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“zebra”I don’t have access to any inside info but you have to assume that demand for the Impact is many times greater than demand for any of the RAW rifles (and most others too) There was already a fairly major bullpup craze before the Impact and it has unique features that are highly desirable worldwide. 

I haven’t seen the Impact production process but I know enough about general manufacturing to say that the Impact looks more complicated to produce than the average PCP. It has a number of fairly chunky metal components that require precision (like the trigger block). Even if the process is somewhat automated with CNC mills, it’s not going to be quick. 

Check out a few YouTube clips showing high end vertical mills in action to get an idea of the speed they operate at. It’s a snails pace compared to making plastic and wood parts, or casting and stamping metal. It does produce high quality parts though and that’s kinda what you expect at that price range. 

Without a change in design, I think it will be like this for a while. Look on the bright side, when your Impacts arrive, they are certain to hold their value for the foreseeable future. 

 

Nothing in a RAW is stamped metal, nor are other major components, like the stocks mold formed plastic parts. I’ve met and talked with Martin, who vets every rifle before it leaves the shop. His company takes orders and ships world wide no differently than FX. Have you had the opportunity to meet with Mr Axleson? How much is he involved with the manufacture of his rifles these days? Please do tell.


I’m not suggesting that RAW uses stamped metal (they don’t even use metal stocks), only that their design is less complicated to manufacture (like most other PCP rifles). I happen to think that RAW products are excellent quality. No need to be defensive as nothing is being attacked (at least not by me). 

I’m also saying that the demand for the Impact is clearly many times larger than it is for RAW rifles (and most other premium air rifles right now). 

These points only relate to what was said about the lead times on the Impact – I.e. That it’s not really comparable from a manufacturing point of view to traditional designs. 

That being said, if a small niche company like RAW suddenly experienced Impact level demand, I am 100% certain that you would see similar or even longer delays until they had a chance to scale up their production capability. These companies just aren’t set up for mass production and you wouldn’t want them to be.

FX is facing a challenge that is not uncommon for premium brands when they