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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:41 pm Reply with quote
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Hello,

I'm looking for a litle help with the identification and the value of a Benjamin Air Rifle that I have. I believe it is a Model C with the normal barrel length, not the short version.

Any information that you could provide for this air rifle will be appreciated!

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Tim


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:19 am Reply with quote
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Are there any dates on the rifle? Either a manufacturing date or patent dates?

Based on your picture- the rise at the end of the tube behind the rear sight indicates it is more likely a Model E or F, not a C, unfortunately. But- the trigger guard does appear to match that of the 'C'- not the more angular one found on E's and F's. It might be possible that you have a mis-matched setup- i.e. two models parts combined into one.

If it is a Model C, it has no "priceguide" type value as it is quite rare (I would imagine in reasonable shape $500-800 would not be all that tough to get)- whereas Model E's and F's are only good for a couple hundred dollars in very good condition.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:43 am Reply with quote
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AirGunEric wrote:
Are there any dates on the rifle? Either a manufacturing date or patent dates?


AirGunEric,

I used a magnifying glass to look at the rear of the barrel again, and I'm pretty positive it says the air rifle is a Model D, the last patent date on it is June-5-06.

I attached some more pictures to help identify it.

Thank you for your help,
Tim





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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:37 pm Reply with quote
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Well- if it indeed is a model "D"- that might explain the mix-match of parts. Apparently, there was a rumored model "D" but may have been so rare that it is virtually nonexistent.

If you can confirm it is in fact a model "D" - you may actually want to contact Robert Beeman about it- Looking at his notes on the early Benjamins, it almost appears that he has never seen/doesn't believe a model "D" ever truly existed- meaning this unit might be worth some much larger dollars. Find him here: http://www.beemans.net/

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:46 pm Reply with quote
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AirGunEric wrote:
Well- if it indeed is a model "D"- that might explain the mix-match of parts. Apparently, there was a rumored model "D" but may have been so rare that it is virtually nonexistent.

If you can confirm it is in fact a model "D" - you may actually want to contact Robert Beeman about it- Looking at his notes on the early Benjamins, it almost appears that he has never seen/doesn't believe a model "D" ever truly existed- meaning this unit might be worth some much larger dollars. Find him here: http://www.beemans.net/


AirGunEric,

Once again, thank you very much for the information!
I had several other people inspect the end of the barrel and they confirm that it is stamped Model D! I have sent an email to Robert Beeman in regards to this air rifle.

Thanks again, I really appreciate your help,
Tim Smile
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