Evanix Conquest PCP air rifle: Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

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If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you may remember that we had a spam attack when we used Blogger software to write the original blog. We ended up tightening the comment process and stopped much of the spam. We’re going to use the same process for this blog. It involves entering a randomly supplied word when you log-in. If you decide to not log-in and just write your name anew every time you post a comment, you’ll have to go through the same process each time you make a comment. Obviously, logging in will save you time and effort. Thanks for your understanding.

Now, on to today’s blog!


The Evanix Conquest has set the bar very high for air rifles. It looks great, but let’s see how well it does in testing!

Well, new year, new gun. I’m surprised I haven’t been besieged with questions about this latest offering from Evanix — the Evanix Conquest PCP air rifle with thumbhole stock — especially, in light of the YouTube videos! What you’ll see on YouTube is a semiautomatic pellet rifle that is also capable of full auto! We’ll discuss that feature at length in this review.

The first thing you will note about the rifle is the price. This one is not intended for those just starting in airgunning. At $1,700 ($1,759 for .25 caliber), this rifle has got to be serious enough to hold its own in the world of pellet rifles. Here’s what I think that means.

What is has to be
The rifle has to be accurate. It cannot afford to be any less accurate than any high-priced pellet rifle or any lower-priced rifle, for that matter.

It has to be quiet. It must have the best sound reduction technology commensurate with its power level, which is advertised as 35.50 foot-pounds in the .22-caliber gun I’m testing for you.

It has to deliver a reasonable number of full-power shots. We’ll see what this one has to offer in the velocity test.

It has to be beautiful. It is, and I’ll comment on that some more in a little bit.

It has to have a fine trigger. It should be adjustable at this price; but if it’s fine, I really don’t need that feature.

It has to be reliable — as in absolutely and without equivocation. So, I plan on testing the sample rifle more than the average pellet rifle.

It should be straightforward, and I will comment on this today. I think the builders could have done things a little differently to get a better reception from the established airgun market — because that’s where all the sales will come from.

The rifle
Okay, when you open the box on this one, there are many surprises inside. The first is the need to charge the batteries for at least 8 full hours before installing them in the butt.

BATTERIES?

Yes, this rifle has an electrically driven action that runs on rechargable batteries. They drive the semi-/full-auto feature. Don’t complain about them, because in the world of airguns there’s only one conventional full-auto .22-caliber rifle and it isn’t for sale — yet (or perhaps ever)! That’s the M16 made by Mark D. (Doc) Schavone, and it shoots only round balls — not pellets. Then there’s also a belt-fed full auto .22 submachine gun made by Air Ordnance. The SMG 22 is full-auto and can be run on high-pressure air, but the primary fuel is CO2. When I tested one for Shotgun News last year, I found the air-powered version was slower than the CO2, which is odd, but there you are. At any rate, other than these two guns, the new offerings from Evanix are the only full-auto pellet rifles available.

There are actually two models, the Conquest I’m testing and the Speed, which is a lower-priced ($1,400) model that shares many of the same features, including the semi-/full-auto action. But I asked for a Conquest, because I know you guys want to see what is entailed in the best of the best, as do I.

Because the action is electrically driven, you don’t really have to cock the gun. The electronics do that for you. Personally, I plan to shoot the gun a lot more on semiauto than full auto, but I’ll put it through its paces on rock-n-roll to test the reliability factor.

You get quite a few accessories with the gun. For example, the battery charger comes with all the adapters needed for most national power grids. Naturally, you need to select only the correct one for your country and stick the rest into a drawer with all the other stuff you never use.

You get a selection of electrical adapters for the battery charger.


Here you can see the two switches that operate the action. The one in back is for “fire” and “safe.” The one in front is for “semiautomatic” and “full auto.” It is set to semiautomatic in the photo. Full auto is represented by the three dots seen at the bottom of the action.

Another feature I want to call attention to is the magazine. Each side of this two-sided circular mag holds 12 .22-caliber pellets, so this is a 24-shot rifle. Whether you get all 24 shots on a single fill remains to be seen. (edited 1/4/12: the gun does not include the 24-rd double magazine) In the video, they had the gun tethered to a scuba tank, but I’ll make this one perform on its own. In .177, the rifle is also a 12/24-round gun (edited 1/4/12: 12-rd mags only; edited 2/26/12: all calibers of the Conquest have 10-rd mags). In .25-caliber the numbers change to 10 and 20 (edited 1/4/12: 10-rd mags only).


With the rifle, you get one 24-round magazine, (edited 1/4/12: the 24-rd double-mag is not part of the package) two 12-round mags (edited 2/26/12: 10-rd mags) and a proprietary quick-disconnect fill probe.

You can also see a window in the right side of the receiver. I’ll have to find out it’s purpose, but I’m sure they put it it there for a good reason.

The woodwork is stunning! In fact, the rifle I’m testing (serial number 1111H012441) has even better wood figure than the rifle shown above. The stain is dark and rich, like a medium-dark chocolate. And the checkering on the grip (one panel each side) is flawlessly executed — as befits machine checkering. The stock is completely ambidextrous and needs no apologies. Since most of the high-end European air rifles get their stocks from Korea or Turkey, it doesn’t surprise me that this one is the equal of anything they produce.

This rifle is short and relatively light for an air rifle. It’s just 40 inches long and just a shade under 8 lbs. It’s ever-so-slightly longer than a carbine, which I think will appeal to hunters. So, is it a hunting air rifle? Well, with all the power on tap, hunting is what it will do well. At this price, it’ll probably appeal to a broader group of owners. If it’s as accurate as I hope, it could become another long-range legend. But that’s yet to be determined.

You also get a quick-fill adapter, and this one is proprietary. I wish they’d used the male Foster hydraulic fitting that has become the airgun standard all over the world, but they didn’t. Fortunately, their adapter works easily enough once you get used to it. Knurling on the part that moves to unlock the fitting would be an improvement, because there’s precious little room in the stock where the fitting has to be attached and detached.

The manometer (onboard air pressure gauge) reads in bar! Hallelujah! No more learning some other pressure quantification, this one is something we all understand. I filled the rifle to 200 bar, and the job was straightforward.

The barrel is fully shrouded, so I’m looking forward to a reasonably quiet operation. At 35 foot-pounds, it has to make some noise — but it shouldn’t be a bear.

I’m going to stop here, because there’s so much more information to cover that this introduction will take place in two parts.

Let the games begin!

70 Responses to “Evanix Conquest PCP air rifle: Part 1”

  • kevin Says:

    Happy New Year everyone!

    I’ve had a heckava time posting. Not sure what’s been going on. Frustrating. Typing replies and comments that don’t get published is getting old. If this post doesn’t show up I’m done.

    I’m not a fan of semi-auto pellet guns. Nonetheless in my limited experience I have to give a nod to the conquest. I’ve shot a revo and hated the ergonomics. I’ve shot scot’s monsoon and although the gun was sent back twice to the US distributor and worked on once by a local HIGHLY QUALIFIED trigger guy it still stunk. The monsoon did have a good barrel but the sticky trigger shortened my experience with the gun.

    I took a conquest on trade. I liked the thumbhole stock ( I know bb hates these) but couldn’t adjust the trigger to my liking. Gritty, mushy, heavy. The real zeal to this gun is full auto. My interest was accuracy. Similar to the rainstorm. Mediocre.

    IMHO, the conquest is a better value than the FX offerings in full/semi auto if that’s your thing. The battery runs out quickly in the conquest but it’s a small price to pay for full auto if you’re into that.

    I’m interested to see B.B.’s take.

    kevin

    • Edith Gaylord Says:

      Kevin,

      Don’t know why your comments haven’t been showing up. It’s 1 am and I just deleted about 60 spam messages (most didn’t see the light of day), and none of your comments were caught up by the spam filter or awaiting approval.

      Edith

      • Mr B Says:

        Hi Edith,

        I hope you followed kevin’s advice and are getting a good night’s sleep.

        Good news on changing the sign in procedure to cut down on the spam. I’ve been deleting hundreds of them per day and will be glad to seem them gone, but for sure not near as happy as you will be. Kevin, for what it’s worth I don’t remember seeing your name in that pile of stuff.

        This test of the Evanix Conquest will be like reading about an exotic car test when I was a kid. Really interesting but not in my price range.

        Here’s a thought to drive B.B. up the proverbial wall: how about a gun marrying the Evanix Conquest’s semi/auto feature with Crosman’s valve technology as shown in the Benjamin Rogue? Just a thought.

        Bruce

  • kevin Says:

    Edith,

    I was trying to post several times 2-3 days ago when I was out of town. Typed responses, as usual, while I was out of town, hit “submit” and they never showed up. Maybe it was a problem on my end but was able to post to many other sites.

    Go to bed.

    kevin

    • Edith Gaylord Says:

      Kevin,

      The day you tried to post several times was when the spam filter caught every post–legitimate & spam–in the spam filter. It was the day everything crashed & went down hill. We’ve been trying to recover from that day ever since. No one knows what went wrong, but I think the spam filter we used must have been hacked. It still doesn’t work as it should even after they stopped & restarted it. That’s why we’re having these problems & have to install a more rigid filter.

      Edith

  • RidgeRunner Says:

    I don’t know. Maybe it is just me, but at that price tag I would expect better of the stock than what I see in the closeup photo of the action. I guess you must be paying for the technology. Personally, I would not care if it was a single shot as long as it was a “tack driver”.

    I am still waiting for them to build “my” air rifle. I want a 1 MOA, +12 FPE, SSP air rifle.

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      RidgeRunner,

      The rifle shown is not the one I’m testing. My rifle has a much prettier stock that I will show in the next installment. It’s the equal of anything you would get from a top-end European airgun maker.

      B.B.

      • Bobby Nations Says:

        B.B.,

        You should make that point more forcefully in the writeup then, because the rifle that accompanies this post is pretty ugly. Yikes, it looks a lot like my Cummins B3 rifle’s stock except this one has more chips showing in your photos and the B3 doesn’t have strangely square dimensions throughout.

  • RidgeRunner Says:

    I don’t know. For that price, I would expect a better looking junction between the wood and metal. I guess you are paying for the technology. Full auto?!? I guess you need that to hold off the massed banzai charge of squirrels and chipmunks that think you are a nut. If it has a nice trigger and delivers 1 MOA, we can likely forgive them this flight of fancy.

    I am still waiting for someone to build “my” air rifle. I want a 1 MOA, +12 FPE, SSP air rifle. I could open my wallet for something like that.

  • Victor Says:

    B.B.,

    I love the thumb-hole stock. I hope it satisfies all of the expectations that you’ve outlined. Full-auto? Am I missing something here? Are you saying that you can just hold the trigger down, and the magazine will empty?

    This looks like a heavy rifle. It might have been nice to be able to add a bi-pod.

    Victor

    • chasblock Says:

      “It’s just 40 inches long and just a shade under 8 lbs. It’s ever-so-slightly longer than a carbine…”

  • /Dave Says:

    Full-auto pellets! Drool……..! :-D

    /Dave

  • Edith Gaylord Says:

    To stop all the spam, we’ve now introduced a new step for people to submit comments. Once you log in, you won’t be required to go thru that step.

    If you free wheel & don’t want to have an account and log in, you will have to do the extra step every time.

    If you cannot clearly read the words and/or numbers that you have to enter in the box, click the top symbol on the right-hand side. It’s two arrows forming a circle. It’ll bring up a new set of words and/or numbers. I just logged out and posted a test message. I had to click that symbol 3 times before I could find a set of words/numbers that I could clearly read. There are other options than these words/numbers, so let me know if you’re having any issues.

    I, for one, will enjoy not having to get up and erase spam several times a night :-)

    Edith

  • cowboystar dad Says:

    I gotta admit, I have the same fear with guns like these as I have with digital cameras.
    You can bring in your 30 year old Nikon F3 with a blown shutter and our repair tech can repair it…it was a strictly mechanical camera and even if there are no factory parts available he can usually cobble something together to get it going.
    On the other hand you can bring in a 10 year old Canon D60 (which was a $2500 state of the art digital SLR) with a defective shutter )or nearly anything else and it is scrap.
    I’m not talking about the fact that it is outdated an not worth fixing…it literally is not possible to fix. With an expected production lifespan of only a year (as opposed to the 10 years of the F3) Canon just did not make a lot of spare parts (and this is true for any digital camera).

    I fear the same for guns like this. An example is the Rogue…which isn’t doing to well, sales wise. If it doesn’t pick up, and Crosman cans the gun…what can the people who did ante up expect in parts availability in 10 years or so. If this Evanix doesn’t do well in the market and dies a quick death, what are the chance that you can get the electrics replaced in 5 years if they pooch?
    Just wondering?

    • Edith Gaylord Says:

      CSD,

      Why do believe the Rogue sales are bad?

      Edith

      • cowboystar dad Says:

        I hope I’m wrong, but it seems like I read a lot of stuff on the ‘other’ forum that claim that the Rogue is not selling as well as Crosman had hoped.
        Is it selling well in your experience?

        • Edith Gaylord Says:

          CSD,

          That’s forum talk. I seriously doubt Crosman is posting such messages. FWIW, my obituary & Tom’s have repeatedly been posted on forums for the past 15 years. To-date, none have come true :-)

          Edith

          • cowboystar dad Says:

            I do hope the Rogue does well…in my opinion it is a very interesting platform.
            But my original worries are still valid in my opinion.
            Lets say you find a vintage HW or Daisy pump gun in your grandfathers garage…kinda rusted and beat up.
            With a little TLC, some new seals and such you’ve got a 50 year old gun that functions like new.
            My worry with these new guns with electronics is that in 50 years, when my grandkids run across a beat up sample at a garage sale will they be able to get it running? If the electronics have gotten soaked, will they have a 4′ paperweight on their hands?
            I’m one of these people who feel that electronics don’t need to be in everything.
            A recent example from just a few days ago. I took the boys on a 3 day driving vacation between Christmas and New Years. One of the place we wanted to go was the world renowned Dinosaur Museum in Drumheller, Alberta.
            Punched in the address on the GPS. At one point we were on a road it sent us on that presented us with a sign “Bleriot Ferry, 40 KMs –CLOSED FOR THE WINTER”.
            We tried backtracking but everytime the thing ‘recalculated’ it tried to get us back on the ferry road.
            Luckily I always have a full set of road maps and within 30 minutes we were backtracked onto a road that would take us to our destination.
            We only lost 1/2 an hour…but how many new drivers would have been hopelessly lost (thank god for cell phones).
            My friends all wonder why I’m teaching the boys how to navigate by compass and map…
            So I’ll end my rant with this final thought….the new cars that have ‘parking assist’…do you really want someone in control of 2000 lbs of steel who can’t park the bloody thing???

            • Edith Gaylord Says:

              CSD,

              These are the same concerns people had when cars were filled with electronics.

              When I was a kid, you’d see tons of cars stopped by the side of roads & highways. After electronics, cars became more dependable. These days, you almost never see a car stopped on the side of the road due to mechanical malfunction. Only time will tell if the same holds true for guns.

              There are people who will not use a semiauto pistol for self-defense. Something could go wrong. They stick with revolvers only. Your suggestion that electronics will pose an issue will probably affect the same type of person who feels a revolver is the only sure way to make sure you don’t have a mechanical issue with a gun.

              Edith

              • cowboystar dad Says:

                Edith, sorry, not to belabour the point…I don’t have anything against electronics per se.
                It’s the fact that people feel that electronics are so dependable that they don’t have to actually learn how to do anything.
                Case in point…the parking assist. Sure, it may actually work as advertised…help you park your car.
                But do you want someone on the road who feels that driving is so easy that they don’t even bother to learn how to park?
                If they have that attitude towards parking, do they know how to control a skid, for example? I’d hate to be the car coming towards this person when he does hit a patch of black ice and ends up doing a 180 into my lane at 60mph.

                • Robert from Arcade Says:

                  What is worse is that many folks ,particularily our young ones believe that it can’t be done without the technology.

                  • cowboystar dad Says:

                    Robert, I deal with this attitude all the time in my profession. I’m amazed how many new photographers feel that they are hindered if they don’t have the latest version of a camera with the fastest autofocus, most megapixels, etc.
                    You’d think there wasn’t a decent photograph made before 1998 when digital really hit the market.

                    • Robert from Arcade Says:

                      Another example. Recently there have a few cases of people who have been out hiking and have become lost. Immediately they have all called for help using their cell phones. All of them had failed to plan their hike, dress for conditions ,had no flashlight, or other gear. They would have died if rescuers weren’t able to locate them. They put others in danger because they didn’t prepare and depended on the crutch of technology to save them. On another note, would these electronic breezers work if there was a EMP event? Makes me appreciate my Sheridan a lot more.

  • Fred PRoNJ Says:

    Well, it’s 10:40AM here and I only have three e-mails and they’re ALL LEGITIMATE! What a relief not to have to delete a couple of hundred spam mails!

    Fred PRoNJ

    • Edith Gaylord Says:

      Fred,

      It’s wonderful! I can’t wait to go to sleep tonight & only have to worry about cats walking on my head :-)

      Edith

  • Mr B Says:

    Edith,

    I just checked my e-mail and there is no spam there! Thanks. It is also nice to know that we’re helping digitize books.

    Bruce

  • twotalon Says:

    Let’s see if it works….without sending me to the spam can.

    twotalon

  • Edith Gaylord Says:

    For those people who get all the blog comments emailed to them, I have this question:

    Are you getting any spam comments in your inbox? I’m asking because I’m still getting them, but none have seen the light of day on the blog. They aren’t even being put in the blog’s spam folder for final deletion. They’re nowhere. These are hitting my inbox but not Tom’s. If you’re getting any of them, please let me know. It’ll help our IT department figure this out.

    Thanks,
    Edith

    • twotalon Says:

      None of the blog style spams here in either of my junk mail catchers (babble spam). Just the same old usual junk.

      twotalon

    • J-F Says:

      I got one at 13h41 and another one at 13h42
      One is about houston pest control and was posted on the Talon pistol blog part 4
      The other one is about car insurance in liverpool and was posted on Gamo’s Silent Stalker Whisper IGT air rifle: Part 4″ blog

      I haven’t deleted them in case you want me to send them to you.

      Hope this helps,

      J-F

      • Edith Gaylord Says:

        J-F,

        David from IT is still working on things. Those people who get the comments emailed to them are now not getting ANY comments via email. Sigh. David is trying to tinker with the script to prevent the spam that does not get posted from still appearing in our inboxes.

        Edith

        • J-F Says:

          Edith, don’t want to argue with you (as your always right anyways) but I’ve been getting ALL messages in my gmail account (14 messages between 2:48pm and 4:36pm including 4 spam, all on the Beretta 92FS CO2 pistol part 1).

          J-F

          • Edith Gaylord Says:

            J-F,

            I think your mail server may have just been catching up with the spams that got through before we finally plugged the hole. Anymore that you receive should be forwarded to me (I believe you have my email address). I can tell from the old spams that I’ve gotten if it’s your mail server’s timing of the email delivery or if you’re getting mail the rest of us are not getting.

            Edith

  • Chuck Says:

    Good news, Edith – We can get back to the amusing and entertaining Word Verification words we used to enjoy in the past. Today’s is “arrested heads”. Good name for a rock band.

    BB,
    I can’t understand the logic of engineering and tooling up for a proprietary fill probe. Does anyone have an answer to that? There must be some reason. Maybe in the long run it’s cheaper.

    Right now, I have only two different types of fill probes and one of them is able to take a permanently installed foster adapter so swapping forth and back between filling the two rifles is not a problem. However, if this prioritized probe issue continues, I could end up with a box full of adapters.

    I hope someone is listening, plus I hope someone develops a probe adapter for this beast because anyone who buys one probably already has another adapter on a scuba tank and it would be a real pain to have to keep un-bolting one probe from the end of the fill hose to bolt another one in. It’s not just laziness, either, it’s wear and tear on the adapters because they have to be bolted in pretty tight to prevent leaking. My current fill hose even had to have an adapter installed in order to put a Foster adapter on it.

    So if I get one of these rifles, I’ll end up with an adapter between the fill hose and the female Foster adapter, already installed, and a male Foster adapter between the female Foster adapter and the Evanix probe. Give me a break! Without a Foster adapter for the Evanix, I’ll have to keep a set of wrenches and some pipe thread tape next to my scuba tank.

    • Edith Gaylord Says:

      Chuck,

      Arrested heads! What a hoot! Yes, I remember how entertaining word verification used to be :-) Ah, the good old days!

      Edith

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Arrested,

      That is my feeling, too. In the next installment I will explain why I think they went this way.

      B.B.

  • Fred PRoNJ Says:

    Edith,

    several spam mails have made it to my in-box. They seem to have originated from PHPmailer.forgesource.net. Don’t know if this is a spoofing address or not but the IT folks can track it down through several sources that identify domain owners.

    Fred PRoNJ

    • Edith Gaylord Says:

      Fred,

      Thank you! They’re tests from David, Pyramyd Air’s IT guy for the blog. That’s exactly what I wanted to know. Could you please send me the last 2 you received that were posted by David?

      Thanks,
      Edith

      • Edith Gaylord Says:

        Fred,

        I got the 2 emails you sent. Those are not the ones in question. It’s possible you’re not seeing what I’m seeing. David’s working on things right now. Thanks for your help. I may need it again shortly :-)

        Edith

  • Chuck Says:

    Edith,
    I seem to get blog comments only from the old blog, which is very rarely (I think I was CJr back then). I’m not on the email list for the new blog and that’s ok. I keep up pretty well with the Comments RSS feeds so the emails aren’t necessary for me. Your blog spam issues are scareing me for when our stroke camp blog goes public in Feb. Aren’t there any big brains with ethics out there that can come up with a solution for this scourge?

    BTW, what’s this login thing you’re talking about? I entered my name and email address on my last reply and it’s still there but am still being asked to do Word Verification.

    Hah! this one is artificial meserc. I read artificial mess.

  • Chuck Says:

    Edith,
    Apparently I am already registered with WordPress and forgot I was. I logged in and now it’s working, but I’ll miss those funny words now.

  • Edith Gaylord Says:

    For those who also receive the blog comments by email, there’s good news. The spammers who try to bypass the word verification procedure can still submit their comments, but they don’t go anywhere…including your inbox. They’ll just vaporized into the ethernet.

    So, we’re not only 99.99% spam-free on the blog comments but also the emailed versions should also be relatively spam-free.

    Edith

  • kevin Says:

    For you M1 Garand fans:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn0KBzK2Kho

    Is this common?

    kevin

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Kevin,

      It’s almost unheard-of. But the woman had a failure to feed on the last round that might have been caused by an improperly dimensioned cartridge, which means handloads. A double-load of the wrong powder could cause that.

      Did you notice she appeared unharmed?

      B.B.

      • kevin Says:

        B.B.,

        Thanks. Hope she was unharmed. I’m not. I may have a flinch for a day or two when I pull a trigger LOL.

        Edith,

        No one told me that there would be math in airgunning. Thanks for your clarification on my posts. Thought the system was trying to pick a fight with me again.

        kevin

  • Edith Gaylord Says:

    It appears that David at Pyramyd Air has fixed the spam issue. Spam should be few & far between. I’d like to give special thanks to Fred PRoNJ for his assistance!

    Edith

  • Herb Says:

    OK, I’m confused. What is up with arithmetic to post? I got:

    ? + 5 = 11 to which I correctly answered C.

    I got the following error message:

    Error: You entered in the wrong CAPTCHA phrase. Press your browser’s back button and try again.

    6 + ? = 14, I answered “E” which it didn’t like.

    I finally got posted with 1 + ? = 5 to which I answered 4.

    LOL,
    Herb

  • BG_Farmer Says:

    First, I had to see if I can post — most of mine seem to get sent to purgatory lately!

    Interesting concept for a rifle. I have to agree with the other Luddites :), however, that electronic stuff just doesn’t seem to last like mechanical stuff. Springer, I can functionally duplicate anything on it with tools I have at hand from materials that are just lying around. Electronic air rifle, I can sell it for scrap if it breaks past the support period. Even though I have decent logic design and implementation capabilities, it is almost certain that the “box” is not documented at all for various reasons. Reverse engineering a one-off doesn’t pay well, and the market is small.

    • Edith Gaylord Says:

      BG_Farmer,

      If you’d just log in with an account (create one if you don’t already have one), you wouldn’t have to take an arithmetic test to post :-)

      Edith

      • BG_Farmer Says:

        Edith,
        I’ve had an account since the first day of the switchover from blogger and have always signed into it to comment. If it is not showing up that way, something is wrong? No test for me on that last comment.

        • Edith Gaylord Says:

          BG_Farmer,

          OK. That’s what I thought. You don’t have to take an arithmetic test once you log in. I didn’t have to do it, but I didn’t know if it was because I have admin privileges.

          Well, so far today, we’ve had very little spam. I think just one got past the spam filter. So far, so good.

          Edith

          • J-F Says:

            So how or where do we go to register (those math questions are HARD, 8+6=?)

            J-F

            • Edith Gaylord Says:

              J-F,

              Near the top of every blog page, look at the right-hand column. You’ll see this listing:

              Airgun Academy – Blog
              Airgun Academy – Podcast
              Airgun Academy – Video
              Pyramyd Air Guns
              Register
              Log in
              Entries RSS
              Comments RSS
              Who Writes This Blog?

              Click on “Register” and follow the prompts. Once you’ve logged in, the “Log in” option in the listing changes to “Log out.” I’ve found that once I log in, I’m logged in for about 12 hrs. Then, it automatically logs me out and asks me to log in again. Since I click the “Remember me” box when I log in, I don’t have to remember any of the log in details.

              Edith

              • J-F Says:

                Seems I was already registered… this thing is fun!
                I now know I made 547 of the 33791 comments posted!

                J-F

                • Edith Gaylord Says:

                  J-F,

                  My search shows you made 977 comments.

                  Edith

                  • Edith Gaylord Says:

                    J-F,

                    My bad. You made 672 comments that I see attached to your email address :-)

                    I made a whopping 1,035, including this one!

                    Edith

                    • J-F Says:

                      This doesn’t add up… maybe wordpress didn’t register the comments I made thru my iPhone? It still says 547 posts to me??

                      It’s really nice and refreshing not having all those spams to delete.

                      J-F

  • /Dave Says:

    I really liked word game better than the math….

    /Dave

  • Bear Says:

    Happy New Year to all!
    I’ve been following this Blog for about 2 years now and I have really enjoyed reading it. I’ve been shootin Pellets since 1970 I’m now 51.
    The Benjamin Trail XL .22 got me back into this hobby in a big way. With some health issues that gave me recovery time I was able to focus and now prefer to shoot my AA TX 200 MK III with a 3x9x32 Bug Buster on top.
    The accuracy and velocity blog was very interesting to me.
    I’ve been very humbled, learning the technique in holding my rifles as well as discovering the rifles favorite ammo. I truly believe that most beginning shooters have no idea how much time and effort or should I say Passion can go into a “hobby” like this to become proficient.
    I’m really fascinated with all the dynamics that surround shooting a pellet as quietly as possible from point A-B accurately.
    Traditional Archery is my primary Passion and I am now strong enough to practice it again but I find myself splitting my free time to include my .22 air rifles primarily my TX 200 .
    My hope is, as this air gun industry becomes more tech savy the more true science will be applied to the guns and pellets produced.
    Wow I still can’t believe its 2012.
    Bear

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Bear,

      Welcome to the blog! I know you have been reading for a long time, but it’s nice to hear from you. Please feel free to join in the discussions from now on.

      B.B.

  • Franck Says:

    Happy New Year Folks!
    evanix guys just added a video of an “evanix speed bullpup” prototype.( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gMeqITUYbg ); do u know anything about it? will it be a completety different model or an update that could be bought separately?

    Evanix guns really worth every buck! can’t wait for the full auto. price bit high, but this gun offers a lot more than others at the same price range! (FX monsoon, revo, jams a lot, worthless)

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Franck,

      I don’t have any information about a Speed bullpup yet, but perhaps it will come in time.

      As for the FX Revolution jamming, I don’t know where you heard that. Do you own one?

      I tested one extensively for Shotgun news and it never skipped a beat. I would call it very reliable.

      B.B.

      • Franck Says:

        I do not have any FX rifles indeed. But a friend of mine ended selling his revolution. jammings were often, caused by some pellets in special. But he thought that the problem rely on the magazine. of course it’s true that there is a “balance” between some factors like the spring tension, quantity of wasted air, that must be adjusted. Maybe evanix found a way more easier to shoot semi/full auto, hope so.

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