FX Indy – Is this the ultimate answer? Part II

Monday, September 9, 2013

FX Indy 007-001

To get the Indy ready for shooting, first charge the air reservoir to 200 bar (not quite 3,000 psi) using a SCUBA tank or high pressure pump. Be sure to use the fitting that comes with the Indy because the male Foster fitting mounted on the Indy sits deeply in the hole in the stock and it can be difficult to get a grip on a normal (shorter) fill fitting. Alternatively, you can, of course, pump up the Indy using the on-board pump. I did this, and if I counted correctly, it took roughly 50 strokes on the on-board pump to get from empty to full charge. I don’t have any good way of measuring the amount of effort that the pumping requires, but I would estimate it to be around 30 lbs.

The rotary magazine slides into the breech from the right hand side.

The rotary magazine slides into the breech from the right hand side.

Next, load the12-shot rotary magazine. To do that, first, rotate the clear plastic face plate counter-clockwise as far as possible. Now, while holding the face plate in position, flip the magazine over so you’re looking at the back side. You’ll see that a port has opened in the back of the magazine. Load a pellet backwards (tail first) into the port. This will lock the spring and keep the inner wheel from turning. Now, flip the magazine over and load the rest of the pellets by dropping them nose-first into the magazine while rotating the transparent cover so that the hole in it opens each of the pellet “bays.” Once you have filled the magazine, rotate the transparent cover back to its original position. Pull the breech lever to the rear of the receiver to move the bolt back. Now slide the magazine into the breech.

Push the breech lever forward to move the first pellet out the magazine and into the barrel. Take aim, slide the safety off, and squeeze the trigger. On the sample I tested, it required only 13.9 ounces to take up the first stage, and at l lb 4.1 ounces, the shot goes down range.

Over the course of 10 shots on high power, the Independence launched the 18.2 grain JSB Jumbo Heavy pellets at an average of 864 fps (high 888, low 832), generating about 30.2 (average) footpounds of energy at the muzzle. The report is a loud pop. With the shroud extension in place, the report is quieter but is still distinctly audible. Perhaps some additional baffling could be placed in the barrel shroud extension to knock the report down even more.

Accuracy was what I have come to expect from FX airguns: excellent. At 32 yards, off a casual rest, five JSB pellets fell into a group that measured just 5/8 inch edge to edge. That works out to .4 inches center to center.

This receptacle in the butt stock will hold a couple of spare magazines.

This receptacle in the butt stock will hold a couple of spare magazines.

While doing research for another blog, I called Airguns of Arizona and found myself talking to Kip. He is an avid hunter, and he offered the opinion that the FX Indy could be the ultimate answer in the quest for an airgun survival rifle.

The case he made was this: “If you are in a survival situation, and you have a springer, you need to carry an extra spring and seal. When it comes time to fix it, you need a spring compressor or another person to help you safely disassemble and reassemble the gun. With the Indy, all you need is a small packet of o-rings and a couple of hand tools, and you can take care of it yourself.”

And that leads me to another thought: maybe someone (Airguns of Arizona perhaps?) could offer a seminar for FX Indy owners on how to maintain and rebuilt your airgun. It would have to be real hands-on stuff. Seminar participants would actually tear down and rebuild their own airguns so that if they ever needed to make survival-type repairs, they would know what to do.

The bottom line is that the FX Indy may well be the ultimate air survival rifle. Of one thing I am certain: it was a lot of fun to shoot!

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

–          Jock Elliott

8 Comments

  1. Bub says:

    A few weeks back you kicked around the ideal of airguns for survival purposes. I’m with Kip, if you are serious about the matter this is the type of airgun you want.

    BTW, A video from AOA about changing the the o-rings and general maintenance of PCP airguns would be nice.

  2. SteveinMN says:

    I like the survival thing if its just meant to rationalize purchase of a new airgun, always a worthwhile rationalization.

    But when I REALLY want survive — which includes defense and taking game from squirrel up to deer with a drop-dead simple/reliable arm — a 10/22 and a couple bricks of ammo will get you a long, long way.

    Cool AG, though.

    1. Dee says:

      I’d have to agree with you one that. A pellet rifle is not a self defense anything, even the larger calibers since they wouldn’t be an appropriate answer to even a 22 rimfire threat and surely not any game that would be considered dangerous.

      If survival is simply getting rabbit or squirrel into a pot for stew, sure but beyond that, it is a pellet gun and the bargain basement 22s are far superior for anything else other than very basic small game hunting. 22 ammo is not heavy to carry, offers far greater range, much greater capability to take game and can actually be used in personal defense.

      While an accurately placed pellet can incapacitate some threats, it is what it is and it is outclassed by 22s not to mention the 17s. We do need to be honest with ourselves and not put hope above reality when it comes to a true survival situation.

  3. indra says:

    how tough is it to change barrels on this?

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Indra,

      Very tough. I believe it would involve changing the breech as well. It’s available in three calibers. Choose the one that suits you best.

  4. Ed says:

    Please advise availability and price ?

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Ed,

      contact the good folks at http://www.airgunsofarizona.com

  5. Dee says:

    The FX Indy is very interesting and even if you are wealthy, price does have something to do with a purchase. In that light, does the maintenance performed by the owner bring the pump to full potential or does it degrade over time even with the maintenance?

    At the price point, I would expect that like anything that is high performance, proper maintenance would result in a very high standard of performance over an extended period of time without factory or service center rebuilding.

    I rarely buy into the idea of some privilege of high frequency maintenance or reduced performance over time because I pay more for something.

    In summary, I’d opt in for an Indy if routine maintenance did actually maintain optimum performance over time. I do not see sending an airgun at the highest price points into a service center as attractive.

    Can I expect many years of high performance with routine maintenance or am I looking at service center rebuilds every other year, or sooner? Lets take 300 rounds fired per week as an average.

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