My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"



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Offline william71743

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My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« on: December 26, 2011, 10:01:23 PM »
I bought this when I was 9 years old. It was 21 dollars and some change then and was the first thing I ever bought on credit.
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Disco .22 cal. trigger by willie, 6-24X 50mmAO Leapers, Mellon Air long bolt, RVA, & 6.5 TKO, Custom Disco stock
B 25 .22 cal. by MM 4-16X 40mmAO Leapers
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2011, 10:03:32 PM »
Wow- that's a beatiful gun- looks like you took excellent care of it. :)
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2011, 10:21:06 PM »
Yes that's a nice one!
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011, 10:31:00 PM »
Very cool William. I love the old Benjamins.
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2011, 07:15:35 PM »
thats awesome!
i had a 322 bf model years ago,wish i still had it....i didnt think it was that old!
thanx for stirring up memories!

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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2011, 01:07:20 AM »
bet she still shoots great? memory's ;D,,,,,,, darn i am old;;seems just yesterday for some reason ,where does time go?thanks for the trip down memory lane,beautiful gun ,well taken care of. ;D
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2011, 01:47:59 PM »
That's beauty. I've got a 312 in my queue of projects to be restored. Seeing yours makes we want to pull it out and get started!!
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2011, 10:37:02 PM »
Thanks to all,
 Yes there a lot of childhood memories that go along with it. It shoots fine but my eyes are the only problem as I can't focus on the sights without glasses and with them the target is blurred. LOL... So the plan is to pass it along to my grandson and hope that he will do the same some day.
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CCS 2400 18'' barrel, trigger by willie, Leapers scope, Mellonair bolt & RVA, Hipac + 4", 7.5 TKO & ???
Disco .22 cal. trigger by willie, 6-24X 50mmAO Leapers, Mellon Air long bolt, RVA, & 6.5 TKO, Custom Disco stock
B 25 .22 cal. by MM 4-16X 40mmAO Leapers
QB 57 .177 cal. 2-7X 32mm Leapers

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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2011, 10:47:04 PM »
Very cool. I wish I had the frame of mind at the time to keep my old airguns.
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2012, 10:42:41 PM »
cool william ,i have a 1969 342.22 with tooties roll pump arm like yours and i need repairs and after seeing yours i might just start serching for someone to make it happen ...jorge
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2012, 11:11:14 PM »
looks to be in mint condition. very very nice ;D
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2012, 12:03:08 AM »
Speechless ..............

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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2012, 09:13:35 PM »
I gave this "Benjamin Franklin" to my ten year old grandson for his birthday yesterday (01/08/12) . You should have seen his face........:)
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"Sometimes I think well....and then again....I don't know...."

CCS 2400 18'' barrel, trigger by willie, Leapers scope, Mellonair bolt & RVA, Hipac + 4", 7.5 TKO & ???
Disco .22 cal. trigger by willie, 6-24X 50mmAO Leapers, Mellon Air long bolt, RVA, & 6.5 TKO, Custom Disco stock
B 25 .22 cal. by MM 4-16X 40mmAO Leapers
QB 57 .177 cal. 2-7X 32mm Leapers

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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2012, 09:41:52 PM »
that's pretty awesome of you. sounds like he will appreciate it as much as you did and continue to take good care of it. it looks to be in excellent condition. ;D ;D
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2012, 09:58:39 PM »
I know he will he's just a little older than I was when I got it. It's been cleaned up and resealed new valve and shoots like new!Thanks for the commit aack .
  • Gurdon, Arkansas
"Sometimes I think well....and then again....I don't know...."

CCS 2400 18'' barrel, trigger by willie, Leapers scope, Mellonair bolt & RVA, Hipac + 4", 7.5 TKO & ???
Disco .22 cal. trigger by willie, 6-24X 50mmAO Leapers, Mellon Air long bolt, RVA, & 6.5 TKO, Custom Disco stock
B 25 .22 cal. by MM 4-16X 40mmAO Leapers
QB 57 .177 cal. 2-7X 32mm Leapers

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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2012, 05:05:07 PM »
Have a friend that has an old benjamin from the 60's he needs to have work done to.
We live in RI. Who could he send his to, that could repair/restore it.
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Re: My 53 year old 317 "Benjamin Franklin"
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2012, 06:28:55 PM »
Try here Bluzjamer. Contact Tim Smith at http://www.smithairgunrepair.com he does excellant work.
Richard
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A.A. Pro Sport, 22
FX-T12, 22
Sam Yang Recluse 357
CZ 200S, 177
2 RWS mod. 48s, 177, & 22
2 Benjamin Marauders 22, & 25
Benjamin Trail NPXL1100
Benjamin Pump mod. 397
Benjamin Pump mod. 397
Benjamin Pump mod. 397P
Benjamin Pump mod. 310
Benjamin Pump mod. 310,
Benjamin Pump mod. 342
Benjamin Pump Mod. 392
Crosman Pump Mod. 140, 22
B3,177
2 Daisy Powerline 880s,177
Daisy 1894 BB
Daisy Red Ryder BB
Crosman 1377
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