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.