At a Street Price one cent short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown review could never be named economical. And after that there’s the need to get a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, needless to say.
First launched in the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown continues to be in great demand – particularly with adding a synthetic stock model this season. In may respects, it takes the functions which may have made the FX Impact so popular and provides them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-high end air rifle similar to this, we ask how it’s feasible for such an airgun to get good affordability. The reply is that there exists a segment in the market which values beauty, functionality, engineering capability, perfect finish and extreme consistency of results more than anything else. In reality, we’ve learned that here.
HAM Tester Doug Rogers thinks that the test gun is so fantastic that he wants to buy it! Here’s what Doug says in his testing notes: “Expensive, but could possibly be the only gun you ever must 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 wants to put down their own money for your gun he’s just tested, that informs you it’s good affordability. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Needless to say, for that owners of an air rifle of this quality, the maximum muzzle velocities are rather meaningless. However, the utmost FPS achieved was 1,140 FPS with all the 4.7 Grain Gamo Raptor Platinum alloy pellets. The greatest velocity with lead was achieved making use of the 7. Grain RWS Hobby pellets, as expected, at 1,019 FPS.
Of much more importance was that the .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 Field Target shooter who buys this FX wildcat .22 really desires to see. All these numbers were achieved using the rifle set to Max power.
Accuracy was excellent with mid-weight and high lead pellets. Each of the HAM standard test suite of pellets grouped well from your 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 says that their Smooth Twist X barrels – as fitted to 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 can tell here. The trigger pull of 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 2nd, release, stage.
That second stage has absolutely no creep or slack, there’s not really a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a small amount of additional pressure trips the sear with no additional movement. This is certainly a “glass break” trigger. The trigger blade is beautifully shaped and finished. It invites the ball in the finger to apply pressure in just the right way. Overall, releasing the trigger in the FX Crown air rifle is actually a tactile joy in itself.
Trigger pull weight of the red wolf hp 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. But the HAM Team can think of no reason why anyone would ever want to alter the factory trigger settings on this gun!
The sole missing feature out of this trigger will be the ability for the blade to get moved forward or back, to support particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter to the HAM testers, it absolutely was suitable for us.