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    gamyrick
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    I have a lot of respect for Matt Dubber. He takes the time to find the best pellet for the air rifle he’s using and then establishes an accurate range card. He uses this knowledge along with his experience and delivers some impressive hunting videos. In his latest video he praises the FX Impact – again. His friend, Luke, makes a successful 158 yard shot with the FX Impact. Ted, in his recent video also sings the praises of the FX Impact. I like guns with classic lines and wood stocks such as the Huntsman or S510 Carbine. However, the FX Imapct has my attention. Is this air gun a step above? If you could have just 1 PCP would this be your choice? I would like to hear from those shooters/hunters who already own the FX Impact. Thanks.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCthxJ7N1usTDbd4n_aSSO7g

    https://www.youtube.com/user/EdgunUSA

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    CityHunter
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    Don’t own an FX Impact, but my initial concern is that it might be too light. Matt, and Ted seem to have nothing but praise for the lightweight construction (particularly the carbon fibre air cylinder), so maybe it’s just my impression of the rifle. I also like the more traditional look in a rifle, and in this respect the FX Impact looks more like a functional prototype. It lacks a certain charm. Still, it seems to produce extremely stable, accurate shots in an impossibly efficient manner, and is probably a contender for the top 3 quietest air rifles on the market today.

    But it’s also a very new gun, and my primary concern would be: reliability. There are already quite a few common issues with the rifle – barrel alignment (soft metal is increasingly deformed), barrel movement even when locked, first stage trigger locking after cocking, telescopic shroud jamming, inaccurate/defective pressure gauge, etc. Not to mention difficulties in accessing the fill port (more of a design issue, than an aftermarket problem)

    Barrel alignment issue(s)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tQFvPcYzNI

    Trigger issue
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufdBg42bAE0

    I would be curious to know if these issues remain prevalent, and whether Matt, or Ted have encountered any so far. We might tell that something’s up if Matt starts shooting the Wolverine again – lol

    My own impression of the FX Impact is that 1,600 GBP ($1,800?) is a lot of money to pay for something with teething problems like these.

    Would also be very interested to hear from FX Impact shooters.

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    ashes5
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    Some people swear at them some swear by them!! I got one of the first ones 30 cal. I haven’t had any problems.  I shot a 1.25 group 9 shots at 100 yards with it. I had to do some adjusting for the wind but once I got it in the shots fell right in. I wish I had the 25 cal. Conversion just for shot count and cost/rnd. 
    A lot of the negatives you see are the same people. But there has been some issues and you can’t blame people for being mad about issues on a 1800.00 dollar gun. I like it because it fits all of my requirements for one airgun to do all the things I expect.  The cocking hanle above the trigger is so nice and smooth, being able to switch calibers easily, compact fully adjustable and tunable. 

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    CityHunter
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    “ashes5”Some people swear at them some swear by them!! I got one of the first ones 30 cal. I haven’t had any problems.  I shot a 1.25 group 9 shots at 100 yards with it. I had to do some adjusting for the wind but once I got it in the shots fell right in. I wish I had the 25 cal. Conversion just for shot count and cost/rnd. 
    A lot of the negatives you see are the same people. But there has been some issues and you can’t blame people for being mad about issues on a 1800.00 dollar gun.

    
1.25 group 1.25cm or inches?! Impressive either way, but if it’s cm, I’ll remove the concerns I raised about reliability in the post above!

    I think it’s possible (easy) to switch calibres between .177 and .22 on the FX Impact (if you’re willing to pay for an additional barrel) – is this still the case for 25 and 30?

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    GQ
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    I own an Impact for 2 months and have a lot of satisfaction shooting it from 50 to 100 yards inside 1 MOA 16 pellets.
    It is important to know that this product need fine uning and is demanding in terms of care.
    I would compare it with a Formula One racing car.
    For me it is not a problem because i love to spend time on fine tuning and engeneering.
    I would say this is not a toy for everyone.
    It depend on what you expect from a product performance and limits.
    Mine is a .25 caliber and I cant wait to get the .30 barrel kit.
    Cheers and have fun.
     

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    Jonnes
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    You can’t go wrong with FX, they are dead accurate. I shoot national competition with a FX Independence (50 meters), and keep ending in the 2nd of 1st place each time. The Impact is a nice compact gun, not really suited for prone shooting (is what I do), but the Smooth Twist barrel is the best out there, and from a technology standpoint, the Impact is way beyond the Independence so my money would be on the Impact, if you’re not a prone competition shooter. ;) 

    If you like wood, check out the FX Royale series, or the Boss. Only downside is that it’s previous FX generation technology.

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    GQ
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    Reliability depend on how you take care and manage the Impact.
    You cannot be lazy with a Formula One that is for sure.
    Otherwise there is no other air gun rifle comparable on the market so far.

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    Erik
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    “top 3 quietest air rifles on the market today.”

    Could you elaborate on that?

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    CityHunter
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    “Erik”“top 3 quietest air rifles on the market today.”

    Could you elaborate on that?

    As sold (ie., with stock shroud) – I would say*:

    1st: Kalibr cricket
    2nd: FX Impact
    3rd: ???

    *Based on consensus of opinions from YouTube videos – I do not own, or shoot any of the above!

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    Frank2533
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    I thought the mutant was the quietest on the market?

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    CityHunter
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    Could well be – very curious now, any links I can follow on this? Embarrassed to say I’m not familiar with the mutant!

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    Kitplanenut
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    I own an Impact and still learning the gun. A step above is hard to define. For me it’s a great gun and an absolute blast to shoot and play with. As for looks I would say it qualifies as airgun porn. It’s claim to fame is the adjustability and cal change. Accuracy is great. The only week spot for me is I would like to be able to set the trigger slightly lighter, but the trigger is good. I have no problem with the sliding shrouds. As far as bull pups I would say it’s the top of the list right now. The interesting thing is that when I grab and airgun to shoot and throw on the backseat of my truck, I always grab my 22 wildcat.

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    Verve
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    If you have the time and patience to make fine adjustment/tinker then by all means get the Impact.

    However if you don’t, then you’d be better off buying Mutant, Royale, Wildcat, Vulcan etc

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    weatherby
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    The Impact is highly tuneable, which is a good thing if one knows what he is doing.
    When one DOESN’T know what he is doing, it could become a shooter’s worst nightmare😉

    I’m sure there are stories out there which are totally blown out of proportion, or people blaming FX for making a bad product, while it could well be their own fault.

    For me as a target shooter, I don’t see any advantages over the long guns. For bench shooting I will always prefer a long gun over a bullpup. That’s why I have 2 royales and a Boss☺ (IMO the most proven and reliable FX action)
    The match trigger of a Boss also feels better than the one of the Impact.
    It’s a beautiful design, but it doesn’t fulfill my needs. I wouldn’t mind owning one, but then I see it as a very expensive toy😁

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    Nueces
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    “Verve”If you have the time and patience to make fine adjustment/tinker then by all means get the Impact.

    However if you don’t, then you’d be better off buying [strike]Mutant, Royale[/strike], Wildcat, [strike]Vulcan etc[/strike]

    
Fixed  (oh well,  I tried)

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    Michael
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    This topic is getting off topic.

    The original poster asked “I would like to hear from those shooters/hunters who already own the FX Impact. If you could have just 1 PCP would this be your choice?”

    Please stay on topic 

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    Verve
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    Based on my experience with my Impact, my answer to the question would be a No.

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    DrippinLead
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    I am on the fence with my impact. I want to like it but I think I need to have it tuned by a person other than A of A to know what it is capable of. Still have a few more things to try before I either sell it or go all in and have someone tune it.

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    BenSeager
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    Well its a dream if you like to tweek. But its is def more challenging to shoot consistantly being a bullpup. I could out shoot it with my modded synrod all day long on paper out to about a hundred yards but I suppose thats my on skill as a shooter more so than the guns. If you want one gun in your closet buy all the barrels and be done so far I like mine alot. But its not without some issues.

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    Tominco
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    Tough question. 
    The Impact is pretty special, that’s for sure! I’ve had mine longer than most people have. Ive gone through about 40 lbs of pellets with it… literally. (I just cleaned out my shot box a few days ago and now have about a 40lb lump of pellet lead.) I’ve had a lot of fun tuning it and have learned a lot in the process. It’s my first .30 cal air rifle and, WOW, those .30’s are something else! Ultimately, I don’t think I can answer that question. I would lean towards yes because of the ability to have so many calibers with one gun. It’s like having a pile of guns instead of just 1. I would lean towards no because I am more comfortable with some of my other FX rifles. Since I’m more comfortable with these, I think I shoot them more accurately. That being said, I’m not saying the Impact isn’t accurate. I shot my best long distance group ever with it, which was 1-5/16″ at 150 yards. I personally just do better with traditional style rifles. I wish FX would come out with a new Royale that as easily adjustable and has as many adjustments as the Impact. Even if it did not have the swappable barrels.
    If I HAD to… was FORCED to… MADE to choose and make this decision… then, yes, I would keep the Impact over the others because of the multiple smooth twist barrels and calibers on a small platform that’s so intimately adjustable with large capacity magazines. But I certainly would be sad to see my other rifles go away. 
    Tom

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