Cricket vs. Wildcat

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    Scott_MCT
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    Well… After over a month of waiting, my .22 Wildcat BP showed up today. Ive owned a 22 synthetic BP Cricket for a little less than a year, so I figured I would post some quick impressions between the two great air rifles.

    1. Quality of build:  Boy this a close one but I have to give a tiny edge to my Cricket.
    2. Weight: Not close, the Wildcat is noticeably lighter even though I have a bigger scope mounted.
    3. Noise:  Hands down the Cricket.  Out of the box the Cricket is considerably more quiet.  This one disappoints me given the posts I have read as to how quiet the Wildcat is.  I have two stackable moderators on the way thankfully.   The Cricket .22 BP is quiet, the Wildcat is questionable by comparison. 
    4. Trigger: Out of the box the Cricket has a slightly better trigger.  Wildcat requires too much take up, but I’m sure this can be adjusted.
    4. Magazine: Easier to load on the Wildcat, but Cricket holds more and indexing seems more precise.
    5: Stock: Cricket is more durable and rigid.  Wildcat is much lighter, but flexes a fair amount,and the surface treatment will wear and scratch much easier.  Wildcat stock flts the hands better, more thought out design compared to the Cricket.
    6. Cocking location: Wildcat is better, but Cricket is smoother right out of the box.  I’m sure the Wildcat will be as good over time.
    7. Ergonomics: Haven’t had much time with the Wildcat but I can tell with the lighter weight, finger groove grip and angle, combined with the foward cocking lever the nod needs to go to the Wildcat.

    There you have it, so if you’re on the fence hopefully this helps you decide which one.  If you can only buy one you would be happy with either one.

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    nvelkhunter
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    Scott, be sure to smooth off edge of indexer on WC first thing, otherwise it will tear up your mag. Ernest has a video, check it out.

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    Scott_MCT
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    Yup, thanks Brother.  I watched his video a couple of hours ago (and donated $10 while I was there).  His videos are awesome.

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    Antj
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    I also got a wildcat today but in 25cal. I haven’t got a chance to her shoot yet but first impressions are she’s beautiful. I had to adjust the safety, it was locking. Sadly, just about every Fx rifle I got I had to adjust the safety! The trigger needs some tweaking I can tell too. Other then that it’s the best looking Fx rifle I own.
    P.s
    It’s so light:)

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    Scott_MCT
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    Yes the Wildcat is a looker for sure.  The more I handle it the more I like it.  Less weight, and the layout took some effort for the final production, thumbs up to FX.  It is my first FX airgun and overall very pleased.  Looked at the Impact, but little items turned me off with the Wildcat available which better suits my needs.

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    hsnmz
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    @antj what did you mean by the safety locking. Is it that safety doesn’t engage when the gun is not cocked?

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    Scott_MCT
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    That is correct.  Safety arm doesn’t go all the way to the “safe” position when not cocked.  Once cocked it is no longer blocked and will go to the “safe” position.

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    sniperlabyo
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    On this video just remove the sharp edge, if you remove to much the lever will not rotate the mag, and don’t try bending the lever to get more contact–it will brake–cast steel not meant to flex and set to a new angle unless heated red hot. 

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    hsnmz
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    Scott_MCTThat is correct.  Safety arm doesn’t go all the way to the “safe” position when not cocked.  Once cocked it is no longer blocked and will go to the “safe” position.

    That is how safety is on all Fx guns. If safety is engaging with the gun being not cocked, the gun will fire even safe when cocked.

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    Boombots74
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    AntJ,

    Dude that is suppose to be like that. The gun is not broken or malfunctioning in any way. Shoots like it should as well. The safety does not go all the way back when the gun is not cocked. It will only go partial way and will not engage. The safety will only work and engage only after the gun is fully cocked. Don’t mess with it! Please! You promised! (I was the original owner of that Wilcat)

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    Boombots74AntJ,

    Dude that is suppose to be like that. The gun is not broken or malfunctioning in any way. Shoots like it should as well. The safety does not go all the way back when the gun is not cocked. It will only go partial way and will not engage. The safety will only work and engage only after the gun is fully cocked. Don’t mess with it! Please! You promised! (I was the original owner of that Wilcat)

    
 I already adjusted the safety and it’s working fine now. Whoever told you that the safety only works when the rifle is cocked needs to be slapped! You should know better then that yourself my friend.

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    Boombots74
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    That’s news to me. Haha ok.

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    DaveF
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    Accuracy, I have both a Bobcat and a Wildcat. The Bobcat gos all the wayback when not cocked but the Wildcat does not and the safty works fine in safe position when cocked on both.
     when the safety lever is in foward position both will fire. Only thing is on the Wildcat the foward position is labeled fire but the bobcat is labeled safe, cant figure out there thinking except maybe due to lever covering up the front label on the Bobcat when the lever is forward only thing you can read is the rear labeling which is fire.
    This certainly is a safety issue if you just read and beleive, especially if you own both like I do.

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    DaveF
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    Antj
    could you explain how to adjust safty on Wildcat so it moves back when not cocked?
    thanks

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    DaveFAntj
    could you explain how to adjust safty on Wildcat so it moves back when not cocked?
    thanks

    
 Simple process DaveF. First, take off the stock by unscrewing the 2 screws on the bottom of stock. Then you will have access to the internals. You can now see how the safety works while the stock is off. See the little grub screw under the trigger plate far end? That is the one you want to adjust! Keep in mind not to adjust to much or safety will fail! I would advise you to check malfunction while you have the stock off.

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    sniperlabyo
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    watch near the end of video–  in adjusting the safety–(same on all FX AG). the owner didn’t have the lever for the safety on the video.

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    Scott_MCT
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    Cool stuff guys, keep it going.  The more I learn the better :)

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    hsnmz
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    I have tried it on my Wildcat. I adjusted the safety on mine to engage while the gun is not cocked i.e the grub screw can barely go under the lever of firing mechanism. But now my gun fires even in safe. The travel on the firing mechanism in my gun is very short. So i had to unwind the grub screw for the safety to work properly.

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    MarkUK
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    Nice comparison Scott, thanks.

    I like the safety on the WC. If it moves freely, I can be sure the gun is cocked. If it doesn’t move freely, I know the gun is not cocked. This is useful information.

    Never force it.

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    TexasSteve
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    “sniperlabyo”On this video just remove the sharp edge, if you remove to much the lever will not rotate the mag, and don’t try bending the lever to get more contact–it will brake–cast steel not meant to flex and set to a new angle unless heated red hot. 

    
Do you have a link, I tried to find it on Youtube. Guess I’m challenged. Thanks

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