Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ] Reviews



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Reviewer: Ishootforblood
Recommended: Junk
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There seems to be a bunch of guys living in the past, and writing reviews about the Benjamin 392 that they recall from years ago.  Here’s a news flash for you guys: The current Benjamin 392 is made by Crosman because Crosman bought the Benjamin Company & subsequently closed it down.  The current Benjamin 392 is a low quality rifle.  I bought 4 of them, and returned the first 3.  The first rifle had a bent front sight.  I didn’t notice that it was bent until I installed a Williams peep sight, and I exceed the mechanical limitations of the sight, and still could not get it on paper at 10 yards.   The second rifle was delivered in two pieces (broken in half).  The 3rd rifle wouldn’t hold air.    The 4th rifle just sits on my rack and I’m not too interested in trying it out.  Tim at Mac-1 use to do “Steroid” upgrades on the 392, but he stopped because the receivers are not straight.  Tim was removing the barrels, and he had made a jig to strighten out the recivers, and then he sodered the barels back on, etc.  It just got to the point that he spending way too much shop-time trying to fix a poorly built gun.  Also, you won’t find “Made in America” stamped on the guns receiver, nor will you find the suspected “made in China” anywher in the documents.  Crosman just won’t tell you what parts are made in China, or where the gun is “Made”.   They sell these things at the “Big Box” stores, and they are perhaps better than the plastic receiver made in China Crosmans.  But really, these ar not quality guns.  They look like the American Guns of “yesterday” buy they are not the same gun.   These are junk.   There are a couple of guys that make “scope mount bases” for the 392, and these guys will promote the heck out of the 392 on different Air Rifle Forms.  They will tell you that the 392 “isn’t that bad” and publish pretty pictures of their custom 392 rifles.   Don’t believe the hype.  The 392 is “that bad”.  They are poorly made.


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Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: Big Dave A.
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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On August 14th 2012 I purchased a Benjamin 392 air rifle. I purchased this gun as I also own an older version of this gun that my Dad left to me after he passed. I liked the gun Dad left me so much I decided to purchase a new model.

What a great air gun and the new gun is made of the what appears to be the same quality as the older model I presently own. This gun is made extremely well, is dead on accurate and just a lot of fun to target practice with. This gun gets a 5 star rating! I would buy it again.

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Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: L Ledbetter
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I still don’t need a new Benjamin, or a Sheridan. Because I am still regularly using my 1980 model Sheridan Silver Streak (.20 Caliber) rifle. These things last forever. Mine still works just as great as it did the day I got it back in Jan. of ’80. A bit scratched up and has some slop in the pump hinges, also the bolt is worn a bit, but somehow it is is still spot on accurate and as powerful as it ever was.

They really got these right when they were designed. They are not top of the line technology, and they do feel a bit cumbersome and clunky in a way. But! They shoot accurately, are bulletproof reliable, and last forever. I was told when I bought it in 1980, that the seals would wear out in about five years, and to have them replaced. Well, it’s been 32 years now, and it’s still 100% original, the seals are still fine, with no leaks. I was also told the silver nickel finish would ‘wear off’ after a few years, but, that didn’t happen either. It still looks great.

I guess the only problem with if you can call it a problem, is that it’s 20 caliber, requiring specialized pellet size. I use only the cylindrical pellets, which are heavy, solid, and provide very good knock-down power (even though the velocity is not very high).

Another thing. Yes, mine has the same mis-matched pump handle to stock mating point. You can tell it was put together by a person and not a robot. I just call that ‘character’ and don’t worry about it. The gun shoots so well that sort of thing doesn’t matter to me.

I used to have a scope on mine, but it got in the way of pumping, so I took it off and just use the regular sights. Hitting a tree rat at 30 or 40 yards is NOT a problem. If you are patient, and can endure a few misses, you can even take a tree rat at 60 yards or more. The shots do tend to ‘veer’ off course at long distances, but there is still enough energy to take a pest out if you hit it way out there.

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Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: WhiteRabbit
Recommended: Not Recommended
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No, no–this isn’t much of a gun. It’s fine for tin cans and fiddling around, but as a target gun or for small game/pest control it’s very sloppy past ten or fifteen yards. Too cheap a gun to bother with scoping and while a Williams peep does improve it, shooting the 392 is more chance than skill because the front sight is as bad as the rear. It’s kind of too expensive to be so bad and too cheap to really be any good. And pumping it is tedious. It’s fine for a teenager, I guess, but if I wanted to get a kid into airguns I would certainly direct them to something accurate rather than this clumsy “legend.”

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Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: jake maker
Recommended: Recommended
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takes down little red squirrels at a snap of the finger lung or heart shots do the job well glad I bought it after 342 broke down after 40 years of service don’t be afraid buy it worth 150 dollars Iron sights work fine.

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Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: Mike
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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Seccond shot out of the box, felled a jack-rabbit at 30 yards with factory recommended 8 pumps. First shot was high and right. I guess it is quiet enough!

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Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: Bill
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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Got this at a place I worked when I was about 18(now 51). The place was going out of business and the manager let me set my own price on it($25.00!!).

Used for many years….obviously.

Able to take down squirrels easily. Accurate and powerful.

Gave it to a friend about 4 years ago and haven’t seen it since!!!! Guess he likes it 😉

Recently bought a Beeman 1073(RS2) at WalMart to get back into shooting. OK I guess. Springers are just funny to shoot compared with pumpers.

Am now tracking my Benji down from my friend !!

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Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: Andrew
Recommended: Highly Recommended
Thumbs Up: 97
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I recently bought a current model 392. Man it is one nice rifle. All metal and wood. No recoil. No hold sensitivity like a springer. I’m getting groups at 20 – 25 yds that are smaller than a dime using a scount-mount pistol scope.

Check the forums as there is a lot of info on how to make these classic rifles even better.

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Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: Ross
Recommended: Highly Recommended
Thumbs Up: 106
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I got my 392 as a gift when my father died in 1999 from his best friend, and now one of my best friends, trying to ease my sadness. At the time it wore the familiar pistol scope mounted midway down the barrel. I just this week mounted the great new Air Venturi 3-piece mount with a tasco 3-9×40 and this little nellie is a true joy to shoot and hold. This gun is almost not fair to shoot in a basement range of 10 to 12 yds. because it is truly a one-ragged-holer with the inexpensive Crossman premium field pellets in the .22 caliber. I use seven pumps to try (futilly I might add) to save whats left of our second pellet trap from utter obliteration.

First of all, I really like that the PA still has the walnut stock. That’s almost unheard of these days. Would I like the raised cheek piece. or the widened pumping grip seen on the new models? Yes, but not at the expense of losing the walnut wood in exchange. What a neat classic! I hope to shoot this rifle for many years to come, and even though I own two other springers (Gamo 440 Hunter in .177, and an RWS 48 in .22) and soon will have a third- a Gamo Hunter Elite in .177, I am thinking of taking this accurate little .22 out to the pidgeon barn next time to see if it could manage to make a “one shot one kill” out to perhaps 25 or 30 yds. I bet she will! God bless, stay safe!

Review on:

Benjamin 392 pa [ 22cal ]


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Reviewer: HHSW
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I just recently got a remanufactured 392 from airgun depot.com and it works like a charm. It is a solid gun at .22 caliber it drops squirrels 20-30 yards. The only flaw is it has a hard trigger pull and it is not very easily scoped.

Overall it is a great gun