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Old 10-24-2014, 05:56 AM   #21
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I bought a red dot mount for mine and just bypassed the sights altogether. Surely it wouldn't have cost Crosman that much to just go with metal sights.
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Old 11-16-2016, 05:29 PM   #22
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have you mounted a sling to your 397? if yes, do you have a picture or two ? thank you
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:32 AM   #23
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Sorry, but no on the sling. Relative to my spring piston guns, these old pumpers are true lightweights, so if I planned to use a sling, it would be on one of the big springers, not the pump ups. I suspect it would be easy to improvise something on a pumper, though. Good question, by the way.
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I do have Olympic class air pistols, but as with our rifles, I still have a soft spot for the pump up pistols, like this old Benjamin H9A of ours. It's really a 177 version of the old Sheridan pump, made after Benjamin bought out Sheridan. It won't win any competitions, but it is plenty accurate enough for practice work.

The first gun I ever shot was my grandfather's model 137 Benjamin. I still have it, a little rough looking but in the original box. The box is marked $10 and a parts price list shows a holster for $2. He must have had it repaired at some point, there is a broken spring with a second price list showing the same holster for $4.50. We used to shoot into the coal bin in his basement. It still shoots great, both my son and I dropped squirrels at 30 yards with it a couple of years ago.
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The 137 is the ancestor of the H9A series, above. Had that old time tootsie roll forearm which I just love. Other than that, still the same basic classic pump up air pistol.
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