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Weihrauch HW95

The Weihrauch HW95 spring-piston airgun.

Most of us live in a fast pace rat race society.  With today’s advanced technology we stay connected to family, friends and the workplace associates seemingly 24/7.  I find myself looking back at the days of my youth with pleasure more and more.

At the age of 54, I grew up when phones still had cords, fuel was .25 cents per gallon and the drive-in movie was a great place to take your sweetheart or find one.  I remember saving the spent shot shells from my dad’s 16-gauge after the opening day of dove season because I thought they were so cool.  As a society we seem to need immediate satisfaction with today’s connectivity. We can order the latest widget and expect it at our door tomorrow, use it over the weekend, and discard it after our disappointment over its lack of quality and/or performance. We tend to want our things fast and cheap, and not value the qualities that last.

My last blog post was in honor of Mr. Stefan Weihrauch, owner/partner of the HW airgun factory in Germany. The owner brothers Hans and Stefan have built a company that embraces quality over quantity with high value for the money. I recommend their products highly. In particular, the Weihrauch HW95. This rifle is of the highest quality and performance standard with pricing that was negotiated by Stefan before his passing to provide German engineering at a value that rivals much cheaper made airguns. Take advantage of this special promotion while it lasts and bring back some childhood memories. It will put a smile on your face!

Thank you for reading,

Robert Buchanan

President, Airguns of Arizona

Daysate Pulsar .25

Daystate Pulsar .25 with optional scope and bipod.

Daystate steps up again with their commitment to the US market! We asked nicely, and they listened to the request for a .25 caliber Pulsar rifle. We have been selling out of Daystate latest electronic marvel, the bullpup called Pulsar, in .177 and .22 calibers as quickly as they have been coming into the US. But US airgunners want more power and bigger bores! Daystate’s latest addition is .25 caliber and delivers some serious power for a gun in its class!

Daystate Pulsar in .25 caliber

Daystate Pulsar .25 with optional scope and bipod.

With every bullpup design, the weak link almost always comes down to the trigger. In the past, bullpup designs were based off rifles, and triggers were connected with linkages. These linkages change the feel of normal trigger designs, and can lead to non-typical trigger pulls. Although some newer bullpup airguns (like the FX Wildcat and FX Impact) have new trigger locations designed into the bullpup shape, Daystate has held the ‘trump card’ advantage all along. Daystate’s electronics are “triggered” with a mechanical styled trigger assembly. This assembly is added to give a typical and expected feel of a rifle trigger. But in actuality, all that is needed is a completed circuit joining the “+” and “-” wires. These wires can be located anywhere the designer would like. This is where Daystate started when they moved the entire trigger assembly forward. The same exact functionality found in Daystate’s Air Wolf and Mk4 trigger model are what inspired the Pulsar.

Daystate Pulsar Display

Pulsar display gives you a low pressure warning when time to refill!

Now, Daystate is not a company to convert one model to call it another, so the Pulsar project was MUCH more involved than simply moving the trigger wires! They went ahead and re-designed the entire airgun from the ground up, and it became a work of art as result! Attention to every detail was given, and the Italian influence at Daystate came forward with sports car lines and hand-crafted tolerances where the action and stock blend as one! But this blog article isn’t about the Pulsar in general, as the rifle has been out and proven itself to be a top-seller! This is about the new power house in .25 caliber! So let’s get on with the details!

Daystate Pulsar .25 Magazine

Daystate Pulsar .25 10-shot magazine

The Pulsar .25 delivers over 85 shots at velocities generating 40 ft/lbs with JSB King Heavies! That is enough power to take this tiny bullpup out for some serious critter hunting! Out to a conservative 100 yards, small to mid-sized quarry had better watch out for this stealthy Pulsar! The laser guided pellets (quite literally…because they have a built-in laser on this rifle!) are holding extreme accuracy at this power as well! We were able to shoot 5-shot groups at under 0.15” c-t-c at 25 yards! That is basically one ragged hole! So this rifle will perform as a hunter, but also has the ability to hold its own on the bench. As point of fact, the .25 Pulsar made its worldwide debut at the 2015 Extreme Benchrest 75-Yard competition earlier this year! Mr. Tony Belas of Daystate himself shot a score of 222 out of 250 on one of his 75 yard targets. It was not the match winning score, but it goes to show how much accuracy the Pulsar .25 is capable of supplying, even under the extreme conditions of wind and Arizona heat!

Daystate Pulsar Cocking Lever

The Daystate Pulsar Lever is reversible for right or left handed shooters.

All in all, the Pulsar .25 is a great little gun. No, it is better described as a great TINY gun! Measuring at a mere 30 inches from end to end, this little powerhouse is a centerpiece to any airgun collection!

 

Until next time,

Get out and shoot!

Weihrauch LogoAs you may have read in an earlier blog post of mine the joy that was brought to me with the return of my beloved HW35L model rifle that was stolen and then recovered some 25 plus years later. The maker of my childhood sweetheart is of course the firm HW, short for Hans Weihrauch. Weihrauch in German translation means ‘smoke house’, an appropriate name for a gun company. Many thousands of satisfied air gunners take pride in their HW rifle and/or pistol the world over, so it is safe to say that Weihrauch has and continues to be the stalwart of airgun manufacturing, design, and production.

I not only admire and appreciate the products produced by this family-run factory, but I have also been blessed to be able to spend personal and professional time with the owner brothers Hans and Stefan Weihrauch.  These men are both honorable, honest family-first human beings that have a passion for bringing us the best in quality and performance at a fair price. I look forward each year to meeting with  these men at the IWA show in Nuremberg. I can tell you that the customer and quality-first attitude is always present in any of our discussions. The last three years at IWA myself, my wife Staci, Marcus Gehmann, Volker Friedrich and Stefan Weihrauch have shared an evening meal together, laughing about who knows what while dinning on fine German fair and quaffing a local brew. This year’s topic was our favorite rock and roll bands with the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd getting most of the play. Free Bird was of course at the top of the list for all!

Stefan Weihrauch

Stefan Weihrauch
1959-2015

Funny how life brings to each and every one of us opportunities. Lord knows I have been blessed with many opportunities. Also with joy, sadness, fear and bravery. Every time a big event in life happens it seems to come from out of the blue and it makes getting up in the morning exciting. As J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins said,

“Its a dangerous business… going out of your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

A few months ago I received an email that hit me up side my head like a baseball bat. My friend, Stefan Weihrauch had unexpectedly passed away. Stefan leaves behind  family and friends that will miss him with hurting hearts and multitudes of people that will continue to  love him every time they send a pellet down range with their treasured HW airgun. Fly away Stefan, you are indeed a Free Bird.

With respect,

Robert Buchanan

President, Airguns of Arizona

There’s a new Heavyweight Champion on the airgun scene, and this one is the King of the .25 pellets!

JSB King Heavy .25 Pellets

Heavyweight Kings in .25 caliber!

JSB is very keen to the demands of the World, and it feels as though they are especially in-tune with the US market specifically. The Czech Republic company has been manufacturing pellets for many years, and they began specifically with the 10-Meter match gun market. Over the course of business, they have added and included so many types of sporting pellets, hunting pellets, and more. Many years of hard work and dedication to detail have earned JSB a reputation for building quite possibly the best pellets around! When they jumped into the Quarter-bore market with the JSB King .25, they were met with huge success. As the market continued to grow in the .25 caliber, the power levels began to rise as well. So what have we come to expect from JSB? They respond with yet another great pellet…the King Heavy .25 at a dense 33.95 grains!

The JSB King Heavy .25 pellets are all around good looking pellets! They have a long, thick waist, with very little taper. At a glance, they resemble a cylindrical pellet like the old Sheridan .20’s. The skirts are good and solid, which will help the soft lead composition hold up with moderate use. The head is a shallow round nose, and is likely the best design possible, knowing the extent of testing JSB would have performed prior to committing to this profile! We have the King Heavy pellets in the larger 300 count tins, and they come safely packaged with foam liners on top and bottom of each tin for added security and support.

JSB King Heavy vs King Standard

King Heavy (left) vs standard King (right)

In testing, accuracy is what accuracy always will be…hit or miss! No pellet will ever be the best in all barrels, and no pellet will shoot with accuracy guarantee. As with most JSB’s, we find they are more consistently the best pellet tested out of many airguns. The same held true with the King Heavy .25’s. Heavy hitters like the FX Royale 500 or the Daystate Air Wolf Extreme did surprisingly well with these new pellets. Velocity (of course) decreases, but overall power increases and BC gets better with these King Heavies! We tested the FX Wildcat .25 for fun and got these results:

King 25.39gr = 910 fps Average = 46.7 ft/lbs

King Heavy 33.95gr = 805 fps Average = 48.9 ft/lbs

As you can see, the power level of the rifle increased by over 2 ft/lbs, and the added weight retains the energy better down range. Also, due to the lower velocity, the pellet had a noticeably quieter report when exiting the rifle! All these features add up to great things for hunters!

Best of all, we waited to post this announcement until after we received our first large shipment. Let’s face it, reading a review and getting excited about a new product is very upsetting when you then learn that the product is not available yet! So, if you have a .25 caliber precharged airgun that is shooting hot, and you want to see if the new JSB King Heavy .25 pellets bring out more potential from your rifle, get a tin on order and give them a try!

 

Until next time,

Get out and shoot!

Today’s blog comes from our Man on the Road, Larry Piercy, who came back last Monday with a story so grand it had to be shared here with everyone! Enjoy!

A funny thing happened (funny after the fact!) to me at our cabin this past weekend. I arrived in the late afternoon after spending several hours working on the backyard at our house in Mesa, AZ trying to catch up after traveling for 2 ½ weeks in the Precision Airgun Distribution van. Since I was planning to attend the Airgunners of Arizona Field Target Match on Saturday morning I had driven the van to the cabin.

Precision Airgun Distribution Van

Precision Airgun Distribution Van

I unloaded the van, put things away, and started dinner. I had noticed some rodent droppings, which isn’t all that unusual, but they seemed more prevalent this time. Since it had been a long tiring day I decided to retire early. I had no sooner turned out all the lights than I started hearing the tell-tail sounds of something running through the attic storage area and the kitchen.

Hoping to identify the type of vermin – we have an abundance of squirrels and chipmunks along with a few mice around the cabin – making all the noise I grabbed the Hawke LEDRay flashlight I had brought in from the van and slipped out to the kitchen. Our cabin was built in 1918 of full-dimension lumber and a couple of knot holes have fallen out of the ceiling planks over the years. I shined my flashlight up at a couple of them to see nothing but an empty hole. Good! I checked the counter and noticed that one of my two bananas was totally missing! Okay. It isn’t a mouse!

I checked the knot-holes again and this time I am about four feet from a rat peering through the hole at me. The rat isn’t nearly as alarmed as I am! A chipmunk or a squirrel would be allowed to spend the night and I would find how they got in the next day while they were out gathering food, but not a rat! Immediate action was required!

I remembered that I have a rat trap out in one of my storage spaces so I go out and get it. I slather it with peanut butter, gingerly set it (after 3 attempts-talk about a hair trigger!), open one of the doors to the attic storage area and slide it into where this rat had taken up residence. I close the door and latch it. I go back to bed hoping that I awaken to the snap of the trap in the night and not the rat staring me in the face in the morning!

I get up the following morning, eat a banana-less breakfast, and get ready to work on a cabin project. Since I had not been awakened by the snap of the trap through the night I decide that the trap needs to be checked. Before checking I decide that it would be a good idea to utilize the Weihrauch HW45 .22 Silver Star air pistol just in case I need to dispatch the rat caught in the trap.

Weihrauch HW45 Silver Star

Weihrauch HW45 Silver Star

I go to the van, load the air pistol with a JSB Express 14.35 grain pellet. A little heavy for the pistol, but it was the lightest pellet I had on board. I find a dirt clod at about five yards away and fire. Okay. Now I know where it is hitting at very close range. I think I am ready to face “the rat” that is hopefully caught in the trap.

Now sliding the trap into place in the attic on my tip-toes last night was no problem, but to really check the trap this morning I had to take off my shoes and climb onto the wobbly bed in my sock-feet. With the LEDRay flashlight and HW45 in hand I carefully open the attic door and latch it open. I am now at eye level with the attic floor and the trap. My light immediately goes to the rat trap while holding the pistol at high retention and trying to maintain my balance on the bed.

As I inspect the trap it is clean! Not a morsel of peanut butter remains! How is this possible! As I stand there in disbelief, wobbling on the bed to maintain my balance, I raise the flashlight beam slightly and there is the rat staring back at me, wiggling his whiskers at not more than five feet from my face!

With all the composure I can muster I very slowly raise the HW45 pistol from high retention to eye level. I align the silhouetted sights so that the top of the front blade is level with the top of my nemesis’ head, all the while trying not to panic. As I fight to keep the LEDRay from shaking I begin pressing the trigger and ………… POP, the air pistol goes off.

When the HW45 discharged Mr. Rat jumps six inches straight up in the air. When he landed he is going full speed toward my face! Fortunately the rat trap was between my face and the aggressor! The rat runs over the trap, tripping it. His tail and back leg are caught in the trap and the trap keeps the rat from jumping into my face or onto the bed. Rat and trap fall about seven feet to the floor where the trap releases enough for the rat to escape and run off into the corner under another bed.

After I catch my balance and stop shaking, I reload the HW45 and begin searching under the beds. This is not what my instinct told me to do since I had nearly fallen off the bed trying to get away, not to mention nearly dirtying my drawers. But my sense of duty forced me to do it since my wife and daughter were coming to the cabin to join me on Saturday. Nothing returns your system to calm like laying on your stomach on the floor moving storage boxes under the beds looking for a wounded (I hoped!) rat. I find no sign of the rat so I go back to the attic opening and search to see if I can find blood or a hole in the wood indicating that I had missed. Again I found neither.

Now I am wondering if I hit the rat hard enough to kill it. Just in case the rat shows up again I left the HW45 loaded, after I regained my composure, and lay it with the LEDRay on the living room end table so I am prepared for round two, if there is one.

A few hours later I found a blood trail on some of the cabin foundation stones. The following day I found the rat, dead on his back, feet toward the sky. What a relief to know that we won’t have a rat crawling across our bed through the night, but if another one shows up I know just how to resolve the problem – a Weihrauch HW45, a Hawke LEDRay flashlight, and a JSB pellet. Forget the rat trap!

Larry Piercy

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Hawke Airmax 30 6-24×50 Scope

Hawke is changing, adapting and improving their line continually.  We recently added the Airmax 30 series, and apart from the name similarity these are nothing like the standard Airmax lineup.

Hawke Airmax 30 excellent packaging!

Hawke Airmax 30 excellent packaging!

When you first inspect the Airmax 30, you are expecting the same old scopes in a 30mm tube rather than the 1 inch models currently in the lineup.  What you see when you actually open the box is a real surprise!  First off, the packaging.  The Airmax 30 comes packed in a nice rigid cardboard box with beautiful color print on the outside.  Inside the scope is secured in dense foam cutouts with careful placement of the included 4-inch sunshade, the 4-inch sunshade, interesting little tools (more on that later) and a bag containing the manual, battery for the illuminator, and a nice cleaning cloth to wipe down the lenses.  As you dig through the layers and get to the optic itself, you instantly see the quality and attention to detail.

Hawke Airmax 30 Turrets Lock!

Hawke Airmax 30 Turrets Lock!

The turrets jump out at you, as they have a smaller ring on top, which actually locks the turret.  So no longer will you bump your gun in the field and turn your scope by accident!  If you have ever done this before, you know exactly what we are talking about here, and you can recall how frustrating it can be!  A slight twist counter-clockwise, and you are able to turn the turret for 1/4″ MOA adjustments, which are crisp and clear clicks as you turn.  Once you are dialed in, simply twist the lock down and you are set.

The zoom ring is clean and tidy, set into the curve of the eyepiece bell, and has got to be one of the most discreet designs we’ve tested.  The ring turns with a silky smooth motion.  Ours tested here goes from a simple 6x for close range work, all the way to a massive 24x for long range target shooting.

Hawke Airmax 30 Illuminator.

Hawke Airmax 30 Illuminator.

Behind that is a dial illuminator located 45 degrees off center.  This allows for a clear view of the elevation turret while sighting down the scope.  The adjustment knob turns with little effort, and goes from a barely on state up to full intensity with infinite settings in between.  Very handy for varying light conditions.  Ours came with an installed CR2032 3V battery, and a spare was also included in the box. Not a huge deal, but still a very nice attention to detail!

Hawke Airmax 30 Flip Covers.

Hawke Airmax 30 Flip Covers.

Moving back to the eyepiece, and the objective bell as well, you find the coolest feature yet.  The flip up covers are built in to the scope design!  These all aluminum flips covers are clean, and very low profile.  They are attached with lock rings, which means you don’t have to keep track of them.  If you ever had a set of the rubber banded plastic covers, you know how frustrating it can be and how quickly they are lost!  (Heck, here at AOA we find it difficult to remember to include the rubber band covers with all the new rifles purchased because they get tossed aside so easily when we test each combo!) Hawke addressed this issue with these cool flip-covers.  And for those who prefer not to use them, or prefer they flip sideways or off at an angle, Hawke’s got you covered!  Those little tools in the box, the half-moon shaped ones, are spanners to loosen the lock rings to remove or adjust the flip covers.

The side focus is super smooth and low effort.  You can twist from 10 yards to infinity with 180 degrees of adjustment.  The standard turret is easy to use, but if you prefer easier grip, or more detailed spaces between markings, throw on the included 4-inch wheel and off you go!  Ok, so it isn’t that simple, but close.  By removing the sealed cap (yep, there’s a tool for that too!) you can insert the wheel to the clocked grooves, and tighten it back down.  This makes the side wheel a part of the scope, and prevents it from slipping off or getting out of adjustment.

Inside the 1-piece, rigid tube are the most important features, the glass and the reticle.  In the case of the Airmax 30 scopes, the reticle is etched in the glass, so it is cleaner and more sturdy.  Check out the reticle:

Hawke AMX Reticle

Hawke is using their own design AMX reticle, which combines the greatness of a true 10x Half Mil-Dot with the ballistic advantages of the Christmas tree bars for reference and the brackets around the outside.  They have designed a reticle that is extremely useful and surprisingly uncluttered and not distracting.  A feature unique to etched glass is the clear view around the edges.  This makes target acquisition easier and takes away distractions.  For you target shooters, it also allows for a clear view of the perimeter area, where little leaves and twigs may be obstructing your shot.  Clarity is very good with these Airmax 30 scopes.  At full magnification, the 50mm objective lets plenty of light through, and the clear image stays clear all the way to the edge.  When focusing at different ranges, the reticle snaps into clarity, which is very helpful when using the scope to determine accurate range to target.

Overall, Hawke has a real winner in the Airmax 30 range of scopes.  They provide all the features wanted/needed in a field or target scope, and they have managed to keep the price down in the $350 to $450 range depending on the magnification. If you are looking for a scope built to be the best all around, the Hawke Airmax 30 6-24×50 is a great match!

 

Until next time,

Get out and shoot!

New for 2015, Umarex is expanding the Walther lineup. When we first laid eyes on this new Walther Terrus, we were sitting at the Umarex USA booth in Las Vegas. First impression was great. The rifle looked well made, and fully featured. At first glance we thought that the rifle was just another LGV, but upon careful examination, we saw some differences. The Walther Terrus is based around the LGV and LGU family of spring guns, but geared towards a lower price point and higher sales volume. What we were amazed by, however, was the price tag on this cool little gun! Umarex USA was telling us it would retail for well under $300!

Fast forward to now, and we just received the first shipment. So we are now able to test the rifle and see if it is as cool as it looks!

Terrus Threaded Muzzle

Terrus Threaded Muzzle

First things first, we have to go over the rifle itself! Starting at the back, the Terrus has a rubber recoil pad. It is nicer than most though, and has nice grip pads and a small Walther Logo. Nice touch and attention to detail. Forward, the wood stock has very nice lines, 4 panels of diamond checkering, ambidextrous shape, and a few extra details like another Walther logo and a flat fore end lower. The safety is automatic, and located very conveniently on the rear of the action. The trigger is simple and clean. Up top, the barrel is the perfect length for cocking the rifle, and the fiber optic sights are a nice touch as well. The front and rear sights are completely removable, so scoping the Terrus is clean. Another nice touch is the threaded muzzle, capped by a nice thread protector. Overall, a clean and simple rifle.

Where the Terrus shines is when you start to use it. Start by cocking the ultra smooth spring piston by breaking the barrel with a clean snap. The rifle is very easy to cock, and engages with a solid “click” at the end of the stroke. Nice! Load up the barrel with your choice of pellet, and the barrel is returned to battery. You know the barrel is closed because it gives a solid and defined “click” again! Very nice! If that were the end of this test, one could walk away happy! The rifle is already better than most inexpensive springers in its class. But, there is more!

Walther Terrus Safety

Terrus Safety Catch

Shouldering the rifle is comfortable and well balanced. The grip position and length of pull is perfect, and the safety is exactly where you want it for quick disengagement. A flick of the thumb forward disengages the safety and the rifle remains comfortably on target. Taking up the first stage requires a solid 10 ounces of smooth effort and you are met with a firm wall. The 2nd stage breaks at 3 pounds 8 ounces, firing the rifle. With a smooth snap the rifle fires with very little noise and no felt vibration to report. Very enjoyable. Over the course of the next 50+ shots taken for testing, that feeling of pleasure never wore off!

Velocity testing showed that the rifle would deliver 725 fps with RWS Hobby pellets and 640 fps with H&N Field Target Trophy pellets. (.22 caliber) Accuracy over the test held inside ¾ inch at 20 yards, but we feel the rifle will only get better as it settles in. Most spring guns need several hundred pellets through them before they balance out, and accuracy should be reserved for a much longer test period. Judging by how smooth the rifle fires, we are confident to report that this rifle (with the correct ammo) will out-shoot its price tag!

If we had to criticize a feature, the trigger seems like it could be better. It has a definite feel of that heavy “lawyer spring” design. Oddly, despite the feel when looking specifically at the trigger, and the fact that the trigger scale reads a bit high, you really do not notice it when shooting the Walther Terrus. Maybe you are too busy loving the smooth cocking stroke, or the crisp snap without vibration, but the new Walther Terrus Wood is an excellent all around spring gun and the trigger is consistent and predictable. At the $225 price point, this gun deserves a strong recommendation!

 

Until next time,

Get out and shoot!

Every so often a company comes along with a product that makes a huge wave in the airgun industry, and when you have been around as long as we have, you get a sense for it when you first see it!

FX Wildcat .22 with optional FX Scope

FX Wildcat .22 with optional FX Scope

A couple years back, FX Airguns was pressured into the bullpup market by the shouting mob of American customers! Prior to that, FX had no intentions of building a bullpup because they already had some extremely short and compact models like the Verminator Mk2 and the Ranchero Carbine. So FX took to their best design at the time, the Royale 400, and began to design a bullpup around this platform. What they came up with was the Bobcat, which was met with mixed opinions and over the years has been a popular model! It was and IS a great rifle, but never was a true bullpup. Even FX’s owner, Fredrik Axelsson, called the Bobcat a semi-pup from day one. The Bobcat was a quick response to a need, while FX continued to grow and develop a true Bullpup design.

In the fall of 2014, we had a small team from AOA visiting the FX factory in Sweden, and we looked over the design that would eventually become the FX Wildcat. We knew from that moment how great it would be and gave our input into the cosmetics and features needed for the US. FX went to work and by March of 2015 at IWA in Germany they had produced a final prototype that took the show by storm. The rifle had amazing features, compact and slim design, and what shocked everyone was how FX was able to produce this model at a much lower price point than everyone expected. Those in attendance left the show buzzing about the new Wildcat, and we all waited for production to prove out just how the rifle really would perform.

So today, we are going to run through the results and see if the new Wildcat lives up to all the hype that everyone has been hearing! We’ll start with the outward specifications:

The Wildcat in .22 caliber weighs in at just 6.1 pounds and measures only 29.9 inches long! The barrel is 19.7 inches, and is concealed inside a full length shroud that not only looks cool, but it reduces the noise down to a quiet “puff”. The most obvious feature to a bullpup fan is the location of the side lever cocking arm. It is right where it should be, up in the middle of the action near where your hand is already positioned when shooting. This makes for easier use when cocking and loading. The magazine is dead simple to load as well, and holds 8 pellets in a rotary wheel. The air tube is 230cc, which will allow the Wildcat to give a full count of shots expected from a proper length rifle. How many shots? Lets find out:

Wildcat .22 shot string with pellets taken straight out of the tin.

As you can see in the chart above, this amazing little bullpup is giving a full 75 shots at an average of 894 fps with a JSB Exact Heavy .22 pellet weighing 18.1 grains. And it does this with an extreme spread of less than 20 feet per second across the whole fill. That is over 32 ft/lbs on average for 75 shots! So does the Wildcat .22 perform? You can decide for yourself! We have seen popular full length rifles that cannot get half as many shots as this Wildcat, and nowhere near the consistency like this regulated airgun is showing. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the fact that the FX Wildcat is fully regulated, and that is a standard feature, not an upgrade!

Ok, so it looks great on paper…but how does it shoot…on paper? Before we look at that, we should say that the Wildcat sports the proven FX Smooth Twist barrel, so accuracy will likely match everything else in the FX range. Let’s go straight for the real test…50 yards:

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5 Shots @ 50 Yards

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5 Shots @ 50 Yards

As you can see from these quick groups shot at 50 yards, the FX Wildcat .22 holds up in the accuracy department as well! On the day for testing, the Arizona heat was already breaking over 100 degrees and there was a bit of a gusting breeze. So, these groups could likely improve with better conditions and a cooler head behind the scope! But even as shown here, the rifle is performing exceptionally well. When you consider that the Wildcat as a bullpup was never intended to be locked down on a bench, it is exceptional for a hunting rifle with design around being compact and discreet. These groups are more than acceptable for any hunting application, and the rifle will do its job in the field.

So, as far as bullpups are concerned, FX has a real winner of a design in this new Wildcat. It will quickly become a favorite amongst shooters. Both for its features like shot count and accuracy, and for its lower price point in the category of high quality bullpups.

Until next time,

Get out and shoot!

We would like to start today by wishing you all a safe and relaxing Memorial Day!

When AirForce Airguns improved their trigger/safety design recently, they altered it enough to make our old-style AirForce SuperSear incapable of fitting. But, the newly designed trigger still lacked the refinement that people wanted, and we received enough feedback to warrant the redevelopment of the design and the custom parts engineer was put to task to work his magic…enter the AirForce Super Sear 2!

You can download the installation instructions HERE to get a general idea of “HOW” to install, but we wanted to do a quick write-up to give our experience as to “WHY” to install.

Taking a new-style Condor SS out of the box, we tested the trigger and found it to be nice, but a tad heavy. More over, the feel was good but not great. In testing the trigger on our digital scale, we found the 1st stage to take-up at 1 pound and 12 ounces before stopping at the 2nd stage wall. With just a slight amount of creep, the trigger broke at 2 pounds and 14 ounces. While safe and predictable, we understand where most PCP shooters would find this to be too heavy. And since it is not adjustable, you are basically stuck with this design. We try not to recommend any customizations which compromise safety, so simply replacing the springs with lighter parts is not good advise. So we opened up the trigger assembly to swap out the sear with the new Super Sear 2.

Following the detailed steps in the guide, we removed the pistol grip, fore end, trigger shoe and safety shoe to expose the trigger assembly.

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Removing the front screw under the block allows access to the springs and sears.

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Carefully drifting the Sear Pin and removing the factory sear, it is simply a matter of installing the new sear in the same orientation and reversing the steps from here. It is recommended to add light lubrication at this stage.

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As you can see, the design is different between the factory sear and the Super Sear 2.

AFSS2-4

When assembling, the instructions say to use the spring provided in the kit in place of the striker latch spring and to remove the trigger return spring because it is “unneeded and unused”. Our tests proved this statement to be true, as the trigger functioned properly without this spring and was reliable in our testing.

AFSS2-5

As you work in reverse, make sure the roll pin is inserted the correct direction, and when finished, you should only have 3 parts left over, 2 springs and the original sear.

AFSS2-6

And by now, you are anxiously waiting for the big reveal! WHY go through all this work?

Following the installation, the trigger results were much, much better! The first stage take-up tested at 3 ounces. And the trigger breaks clean and crisp at 8.8 ounces! So, is it worth the time and small price tag? That is up to you to decide! Meanwhile, we will be out shooting this Condor SS with its much improved Custom SuperSear 2 trigger!

AFSS2-7

Until Next Time,

Get Out and Shoot!