This report covers:
- Wood stock
- Not all
- The rifle being tested
- Air pressure
- Adjustable power
- Bottom line
Yesterday’s report titled, What can be done (to make a good air rifle)? was a lead-in to today’s report. We are about to begin looking at what I believe is the most significant new PCP air rifle since the Benjamin Discovery. The Avenge-X is not just an air rifle — it’s a complete system of air rifles in the three principal smallbore calibers — .177, .22 and .25.
I have a wood-stocked Avenge-X in .22 caliber and I will test it in the usual manner. But I also have a .177 barrel, probe, magazines and single-shot tray to convert the rifle and test that setup as well.
And, there is more. Ian McKee, whose blog handle is 45Bravo, has an Avenge-X Tactical in .22 and .25 calibers, and he will do the same things I do and other things, as well. He and I overlap in .22, so you’ll get to compare the wood stock against the Tactical. This series will be huge — larger than the largest one ever written on this blog. In fact, I will have to break it into separate report series to keep the number of links to previous reports manageable.
The rifle being tested
Today we are starting to look at the Classic wood-stocked AirVenturi Avenge-X in .22 caliber. This comes standard with a 210cc reservoir tube, and a 400cc bottle is available optionally. I am testing the rifle with the standard tube.
At the SHOT Show this year Tyler told me I wasn’t going to believe how many shots I could get from this rifle. Of course he was talking about the entire Avenge-X line and included the bigger bottle in his remarks. But, as I recall, he told me that I will see over 70 full-power shots on high power with this rifle in .22, and that is at 49 foot-pounds! On low power with the bottle attached I could expect almost 200 shots. You know I will test as much of this as I can for you.
The test rifle is 44-inches long with a shrouded 22.8-inch barrel. It weighs 7.9 pounds as it comes from the box. And I have to tell you that the forearm is slim. I like that in a rifle and, unless this one just dies during testing, it isn’t going back!
There is checkering on both sides of the forearm and pistol grip. It’s pressed in, of course, and doesn’t add anything for grippy-ness. The cheek rest is raised on both sides of the stock and the rifle is 100 percent ambidextrous. Even the cocking sidelever can be switched to the other side and you do this as an option when you order the rifle.
The wood stock is slim all around. The pistol grip fills my hand but doesn’t feel overly thick. There is no palm swell and the grip is ambidextrous like everything else.
The trigger guard is wood on this model, as well as on the Bullpup. I have read some disparaging remarks about that, but If you don’t care for it there are two other models in the Avenge-X line that don’t have it — the Tactical and the Classic Synthetic.
The Avenge-X fills to 4,350 psi/300 bar. That’s one place all the shots come from. The rifle is regulated, which is the other place. The regulator is EXTERNALLY ADJUSTABLE BY THE USER! I capitalize all those words because that is a feature all airgunners want. It’s really three features:
2. Externally adjusted.
3. User adjustable.
And, yes, the reservoir has a gauge and the regulator has a different gauge. The rifle has to be depressurized before the regulator is adjusted.
I’m going to keep writing this report for a while, but I encourage you to go to the description page on the website, because there are too many features to discuss. I won’t finish my description today.
The power is adjustable via a two-stage air transfer port (high power — low power) and an adjustable hammer spring. The manual says to adjust these two together. This is a job for a chronograph! You can see the transfer port adjustment in the photo above.
RidgeRunner, Och aye! Sure and this is a deal that starts at $500. I dinna ken how they do it, but they do.
It’s obvious to an airgunner that the Avenge-X was designed by an airgunner. They had the Avenger platform as a start point and then features were piled on.
I’m not finished describing the Avenge-X I’m testing. I still have to look at the trigger, sling attachment points and the accessory rail under the forearm the magazines, including the high-capacity mags and the single-shot tray. And there there are the tools and seals you get. Guys — this one is loaded!