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Here we go, the classic air rifle of all time, Benjamin 392, is back. Many air gunners still keep the good old Benjamin 392 they bought from several decades ago and it’s still good and shoot perfectly. Therefore, many expect the great quality from this new generation of Benjamin 392. At the first glance, the product images tell us that it has the same handsome, classic look. But does it have the same great quality like the one sold many years ago? Let’s find out in this detailed Crosman Benjamin 392 .22 review.
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The Crosman Benjamin 392 is multi-pump pneumatic air gun. The variable pump rifle has a piston and a cylinder in the chamber. The air in the cylinder is already pressurized and you apply more pressure to it when you cock the gun. When you shoot, the pellet is propelled downrange inside the barrel by driving force of compressed air. Multi-pump gun is generally lightweight, compact, recoilless, and it allows you to have control over the power of the gun. You can read more about its pros and cons in this post.
The Benjamin 392 has a caliber of .22 (5.5 millimeter). It is single-shot action so you can shoot only 1 shot at a time. Single-shot action gun gives you control over the type of pellet you gonna shoot. Moreover, one-shot capacity makes you become a more efficient shooter : you know you have to make your shot count because you only have one chance per one loading action.
The barrel is rifled. Rifled barrel makes a bullet spin. Spin stabilizes pellet, improves accuracy and enhances shooting range . Furthermore, the barrel is made of brass (an alloy made of copper and zinc) . Brass barrel is anti-corrosive compared to steel one and doesn’t rust easily. Therefore, having a brass barrel is a huge advantage that can make your gun last for years.
The stock of Benjamin 392 is made of American hardwood so it can withstand stresses, shocks, loads, impacts and abrasion in daily life. Moreover, hardwood can be refinished easily at anytime so it has a very long lifespan. Plus, the stock has a swelling part in the foregrip to make pumping easier for shooters. Besides, the Benjamin 392 stock is Monte Carlo stock with raised comb and low heel. Monte Carlo stock has lots of advantages including: improve accuracy (because the shooter’s eyes are lined up more naturally with the sight), absorb a small amount of recoil and allow faster follow-up shot.
The Benjamin 392 uses .22 pellet as its only ammo. .22 pellet is heavier and has a larger diameter than .177 pellet. It doesn’t have much velocity like the .177 pellet but it is more stable in the way toward the target. Besides, it also has lots of knockdown power to finish an animal in one clean shot so .22 pellet is the favorite choice for pest eliminator and small game hunter.
Pumping and Loading
Pumping the gun:
First, you put the gun on safe. Use one hand to hold firmly on the stock and use another hand to open the forearm all the way up until it stops. Then return the forearm too its original position to complete one pump. You should pump at least 3 pumps but no more than 8 pumps. Over pumping could make serious damage to your gun.
The pumping action may take some time to learn at first but when you get used to it, it will become your second nature and you can do it without second thought.
Note that you should always keep a single pump in this rifle when you are done shooting to maintain the seal and keep it lasts for years.
Loading the pellet:
In order to load the pellet, first you put the gun on safe, pushing the bolt handle up and pull it backward to open the bolt. Insert the pellet into the loading port (with the pellet’s nose lying forward). Push the bolt handle forward into its position. Pull the handle down to lock the gun and you are ready to shoot in a few seconds.
Velocity, accuracy and power
The average velocities of Benjamin 392 over Chrony test using 8 pumps are : 637 FPS with Crosman Premier 14.3 grains pellet, 633.8 FPS and 12.76 FPE with Daisy 14.3 grains flat nosed pellet, 612.1 FPS and 11.9 FPE with Crosman 14.3 grains pointed hunting pellet. The maximum velocity for this gun is 685 FPS ( about 209 meters per second). The velocity is in the medium range but the knockdown power is more than enough for pest control and small game hunting
For Benjamin 392, various shooting tests have been conducted by different shooters with positive results. The common shooting groups are: 1/4” at 10 yards, 0.5” at 10 yards, 1/4” at 15 yards, 2” at 33-40 feet, 1/4” at 40 feet, 1/2” at 10 yards, 1/4” at 12 yards, 1” at 25 yards, 1” at 50 feet, 2” at 25 yards. Some shooters can even manage to get 1/4” at 30 yards and 1.25” at 50 yards. This is really highly accurate gun for under 50 yards.
The sight of Benjamin 392 is an open sight with fixed front sight. The rear sight is fully adjustable for windage adjustment (allow you to adjust the sight left and right) and elevation adjustment ( allow you to adjust the sight up and down). The iron sight is decent if you have good vision and have no need for the scope
Benjamin 392 doesn’t have scope rail to mount the scope so if you insist to use scope on this gun, you will need either Crosman 3/8 Intermount or the Air Venturi Weaver/Picatinny Intermount. One thing to remember here is you need the scope with long eye relief and the scope must be positioned in the far distance from your eyes. If you mount the scope with short eye relief, the pellet loading action becomes the pain because the scope gets on the way while you do it. Therefore, you should think twice about buying a scope or you can do yourself a favor and get a William peep sight as the best option.
The Benjamin 392 has a loudness level from medium to high. I don’t recommend you use this gun in the suburban/city area especially if you are close to other houses. If you live in sparse population area, this is not an issue at all.
The effective shooting range for Benjamin 392 is 40 yards. You can use this gun for target shooting, plinking, pest control and small game hunting.
This gun doesn’t require any accessory at all. But as I said earlier, you can get a scope/peep sight with a special intermount to use on this one.
The Benjamin 392 requires very little maintenance: you only need to use a lightcoat of Crosman PellgunOil in the barrel to prevent rust , put some oil drops on the pump lever pivot and rivets every hundreds shots to keep the gun function properly. This gun is actually designed to last for years without much of upkeep caring .
- Caliber: .22
- Powerplant: Multi-pump pneumatic
- Barrel: rifled brass
- Pellet Velocity: up to 685 FPS
- Alloy pellet velocity : up to 800 FPS
- Capacity: single-shot
- Weight: 5.5 lbs
- Overall Length: 36.75 inches
- Mechanism: bolt-action
- Front sight: fixed
- Rearsight: fully-adjustable
- Scope rail: none.
- Trigger: 2 stages, non-adjustable
- Stock: American Hardwood
- Buttpad: plastic
While researching this product, I always look for the trends in the customer review. There are lots of positive reviews on this product. People love its beautiful fit and finish, reliability, durability, accuracy, and recoilless. There are only 2 major issues with the gun that show up in the negative reviews: Firstly, when you pump the gun, the forearm smacks down into the barrel so hard and makes loud noise . To fix this, you should add some tapes into the contact point between the foregrip and the barrel to quiet it down. It is also good for not startling your animal target when you are in the field. Secondly, the pumping action is really hard and is not suitable for a person with weak arms. Therefore, I suggest that if you buy this gun as the gift, you should consider the receiver’s strength to see if he can do it without much of effort.
The price for the Benjamin 392 multi-pump air gun is about $150. It’s reasonable price if you consider that all parts of this gun are made of genuine hardwood and metal. If you are not a fan of plastic guns then this is definitely a great choice for you.
There are a couple of different listings on online retailed websites with different prices but the listing I found with the lowest price is even cheaper than the price on manufacturer’s site or the prices on other e-commercial sites like PyramydAir, Walmart, AirgunDepot.
The Benjamin 392 is a fantastic choice at the reasonable price. You cannot go wrong with this gun : it’s sturdy, reliable, durable, recoilless, and is built to last for years with very little maintenance. This gun has a lots of potential to become your favorite gun for hours of fun with target shooting or for one-stop solution of dealing with the annoying pests in your backyard.