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!
Benjamin 392 Air Rifle Features
- Elegant hardwood stock
- All metal barrel construction
- Beautiful and functional Brass bolt and hard ware
- Fully Functioning safety
I got a great price on this. Air Gun Depot was the vendor. They sent me a nice Made in USA example. As others posted, out the box the rifle needs zeroing. The first couple rounds we're high and to the right. @10', 15" high and right. I own plenty of guns, never have I ever purchased a rifle new, that was zeroed. After about 10 shots I got it reasonably zeroed. It needs a dab of white-out or paint on the front blade and two dots on the rear blade ala Beretta. As a kid I could never afford one of these. I had and still have my Crosman 760. This gun is about the same decible as the Crosman 760. The lead pellets hit pretty darn hard, sending steel cans spinning. A hoot to shoot. As a firearm owner I can attest to the smoothness of the trigger. It's best described as single stage, with just a bit of creep. Clean break. Pretty good. Good enough you won't notice it. I bought it a day after Xmas online here, for $144.99. Pricing fluctuates. From what I saw it ranged from $145-$180. When I saw it at $144.99, I jumped on it. Glad I did. Can I make an educated statement? We know this gun was better back in the day. We know granpap passed it down to you from the pioneers. Please keep your reviews objective. If you're too lazy to figure out how to zero this gun, don't blame the person you bought it from. If you thought this gun would be hard to pump, consider compared to what. If you've never looked down the barrel of anything more than the crosshairs of a video game consider that this gun will require you effort to shoot and requires pumping.
I purchased this gun to get rid of the ground squirrels on my property. It was refurbished model it looked just like brand new. it does get a little tuff to pump when you get to 8 to 10 pumps. the gun is very accurate I just had to raise the sight up to shoot at about 40 yards. It has no problem killing squirrels at that distance.
However everytime I shot, it would be way right of the bullseye, even after maxing out the windage on the factory sights.
Thinking it was the factory sights, I forked over $40 for a williams peep sight and...still shot way right at max adjustment.
Just as i was about to return the rifle, I did some more research and found out these tend to have paint in the barrel from the factory.
Sure enough when I looked in the barrel there was drop of dried paint on the inside. I used some carb cleaner w/ a Q-tip and that seems to do the trick.
After this quick fix, this rifle started to shoot dead center! I've owned several springers and gas rams, and nothing compares the simplicity and accuracy of the 392.
I have had good luck buying other refurb rifles (mostly RWS) from AGD, and this one was not an exception!
It came in an original box. Upon initial inspection, I could not see any visible flaws.
Even the fit and finish on the stock and the wood handle of the fore end match eachother (which I see is sometimes a complaint from some)
Yes. I did see some paint in the end of the muzzle as others tend to complain about. No big deal...just run your bore cleaner brush through there. Make sure it is a brass brush because it is a brass barrel!
Sights: are very basic. A blade type with a small elevation set-screw and screws on either side of the blade ramp for windage.
It took me a minute to figure those out, but you tighten whichever side screw you want to pull the ramp over to... be sure to loosen the opposite screw first, then tighten back to set firmly in place.
Very simple, but simple is good.
I am finding that it is difficult to pump to a full 8. I'm a strong guy, but I don't want to risk breaking the wood handle when it snaps closed against the action.
Also- watch that you don't pinch your hand in between the wood handle and the stock!
7 is a lucky number, and even that many pumps will definitely dispatch a squirrel with authority!
I am finding that 3 to 5 pumps is really all I need from plinking to hitting berry-stealing birds, to thinning the squirrel population around my yard (about 100' radius) and it is easier on me and the gun and has a faster reloading turnaround. Standard, inexpensive, easy to find crosman hollow point .22 pellets are giving me 1-inch groups at 100 feet.
Over all, I am very happy here, and the re-furb price is similar to the price these were 25 years ago when I first wanted one!
I bought this since I needed a well made multi-pump rifle that could be used to take small game, practice marksmanship, and would last for years. This foots the bill almost perfectly. This rifle is only 4 stars due to the poor rear sight that is included. This is a throwback to the old single pump BB guns of my youth. Then the paint in the muzzle makes it a solid 4 stars.
Get the rear peep sight and clean the paint from the muzzle, then it will be a 5 star rifle. Luckily this can be done by you the end buyer/user.
I would be glad to pay a little more to have more time taken at the factory when it comes to fit and finish. The stock has rough spots, is poorly shaped and the finish is awful. A shame for such a nice piece of wood. The paint looks like it was done by someone with no painting experience. It is very rough and way too thick.
Where I really take issue is one of the shims that hold the rear sight in place wasn't properly installed. I got my new 392 and was excited to head out back and give it a try. I cleaned the paint out of the end of the barrel and headed out to give her a try. Wow the gun was shooting 6" left at 15 yards out of the box. I knew something wasn't right and upon inspection I noticed the shim on the left side of the rear sight was only 2/3 of the way in and wasn't even under the front lug. I had to use a nylon drift and carefully tap it into place. After that it shoots very accurately if you can overcome the creepy, gritty trigger. I guess I'll be working on that next.
I was very disappointed in the packing by Air Gun Depot and the handling by FedEx. This thing was in the factory display box thrown into a much larger box with some crumpled up paper shoved in here and there. The rifle slammed round inside the box in all directions. When I pulled it out of the larger box the bolt handle was sticking out through the factory display box. Once out of that box there is a nasty splintering dent in the stock where the bold slammed into it during the apparently rough handling by FedEx. The beveled bolt tensioner was bent and jammed back to where the bolt just slopped around with no resistance. Fortunately I was able to get that straightened out and properly adjusted.
Come on folks, even tough the price point is fairly low this is a precision air rifle. Pack it properly and label HANDLE WITH CARE. I would have returned this gun for an exchange but after some effort on my part it is a good shooter. I fear that between Crosman's quality control and the packing/shipping I will end up with something far worse like a leaky valve or bent barrel.
The old rifle lost its seals because I didn't make sure it had one pump in it when I finished using it. You really need to do that.
Compared to the old one, the hardware looks the same and it still is a very accurate rifle.
I was not impressed the wood stock, it had a scrape in it, and the overall finish was poor in terms of fit, smoothness and amount of varnish applied, compared to the older one..
The newer model...PIECES OF JUNK despite what many say when comparing the old -v- the new. About as accurate as a .410 shotgun at a 50 yd turkey shoot with 2 1/2" loads of #4 shot and expecting to win a table fare with it. This cheaper design is lacking in power as well comparatively speaking...they're weaklings that perform very poorly alongside the old standard.
My advice...look to another manufacturer or go full bore with the PCP Benjamin. Those...a whole 'nuther story of success!
The 1988 Benjamin with three pumps would kill a pigeon at 60 feet. This one with four and five pumps bounces off of them. I wish I would have returned this gun when I first bought it, but due to life issues I did not get to sight it in until long after I bought it.
I have a Gamo WhisperQuiet and a Webley Valuemax that shoot circles around this gun.
Scoped or bare sight will delight! I believe that if you haven't owned one of these, you can't fluently speak airgun yet! It should be a required purchase for getting to know a pneumatic and how they work/shoot.
392 is fantastic. I load one or two pellets depending on what i'm going for. The pumping can be wearisome. 4 pumps is ok for me at say 12 meters. Accurate out of the box, Packed well in the box with a trigger lock that is cool to have, get it, word is lewis meriwether carried the rifle treking across the frontier. Still a freaking pounder today. check out the patent date its like 1888- the finish is good. weight is light
I also polyurethaned the stock, in 3 days, and 12 dollars from a hardware store- I penetrated a 1X6" board with a .22 pellet! It was my first time modifying, I figured if i messed it up, I would just send it to Mac 1 anyway! Now I guess I wont bother. It was a great gun out of the box, but you can home rebuild easily with common tools also.
I like the rear sight just fine, but would put the ramped blade like my Marlin model 60 has. It is harder to knock out of adjustment and more stable than the one on this gun. That said; I like a blade sight over a peep and this one is a finer adjustment than the ramp on my model 60. Everything is a trade off, and this is no exception, but I would change the rear sight. Anything else would change the price, and I am dead set against that. Great job B&S.
I purchased the Benjamin because I didn't want a "toy" made with cheap plastic parts. I was looking for something that felt sturdy and would last a long time. The Benjamin gave me exactly what I wanted.
It did require some sight adjustments out of the box, but seems plenty accurate and has enough knock down power to take down all of the things my wife told me not to shoot at!
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 685 fpsLoudness 4-Medium-High
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 685 fps