At a Street Price one penny short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown review could never be described as low-cost. And then there’s the requirement to purchase a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, obviously.
First launched at the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown continues to be in great demand – particularly with the addition of a synthetic stock model this coming year. In may respects, it takes the functions which have made the FX Impact so popular and provides them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-top end air rifle similar to this, we ask how it’s easy for such an airgun to become good value for money. The answer is that there exists a segment from the market which values beauty, functionality, engineering capability, perfect finish and extreme consistency of results more than anything else. Actually, we’ve discovered that here.
HAM Tester Doug Rogers thinks that the test gun is very fantastic that he wants to purchase it! Here’s what Doug says in the testing notes: “Expensive, but could be the only gun you need to buy due to the adjustability and the cabability to swap calibers easily. Other FX guns I’ve tried were nice, but here is the one!”
When our HAM Testers desires to put down his very own money for your gun he’s just tested, that informs you it’s good value for money. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Obviously, for your those who own an air rifle of the quality, the highest muzzle velocities are rather meaningless. However, the maximum FPS achieved was 1,140 FPS using the 4.7 Grain Gamo Raptor Platinum alloy pellets. The highest velocity with lead was achieved making use of the 7. Grain RWS Hobby pellets, as expected, at 1,019 FPS.
Of much more importance was the .177 caliber FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM produced muzzle velocities in the 900 – 980 FPS range with medium – to heavy weight domed lead pellets. That is what the area Target shooter who buys this FX wildcat price really would like to see. All these numbers were achieved using the rifle set to Max power.
Accuracy was excellent with mid-weight and heavy lead pellets. All of the HAM standard test suite of pellets grouped well from the 7.9 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Points on up. Including the light alloy pellets didn’t behave too badly, although nowhere as well as lead pellets.
FX says that their Smooth Twist X barrels – as fitted towards the .177 caliber FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM – are made to perform best with JSB pellets. However, the gun we tested proved most accurate with H&N Baracuda match pellets, as you can tell here. The trigger pull of the FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM was sublime. The initial stage is exceedingly light and smooth. On pulling back further, you encounter a really clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the second, release, stage.
That second stage has simply no creep or slack, there’s not really a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a tiny amount of additional pressure trips the sear without additional movement. This can be a “glass break” trigger. The trigger blade itself is beautifully shaped and finished. It invites the ball in the finger to use pressure in the perfect way. Overall, releasing the trigger from the FX Crown air rifle is actually a tactile joy by itself.
Trigger pull weight of the redwolf hp .22 tested by HAM had been a light 1 Lb 14 Oz. It felt – and was – incredibly consistent when tested with an electronic trigger pull gauge.
Needless to say, the trigger is adjustable for pull weight of both gowchp first and 2nd stages. However the HAM Team can consider no reason at all why anyone would ever wish to change the factory trigger settings on this gun!
The only missing feature using this trigger is definitely the ability for the blade to become moved forward or back, to accommodate particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter towards the HAM testers, it absolutely was suitable for us.