The Crown from FX Airguns of Sweden isn’t a rifle, a great deal as a configurable shooting system, where, as well as the height and horizontal alignment modifications provided by the stock’s cheek piece, and more of the same in the vertical plane from the butt pad, there’s an absolutely tuneable, match-style trigger. These characteristics are essential, especially when you have gun fit as seriously as you should, but I’m obliged to concede that, for once, they take a back seat in comparison to what else the FX crown barrel shroud has up its sleeve.
That sleeve not merely shrouds the rifle’s fully-floating – fixed on the breech only – barrel it also covers a complete interchangeable bore and pellet probe system that will accommodate .177, .22, .25 and .30 calibres within the same action. Swapping barrels is a matter of loosening the twin fixing screws, as shown within the instructions, then sliding out your entire barrel assembly, sleeve and all, before replacing it having a different calibre barrel. The pellet probe will be swapped over and the rifle is a magazine change away from being able to dial into its new calibre.
Smooth-twist X – Welcome to the Smooth-twist X barrel, the very latest advancement of the Smooth-twist concept and even though its unique ‘rifling’ is used from outside the bore in a similar manner to the original method, the ‘X’ process differs as well as the rifling is found throughout the entire length of the bore.
That’s about all I can tell you regarding the generation X version of Smooth-Twist, besides FX wildcat price owner and genius-in-residence, Fredrik Axelsson, has also developed various twist rates for this and these are matched to a wide range of the best-performing pellets available. The consequence of all this barrel technology is surely an ability not only to change calibres to suit the situation and preference, the Crown owner can also mix and match the rifle’s bore to match a particular pellet. Oh, but there’s so much more available, here.
Handling and balance is, inside my view, the Crown’s finest feature.Handling and balance is, inside my view, the Crown’s finest feature. Adjustable everything. Once you’ve decided on the calibre you want, an additional hat-trick of hi-tech options offer more control over this rifle’s performance than I’ve ever encountered on any sporter. Please turn your awareness of the twin dials on the left-hand side of the Crown’s breech block. The forward dial provides calibre-specific settings for maximum airflow, as well as a universal ‘LOW’ setting for training purposes. With those essentials established, the rear dial controls the tension in the internal hammer spring, and thereby governs how hard the Crown’s striker impacts the regulator’s air-release mechanism, and in turn, how much air is delivered for each and every shot. This governs the muzzl
e energy and by now it needs to be pretty obvious that the rifle’s main market will be UK airgunners with firearms certificates, and also the overseas market, although there’s definitely a spot for the Crown in the wide realm of 11-plus performance. Before we explore the possible application of this technology in a sub-12 ft.lbs. format, there’s another major adjustment that need considering. Dialling it in. Calibre-specific airflow twinned with variable hammer spring settings.Dialling it in. Calibre-specific airflow twinned with variable hammer spring settings.
Regulating the regulator – The redwolf air is actually a fully-regulated rifle, in this each shot is powered by a precisely metered ‘pulse’ of air, drawn from the main supply. Thus, if you’re likely to modify the energy output of this rifle, you’ll have to alter the setting on its regulator. It is a simple process however the instructions provided should be followed for the letter. I cannot stress too strongly – this is NOT a rifle for individuals who would rather tinker first and study the manual whenever they be in trouble. In the event you tweak the Crown’s reg’ the wrong way, you can seriously damage it, and i also promise you the technicians at FX will know exactly what you’ve done as well as your warranty are usually in dire peril. Tend not to, not once, try to do just about anything with this rifle before you decide to study its manual. You may have been warned.
Once you’ve absorbed the proper procedure, adjusting the Crown’s regulator pressure takes under two minutes, and even I can practice it without bother whatsoever. This specific reg’ could be set to use at pressures from 55 bar to 150, in accordance with your needs and where energy setting your preferred pellets prefer.
The long and lacking it – Now all you have to do is decide if you wish the adjustable-volume barrel shroud moderator extended, or not. Yes, really. The exam rifle was actually a .177 calibre, sub-12 model and i also honestly couldn’t detect so much difference in muzzle noise wherever I set the shroud, but I’m certain that difference would be more marked inside the Crown’s high-power modes. Besides, once I’d explored gowchp from the features you’ve just find out about, I had been yearning for your simple life and simply wished to load up the rifle’s 21-shot magazine and acquire some shooting done.