At a Street Price one penny short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown air rifle could not be named inexpensive. And after that there’s the requirement to buy a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, obviously.
First launched at the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown remains in great demand – particularly with adding a synthetic stock model this coming year. In may respects, it will take the functions which may have made the FX Impact very popular and offers them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-high end air rifle such as this, we ask how it’s possible for such an airgun to get good affordability. The correct answer is that there is a segment in the market which values beauty, functionality, engineering capability, perfect finish and extreme consistency of results most of all. In reality, we’ve found that here.
HAM Tester Doug Rogers thinks that this test gun is so fantastic which he wants to purchase it! Here’s what Doug says in his testing notes: “Expensive, but could possibly be the only gun you ever have to buy because of the adjustability and the cabability to swap calibers easily. Other FX guns I’ve tried were nice, but this is the one!”
When our HAM Testers would like to put down his very own money for your gun he’s just tested, that lets you know it’s good affordability. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Needless to say, for your owners of an aura rifle with 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 best velocity with lead was achieved using the 7. Grain RWS Hobby pellets, as expected, at 1,019 FPS.
Of great importance and more importance was that this .177 caliber FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM produced muzzle velocities within 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 moderator really wants to see. All these numbers were achieved using 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 states that their Smooth Twist X barrels – as fitted for the .177 caliber FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM – are made to work best with JSB pellets. However, the gun we tested proved most accurate with H&N Baracuda match pellets, as you have seen here. The trigger pull in the FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM was sublime. The very first stage is incredibly light and smooth. On pulling back further, you encounter a really clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the second, release, stage.
That second stage has absolutely no creep or slack, there’s not really a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a tiny amount of additional pressure trips the sear with no additional movement. This really is a “glass break” trigger. The trigger blade itself is beautifully shaped and finished. It invites the ball of the finger to use pressure in the ideal way. Overall, releasing the trigger in the FX Crown air rifle is actually a tactile joy in itself.
Trigger pull weight from the airwolf vs 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.
Needless to say, the trigger is adjustable for pull weight of both gowchp first and second stages. Nevertheless the HAM Team can consider absolutely no reason why anyone would ever desire to alter the factory trigger settings about this gun!
The only missing feature using this trigger is the ability for that blade to become moved forward or back, to support particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter towards the HAM testers, it had been perfect for us.