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Introduced in 2017, the new FX Airguns Crown is starting to hit the market this Fall/Winter season and once again, FX innovation has taken the market by storm with the all new Smooth Twist X barrel system.
Already known for it’s accuracy, the FX smooth twist barrel is in fact a smooth barrel with rifling to spin the pellet only at the very last couple inches of the barrel. The new Smooth Twist X uses the latest innovative manufacturing processes to incorporate the rifling the full length of the barrel. In addition, the thin barrel sleeves can be easily changed to switch calibers or if the shooter wants a different twist ratio.
Accuracy is excellent with the rifle already winning some major competitions.
The FX Airguns Crown is currently available in three laminated stock options (Blue, Grey and Green) as well as in Walnut. A smooth side lever actions cocks the rifle and loads the next pellet while right below is a convenient manual safety throw switch for when you’re ready to pull the trigger. Trigger function is light and crisp out of the box as can be expected from FX, but it is adjustable as well.
The rifle is regulated and pressure can be adjusted from the under side, but be sure to carefully read the instructions before doing so as you can damage it if done incorrectly.
Also on the bottom side is a capped male quick connect for easy filling of the 250 BAR 480 cc bottle as well as two pressure gauges, one which reads fill pressure, the other reading regulated pressure. The rifle we tested came with a factory setting of about 125 BAR which was perfect for launching a 25.39 JSB pellet around 890-900 FPS. Accuracy was one large hole …read more
There is a new pellet coming to market and we were fortunate to get our hands on a few tins for testing this breezy weekend.
The Rifle brand of pellets come to us from Brazil. Their website located at www.rifle.ind.br as well as a Facebook page at www.facebook.com.br/rifle.ind.br
The pellets we tested were there domed head .177 caliber 8.33 grain as well as the domed head .22 caliber weighing in at 18.67 grains.
Rifle brand .177 caliber 8.33 grains
Rifle brand .22 caliber 18.67 grains
Given the breezy conditions of the day we chose to keep the targets up close at 25 yards and shooting support was a off a bench using a bi-pod with 5-10 shot groups. Temperatures hovered around freezing, 32F.
First up was a Benjamin Marauder. This rifle was tuned for shooting a lighter pellet than the .22 caliber 18.67 grain and FPS was a low 512 FPS. Ruling out a couple flyers, group size stayed under an 1″
Next was a Crossman 1377 in .177 caliber with a 14″ barrel. 10 pumps yielded 583 FPS with the 8.33 pellets. With one sight in shot, group size was around 1-1/4″
Above we have an AirMax pistol. We moved the target to 15 yards and shot with open sites. The .177 caliber 8.33 grains had an average velocity of 612 FPS.
Moving the target back to 25 yards we pulled out the Air Arms S500. This rifle is tuned to shoot a 10.34 grain pellet at 890 FPS. Feeling that would be a bit fast when swithing to the 8.33 Rifle brand we adjusted the power setting and shot the lighter pellets at 882 FPS.
Knowing the Air Arms can group better, we adjusted the power setting downward and shooting the 8.33 pellet at 788 FPS.
Above we have a comparison …read more
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Years ago, two brilliant minds came together and invented a barrel technology. They worked out the finer details and put into production a design that became known as Smooth Twist, after the method and style of the finished product. The process involves precision steel tubing, cut and machined to extremely high tolerances and is then put through a proprietary process which imparts twist to the inside of the barrel from the outside without cutting, harming or disturbing the smooth finish of the bore. This technology spins and stabilizes the pellets when fired, but does not cut or harm the pellet, making it less susceptible to wind turbulence. And, like anything new in the gun world, it was received with much resistance and nah-saying by the industry and shooting public alike. But then something started happening to change those opinions…the barrels started winning long range competitions!
Rumors, theories, and conjecture lost their way when the results started recording, and FX Smooth Twist barreled rifles started to take top seats every year at Extreme Benchrest for the 75 and 100 yard competitions.
2017 was no exception, in fact FX upped their game on proving their barrel tech has what it takes. 29 shooters in the top 20 of both classes (40 total between Pro and Sportsman) placed using a Smooth Twist barrel in an FX air rifle! That’s nearly 75%! Check out these results:
Looking at this chart you immediately think, “Yeah, but almost everyone shot with an FX, so of course FX won out!” Good observation. But take a step back and look at the overall qualifying results to see the spread of shooters who competed to make the finals and you see that FX consistently rose to the top.
Now, …read more
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Presents under the tree are fine and dandy, but the stocking is where the really cool stuff goes. Add these items to your stockings to keep the airgunners in your family happy all year.
The Stocking Stuffer that Will Make the Biggest Impact
Top spot on this stocking stuffer list goes to the Big Blast Caps. These little devices transform commonly found plastic bottles into exploding targets that deliver a satisfying boom! All that is needed is an air pump to pressurize the bottles and your shooter is set. The fun doesn’t stop with just pressurizing the bottles. Fill part way with water, flour, chalk dust, or confetti to make spectacular aerial effects. These caps are reusable and come with inflator needles and a safety bag to pressurize the targets. They also come in two package sizes- the two-pack is good to whet the appetite of your favorite shooter and the ten-pack is good for a family sized range session. These are a hot seller so “stock” up now!
All Year Fun
Your trigger time suffers without CO2! Many airguns need 12-gram CO2 cartridges in order to function. Not all CO2 was created equally and you want to give the best. Umarex CO2 cartridges are designed to help keep your airgun’s seals healthy for as long as possible. Our clean CO2 will power your action pistol or airsoft gun for many fun afternoons of shooting. And they’re handy during the cold months when the cold forces shooters indoors with safe backstops.
Stuff It With a Necessity
Hand in hand with top quality CO2 is RWS Chamber Lube. One drop on the tip of each CO2 cartridge helps prevent galling of the puncture seal. And a healthy puncture seal means long life for your CO2 powered air …read more
The Extreme Benchrest competition for 2017, sponsored by AofA, is now in the history books. Held October 12th – 16th at the Rio Salado Sportsmen’s Club facilities in Mesa, Arizona, this is the third year at this venue and the largest one so far with over 150 competitors coming from 9 different countries and all over the U.S. to compete.
Begun 7 years ago as a natural offshoot of the powder-actuated discipline, the EBR has blossomed under the guidance of Robert Buchanan and his incredibly hard working group at Airguns of Arizona. The move to R.S.S.C. 3 years ago signaled an expansion to a larger venue that would serve the event well. As the Host Club for this event, the R.S.S.C. runs the Indoor 10-meter air pistol event in an air conditioned building equipped with 8, 10-meter lanes and an electronic scoring system. The airgun division of R.S.S.C. is the fastest growing arm of the 6000+ member organization.
The 4 days of competition consisted of an American Field Target shoot, 25-meter event – including a Springer Class component, Speed Silhouette shooting at proportionally reduced metal animals set up at 4 different ranges, a Big Bore Benchrest/Steel Challenge 200 Yard event for airguns up to .34 caliber and another for over .35 caliber, the 75 Yard Extreme Benchrest and the 100 Yard Extreme Benchrest finals. Sportsmen’s and Pro Class divisions shot in the EBR and there was an Open Class for one of the Speed Silhouette events. In all but the Big Bore Benchrest/Steel Challenge, any pellet airgun up to .35 caliber may be used with almost all competitors using PCPs and .22 to .30 caliber being the most common. Manufacturer’s guns on the line consisted of various models from: FX Airguns, Crosman, Air Arms, RAW and …read more
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