How to Repair an Old Benjamin Air Rifle

Updated March 28, 2017

Benjamin Franklin Air Rifles are older air rifles made during the mid- to late-1950s. These air rifles use hardwood stocks and a metal barrel along with the trigger assembly. The rifles are USA made and fire .177 calibre pellets. Should you have an old Benjamin air rifle around and you wish to repair or restore it, use some tested methods for air rifle repair. As with any firearm, handle it like it is loaded to prevent injury or worse.

Unscrew the barrel and bolt action from the rifle stock. Wipe the old metal barrel and bolt with the Brasso and rags. Make the barrel shine in the brass colour of its origins. Set aside. Wipe down the bolt and chamber with the Brasso and rags.

Slide a wipe onto the barrel brush and spray some degreaser onto the wipe. Insert the cleaning tool into the barrel and cleanse the interior of the barrel.

Wipe down the rifle stock with the Silicone Cloth 9400, which is available at sporting outfitters and gun retailers. Wipe the stock to restore the lustre to the rifle.

Remove the trigger housing and assembly and inspect the trigger spring. Look for worn coils or stretched out wiring. If present, remove the old spring and bring it to a gun dealer where it can be matched with a suitable replacement. Place the new spring into the assembly. Wipe down the assembly with the Brasso. Place back into the stock.

Assemble the rifle and load with .177 pellets and enjoy the restored vintage air rifle.

Things You'll Need

  • Barrel cleaning tool
  • Wipes
  • Gun oil
  • Barrel solvent-degreaser
  • Silicone Cloth 9400
  • Brasso
  • Rags
  • Screwdrivers
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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.