At a Street Price one cent short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown .25 could not be named low-cost. And after that there’s the requirement to buy a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, obviously.
First launched on the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown is still in great demand – particularly with incorporating a synthetic stock model this year. In may respects, it requires the features which have made the FX Impact so popular and offers them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-top end air rifle similar to this, we ask how it’s easy for such an airgun to become good good value. The correct answer is that there exists a segment from the market which values beauty, functionality, engineering capability, perfect finish and extreme consistency of results most of all. Actually, we’ve found that here.
HAM Tester Doug Rogers thinks that this test gun is really fantastic that he desires to buy it! Here’s what Doug says in the testing notes: “Expensive, but could possibly be the only gun you ever need to buy as a result of 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 his very own money for your gun he’s just tested, that tells you it’s good good value. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Of course, for that people who own an air rifle with this quality, the maximum muzzle velocities are rather meaningless. However, the utmost 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 much more importance was 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 sector Target shooter who buys this FX wildcat .22 really desires to see. Each one of these numbers were achieved with 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 the 7.9 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Points on up. Including the light alloy pellets didn’t behave too badly, although nowhere in addition to lead pellets.
FX says that their Smooth Twist X barrels – as fitted for the .177 caliber FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM – are designed 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 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 an extremely clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the second, release, stage.
That second stage has virtually no creep or slack, there’s not a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a small amount of additional pressure trips the sear with no additional movement. This really is a “glass break” trigger. The trigger blade is beautifully shaped and finished. It invites the ball in the finger to use pressure in the ideal way. Overall, releasing the trigger of the FX Crown air rifle is actually a tactile joy in itself.
Trigger pull weight of the high power redwolf 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. However the HAM Team can think about absolutely no reason why anyone would ever want to alter the factory trigger settings with this gun!
The only missing feature using this trigger is definitely the ability for the blade to be moved forward or back, to allow for particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter to the HAM testers, it had been suitable for us.