Benjamin 397pa [ 177cal ] Reviews



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Benjamin 397pa


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Reviewer: Guest
Recommended: Highly Recommended
Thumbs Up: 51
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I oiled the pump pivot points, much smoother.  Cleaned the bore, lots of gunk,     Tried lots of different pellets and could not get a good group.   Last pellets were gamo red fire.   They grouped nice,  At 15 yards i was able to keep 1/2 inch groups.   At 25 yards it moved to 3/4 inch.  i also have a bsa  3/9 scope on the rifle And pumped 6 times for all shots.


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Benjamin 397pa


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Reviewer: Guest
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I think this is one of the best guns ever made.
I still have my fathers Benjamin with a tootsie roll pump.
it reminds me of the  Winchester gallery 22 he left me was well.
My Benjamin 397pa shoots straight. The average pumps needed 7 to keep them pesky squirrels out of the nut trees with clean kills. seems to be well built
with a fair trigger, nice wood stock with a good finish. what else can one say about a basic good quality rifle that gets the job done.

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Benjamin 397pa


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Reviewer: HIGH MASTER SHOOTER
Recommended: Not Recommended
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I have had 4 different Benjamin rifles thru my 60 years and loved the old ones. However, the rifles made since Crossman took over the product, are lacking in quality!! Actually THEY SUCK!!.

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Benjamin 397pa [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Steven Beshears
Recommended: Not Recommended
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I got this rifle and it shot hard left. Very hard to pump. And the triger is stiff and unpredictible.Sent it back to crosman for the bent barrel,Dont waste your money on this junk pile!!!

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Benjamin 397pa [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Bryan Merritt
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I purchased my 397PA in 1996 it’s the earlier model with the safety behind the receiver instead of in the trigger guard. This model is much easier to get a decent trigger pull with by simply removing the sear trigger spring that is in the stock. Its easly replaced if you want the heavy trigger pull bsck again you just put it back in. My gun had a very heavy trigger pull when I bought it! I then replaced the stock trigger spring thats in the brass housing with a lighter one and polished the striker and the trigger engagement sear contacts also. now the trigger has a 2-lb pull thats quite good I mounted a 6×24 power scope with a 50mm adjustable objective and used the intermount with the weaver picatinny rail mounting that fits the breedh instead of the barrel. and with RWS Meisterkugeln 8.2gr pellets at 50′ bench rested all the pellets go in a one hole group about the size of a green pea. This gun is great. Now I am looking for a older model 392PA in .22 the kind with the safety in the back like my 397PA.177model. They are hard to pump but if you lean them against a tree or a wall you gain a lot of leverage pumping them. Also keep your barrel clean, and dry it after cleaning with toilet paper patches to absorb any oil left behind this helps accuracy a lot..

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Benjamin 397pa [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Andy James
Recommended: Not Recommended
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My son was given a nickle 397PA when he was 9yo, but it is way too heavy and powerful for him, so I normally take it along when he goes shooting BB guns with his friends, on the last trip, the pump lever snapped in half and the dual frame slide bent over to the side while I was loading it. I was quite impressed with it’s power but I guess I’ll look for a replacement rather than repair and turn this into a wall decoration for his room.

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Benjamin 397pa [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Wild Bill Hickock
Recommended: Recommended
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Telling you from the grave that my Benjamin 397PA is accurate. I scoped mine and zeroed it for thirty feet. I have a prolific ground squirrel problem. All I have to do is put the crosshairs where I want the 4.5 grain 177 lead pellet to go, and within reason distance wise, there will be a hole there when I pull the trigger if accounting for variables (distance, wind, etc.) Love the quality and the walnut stock. The solid feel. If they ever outlaw guns, I figure they’ll outlaw these next, they are that good. Would not recommend this for kids under 12 cause it is heavy. Plus, I don’t let the little ones loose with a gun that can kill a human anyway, or put out their eye.

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Benjamin 397pa [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Johnny Abomb
Recommended: Not Recommended
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I always adored the Benji, but after 100 pellets, I was missing easy shots. I set up a bench to test the sights and found I was 3″ high and 3″ left. Did I bang up the sights?? Anyway, while I was sighting in, I litteraly broke the pump lever. It fractured in half and I bent the dual frame slide.

I’m going to buy a break barrel with a scope.

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Benjamin 397pa [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: The Puni$her
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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This is a very good rifle. It is only as accurate as the time you put into the site it comes with. Too many just say it sucks and don’t adjust the site. The site is your basic (no scope) sight but works well. The rifle is quite accurate and a good buy. It is very well made, very solid making it a bit heavy however. I like the weight and accuracy I get from this rifle.

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Benjamin 397pa [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Benjamin 397
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I have a Benji 397.Its a great gun.Get 1/2in 3 shot groups at 20yds with Gamo hunters with open sights.At 35 yds I can pull in 1 inch 3 shot groups.Shoots straight out to 50 yds or so.Has plenty of power.