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  1. I highly recommend checking out pyramidair.com. These folks are exceptional. Their price is cheaper and you can get a 10 dollar coupon on top. Any questions just call them. Best in the airgun industry imho.

  2. My son bought one of those a while back. First time we shot it, it sounded like a .22. Has since quieted down some, but impressive power stayed.

    Kills rabbits at 40 feet. Flat trajectory (for a pellet gun.)

    Good workmanship.

    If buying a pellet gun, I’d recommend.

  3. Bought one several years back. Powerful, accurate, loud (for a pellet gun). However the scope is cheap chinese trash. The original scope didn’t last thru two brief shooting sessions. Sent it back. Second scope lasted slightly longer but would never hold zero. The rifle I bough did not have iron sights. So, crap.

    I liked the weight/heft, the feel, and the solid thunk as it would bury a .22 pellet almost an inch deep into a 2×4. But without iron sights it is a hard pass. Ended up giving it away and buying a Gamo.

  4. Grand dad had one. worked well. .177 as I rec all. I have an rws in 177 and a Gamo in 22. Rws is side cock and Gamo is break barrel. The gamo will kill rabbits better at longer ranges. A Benjamin should be a fine choice.

  5. When I was a kid in the 60’s, this was about the best you could get.
    Lots of competition now in the sub $500 range. I bought and sold a Stoeger and a Umarex Gauntlet last year, not because they were bad, they just weren’t great.

    Always nice to have one around though, and in the ‘burbs, the quieter the better.

  6. Had a Benjamin 392 in .22 caliber back in the 1980’s and 1990’s. It lasted pretty well, one rebuild of the air pump mechanism over a couple decades. When retired the original finish had been hand-polished away to a bright bronze by use. If Crosman has maintained the quality since purchasing Benjamin, can solidly recommend.

  7. As Don noted, it doesn’t have iron sights. I haven’t had much luck with scopes and air rifles, they jolt when fired and the lower end air rifles don’t come with good scopes in any case. Your mileage may vary, I won’t get an air rifle (or any rifle) without iron sights.
    You may also take issue with the trigger, I did. Again, it’s a low end pellet rifle, the trigger leaves a lot to be desired. I went with a more expensive Gamo instead (which my brother ‘borrowed’, so I might as well have spent less for the Benjamin).

    1. Coincidently, my Crosman 2100 arrived yesterday and though it was cold and snow covered outside I had to know how it performed. Keep in mind this is the 2nd one I have purchased in the past month as the first one was flawed from the factory. I bought both here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017DILFK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      This Crossman 2100 works well thus far. It uses standard .177 BB’s or pellets (I’ve only used BB’s so far) and you pump the foregrip from 3 to 10 times, building up pressure. The pumping gets harder the more you pump it. On 5 pumps I had no problem hitting a 5″ wooden disc at 40′ 10 times out of 10 with untuned standard sights.

      The Crossman looks a little “cheap” with it’s brown plastic stocks but there’s the likelihood that I’ll eventually have my neighbor and shooting buddy do one of his legendary camo jobs on it. A 4-12X scope is coming today for it.

      What I wanted was a fairly reliable and Inexpensive air powered rifle that was easy to operate so that I can continue to shoot accurately while ammo prices are so expensive. I did not want CO2 powered because of the inherent short comings.

      For the money I don’t think there is a better deal. But keep in mind my experience is brief and can change at any moment. caveat emptor

  8. Springers like the Benjamin have their place but its quite short range. Scopes for springers have to be very robust as the spring recoil trashes cheap scopes very fast. My only air-gun has been a Smith and Wesson .177 co2 pistol that was accurate to 30 yards and would pass clean through a rabbit at that range.

    Lately I’ve been looking at them again, (retirement toy), but at the premium PCP guns. 3000 psi and above. Guns that can put 5 shots in a Nickle at 100 yards. People hunt hogs with these things, 35 cal and above. The reigning competition champ of these guns is the FX line (Swedish built), you can change the barrel in a few min to change caliber or shoot arrows. Many good youtube channel on these guns. FX Impact is only $1949, what am I thinking…

    Little known fact, Lewis and Clark crossed the continent with two .46 caliber Girandoni air rifles in their kit. It was also issued to the Austrian army at the time. It my understanding Lewis and Clark always demonstrated it to new tribes they encountered because it was rapid fire, 20 balls in the tube, 30 shots to a tank of air. It never failed to impress the natives who were left wondering how many rapid fire rifles they had, and made the prospect of attacking them a daunting task.

    Longest air rifle shot I’ve seen on youtube. 45 cal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT8JYjWitz0

  9. While buying up an estate collection, I ended up with a NIB Benji in .25cal. Haven’t tried it at anything over 25 yards, but at that range it will put any of the pellets I have tried right through a 5/4 PT board and about a 1/2 inch into the 2X12 I had behind the 5/4 board. Also seems pretty accurate at that range. Has a weird sound and recoil feel though.

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