At a Street Price one dollar short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown air rifle for sale could never be called cheap. And then there’s the necessity to get a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, of course.
First launched in the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown remains in great demand – particularly with the addition of a synthetic stock model this year. In may respects, it takes the characteristics which may have made the FX Impact very popular and provides them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-top end air rifle such as this, we ask how it’s possible for this type of airgun to become good affordability. The answer is that there is a segment from the market which values beauty, functionality, engineering capability, perfect finish and extreme consistency of results above all else. In fact, we’ve learned that here.
HAM Tester Doug Rogers thinks that the test gun is really fantastic which he wants to purchase it! Here’s what Doug says in the testing notes: “Expensive, but could be the only gun you ever must 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 the gun he’s just tested, that lets you know it’s good affordability. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Obviously, for that those who own an aura rifle with this quality, the maximum muzzle velocities are rather meaningless. However, the maximum FPS achieved was 1,140 FPS with the 4.7 Grain Gamo Raptor Platinum alloy pellets. The highest velocity with lead was achieved utilizing 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 sector Target shooter who buys this FX wildcat 25 caliber really desires to see. All these numbers were achieved with all the rifle set to Max power.
Accuracy was excellent with mid-weight and high 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 along with lead pellets.
FX states 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 see here. The trigger pull from the FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM was sublime. The first stage is very light and smooth. On pulling back further, you encounter a very clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the second, release, stage.
That second stage has simply no creep or slack, there’s not just a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a small 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 just the right way. Overall, releasing the trigger from the FX Crown air rifle is really a tactile joy in itself.
Trigger pull weight from the redwolf air 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.
Of course, the trigger is adjustable for pull weight of both gowchp first and second stages. Nevertheless the HAM Team can think about no reason why anyone would ever desire to change the factory trigger settings about this gun!
The only real missing feature from this trigger will be the ability for that blade to become moved forward or back, to support particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter to the HAM testers, it had been suitable for us.