Which is the BEST model of the Benjamin / Sheridan / Franklin .22 pump rifle & pistol to get (or not get)?
Hi all, well after 45 years of air guns and firearms since I was 10 yrs. old when I got my first Daisy, I have never had a Benjamin / Sheridan variant. I think I'm a few years over due 😉 So, I would like to pick up a .22 pump rifle & pistol to add to the stable.
Being old enough to remember that not everything about the "good old days" was great, what models of the rifle & pistol do I need to start looking for and what should I stay away from? Old / used doesn't bother me and is perfectly fine as long as I can still get parts / it wasn't a flop or recall / problem child to start out. My cousin had a Sheridan and I always thought it was a better gun than my Crossman of the time back in the late 60's. This is likely a can of worms question but I'm open to advise and have to start the Benjamin pumper trail somewhere!
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Goes without saying, best is a subjective term...
Personally, I’m a fan of the handy little ‘tootsie roll’ pump handle rifles.
Seals seem to last forever. Got a ‘63 312 that still slings .22 Hobbies @ 640.
Good power in a small package. Have to pass on recommending a pistol.There are likely alot of valid opinions on this topic.
This should give you a good idea of the different Sheridn pistol models: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=sheridan+pistol&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=sheridan+pistyol
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On the rifle I would suggest a model 312 followed closely by a model 342. Both have rifled barrels and very accurate for target or hunting. On the pistol I cant say but I would stay away from the delicate pump mechanism on the very old ones. I would recommend a later pump version like the rifles have.