Lothar Walther match barrel (fully floated and shrouded)
Multi-ported air stripper reduces muzzle flip
Highly adjustable match trigger (both stages and more)
Adjustable fore end (pivots on double ball joints)
Regulated valve (delivers 7 fps variation over 70 shots)
Max fill pressure of 200 bar (2900 psi) delivers 100+ full-power shots
Integral manometer (air pressure gauge)
11mm scope dovetails
Spring-loaded bolt probe
Laminated right-hand stock
Highly adjustable cheekpiece (up, down, back, forth and sideways) twists laterally and revolves on a ball joint
Multi-adjustable butt hook (10 adjustments) also folds away to comply with hunter field target rules (overall length is adjustable from 41" to 42.50")
Adjustable palm rest
Swing-out spirit level
Windicator arm (swing-out wind gauge)
Accessory rail for optional weights, bipod or sling (accessories not included)
Includes hard case and fill adapter
Some of the improvements over previous Air Arms precharged pneumatics: Improved loading bolt shaft and cocking mechanism that's fully supported on synthetic bearings for a more positive and controlled loading cycle. Ball joint-mounted cheekpiece and butt hook for almost infinite adjustments. Extended fore end rest with two ball-joint pillars to enable superior position control.
The Air Arms FTP 900 has just raised the bar for precision. This rifle, new in 2013, has been in development for three years. You may wonder if this is just an Air Arms EV2 in a different stock, so let's address that right away.
Air Arms consulted field target experts and EV2 customers to find out what they liked, loved or hated about that rifle. Anything that was hated, was scrapped from being in the FTP 900. Anything that met customer approval was reworked with modern technologies, processes and materials to make it even better than it was.
When it came time to design a stock, Air Arms consulted Nick Jenkinson, acknowledged internationally as the guru of field target. He sketched out his ideas, Air Arms implemented them and sent the design to Minelli, a pre-eminent Italian stock maker.
While all the nice features in this air gun will make your mouth water, there's really only one thing that matters: accuracy. And this gun has it in spades! If you can aim and hold the gun steady, you'll get small groups. The FTP 900 doesn't know how to miss. One of the reasons you can achieve remarkable accuracy is due to the new valve. With very little shot-to-shot velocity variation, you'll know where your pellets will land.
Sometimes, you do get what you pay for, and the Air Arms FTP 900 air rifle is a prime example. It delivers the goods...and then some. Never wonder, again, if you'll hit your mark.
Guns made by Air Arms have earned an international reputation as being among some of the finest in the world. They're unmatched when it comes to the metal finishing and superb stocks. Because the FTP 900 PCP is so adjustable, it'll fit you like a custom rifle. Once you buy an Air Arms airgun, you'll be spoiled and never again be satisfied with the run-of-the-mill airguns you used to buy.
Things I liked:Overall a great gun. Tons of adjustments make it comparable to a Steyr and most of them are a lot more solid than on the EV2. Utilizing 2 rods for the knee riser was a great move. Improved butt hook was a welcome change. Gorgeous to look at as well. Trigger on mine came set at about 3.5 oz, I took it down just slightly and shortened the pull which was very easy to do. Smooth cocking, pretty quick firing cycle and just a hint of muzzle flip. Things I would have changed:I would have liked to see a male quick disconnect used instead of the probe system. While I like the new probe style better than the EV2 style, it still requires me to carry an extra part around. What others should know:JSB 8.4 and AA 8.4 both shot extremely well for me. Velocities were spot on with what was listed on the factory 100 shot string. Mine shoots right around 785 fps with the 8.4's and keeps the spreads under 12 fps over the course of a string. There has been no shift in different temperatures and other than making sure to keep the barrel clean, the learning curve with this gun was very quick. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to get into Field Target.
Things I liked:Everything. Fit and finish are excellent. My first air gun and first time shooting one, I was able to keep all shots in 10 ring at 25 Yds. after sighting in scope. Things I would have changed:Should include a case capable of holding the rifle when scoped and palm rest installed.
Is there a way to increase the energy of this rifle beyond 12 FPE? Something in the 14-18 FPE would be ideal (depending on the pellet).
Tyler from USA:
It can be done. There is a hammer adjustment screw in the back of the action. Typically though, they do not perform quite as well as they do at 12 FPE.
Jamie from USA asked:
Pyramydair needs to do a side by side test of this rifle and the HFT 500.
Tyler from USA:
For the most part, they are in two different classes. Both are 12 FPE guns and use the same barrel. That is about where the similarities end. The HFT is not regulated, but still delivers upwards of 60 consistent shots per fill. The trigger is not as good as the FTP 900 though. And most obvious, the stock lacks the same adjustment features on the HFT. The HFT is a great gun to get into FT with here in the US, but the FTP would be the top of the line option.
Victor from USA asked:
How accurate and competitive can this gun be compared to other air guns shooting at 20 ft lbs? Seems like a it would be a disadvantage.
Tyler from USA:
They are two separate classes. 12 FPE would be in the WFTF class while 20 FPE would be in the open class. That said, this gun is just as accurate as any Open class gun I have owned or shot. You just need to practice more to know the proper hold offs for wind. That is the biggest difference.
To put it in perspective for you, at the 2014 US Field Target nationals, the highest overall score was shot with a 12 FPE gun. I came in 5th in WFTF class, only 4 people in Open class had better scores than I did. Open class consisted of about 30 shooters. Biggest thing is to practice, if you don't do that, you wont be competitive. Simple as that.