At a Street Price one dollar short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown review could never be named low-cost. And after that there’s the necessity to purchase a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, needless to say.
First launched in the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown is still in great demand – particularly with adding a synthetic stock model this year. In may respects, it takes the characteristics which have made the FX Impact very popular and offers 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 kind of airgun to get good affordability. The correct answer is that there exists a segment of 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 so fantastic he desires to buy it! Here’s what Doug says in his testing notes: “Expensive, but could possibly be the only gun you must buy because of the adjustability and the ability to swap calibers easily. Other FX guns I’ve tried were nice, but here is the one!”
When our HAM Testers would like 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! Needless to say, for the those who own an air 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 greatest 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 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 wants to see. All these numbers were achieved with all the rifle set to Max power.
Accuracy was excellent with mid-weight and heavy lead pellets. All of the HAM standard test suite of pellets grouped well from your 7.9 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Points on up. Even 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 for 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 have seen here. The trigger pull in the FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM was sublime. The very first stage is exceedingly light and smooth. On pulling back further, you encounter an extremely clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the 2nd, release, stage.
That second stage has absolutely no creep or slack, there’s not just a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a tiny amount of additional pressure trips the sear without additional movement. This is certainly a “glass break” trigger. The trigger blade itself is beautifully shaped and finished. It invites the ball of the finger to apply pressure in the perfect way. Overall, releasing the trigger in the FX Crown air rifle is actually a tactile joy by itself.
Trigger pull weight from the daystate redwolf tested by HAM was actually a light 1 Lb 14 Oz. It felt – and was – incredibly consistent when tested with the 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 consider no reason at all why anyone would ever wish to alter the factory trigger settings about this gun!
The sole missing feature out of this trigger is the ability for that blade to get moved forward or back, to allow for particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter for the HAM testers, it absolutely was suitable for us.