The Jewel in FX’s Crown? Editor Mike Morton takes a close look at the Swedish airgun company’s ambitious and feature-packed new hunting rifle…
Barrel: Smooth Twist X
Power Adjusters: Two
Regulator: Externally adjustable
Noise Reduction: Shrouded barrel
Magazine Capacity: 18 shots
Stock: Various; laminated wood shown here
Calibre Options: Ability to change
What’s best: .177 or .22? What about some of the other calibres that are now available to airgun shooters? Which one should you really choose? Well, with the Crown, FX Airguns firmly believes you can have your cake and eat it, because its newest PCP lets you switch calibres, barrel length and twist rate. It features the new Smooth Twist X barrel system, which, says the company, can be swapped in seconds.
If the option to change calibre isn’t enough, FX also provides two power adjusters for the hammer spring and transfer port. This means the power can be fine-tuned for specific shooting scenarios and calibres, especially if you shoot at FAC levels. The rifle is regulated, but will most likely come out of the box optimised for a certain calibre and power, so FX has included an externally adjustable regulator allowing the user to eke out the optimum accuracy and efficiency from their rig.
Of course, all this technology is meaningless if the rifle can’t be held on aim, and FX has thought of this, too, with the Crown being offered in multiple stock configurations including an optional adjustable cheekpiece and match trigger. The package is rounded out with a full barrel shroud and an 18-shot magazine. A journey into the future with the Crown is potentially both exciting and scary.
The level of user adjustability is simply phenomenal. Get it right, and this high level of customisation should mean a rifle that’s tailored to the shooter and their chosen calibre, power level and pellet. The only concern is whether or not the user could end up in a muddle simply by being offered too many options. But we’d be more than happy to put this to the test!
Let’s take a closer look…