard and are fun to shoot.. I did take a jack rabbit at about 30 yards and dropped it clean.

Tack driver, power all wood.

Stiff pump action.

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does anyone know where i can see a velocity per pump chart?

asked joseph acavell

What does 397 PA stand for?

asked Sylvian Tassin

Is it good for medium or at least small game?

asked Ethan from USA

Will a 379 shoot BB & pellets

asked Jerry

Would this be too large and heavy for a 10 year old?

asked Dan

Is this rifle great for a first pellet gun for child ? Stock length etc ? Thanks

asked John

I understand that you should oil the piston that pushes air into the rifle when you pump. Instructions for "Maintaining Your Airgun" don't mention doing this. All my other Crossman multipump directions say that you should oil the piston. Seems logical. Oil or no oil for the 397 piston?

asked Bill

oil never hurts and will help in many ways t use 30w non detergent motor oil in moderation a little goes a long wayhave had a 312 over 60 years still shoots fine added a cheap red dot sight i am a happy camper.


Only occasionally, and do this: use spray silicone type oil. Silicone does not break down plastic and rubber, as does petroleum greases and oils. CRC makes a nice light weight dielectric spray; fine for this...........


I have a 397 that's over 20 years old and still works I oiled it only once in all that time . you really don't need to do anything to these guns they last for ever . but if you want you can use crosman oil on it . just a little


is just one shot or can it hold more

asked michael

Single shot, then you must repump, load another pellet in, and shoot.

George from USA

Single shot, RIGHT HANDED, bolt action. I sold mine to a friend who's right handed. I am not, I couldn't get use to the right handed bolt.

Ray from USA

What is a good scope for this Benjamin?

asked Rudy

Any simple air rifle scopes should work- since its not the highest quality gun accuracy id go 4x32

George from USA

Can a scope be mounted on this by the company?

asked Allen

You would have to contact benjamin but yes i think theyll mount it for you.

George from USA

What is the difference between a 397 and a 392 model?

asked Jimmy

397- .177 caliber 392- .22 caliber

Squirrel slayer

7 is .177 cal and 2 is .22 cal

Chris from USA

Does this air rifle require maintenance?

asked keith

The normal wipe it off with oil rag once in a while add a drop of oil to the cylinder piston once in a while that's about it. I've had mine for 15 years just bought 2 new one's from Airgun Depot a .177 and .22 because they are being discontinued. A very nice rifle and accurate, nice wood stock a real "classic"

stephen from USA

how old do you have to be to buy this?

asked john


Scott from USA

can you send this gun to pakistan

asked ali shafiq

Try checking out at the sight and if there is a restriction you will get a warning before you purchase the product. There are a lot of different regulations for all different countries and they are always changing, so we have set up an automatic warring if there is a product, based on your location, that is forbidden. Shipping price always changes, but you should be able to see the final price before you complete your purchase.

Scott from USA

Where can i find bushings for this rifle?

asked Bert

If I order a 397, there are 2 different stock arrangements I have seen on the web. One is as shown in this picture with the gap between the pump grip and stock being vertical and the gap being on a slant as shown with a #392. Which one will I get if I order a 397? Is this photot outdated? Phil

asked Phil Francis

Phil, The photo is outdated. The stock arrangement is more slanted like in the Benjamin 392. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Sincerely, Airgun Depot Customer Care

Steve from USA

When was this rifle first made? I have one that I received for Christmas in 1958 at twelve years old. Looks like new; but, well used. As I recall, it would shoot completely through 22 oil cans and into the 23rd with 21 pumps. Remember, this was when oil cans were real metal cans and country boys were real boys. Rabbits, squirrels and other small mammals, not to mention birds were all fare game for this rifle. Had two friends that received the single pump model so you can imagine the fun, brings back lots of memories.

asked Larry Elliott

21 pumps would have probably locked up the sear on your gun unless the seals were bad. If your gun was in new condition it could probably shoot through two or three of those steel oil cans you remember so well. Your memory could probably use some help. The new Benjamin replacement for your gun is certainly every bit as powerful as the one you remember.


The Benjamin Sheridan has stamped on the barrel 397 pa. My question is, what does the pa signify? Also, how do I order a scope, and scope mounts?

asked bob

The PA stands for Pump Action. It is a variable pump air gun. Order the B272 mounts. You can find them anywhere. You can also get the scope and rings from the same place. I ordered the mounts online and got a scope and rings at Walmart.


sir,please guide me,as a sports man how can i import this product in pakistan

asked ejaz mohammed

Ejaz Mohammed, Unfortunately we are unable to ship to Pakistan at this time. Sincerely, The Airgun Depot Customer Care Team

Steve from USA

Will it kill a squirrels on the first shot?

asked brad

Yes but not unless you put it in a good spot- i go for headshots if i had this gun

George from USA



I owned a Sheridan at one time and it was often getting an air lock.when pumped up sometimes it would not shoot.Does this ever happen to a Benjamin? Thanks

asked tolbert from USA

I believe you may have gotten a small piece of debris in the air chamber. Could be metal burr or just a chunk of pollen.This can happen during the build or even during storage! Sometimes a small amount of rubber can fray from lack of oil or just lots of use! In any case the gun must be dismantled cleaned oiled and carefully reassembled! Sorry to bare the bad news but that's only thing that I know that can be done to fix this problem!!! :-) Airgun Junky

gene from USA

I've had my Sheridan Blue Streak since 1967 and never had anything like that happen. Never even heard of it.

Tim from Mich

I've owned a Sheridan silver streak .20 since 1979, and have shot it thousands of times, many, many hunting trips, and it has never done that either. It still works perfectly, and has benefited by the use of the newer Benjamin .20 cal. pellets at 14.3 grain. Nice! and very hard hitting.

L. Ledbetter

Sometimes, but not once every 5 years.

Carter from USA

I bought mine in 1972 and I have never had that happen.

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