At a Street Price one penny short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown air rifle for sale could not be named economical. And after that there’s the requirement to get a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, obviously.
First launched in the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown remains in great demand – particularly with adding a synthetic stock model this year. In may respects, it requires the characteristics which may have made the FX Impact quite popular and offers them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-top end air rifle such as this, we ask how it’s feasible for this kind of airgun to be good affordability. The reply is that there is a segment from the market which values beauty, functionality, engineering capability, perfect finish and extreme consistency of results more than anything else. In fact, we’ve found that here.
HAM Tester Doug Rogers thinks this test gun is so fantastic he desires to purchase it! Here’s what Doug says within his testing notes: “Expensive, but could possibly be the only gun you need to buy because of the adjustability and the opportunity to swap calibers easily. Other FX guns I’ve tried were nice, but here is the one!”
When one of our HAM Testers would like to put down their own money for that gun he’s just tested, that lets you know it’s good affordability. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Obviously, for the those who own an air rifle of the quality, the maximum muzzle velocities are rather meaningless. However, the highest FPS achieved was 1,140 FPS using the 4.7 Grain Gamo Raptor Platinum alloy pellets. The highest velocity with lead was achieved using 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 .22 really would like to see. Each one of these numbers were achieved using the rifle set to Max power.
Accuracy was excellent with mid-weight and high lead pellets. All the HAM standard test suite of pellets grouped well from the 7.9 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Points on up. Even 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 to 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 from the FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM was sublime. The very first stage is very light and smooth. On pulling back further, you encounter an extremely clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the next, release, stage.
That second stage has virtually no creep or slack, there’s not a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a small amount of additional pressure trips the sear without additional movement. This is certainly a “glass break” trigger. The trigger blade is beautifully shaped and finished. It invites the ball of the finger to use pressure in the perfect way. Overall, releasing the trigger from the FX Crown air rifle is actually a tactile joy in itself.
Trigger pull weight of the airwolf redwolf tested by HAM had been a light 1 Lb 14 Oz. It felt – and was – incredibly consistent when tested having an electronic trigger pull gauge.
Obviously, the trigger is adjustable for pull weight of both gowchp first and second stages. However the HAM Team can think about no reason at all why anyone would ever desire to change the factory trigger settings about this gun!
The only missing feature from this trigger is the ability for that blade to become moved forward or back, to accommodate particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter for the HAM testers, it was suitable for us.