Evanix Blizzard S10 - Part 1
by B.B. Pelletier
Here's a popular airgun many of you have been asking about. It's the Blizzard S-10 from Evanix, a 10-shot repeater with good power and quiet operation. Many shooters feel it may be the most significant Korean PCP to come to market in a long time. This test will look into those areas for you, and we'll see what this new rifle offers.
The Blizzard S10 is an all-new rifle. It's a sidelever-type bolt-action revolver with a 10-shot cylinder that advances as the action is cocked. The revolving cylinder is actually a clip that is removed to load. And this one holds 10 pellets, so it's larger in diameter than the cylinders that hold six. This one sticks above the receiver, so two-piece scope rings are required.
This is a large air rifle, but not a heavy one. Because a lot of what's inside the gun is just air, it's surprisingly light. At 8.75 lbs., no one will mistake it for a lightweight, but given the size of both the reservoir and the barrel shroud, it feels lighter than it looks. Of course, it comes without sights, so factor in the weight of a scope and rings, which add at least another pound.
I'm testing a .22 caliber, which has to be the overall most desirable caliber, but know that the rifle also comes in .177. In some places, .22 caliber has been hampered by harmful legislation, so offering the .177 makes sense, but if you get one in that caliber be prepared to shoot the heaviest pellets to keep the velocity under control, which means under the sound barrier. The .22 should be ideal, and I should be able to shoot heavier pellets for greater long-range power, as long they will fit in the cylinder.
There's no possibility for power adjustment on this gun. You just shoot it as it comes, which in .22 caliber is supposed to hit around 1050 f.p.s.
The stock on my test gun is a right-hand version, shaped as well as any English airgun stock every was. That's understandable, too, because the Koreans have been making stocks for English airguns for several years. The Blizzard stock has a very vertical pistol grip with a scooped-out thumbrest at the top for a vertical thumb hold on the shooting hand. That's one of my favorite holding positions, so I find the stock very easy to hold. The buttpad is also adjustable for height, so you can dial in this stock for maximum comfort. I'm testing the standard stock, but there's also a right-hand thumbhole stock.
Does the Blizzard have any "technology"?
Yes, it does. The shroud isn't entirely hollow. In the front, there are what appear to be Delrin baffles that will break up the turbulent air as it comes out of the muzzle. The shroud itself is large--0.985" in diameter, so a whisker under a full inch. It looks like a bull barrel, except for the brass muzzle cap that breaks up the impression. Inside you can see the technology and even remove the top portion of it, though most of it remains tucked inside. A little forensic investigation revealed at least six levels of baffles inside, if you count the one just beneath the end cap. That should make for a very quiet rifle, though this one may have too much power to be too quiet.
So, how much noise?
Make no assumptions! When shot with no pellet in the barrel, the Blizzard is quite loud. But load a pellet, and the noise diminishes to a third as loud. It sounds about like a Sheridan Blue Streak shooting on three pumps. It's about as loud as a Diana 34. But remember, this rifle generates three times the energy of the 34. I can't tell you whether it's quiet enough for your backyard because I don't know your situation. My house is 15 feet from either neighbor, and the Blizzard is too noisy to shoot in the fenced backyard when they're home. But for a rifle of this power, it's very quiet.
The stock shape positions your sighting eye very high above the receiver, so a scope will be right in line. A rifle with this power potential demands a scope that can hold up to long-range work, so I'll select one accordingly. The right-hand stock operates very smoothly for a righty like me. A lefty will choose the left-hand stock but will still have to support the weight of the rifle with his shooting hand when he operates the sidelever. That will put some strain on the shoulder and left hand. But a right-hander will find this rifle quite smooth and fast to operate.
Things they got right
I have to comment on the fill port because Evanix got it right. The gun has a captive fill port cover that turns to protect the port from dirt and opens easily for a fill. It's a small feature, but one that many companies can't seem to get right.
The pressure gauge (manometer) is marked in bar! Hallelujah! For so many years, we have put up with the cryptic Asian pressure readings, but now we have a gauge that's marked in a world-recognized scale. Fill to 200 bar.
The safety is a copy of a European silent safety that's been around for many decades. It's on the right rear of the receiver and works as you would expect--back for safe and forward to fire. No automatic safety!
There hasn't been much testing of the Blizzard, so I guess I'm getting in on the ground floor.