Scope set up for the Benjamin 392 or Benjamin 397 Air Rifle – Item of the Day for 8-23-16

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Please Note – Amazon is currently out of the Picatinny Scope Intermount in this set up, rather than not provide it I have linked to Pyramid Air for that product.  This is the only good product for this need, so I found you a source until Amazon gets them back in stock.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is my chosen scope set up for the Benjamin 392 or Benjamin 397 air rifles. The set up consists of…

I am a huge fan of the 392 because as far as I can tell it is the last of the variable pump 22 pellet rifles.   I had a 60s version I shot as a kid made under the Crossman brand, it was also at one time called the Blue Streak under the Benjamin Brand.  The modern 392 is the last of the legacy we still have around.

I initially resisted scoping my 392 and just played in the back yard with it, reliving the hundreds of pests and small game animals I killed with my old childhood gun.  My uncle still has that gun and it still works by the way.  But I stated to wonder just how well could this little gun perform if you gave it a mil dot 4x scope.  My goal was not to ruin this gun with too much scope, and to keep the scope as low as possible on the barrel.

Since there are so many moving parts going on here rather than a long review I am providing a short video of my set up.  If you want to get the scope further back than mine is and want to avoid cutting the picatinny rail (though it would be really simple to do), you could move up to medium height rings.

Note please watch This Video – before you buy the items I recommend or any items recommended for the 392/397 air rifles.  These guns were never meant to be scoped and I put a lot of thought into the items I used but they still have some limits.  Several other solutions I tested just do not work well, at all in my opinion.  I really recommend you DO NOT buy or use these things!

Additionally Crossman/Benjamin also make a Picatinny Scope Intermount that is the same thing as Air Venturi Base, if you can find that it works too.  Finally the rings that come with the UTG scope won’t work with the mount system.  They are grove mount style rings.  The scope itself would be fine on any quality air rifle.

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2 Responses to Scope set up for the Benjamin 392 or Benjamin 397 Air Rifle – Item of the Day for 8-23-16

  1. I have the original Sheridan version of the rifle before Benjamin bought them out, mine goes back to the 1970’s and is .20 caliber (not .22). Now… I wonder if they still even sell ammo on for it. I did put a scope on it in the 1990’s and found out that the scope was by far more accurate than the gun was. The shots were all over the place ( in a 2 inch circle) at about 60 feet, with me shooting from a rest with the same number of pumps in it. Jack seems to have much better luck with his. My father actually got the gun for me with a peep (ghost ring) sight on it from a famous manufacture….that I can’t remember right now. Gun was dead nuts on with the peep site. I still have the gun…I do miss shooting it out on the friends farm at starlings that we’d go after. Ah..those were the days. Steve

    p.s. Reading Jacks Comments….. the items he that DOES NOT SUGGEST YOU BUY WERE the scope mounts that I got for the gun back in the 1990’s…..that was long before the amazon days… so Maybe I’ll have to get what Jack has and put them on my gun….. oh.. I miss shooting the thing.

  2. Synchronicity! Jack, I just ordered this the day before you posted it as IOTD based on your previous show where you recommended it. Hope I can reduce the prairie dog population in our west Texas backyard. I hope it showed up on TSPAZ account!