Author Topic: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...  (Read 15135 times)

Offline TimSuggs

  • Dedicated Contributor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1519
  • Karma: 86
Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« on: November 18, 2008, 10:08:30 AM »
When I was a child (6-13/1963-1970), we lived in the "big city" of Birmingham, AL. (Jefferson County).  Went to city schools, had a house with a yard, sidewalks and all the rest of the normal "city" accouterments.  But in the summer time, I was a country boy.  My cousin's lived in the neighboring rural Shelby County and my Aunt Ida had a country store where she sold everything from fish bait to hay.  And I was blessed by being able to pack up my bags as soon as school was out for the summer and heading off to spend a couple of months in the wilds of Shelby County (now one of the fastest growing counties in Alabama and home to some of the most prestigious neighborhoods in America today such as Graystone (Shoal Creek PGA and onetime home to Michael Jordan and current home of Rubin Studdard).  So I got the best of both worlds as a child, got to live in the city most of the time and then play in the hay barns, run through the pastures chasing the cows, hunt, fish and camp in the summer. 

One of my cousin's had a Benjamin "Blue Streak" pump air riffle that we must have put over a million bb's through over the course of growing up.  We actually wore the leather pump cup out eventually but it was easily repaired when the replacement came via the mail lady.  Solid hardwood stock that never broke, was "dead on balls accurate" everytime we pulled the trigger.  Accurate enough to shoot the wings off of Wasps across the pond or hit them in flight.  It was a .177 caliber and was potent enough to knock a squirrel out of it's nest, or pop a cow in it's butt from across the pasture (I loved doing that).  It was well built, accurate and worked everytime we pulled the trigger.  Those have always been good memories for me, and good stories to share with my kids as well.  With two boy's and a girl, we went through the Red Riders and such and most didn't last a month before being handed back to me in some state of brokenness.  After my boys had grown old enough and had shown me they were responsible enough to handle a higher powered air riffle, the memories of that Benjamin Blue Streak ran through my head again.  And that's what I bought them, a pair of the stainless steel versions of my beloved childhood memories.

Now, I'm a picky person, and I really get peeved when things I purchase turn out to be pieces of junk.  I believe in quality and craftsmanship, and I sure was hoping I was setting my self up for disappointment with my choice of air riffles for my kids.  Things change, I realize that.  But there's no excuse for crap.  I am happy to report that my "new" Benjamin air riffles are just like my "old" memories.  Solid, rugged, accurate!  My oldest son is now teaching his 4 year old to shoot with the same Benjamin air riffle I bought him when he himself was 10.  I ran into my cousin a few years ago and his Benjamin Blue Streak is still shooting to this day!  'Nuff said.  Here's the closest picture I could find of what they now offer as the "Blue Streak.



Tim Suggs
Birmingham, AL. USA!

nate49080

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008, 10:11:44 AM »
i had that same air gun i bought it with my newspaper route money(remember when there were paper boys). i ended up giving it to a kid i knew that didnt have one when i left for the service. but i still have my aniversery issue red ryder bb gun. i use to walk through the woods thinking i was a army ranger. i had so much fun.

Offline DeepSea1985

  • Senior Survivalist
  • ****
  • Posts: 220
  • Karma: 9
    • TN Tactical Supply
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009, 09:15:34 PM »
Over the years I’ve managed to acquire two, one in 22 and one in 177. Great guns that have taken a number of squirrels and birds around the house. Any one have a source they have used for repair parts online? I recently picked up one of the newer plastic stock 177 pistols that will not pump up….

Offline khristopher23

  • Survivalist Mentor
  • *****
  • Posts: 861
  • Karma: 37
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009, 06:08:07 AM »
Always wanted one, somehow never managed to get one (yet). I have 2 boys now, and I'm sure they will probably end up with one each when they get a little older. Maybe Santa will bring one for dad too one day.

Juggernaut

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 04:02:34 PM »
I've been wanting one for a while too. the .22 version. they seem really nice and alot better than my daisy grizzly , which goes 300  fps  :P

nate49080

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2009, 04:36:39 PM »
i bought mine 15 years ago for 100.00 in a .177. now i see them selling for 150.00!

Juggernaut

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2009, 04:52:30 PM »
i bought mine 15 years ago for 100.00 in a .177. now i see them selling for 150.00!

wow!!!!!!!  :o  they must have a real long term value on them!!!

nate49080

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2009, 04:58:33 PM »
i think it would be the last air raifle you would need. but i think you have to mount the scope like a shotgun.

Offline TimSuggs

  • Dedicated Contributor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1519
  • Karma: 86
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009, 12:20:21 PM »
wow!!!!!!!  :o  they must have a real long term value on them!!!

Juggernaut:  They do!  The first Benjamin Air Riffle I played with at my cousin's when I was 5 or so is still going strong today, and I'm 52!  Not a bad return on your money for close to 50 years of dependable and reliable usage huh?  The only other thing I've ever spent money on that has lasted me almost 30 years, is my Wife.

Nate:  Bejamin makes a scope mount, that's what the two tapped holes on the side of the receiver are used for.

Tim.


Juggernaut

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2009, 02:21:18 PM »
lol wow! congradulations on your 30 year marriage. soo... does that mean you know your air gun better than your wife? jkjkjk!!!!!  :) I prefer air gun shooting without a scope, just my personal opinion, but thats one of the reasons I like the Benjamins'

brisco

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2009, 03:28:41 PM »
I was one on those people who shunned air rifles for hunting for years until the cost of ammo pushed me to invest in one for plinking to keep my skills in check. I have taken more small game (rabbits, squirrels, doves, etc..) that with all my other rimfire rifles and shotguns combined for an ammo cost next to nothing. This Benjamin 392 .22 cal. has over 1500 rds thru it and still is a tack driver at 35-40 yards. Best gun investment I've ever made.

Juggernaut

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2009, 07:42:26 AM »
I was one on those people who shunned air rifles for hunting for years until the cost of ammo pushed me to invest in one for plinking to keep my skills in check. I have taken more small game (rabbits, squirrels, doves, etc..) that with all my other rimfire rifles and shotguns combined for an ammo cost next to nothing. This Benjamin 392 .22 cal. has over 1500 rds thru it and still is a tack driver at 35-40 yards. Best gun investment I've ever made.

sweet! whats the optimal range on your airgun? and are those ammo pouches beside it?

brisco

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2009, 09:38:14 AM »
Juggernaut, The 392 is good out to about 40 yards. For me that is plenty of range for the small critters since I almost never take a shot much over 25 yards. I was going to get the .20 cal version (the original caliber for this rifle), but have found that the .22 pellet is easier to find where I live. And yea those are 200 rnd pellet belt cases. I have standard pellets in one and heavier hunting pellets in the other (that's why I have them numbered). Later, B.

Juggernaut

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2009, 11:04:55 AM »
cool Brisco! thats the rifle I want to get. the 22 cal. Its wierd, some places I go, they have 20 cal and 177 but no 22.. and others have 22 but no 20.

brisco

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2009, 03:54:15 PM »
Juggernaut, Wish you lived closer I'd let ya take it out for a test fire. These are good quality air rifles and pretty tough. As you can see mine has a scope that uses a special three piece mount which really helps with my accuracy. Did have a williams peep sight installed and it worked very well, but I'm now attached to the scope. I put the sling swivels in myself which is nice when you are out in the field. The sling is for an M1 Carbine and works great. Oh and yes with the sling adjusted out you can still pump the rifle without detaching it. Good luck and happy shooting! Later, B.

brisco

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2009, 04:11:33 PM »
Juggernuat,  I forgot to tell you if you didn't already know Pyramyd Air has these rifles with the scope and mount included. That's where I buy all my ammo now since my local Sportsmans Warehouse closed down. Those ammo pouches were only $3.50 at pyramyd! Shipping is kinda high though. Here's their link if you need it http://www.pyramydair.com/cgi-bin/model.pl?model_id=1431 Later, B.

Juggernaut

  • Guest
Re: Benjamin Pump Air Rifles...
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2009, 05:46:35 PM »
Juggernuat,  I forgot to tell you if you didn't already know Pyramyd Air has these rifles with the scope and mount included. That's where I buy all my ammo now since my local Sportsmans Warehouse closed down. Those ammo pouches were only $3.50 at pyramyd! Shipping is kinda high though. Here's their link if you need it http://www.pyramydair.com/cgi-bin/model.pl?model_id=1431 Later, B.

hey, thanks!!! the Benjaman is definitaly on my christmas list