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Benjamin 397, .177 cal

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  • Code: bj397 · 0.177 cal · 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!

  • 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
  • Caliber0.177 cal
  • Velocity800 fps
  • ConditionNew
  • Ammo TypePellets
  • ActionBolt-action
  • Barrel StyleRifled
  • Fire ModeSingle-shot
  • Gun Weight5.5
  • Loudness4-Medium-High
  • MechanismMulti-pump pneumatic
  • SafetyManual
  • Front SightsBlade and Ramp
  • Rear SightsAdjustable for windage and elevation
  • Trigger AdjustabilityTwo-stage non-adjustable
  • Trigger Pull5.5
  • UsePest Control / Plinking /Target Shooting
  • Warranty1 Year Limited
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Benjamin 397, .177 cal
40 Reviews
75% (30)
10% (4)
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5% (2)
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25% Recommend this product (10 of 40 responses)
By SquidRock!
Soledad, California
June 27, 2019
Second to none!
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!
Prosexcellent accuracy and alot of punch.
Consintermount kit is awkward to install and you cant use the buckhorn sights after installing it.
Best Usestarget shooting to varmint eradication to plinking
By Canoeman
Seattle, wa
July 17, 2017
Benjamin 397 ..177cal
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 Greg
laurel hill NC
July 8, 2017
Benjamin 397. .177 cal
I've had mine for well over 15 years. Shoots great. I have had no problems with it. I just added a scope.
Proseasy to use. last a very long time. looks good. shots well.
ConsWish I could upgrade the trigger on it.
By Greg
Pomfret Center, CT
June 27, 2017
Ain't what she used to be
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.
ProsShoots straight enough after finding a good pellet to use....Beeman Crow Magnum 8.8gr Packs enough punch with 4 pumps in it
ConsNo 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 Joe
March 31, 2017
a classic masterpiece
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 Quiz
Northern Virginia
September 7, 2016
Great Product!
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!
ProsGreat look and feel. Solid, well-made. Economical to equip. Ammo readily available.
By Mike B.
May 27, 2016
Very accurate.
Use mostly for target practice using BB's. Found the gun to be very accurate for up to 150'
By Robb
West Valley, UT
October 22, 2015
Good, but stiff pump action.
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.
ProsTack driver, power all wood.
ConsStiff pump action.
By Rich
July 4, 2014
Air Rifle Benjamin 397
I bought this gun to replace the same model that I had as a kid 40 years ago. Works as well and i know I will get a lot of use out of it.
Definitely would recommend!
By bert m.
dunlow west virgnia
October 17, 2013
model 392
I recently purchased a new Benji.392 and it is excellent in every way ,shoots good with any pellet I have used, perfect fit, light, easy to pump and load. I am 69 years old and owned a model 310 177 cal.when I was very young and between dad my brother and myself this gun must have been shot a million times and never lost its accuracy and never had seals replaced . However, with all the pumping we did the tube wore so thin the barrel broke loose at the front. We killed every thing with it ,rabbits squirrel,snakes,frogs ,English sparrows,starlings etc.My dad mail ordered Benjiman round lead balls and never used pellets at all. Great Gun !
By Cory
February 28, 2013
Had one of these when I was a kid, this thing is awesome no telling how many critters I killed with this gun. Highly recommend this pellet gun, you won't be disappointed.
By Houston
Ojai , CA
August 24, 2012
Great gun
Always had fun with this gun
ProsAccurate Powerful Good Qaulity Bolt action
ConsToo heavy
By Bryan
May 2, 2011
Benjamin 397
Excellent gun for the money. feels good and shoots good, a little disappointed that the rear site only adjusts for elevation but it shoots straight.
By Jason S.
October 25, 2010
Benjamin 397
I was a little let down to see that some of components have changed from metal to plastic, hopefully it holds up. My last Benjamin Sheridan was the Silver Streak and it lasted 24 years with an unconceivable amount of shots fired. The service provided by Airguns Depot is second to none, keep up the good work.................
By Kevin
September 23, 2010
Benjamin 397 Air Rifle
Bought rifle for 11 year old son. Wanted son to learn to shoot accurately with open sites. I was very disappointed in the factory sites on this rifle considering it is a Benjamin. I also ordered the peep site and that did not function much better. I did order a scope and mounts but have not tried those yet because like I said I wanted my son to learn how to shoot accurately with open sites first. I recommend to Benjamin that they re-engineer their sites on this rifle.
By g
August 12, 2010
By Travis J.
July 26, 2010
Benjamin 397-.177 caliber
I like the gun, but I'm not very happy with the sites. There is a screw to adjust the elevation and the only thing that keeps it in place is lock tight. It's fine until you want to adjust it and break the locktight loose. then everytime you pump the rifle the srew moves. unless you lock tight it after each ajustment and let it dry, its hard to site in. Plus the front sight is junk to.
By annonomus
July 8, 2010
great gun
this is the perfect plinking gun i m 12 and had it for twol years never had a jam always reliable killed a cayote that wandered into my yard a must buy
By ro r.
May 2, 2010
old faithful
my parents gave me one back in 1986 i think thats the last year they were made by benjamin or whatever the company was. it sat in a corner in my parents house for 20 years and i oiled the pump and its working just like new and still deadly accurate. thinking about getting this new version for my sons/daughter
By Jim
November 7, 2009
Great rifle
I have had mine since 1994, and have probably fired 10,000 pellets with it. It has superior accuracy and durability. The only negative was the very rough sights, but I replace the rear sight with a Williams peep sight. The new description indicates that they improved the sights. If everything else is the same, then this new version is a great buy.
November 1, 2009
over all good gun
good gun. lots of pumping. good price= buy it
By Mort
October 26, 2009
Great Buy!
I give Airgun Depot 5 stars! and the product 4.5, My rifle has some "rough tooling" on the stock and forearm. Nothing some sandpaper and love won‚€™t fix. Some reviews say that it is "hard to pump the last few pumps to get to 8", I have NO problems with this. Also the rifle is REALLY quiet and accurate which are the 2 big points for any air rifle. I use mine for small game hunting and chose the .177 for its "flat" shooting and easier shot placement than the .22. Accuracy>all! I like this rifle more than my ‚€œSpringer‚€ that is rated for 1000 fps. It is lighter, has more control and is more accurate! By far the best air rifle I have ever owned.
By Ryan
September 12, 2009
I do not know much about the gun because I do not have it. I need somebody to tell me their exact opinion. I need them to tell me the distance, speed, and accuracy. please write back,
By Chris B.
July 14, 2009
best pellet gun ever
This is an awsome pellet gun. i have had it for about 4 years now and im very impressed with the durability and accuracy with this gun. i hit the bullseye almost every time after it got sighted in with a scope at 15yrds with 3 pumps i havent shot at small game yet but im sure it will kill a rabbit at 30yrds with all 8 pumps i havent been more impressed with an air rifle ever
By Gordy
July 10, 2009
They Last Forever
I still own the one I bought new in 1967. Had it rebuilt and set up to be a 12 pump in the late 80s and its finally due to be gone through again. Oustanding performance, accuracy and durability. Just bought 2 more, one for my Son and a new one for Me. I am going to rebuild the old one and retire it as an antique.
By John B.
May 19, 2009
Big Disappointment
I used one of these 10 years ago and liked the features, although the sights were horrible. The adjustable power is a plus when target shooting in a suburban yard. Bought the "deluxe" Silverstreak. BAD fit and finish. The forend hangs when no pressure is on. Rough tool marks everywhere. Have had the rifle 2 days and am looiking for a different one. Should have bought this 20 or even 10 years ago!
By Chris
May 6, 2009
I recently bought a Daisy pump that claimes 750 fps to deal with a bit of a squirel problem in my attic and backyard. After having little luck with the daisy, my boss lent me this bad boy. I've dropped 6 of the pests in a little over a weeks time. I'm only using 6 pumps (of 8 max) and shooting at a range of 20-30 yards. The 397 takes em down with ease. Great gun!
By Hector
April 25, 2009
This gun is great and will last you a long time. It is nice, sturdy, and most of all ACURATE!! you will hardly ever miss with this gun, but i reccomend that you buy new sights for it or even a scope.
December 2, 2008
model 397
I go squirrel hunting and I love to use this gun there is no recoil . The accuracy is incredible I would recommend this gun to anyone. It is durable - reliable and very accurate airgun with a scope or without.
By Ernie
August 5, 2008
Too Much Pumping
I was looking for a gun that had less power than 1000 fps and found one in the Benjamin 397, but it is really a hassel to have to pump it 8 times to get 800fps, and when I call the customer service at Benjamin they could not tell me what number translates to the amount of fps?
By Adam
February 10, 2008
If I could describe this gun with one word it would be, amazing. My uncle got this gun when he was 10 and then passed it down to his son (my cousin) and I love shooting this gun at his house! The accuracy is incredible along with the build and feel of the rifle. I recently bought my own a couple weeks back and I love it! Buy one!
By Mark D.
December 27, 2007
Super Awesome!
i got this gun for christmas, and straight out of the box the accuracy is incredible! great quality, great prouduct, at first the pump is kinda stiff, but once you break it in it gets easier. overall great prouduct, i expect it to last me a very long time.
By wiilliam
August 13, 2007
overall good gun very accurate
this airgun is very accurate and powerfull,i got mine from my uncle for free! i recomend this airgun to anyone who wants a great long lasting airgun.
By D J.
August 13, 2007
Repeat Customer
I had the 347 for many years and killed countless pests as well as targets. My gun was stolen, so I will be buying my second 347.
By Ray
August 7, 2007
Model 347
I received my first airgun when I was 12. It was a Benjamin Model 347. I put that gun through everything; rain, snow, mud and never had one problem out of it. It is now 16 years later and the seal has gone out. I am going to get a re-seal kit and hopefully get another 16 years out of it. I would recommend a Benjamin to anyone that wants a durable, reliable and very accurate airgun. I have hit targets 25 yards away without a scope. Everyone that I have shot with is amazed by the accuracy of this gun. You cannot go wrong with a Benjamin.
By Reuben W.
April 4, 2007
Rudys airgun
The accuracy of my airgun is incredible. The first time out I shot 10 times and they all were in a 4" circle at 70 feet.

The only negative is a silgle shot. Looks to be very good quality.
By Rod O.
March 23, 2007
Solid Performer
The Benjamin Model 397 is a well built air rifle with very good "out of the box" accuracy. The pump takes a bit of effort making this rifle difficult for some shooters.
By Guy
March 19, 2007
Benjamin Model 397
A great little gun, accurate and consistent. Three pumps is all you need for target shooting at 10 to 15 yards.
By Brandon A.
February 4, 2007
Durable and Reliable
I got this gun when I was 12 years old had it for 10 years before it was stolen from me. It was the best damn air rifle I ever had. It ALWAYS worked, no matter what punishment I did to it all those years. You need to shoot with a varity of pellets to find the best one for the gun. Don't use Daisy pellets . Crossman was okay, but RWS worked best.
Don't shoot BB's with it. And buy a air rifle cleaning kit, RWS is good.
By Wolfman
December 31, 2006
This gun is great! I have had it for 2 years and it has yet to fail me. It is very accurate and has no recoil and you dont loose your sight picture with a scope on it. It will take down a squirle with a good head shot. I highley recomend this gun for begginers looking for a great gun to start out with.
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By bob from mo on July 26, 2012
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?

By brad from NC on June 15, 2012
Will it kill a squirrels on the first shot?
By Ron from midland, michigan on June 23, 2012


By ejaz mohammed from pakistan on June 16, 2012
sir,please guide me,as a sports man how can i import this product in pakistan

By Staff on June 18, 2012

Ejaz Mohammed,
Unfortunately we are unable to ship to Pakistan at this time.

The Airgun Depot Customer Care Team

By bert from dunlow west virgnia on November 17, 2011
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
By Rob from Southern California on January 21, 2012

I bought mine in 1972 and I have never had that happen.
By Carter from Washington on February 15, 2012

Sometimes, but not once every 5 years.
By L. Ledbetter from Dallas, Texas on June 10, 2012

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.

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