At a Street Price one dollar short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown airgun could not be called low-cost. Then there’s the need to purchase a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, obviously.
First launched in the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown is still in great demand – particularly with adding a synthetic stock model this coming year. In may respects, it takes the functions that have made the FX Impact very popular and offers them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-top quality air rifle similar to this, we ask how it’s feasible for this kind of airgun to get good value for money. The reply is that you will find a segment of the market which values beauty, functionality, engineering capability, perfect finish and extreme consistency of results more than anything else. In fact, we’ve discovered that here.
HAM Tester Doug Rogers thinks this test gun is really fantastic that he would like to purchase it! Here’s what Doug says in the testing notes: “Expensive, but could be the only gun you need to buy as a result of adjustability and the opportunity to swap calibers easily. Other FX guns I’ve tried were nice, but this is actually the one!”
When one of our HAM Testers would like to put down their own money for the gun he’s just tested, that informs you it’s good good value. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Needless to say, for that those who own an air rifle of this quality, the utmost muzzle velocities are rather meaningless. However, the highest FPS achieved was 1,140 FPS with the 4.7 Grain Gamo Raptor Platinum alloy pellets. The greatest velocity with lead was achieved utilizing the 7. Grain RWS Hobby pellets, as expected, at 1,019 FPS.
Of great importance and 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 Field Target shooter who buys this FX wildcat for sale really would like to see. Each one of these numbers were achieved with all the rifle set to Max power.
Accuracy was excellent with mid-weight and heavy lead pellets. Each of the HAM standard test suite of pellets grouped well through the 7.9 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Points on up. Even light alloy pellets didn’t behave too badly, although nowhere along with lead pellets.
FX says that their Smooth Twist X barrels – as fitted to the .177 caliber FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM – are designed 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 very first stage is exceedingly light and smooth. On pulling back further, you encounter an extremely clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the next, release, stage.
That second stage has simply no creep or slack, there’s not a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a modest amount of additional pressure trips the sear with no additional movement. This can be a “glass break” trigger. The trigger blade is beautifully shaped and finished. It invites the ball from the finger to use pressure in just the right way. Overall, releasing the trigger of the FX Crown air rifle is really a tactile joy by itself.
Trigger pull weight of the airwolf redwolf tested by HAM was actually a light 1 Lb 14 Oz. It felt – and was – incredibly consistent when tested with an electronic trigger pull gauge.
Of course, the trigger is adjustable for pull weight of both gowchp first and second stages. But the HAM Team can consider no reason at all why anyone would ever desire to alter the factory trigger settings with this gun!
The sole missing feature from this trigger is the ability for the blade to get moved forward or back, to allow for particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter to the HAM testers, it was ideal for us.