This report covers:
- Where made?
- Sling attachment points
- Picatinny rails
- Barrel change
- Tools, accessories and seals
Today we look at the .22-caliber Air Venturi Avenge-X wood-stocked precharged pneumatic (PCP) rifle a second time, and I am still introducing the rifle. There are too many things to get everything into one report.
Reader Hoppalong Doc asked where the rifle is made. Well, at a retail of $500-600 with all the features of a $1,200 air rifle there is only one place it could be made — China. But the Avenger, which is this rifle’s little brother, is also made in China, and we know from lots of testing that it’s a world-beater. Is the Avenge-X as good or even better? We’ll see.
The trigger adjusts for pull weight and travel. A third adjustment (marked A in the drawing below) corrects sear engagement and is not meant to be used except by maintenance personnel.
I tried adjusting the trigger to see if these are real adjustments or just placebo screws. The trigger travel screw adjusts the FIRST stage travel only. I say that because there is movement in stage two as well, but that movement remains where it is. And, yes, the adjustment screw did change the amount of first stage travel.
I also tried changing the pull weight and am pleased to report that both trigger adjustment screws are the same size. So the same Allen wrench fits in both adjustment screws. And, yes again, the adjustments do change things in the pull weight. I set the trigger to pull at 14 ounces for stage one and 2 pounds 4 ounces for stage two.
Sling attachment points
Many owners will use this rifle for hunting, so a sling is a serious consideration. The stock has two attachment points for rifle slings. Two inches in front of the butt is a quick-detach sling swivel anchor post and at the rear of the Picatinny rail on the bottom of the forearm is another attachment point.
The aluminum receiver is topped with a Picatinny rail that makes mounting a scope quite easy. The rail is divided to allow the magazine(s) to stick up above. Since there are both standard-capacity and high capacity magazines, the heights they stick up will differ. I’m testing the .22-caliber Avenge-X at present, so the standard magazine holds 10 pellets. The hi-cap mag holds 16 pellets. On the Description page Pyramyd AIR advises that with the hi cap mag, high scope rings may be necessary.
A Picatinny rail at the bottom front of the forearm is for mounting a bipod and the front sling swivel anchor is also a part of the rail.
I’ve already mentioned the standard and high-capacity rotary magazines. No doubt most folks will use them with the Avenge-X, but there is more. A single-shot tray also comes in the box, so you have three different ways to go when it comes to loading.
You can also change calibers from .177 to .25 calibers. My test rifle is in .22 caliber, but I have a .177-caliber barrel that I will install and test for you. Reader Ian McKee has a .22-caliber Avenge-X Tactical that he will review, then he’ll install a .25-caliber barrel for another full test. So you are going to see many sides of the Avenge-X rifle platform, and yet even with all that we aren’t testing half of what is available.
Rather than me writing about the barrel swap I’ll ask you to watch the video that’s linked on the lower left of the Description page.
Tools, accessories and seals
The rifle comes with five Allen wrenches for maintenance and adjustments. It also comes with two magazines (one standard and one hi-cap) and a single shot tray in the caliber of the rifle. There is also a large package of o-rings and seals for the rifle that I hope to never use but am glad they are there.
Today’s report shows that the buyer gets a lot when he or she buys an Avenge-X PCP. And, if you watched the short video about changing the barrel, you see that for just a little more money the rifle can be changed into a different caliber in a matter of minutes. That’s another air rifle for pennies.
As significant as the Benjamin Discovery and the price point PCP’s were to the world of airgunning, the Air Venturi Avenge-X takes it to the next level. Any airgun company that wants to compete with this has to acknowledge a high level of product development and customer satisfaction.