The Crown from FX Airguns of Sweden isn’t a rifle, so much as a configurable shooting system, where, as well as the height and horizontal alignment adjustments available from the stock’s cheek piece, and more of the same within the vertical plane from the butt pad, there’s an absolutely tuneable, match-style trigger. These features are important, especially when you are taking gun fit as seriously as you should, but I’m obliged to concede that, for once, they take a back seat when compared with what else the FX crown .25 has up its sleeve.
That sleeve not just shrouds the rifle’s fully-floating – fixed in the breech only – barrel in addition, it covers a complete interchangeable bore and pellet probe system that may accommodate .177, .22, .25 and .30 calibres inside the same action. Swapping barrels is a point of loosening the twin fixing screws, as shown in the instructions, then sliding the entire barrel assembly, sleeve and all sorts of, before replacing it using a different calibre barrel. The pellet probe will then be swapped over and the rifle is a magazine change from being ready to dial into its new calibre.
Smooth-twist X – Welcome to the Smooth-twist X barrel, the very latest progression of the Smooth-twist concept and even though its unique ‘rifling’ is applied externally the bore in a similar manner towards the original method, the ‘X’ process is unique and the rifling is present throughout the entire length of the bore.
That’s about all I notice you concerning the generation X version of Smooth-Twist, besides FX wildcat price owner and genius-in-residence, Fredrik Axelsson, also has developed various twist rates for it and those are matched to a wide range of the best-performing pellets available. The consequence of all this barrel technology is definitely an ability not only to change calibres to accommodate the situation and preference, the Crown owner may also mix and match the rifle’s bore to match a particular pellet. Oh, but there’s so much more available, here.
Handling and balance is, in my view, the Crown’s finest feature.Handling and balance is, within my view, the Crown’s finest feature. Adjustable everything. Once you’ve decided on the calibre you prefer, an additional hat-trick of hi-tech options offer more control over this rifle’s performance than I’ve ever encountered on any sporter. Please turn your focus on the twin dials on the left-hand side of the Crown’s breech block. The forward dial provides calibre-specific settings for optimum airflow, as well as a universal ‘LOW’ setting for training purposes. With those essentials established, the rear dial controls the tension in the internal hammer spring, and thereby governs how hard the Crown’s striker impacts the regulator’s air-release mechanism, and in turn, how much air is delivered for each and every shot. This governs the muzzl
e energy and by now it should be pretty obvious this rifle’s main market will likely be UK airgunners with firearms certificates, as well as the overseas market, although there’s definitely an area for the Crown inside the wide arena of 11-plus performance. Before we explore the possible implementation of this technology in a sub-12 ft.lbs. format, there’s another major adjustment to be considered. Dialling it in. Calibre-specific airflow twinned with variable hammer spring settings.Dialling it in. Calibre-specific airflow twinned with variable hammer spring settings.
Regulating the regulator – The redwolf airgun is really a fully-regulated rifle, in that each shot is powered by way of a precisely metered ‘pulse’ of air, drawn through the main supply. Thus, if you’re going to alter the energy production of this rifle, you’ll have to alter the setting on its regulator. This is a simple process however the instructions provided must be followed towards the letter. I cannot stress too strongly – this is NOT a rifle for people who would rather tinker first and study the manual whenever they be in trouble. In the event you tweak the Crown’s reg’ the wrong way, you could seriously damage it, and I promise the technicians at FX knows exactly what you’ve done along with your warranty are usually in dire peril. Do not, not once, make an effort to do anything whatsoever with this particular rifle before you decide to study its manual. You might have been warned.
Once you’ve absorbed the correct procedure, adjusting the Crown’s regulator pressure takes lower than two minutes, and even I could do it without any bother at all. This particular reg’ can be set to operate at pressures from 55 bar to 150, according to your needs and at which energy setting your chosen pellets prefer.
The long and short of it – Now all you want do is decide if you want the adjustable-volume barrel shroud moderator extended, or not. Yes, really. The exam rifle was actually a .177 calibre, sub-12 model and that i honestly couldn’t detect that much difference in muzzle noise wherever I set the shroud, but I’m certain difference will be more marked within the Crown’s high-power modes. Besides, once I’d explored gowchp from the features you’ve just read about, I was yearning for the simple life and simply wished to load up the rifle’s 21-shot magazine and obtain some shooting done.