We are back with the Benjamin 392, the most iconic air rifle ever made.
Many air gunners keep the Benjamin 392 that they purchased from decades ago.
It’s still good and shoots perfectly.
This new generation of Benjamin 392 is expected to deliver great quality.
The product images at first glance tell us that the product has the same classic, handsome look.
But is it of the same high quality as the one you bought many years ago.
Let’s find out in this detailed Crosman Benjamin 392 .22 review.
Crosman Benjamin 392 – Guntype
This is a multi-pump pneumatic gun.
This post contains more information about the 5 types and uses of air rifles that you should know before purchasing.
The Benjamin 392 is a calibre of.22 (5.5mm).
(For more information about choosing the best air gun caliber to suit your game, please see this post.
This is a one-shot action, so you can only take 1 shot at once.
You can choose the pellet type you want to shoot with a single-shot gun.
The barrel is rifled. A rifled barrel makes a bullet spin.
Spin stabilizes pellet, improves accuracy, and enhances shooting range.
The barrel is also made from brass, an alloy of copper and zinc.
The brass barrel is anti-corrosive compared to the steel one and doesn’t rust easily.
A brass barrel can help your gun last years.
Benjamin 392's stock is made from American hardwood, which allows it to withstand shocks, loads and impacts.
Additionally, hardwood is easy to refinish so it has a long life span.
See this post for more details on the detailed comparison between synthetic stock and wood stock.
The stock has a swelling part in the foregrip to make pumping easier for shooters.
The Benjamin 392 stock, on the other hand, is Monte Carlo stock with an elevated comb and low heel.
Monte Carlo stock offers many advantages, including:
- improve accuracy (because the shooter’s eyes are lined up more naturally with the sight),
- Resorb a small amount
- Allow for a faster follow-up shot
The Benjamin 392 only uses a.22 pellet for 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
The.22 pellet is the best choice for small game hunters and pest eliminator.
For more on the differences between .177 & .22 and which jobs they do best, see this post.
Pumping and Loading
Pumping the gun
First, put the gun in its safe.
Hold the stock with one hand and then use the other to open the forearm until it stops.
For the final pump, return the forearm in its original position.
Pump at least three pumps, but not more than eight.
Over-pumping your gun could cause severe damage.
Pumping may be difficult to grasp at first.
It will become second nature once you are comfortable with it.
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
To load the pellet, first secure the gun by pushing the bolt handle upwards and pulling the bolt back to release it.
Insert the pellet into the loading port (with the pellet’s nose lying forward).
The bolt handle should be moved forward until it is in its correct position.
You can lock the gun by pulling the handle down. The gun will be ready for use in just a few seconds.
Velocity, power, accuracy and speed
Average velocities for Benjamin 392 versus Chrony using 8 pumps are:
- 637 FPS with Crosman Premier 14.3 grains pellet,
- With Daisy 14.3 grains flat nosed pellet it produces 633.8 FPS & 12.76 FPE
- Crosman 14-3 grains pointed hunting pellet - 612.1 FPS and 11-9 FPE
This gun has a maximum velocity limit of 685 FPS, or approximately 209 metres per second.
(For more information on the detailed comparison between.22 caliber and.25 calibers, please see this post.
The velocity is moderate, but the knockdown force is greater than adequate for small game hunting and pest management.
(For more information on the best air rifles for squirrels, please see this post.
With positive results, Benjamin 392 has had several shooting tests.
These are the common shooting groups:
- 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 gun is extremely accurate at less than 50 yards.
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The sight of Benjamin 392 is an open sight with a fixed front sight.
The rear sight is fully adjustable for windage adjustment (allow you to adjust the sight left and right)
You can also adjust elevation ( to adjust the sight up or down).
If you are able to see clearly and don't need the scope, the iron sight can be used.
You can find out more about which air gun sight is best for you in this post.
Benjamin 392 doesn’t have a scope rail to mount the scope
If you want to use the scope on the gun, you will need the Air Venturi Weaver/Picatinny Intermount.
Remember that the scope should have long eye relief. The scope should be far away from your eyes.
Mounting the scope while wearing short eye relief can cause the pellet loading action to become painful because the scope will get in the way.
If you are thinking about purchasing a scope, then you might reconsider.
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.
It is fine to live in an area of low population.
Benjamin 392 has a shooting range of 40 yards.
This gun can be used for small game hunting, target shooting, plinking and pest control.
This gun doesn’t require any accessories at all.
As I mentioned earlier, it is possible to get a scope/peep-sight with a special intermount.
The Benjamin 392 needs very little maintenance.
To prevent rust in your barrel, you will only need to apply a thin coat of Crosman PelgunOil.
Oil drops can be applied to the pivot and rivets of the pump every 100 shots to maintain proper gun operation.
This gun is designed to last many years with little upkeep.
- Caliber: .22
- Powerplant: Multi-pump pneumatic
- Barrel: Rifled brass
- Pellet Velocity - up to 685 FPS
- Velocity of alloy pellets: Up to 800 FPS
- Capacity: single-shot
- Weight: 5.5 lbs
- Overall length: 36.75 inches
- Mechanism: bolt-action
- Fixed front sight
- Rearsight: fully-adjustable
- Scope rail: None
- Trigger: 2 stages, non-adjustable
- Stock: American Hardwood
- Buttpad: plastic
When researching this product, I look out for trends in customer reviews.
Many positive reviews have been written about this product.
People love the beautiful fit and finish, reliability accuracy, durability, precision, and recoilless.
Only 2 issues are found in the negative reviews.
First, your forearm hits the barrel hard when you pump it. This makes a loud sound.
This can be fixed by applying tapes to the contact point between your foregrip, the barrel, and it will quieten down.
It is important to avoid startingle your animal target when in the field.
The pumping action is extremely difficult and is not recommended for someone with weak arms.
Therefore, I suggest that if you buy this gun as a gift, you should consider the receiver’s strength to see if he can do it without much effort.
Both the pros and cons
The Benjamin 392 multi-pump airgun is priced at about $150
It’s a reasonable price if you consider that all parts of this gun are made of genuine hardwood and metal.
This is a great option if you don't like plastic guns.
You will find a variety of listings online, each with different prices.
But the listing I found with the lowest price is even cheaper than the price on the manufacturer’s site or the prices on other e-commercial sites like PyramydAir, Walmart, AirgunDepot.
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The Benjamin 392 is a wonderful choice at an affordable 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 is a great choice for target shooting.
You can also get a one-stop solution for all the pests in your garden.