Timeless performance and dependable accuracy have kept this rifle on the favorites list for years.
This .22 caliber multi pump pneumatic features a sleek and lightweight American hardwood Monte Carlo stock and fully rifled brass barrel. With velocities up to 685 fps this rifle is perfect for small game and pests but equally as good for back yard target practice. Fully adjustable sights will help you zero in on your target or you can use the B272 intermount to attach a scope.
NOT A TOY. ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED. MISUSE OR CARELESS USE MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. BE CAREFUL, SHOOT SAFELY.
- Model Number392
- VelocityUp to 685 fps
- Weight5.5 lbs
- Length36.75 in
- MechanismBolt Action
- Power SourcePump
- CapacitySingle Shot
- Front SightFixed
- Rear SightAdjustable for windage and elevation
- SafetyCross Bolt
Update to "Disappointing Experience. Poor QC"
This is a follow up to my previous review of a 392 that was defective.
After receiving a full refund from Walmart, I ordered another one within a week.
The replacement 392 is what the first one should have been. I installed the Williams peep sight and this made it much easier to aim. Accuracy is great, at 12 yards (36ft) this rifle puts Crosman Premiers round nose and HP's, and RWS Superdomes in a dime size area. But it's the JSB Match Jumbo Heavy 18.13 gr pellets that make this rifle shine, punching 1/4" 3 shot groups. The wood looks great too, I love the absence of plastic.
Good solid rifle with great accuracy.
I have both .20 and .22 cal benjamins they incredible .they are older models power is relentless. I consider them the shotguns of the pellet gun world critters surrender at the sight of one.need more woods to hunt great air rifles.
Benjamin 392 Air Rifle .22 Cal
Great for squirrel control. Recently purchased 4 rifles in the last 6 months. First was a Beeman RS-2 break barrel, 2nd was a Benjamin Trial NP (great rifle, upgrade the trigger), 3rd was a Gamo Silent Cat (not so silent). The Beeman sits in the closet, upgraded the scope and use the artillery hold, still not good enough to do consistent head shots, it also has a lot of barrel droop. The Trail NP is great, my primary choice for longer distance head shots and more accurate after an upgraded trigger. The Silent Cat is fairly loud, too much plastic, stock scope not so good, but better than the low end Beeman.
The Benjamin 392 I picked up is older (94 or so production, so I can't speak for new ones). Solid, plenty of power, beats the Beeman RS-2 and the Gamo Silent Cat in accuracy, build quality, and feels better overall. Deadly accurate with open sights. Unlike break barrels, there's less movement when firing and consequently more accurate shots. I use 4 pumps for target shooting and 6 will take down a squirrel. This rifle just feels good in your hand. I'm considering collecting vintage Silver Streaks which the 392 is based on. I'll try out a Williams peep sight soon. Some have done a low powered mid mounted scope on these, good enough for a cult following.
This is probably my first recommendation for a decent air rifle. Next level up a Benjamin Trail NP and above $500 I'd be looking at the german break barrels or PCP rifles.
I just received the replacement for a 392 that had issues.The replacement is excellent,I now have a complete set,CB-9,392,and 397.Crosman customer service is outstanding.
Dissapointing experience. Poor QC
Today we picked up a 392 from Walmart, that my wife ordered for me. Returned it within a few hours.
Got it home, took it out of the box and it looks beautiful. Nice even paint and really nice looking wood, then I notice that the set-screw for the rear sight elevation adjustment is missing. I found a set-screw that fit, and fixed that issue.
Trying to sight it in at about 20-25ft. It shoots very far off left, about 2" to 2.5". Got to the point where the rear sight ran out of windage adjustment to the right and still shot about 1/2" to the left. Carefully inspecting the rifle, it was noticeable that the barrel was not straight. It was "bowed" to the left, enough to be noticed by simply pointing the rifle up into a light source and looking over the bore line.
Got a full refund. Will hesistantly order another one, hoping this is not the rule, but an exception.
I love this gun for chipmonk and squirrel control. The only complaint I have for this adult size airgun is the misalignment between the stock and pump forearm. When you look down the length of the gun , you can see the wood on the pump lever is machined off center and doesn't align with the stock. Other than that it is a beautiful gun.
Mine was not very powerful at all
I bought this gun to shoot squirrels. The gun I got was not anywhere near as powerful as I thought it'd be. It had no trouble killing starlings, but when it came to squirrels it just couldn't do it. I shot one at 13 yards right in the top of the head, it was still breathing. I shot another one right behind the eye (where you are supposed to aim for head shots) at 30 yards and the same thing happened. I thought the larger pellet would produce a lot of knockdown power, but my 1000 fps .177 gun killed squirrels a whole lot better than this one did. But as far as a pest bird shooter, this is great. It is pretty accurate. I have read of many people having a whole bunch of success shooting squirrels with this gun, so I really don't know what happened to me. The one I got did not do what I wanted it to. The gun is made very well though, it has a really nice wood stock and hardly any plastic. It is also pretty lightweight (without a scope). It is also very difficult to pump it, it takes a lot of practice to get it to 8 pumps over and over. Anyway, for someone looking for a well made, accurate, pest bird gun, this would be really good.
No longer walnut wood, but still looks nice. I like the swelling on the pump handle on the newer guns. The rear site is a much better upgrade from the old 347. However, overall quality not as good a the older guns. O rings on the valve body were pretty torn up. Likely due to burrs from machining. Gun rated to shoot 685 with light weight pellets...assuming 11g? Hope it wasn't rated with PBA ammo or Beeman quick cleaning cotton pellets. Shoots a good 80-100fps slower. Don't know if that's because of the new aluminum valve or not. Heard they were going back to brass. Ordered a new brass valve today with hopes of getting near the advertised velocity. I realize that velocity is dependent on number of pumps and pellet weight, but that's false advertising. There is now way this gun will come close. Please spec REALISTIC numbers. Don't know about the accuracy yet, but hoping that it is similar to the older models since they both have brass barrels. Despite the disappointing velocity, I do like the gun and would recommend it to a friend.
*velcocity based on alloy ammunition - Crosman
By Ron A
Have owned one since 1978 and it still works perfect. Use it here in FL for pest control because I can easily adjust the velocity required by the number of pumps I give it. Very acurate and just plain fun. The fact it is a single shot rifle made it great for teaching our sons how to shoot safely. Would highly recommend it to anyone serious about having a great gun for "plinking" with enough power to deal with most any critter you encounter in a neighborhood environment.
The King of pump air rifles
By Retired Chief
I grew up shooting basically this same air rifle. It's no wonder that they didn't change it much in over 30 years because it's just that good.
Cosmetics: The finish on the stock and bluing on the barrel are beautiful. No complaints what so ever.
Clean the barrel before you shoot. Manufacturing of the barrel leaves a lot of junk in the barrel. These particles left behind during the manufacturing process can really affect the guns accuracy. For those who are having accuracy problems, clean the barrel. It will make a difference.
First time firing and break in: The Benjamin 392 isn't too large nor too heavy but it it does require a fairly heavy cocking effort to reach the full 8 pumps. The size and weight make this rifle ideal for teens or smaller people but they may require assistance getting the full 8 pumps. Expect to put about a 100 rounds through this rifle for the break in period. Until then, you may not see consistent accuracy. Once I broke in my 392, I started experimenting with different pellets. So, far the Crosman Premier Domes are showing the best results.
The iron sights on the 392 are very easy to adjust. I considered putting a scope on my 392 but it is so accurate with the iron sights that I decided not to.
The Benjamin 392 is nice and quiet and very friendly for back yard plinking. Additionally, the extra kinetic energy that the .22 cal brings make the 392 perfect for pest control. This rifle will give you a nice, clean and humane kill with no follow up shot required.
The trigger pull is a little on the long side but is very smooth and pleasant to shoot.
I can't say enough good things about this air rifle. It's hands down the best pump air rifle you can buy. Clean the barrel when you get it and find the right pellet and you won't find a better pump air rifle.
best .22 cal pump ever made very accurate n good for any small game
i have owned 3 of thease since i was a child n i am 31 now n by far the best pellet gun i ever bought n i have owned several brands n styles but i always go back to this cuz compared to every thing i ever tried this by far is the most accurate n most reliable n can hit targets up to 100 yards with rifle scope i have killed many squirrels n rabbits n game birds with this thing n it will kill larger prey if u pump it more it only reccomends 8 pumps but the more u pump it the more power u get n the further distance u can hit i usually set mine up on a rifle scope to be dead on at 25-30 yards with 8-10 pumps of the gun n it is so accurate at that range n even further i can shoot a cigarette in half with it n im bout to buy a 4th one soon i dint know this whole time u were supposed to keep at least 1 to 2 pumps of air into it when u put it up n store it n the cylinder went out but i did always oil n clean my gun n they have always lasted me anywhere from 3-5years but i dint know i was supposed to keep air in it to keep the cylinder from going bad so for any people out there who dont know heads up to save your guns life span oil n lean n keep air in the chamber to peserve the cylinder i would reccomend this over any other pellet gun any day especially break barrels cuz over time break barrels can tend to not lign up right n lead to un-accurate shots
I've had this gun for almost 5yrs and and I finally broke it. 100% my fault, pumped it to many times all the time. So I guess then tank got a leak in it, but it was a great gun while it lasted. I have killed everything from a small raccoon that I killed by luck from shooting it in the eye to small lizards from over 30ft. Great and reliable gun. I've had the most luck with Benjamin hollow point
50YD Can slayer
By edward king
I've had this gun three days and have already been drilling the targets with Crosman domed pellets. It's a little hard to pump but that's ok. I bought it because I was sick of all the crap that goes into a break barrel. It rocks for squirrels and spinners. Buy this gun , it's worth the money.
Had to buy another
This rifle is one of the best pellet guns Ive ever owned, and Ive had alot. Growing up the son of an avid Texas hunter I was always shooting cans,birds,squirrels, rabbits and the such. And the rifle never let me down, even without the recommended up keep(which I didnt realize as a kid) it aways did its job and hit dead on target. Loves it till it was lost in a ross country move, darn it. Now as an adult, I recently decided to give it another chance and the same chance to my own kids. Kids love it! My oldest is really enjoying the accuracy of the rifle as am I. I was really amazed that it is still an actual rifle that seems built to last, and not some cheap generic low end, high priced money maker for the company like so many other massed produced rifles. It is defnitely something thats going to stay with us this time around. Im not losing this one. Thanks Benjamin.
sadly this one has bit the dust
after three years of faithful serves this gun has bit the dust. just after 8,000 rounds through this gun i noticed a slight hissing noise. at first i thought it was a dry seal so i then oiled it, still the hiss persisted. i don't know if this was due to a busted seal even Thoth i never pumped it passed 8 and stored with 1 pump or a defect that i never noticed before. upon further investigation i located the hiss coming from the front where i think the air chamber is? any ideas guys or is this even a replaceable part? i will keep the ranking at 5 simply because of how the gun has preformed over all.
Wish I had more time to shoot this (and all the others)
Quick story first, I inherited my grandfathers 392 20 years ago and loved shooting it, not only was it fun to shoot but i had seen my grandfather rid his garden of pests with it. I've had an as392 for some time and enjoy it too, but I had the chance to get another 392 yesterday, and I've been shooting it most of the morning. I have to say that it doesn't seem the same solid construction of my grandfathers gun, but I'll have to shoot it for another few months to give an honest review. For now, I love it.
Great gun with great history
I first saw one of these over 40 years ago. I always wanted one when I was younger. The new one I bought is just like the one I remember and shoots better than I remember. I now have many real firearms but this will always be special.
By Vice Guy
ive had one of these since i was 11 years old and after 13 years its still going strong. its sturdy,accurate,beautiful and fun to shoot, i couldnt ask for a better rifle!
,I grew up shooting My Dads 177 cal. Benjamin in the 60s . The gun was a work horse. I fired it thousands of times. great accuracy. I have seen my Dad shoot a bumble bee out of the air at 25 feet while it hoovered in mid air. So about six years ago I decieded to buy a new 22 cal. model 392. Got home shot it a few times was not as accurate as the old gun. the Benjamin round nose pellets shot the best. the new pcp discovery pellete by benjamin hollow points are a little less accurate than the round. I pumped the gun 3 times at 45 feet pellet fell about 2 inches low but center. Pumped gun 4 times pellet fell 1 inch low center. pump gun 5 times elavation was on but pellet went left 1 inch pumped gun 6 times pellet went left 1 1/2. I have shot the gun about 150 -200 times, just isn t the gun i once remebered. still well made good looks . Maybe i got a bad barrel.
Excellent air rifle
I bought a brand new 392 last month, because I wanted to stop putting so much 'mileage' on my old 1979 Sheridan Silver Streak. That old Sheridan still shoots perfectly, with never a problem, but, it is getting a bit old and rickety (worn out/loose pump hinges). It has never been stored, just shot a LOT over the last 33 years. It was my favored small game hunting rifle, yes, my choice over any firearm. So, I bought the new Benjamin .22 cal model 392. I have to say, I am enjoying this new 392 a LOT! Wow, it has a ton of knockdown power, that is for sure! Also, the accuracy is superb. I use iron sights only (open sights), and never use a scope. That takes more practice, but fortunately the 392 is already pretty much 'sighted-in' out of the box. I did not have to adjust it at all. Power is similar to the old Silver Streak .20 cal. , but there is just more of it, and it hits harder with larger .22 cal pellets. Perfect for hunting! I have only two minor complaints, but these are really just things you get used to in time: 1. trigger pull is two-stage but requires a learning curve to master the tricky feel. Actually I prefer this more precise pull. And 2. This gun is Hard to pump! I have yet to waste energy pumping it to the max. of 8 pumps, and only use 5 or 6 pumps.
i got the old one
By Rodney Roach
I'd been using my dads old bejamen 342 for 4 years until i got my crosman optimus for my 15 birthday. My grandpa bought the 342 brand new for my dad when he was 10 years old. My dad is 54, so the gun is about 44 years old and still works prolly just as good as the new one! Its a .22 cal and its killed plenty of squirles. I might get some scope mounts for it so i can mount a spare 4-15 scope i got.
Just pulled my old Bejamin (15years) out of the closet for the first time in 4 years. The thing is still shooting like a pro and is has as much power as ever!! ....And i do not know why i am suprised, i have been shooting these since i was 14, so for the past 30 years these guns have been my go to fun, target and varmit gun. The squirrels stealing tomatos will soon know that the garden is not the place to be!
the gun is very accurate, well balanced,well made has a nice wood stock that looks like it can take a beating or beat someone with it.
no recoil to worry about. and it shoots all different types of ammo pretty good .unlike the springers where you go thru 5-6 tins
before you find what ammo it will shoot, 3 pumps for targets is fine and 8 pumps for critters to get max fps.
Failed in less than 2 years, not impressed.
As the manual says I've always stored with 1 pump and never exceeded 8 pumps, had the gun about 1.5 years now and have less than 400 pellets through it. The internal gas valve body is coming apart in pieces sending bits of metal through the rifle which has destroyed the seals and marred various internal components. A repair kit is $65+ shipping, or about $100+ shipping to have it repaired at my local "service center" - not worth it for a $180 pellet rifle. Maybe these were a fantastic pellet rifle back in the day, but my 2010 manufacture is a pretty sore disappointment. I'll rebuild it once at 1/3 the original purchase price, if it fails again I'll junk it and look to another maker for a quality air rifle.
By Chase Moss
I had an old tactical knife lying around that I bought for about 7$, and it was 9" long, and decided I really didn't need it anymore. So when I told a neighbor of mine, he told me he would trade me his rifle for it. I told him I had to see it first.
When I saw this gun, i jumped at the chance. I traded it to him and have never regretted it.
This gun is great for shooting almost anything, whether it's a target or a pesky raccoon. Although I received it with several scrapes and chunks taken out of the wooden stock, I remained optimistic. The kid told me had had only fired it twice, and when I got home and fired it, I completely disregarded the scrapes. I would recommend this for anybody, as it is very accurate and a great buy for such a low price.
Benjamin in .22 cal.
I, too, had one of these when I was a kid. Bought a new 392 about 6 years ago and it is the hardest hitting, most accurate air gun I've ever shot. Put a scope on it and you won't believe your eyes! You can shoot through a 1/4 in. washer at 60 ft....with NO recoil!
This is an old school pumper and it will take some getting used to, but it will soon be your 'go-to' air gun. YOU'LL LOVE IT!
These are strong guns. Use 'em...use 'em hard...they'll last a lifetime with a minimum of upkeep.The Benjamin 392 is the classic that is passed down through generations.
392 benjamin .22cal
Great rifle! One of the most acurrate air rifles I have ever shot. This is a great value for a well built rifle.
Second time around
I got a Benjee 392 when I was a kid and have used it all my life for squirrel and rabbit hunting. I gave it to my grandchild when he was old enough to have a rifle. Well I missed the old Benjee so much I bought another one recently.. The quality was just as good as my 45 year old rifle. This morning I took 6 squirrel and two rabbit. Every bit as good as my old Benjee.
what we havin fo dinner... squirl
this gun is the only thing i use for small things like squirls doves rats and at the right angle fish in the water. its so accuret i can hit a dragon fly ant 15 feet. no kidding!!! i favor hollow points ( see my review about benjimin hollow points) with this gun cause of the way it lobs pellets out the heaver the beter. also great for plinking at any range. this is the gun that you can pass down to your kids if you take care of it put 1 pump of air every time your done shhoting ro preserve the seals also put a cleaning oellet through it every 200-500 shots and also lube hi friction points. great finish and gets nice patenia after a while.
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