At a Street Price one dollar short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown for sale could never be called economical. And then there’s the requirement to purchase a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, of course.
First launched in the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown is still in great demand – particularly with the addition of a synthetic stock model this year. In may respects, it will take the characteristics which may have made the FX Impact so popular and provides them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-top quality air rifle similar to this, we ask how it’s easy for this type of airgun to be good value for money. The reply is that there is a segment in 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 this test gun is really fantastic he would like to buy it! Here’s what Doug says within his testing notes: “Expensive, but may be the only gun you ever must buy as a result of adjustability and the opportunity to swap calibers easily. Other FX guns I’ve tried were nice, but here is the one!”
When one of our HAM Testers desires to put down their own money for your gun he’s just tested, that lets you know it’s good good value. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Obviously, for your those who own an air rifle of 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 utilizing the 7. Grain RWS Hobby pellets, as expected, at 1,019 FPS.
Of much more importance was that this .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 area Target shooter who buys this FX wildcat airgun really would like to see. All of these numbers were achieved using 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 your 7.9 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Points on up. Even light alloy pellets didn’t behave too badly, although nowhere as well as lead pellets.
FX says that their Smooth Twist X barrels – as fitted towards the .177 caliber FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM – are designed 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 in the FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM was sublime. The very first stage is very light and smooth. On pulling back further, you encounter a really clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the 2nd, release, stage.
That second stage has virtually no creep or slack, there’s not just a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a small amount of additional pressure trips the sear without any 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 utilize pressure in just the right way. Overall, releasing the trigger of the FX Crown air rifle is actually a tactile joy by itself.
Trigger pull weight from the high power redwolf tested by HAM had been a light 1 Lb 14 Oz. It felt – and was – incredibly consistent when tested with 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 consider absolutely no reason why anyone would ever desire to modify the factory trigger settings about this gun!
The only missing feature using this trigger is definitely the ability for the blade to be moved forward or back, to support particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter towards the HAM testers, it was ideal for us.