The FX Bobcat – Sparkling performance in a small package – Part I

Monday, July 21, 2014

FZ200 FX Bobcat 001

If you have been reading this blog for any time at all, you know that I like airguns. Airguns deliver potloads of shooting fun in a package that can be shot in a lot of places where discharging a firearm will get you in a world of trouble. Lately, I have been particularly enamored of smaller air rifles that aren’t too long, and are relatively light and easy to handle

The FX Bobcat fills the bill on all counts. A bullpup design, it stretches just 29.5 inches from end to end, weighs just 7.8 pounds before a scope is mounted, and is available in .22 caliber, .25 caliber, or .30 caliber. The factory says the .22 version will generate 30 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle on high power; the .25 caliber version, 46 fp, and the .30 version, 75 fp. The good folks at www.airgunsofarizona.com sent me the .22 version to test.

FZ200 FX Bobcat 004

At the extreme aft end of the Bobcat is a soft rubber butt pad that can be adjusted vertically. It is attached to a one-piece matte black stock that is molded from engineering polymer. Just forward of the butt pad, there is a hole in the stock. It can be accessed from the righthand side and used to store extra magazines. Forward of that on the left side of the stock is another hole which contains a clearly marked air gauge. Forward of that on the bottom of the stock is a male Foster fitting for filling the on-board air reservoir with a SCUBA tank or high pressure pump.

FZ200 FX Bobcat 005

Forward of that is a pistol grip with finger indentations and the trigger guard which surrounds a black metal trigger. Forward of that, the forestock is unadorned except for the extreme forward end, underneath which is a flat spot that looks like it could be set up with a Picatinny rail for mounting accessories. Above the forestock is the air reservoir, and above that, the shrouded smooth twist barrel.

At the end of the barrel is a fitting that can be unscrewed, allowing the attachment of a barrel shroud extension. Moving back on top of the barrel, you’ll find a long dovetail assembly for mounting a scope.

On the left side of the receiver forward of the breech, there is a wheel that allows the power to be set at one of three levels. Just to the rear of that is the breech, into which a rotary magazine is inserted. Aft of that, on the left side, the rear of the receiver is covered with a smooth metal cheek rest. The Bobcat is a decidedly right-handed air rifle.

Just aft of the breech on the right side of the receiver, you’ll find the breech lever and a lever type safety. That’s it.

I liked the fit and finish of the Bobcat. I particularly liked its no-nonsense, all-business looks and smooth matte black finish on the stock.

Next time, we’ll take a look at how the Bobcat shoots.

Til then, aim true and shoot straight.

–          Jock Elliott

4 Comments

  1. Nathan lucas says:

    I’ve seen many reviews on this compact gun. All have been great. Down side, I guess, I’m a lefty. You mentioned its a right handed gun. Do they make a lefty version or would it be a pain in the ass to shoot this as a lefty. If so, what other high end gun would you recommend for us “backward” guys out there?

    Thanks for your time….

    Cheers!

    Nate Lucas

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Nate,

      The good folks at http://www.airgunsofarizona.com say: “In keeping with the same action/performance, the FX Royale or Boss in walnut ambi would be a good choice in an equal caliber. If short is what he wants, the FX Verminator is a nice option with an ambi stock.

      Then in full on lefty, the Daystate Regal is compact and completely left hand, stock and bolt as an option.

      As for Bullpups, none are lefty yet. The greatest hurdle is the bolt. In a bullpup the bolt is right back at the cheek weld. So, unless they are reversed to lefty, they are in the way. None of the current bullpup designs have recersable bolts.”

  2. norbert nurnberg says:

    Hello, I just ordered the bobcat in 25 but I just started reading reviews where some isued about this guns were addressed such as; valve seating problems, regulator inconsistencies, copper pipes leaks and cocking handle issues. Have you heard anything about this issues? My only hope is that as I just ordered it I might be getting a version were most of this issued could have been corrected.

    cheers

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Norbert,

      I have not heard of these problems. I suggest contacting the good folks at http://www.airgunsofarizona.com (if that is where you ordered your gun) with your concerns. I know that they test most guns before they go out the door.

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