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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:36 pm Reply with quote
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I have a pump type 22 cal air gun with the name Benjaman Franklin mod 312. It works very well right now and looks to be in good shape. What I would like to know is it worth repacking the pump and how hard is it to do.
I use it around the house for varmints and such and just dont know if it would be worth keeping it going or just replace it. Thanks for any input. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:40 pm Reply with quote
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Does it actually have "Franklin" printed on it? I had thought that was only a marketing gimmick, not part of the actual name (?) Benjamin was/is an airgun manufacturer. The 312 was made by the original company for I believe around 30 years up until the late 1960s as I recall. Apparently, they are not worth much- maybe a couple hundred dollars in mint condition with the box and manual.

Is it worth repairing? If you take it apart and can't reconstruct it, it won't be a huge loss in any event.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:03 pm Reply with quote
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Some Benjamins did have "Benjamin "Franklin" stamped on the pump tube:
http://airgun-academy.pyramydair.com/blog/?s=benjamin+franklin&search=Search

If the solder joints aren't coming loose and it appears mostly sound I would say go for it.

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