At a Street Price one cent short of $2,000 for the rifle only, the FX crown air rifle could not be named cheap. Then there’s the need to buy a scope, mounts and HPA charging equipment, needless to say.
First launched at the 2017 IWA Show, the Crown continues to be in great demand – particularly with the addition of a synthetic stock model this year. In may respects, it requires the features which have made the FX Impact very popular and supplies them in a traditional, full-length format.
Whenever HAM tests an ultra-top quality air rifle like this, we ask how it’s feasible for such an airgun to get good value for money. The correct answer is that you will find a segment from the market which values beauty, functionality, engineering capability, perfect finish and extreme consistency of results more than anything else. In fact, we’ve discovered that here.
HAM Tester Doug Rogers thinks this test gun is so fantastic which he wants to buy it! Here’s what Doug says in the testing notes: “Expensive, but could 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 this is the one!”
When one of our HAM Testers would like to put down their own money for the gun he’s just tested, that lets you know it’s good value for money. SPEED AND ACCURACY
In a word: outstanding! Of course, for your owners of an aura rifle of the 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 utilizing the 7. Grain RWS Hobby pellets, as expected, at 1,019 FPS.
Of great importance and 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 Field Target shooter who buys this FX wildcat .25 really desires to see. All these numbers were achieved with the rifle set to Max power.
Accuracy was excellent with mid-weight and heavy lead pellets. All the HAM standard test suite of pellets grouped well from the 7.9 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Points on up. Even the light alloy pellets didn’t behave too badly, although nowhere as well as lead pellets.
FX states that their Smooth Twist X barrels – as fitted towards 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 see here. The trigger pull of the FX Crown air rifle tested by HAM was sublime. The initial stage is incredibly light and smooth. On pulling back further, you encounter a very clear, distinct “stop”. That’s the second, release, stage.
That second stage has simply no creep or slack, there’s not just a trace of “mushiness”. Instead a tiny amount of additional pressure trips the sear without any additional movement. This can be a “glass break” trigger. The trigger blade is beautifully shaped and finished. It invites the ball from the finger to apply pressure in the perfect way. Overall, releasing the trigger from the FX Crown air rifle is a tactile joy by itself.
Trigger pull weight from the daystate redwolf tested by HAM was a light 1 Lb 14 Oz. It felt – and was – incredibly consistent when tested with an electronic trigger pull gauge.
Obviously, 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 wish to alter the factory trigger settings on this gun!
The only real missing feature out of this trigger is the ability for that blade to become moved forward or back, to support particularly long or short fingers. But that didn’t matter to the HAM testers, it had been suitable for us.