Well, they are finally here. Feels like I’ve been waiting a half a year. Oh wait – I have been waiting a half a year. Now bear in mind, I have not put any lead through either gun yet. I’ll get to that this weekend. But, the anticipation for these rifles has been so significant that I had to post something. If nothing else, at least some photos.
So, here is my initial reaction (pros and cons). These thoughts are subject to change, as I have only had the guns for a couple hours.
LIKED: The Trigger will BLOW YOUR MIND! It is just as good as the regular FX trigger!! That is no B.S. – a perfect, two-stage, smooth-as-butter FX trigger. This is a huge achievement, as triggers on bullpups seem to always be the Achilles heal. Brilliant engineering.
LIKED: The shroud extension was a nice touch – really quiets the gun down. Without it, the gun has a little bark. With it on, it rivals the quietest .22′s on the market.
LIKED: The cheekpiece was a nice idea, but I needed to take it off to suit my shooting style (to each their own).
LIKED: For all the worry about the scope rail, this thing feels solid as a rock. It secures to the dovetail on the breech as well as a special fitting on the shroud.
LIKED: Balance and hold were great. Unlike most (all?) bullpups, this one has an adjustable buttplate. Dial it to your spot, and the gun pops right into place when you shoulder it.
DISLIKED: There isn’t much I didn’t like, but there is ONE BIG THING that needs to be mentioned. The Picatinny rail on the bottom of the stock. When I saw this in the FX promo photos, I was very excited because it meant that I would not have to purchase and mount my own rail. But, my excitement turned to overwhelming disappointment when I realized that my Atlas Bipod will not mount to that rail. This is because the shallow, rounded grooves on it are not deep enough for the cross-screws of my bipod clamp to seat down in it. The consequence to this is that the clamp rides high, and can’t actively “grab” the rail. I would prefer to have NO rail there, so then I could at least mount my own. So, that is a major bummer. It certainly hasn’t “soured” me on the gun. But, had it fit my bipod, it would have been a perfect 10 (so far).
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