FX IMPACT REVIEW & THOUGHTS

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    edosan
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    BLACKMAMBA and SILVERSURFER show off! jaja

    Note: some Images are taken from the web, I will replace it later with personal ones

    This is going to be the first review of several Airguns that I consider the most accurate airguns available in 2020 in USA, meaning moa or sub moa accuracy on 100 yards (MOA accuracy means 1 inch group @ 100 yards, sub moa less than that). I will not show accuracy test, since you can find plenty on the web. 

    Accuracy: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 Stars of 5
    Easy to Use: ⭐️⭐️⭐️3 stars of 5
    Easy to Fix: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars of 5
    Information on the web: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 
    Ergometry: ⭐️⭐️2 stars out of 5
    Price Range: US$1,990 up to US$2,200 

    Introduction
    The iconic FX Impact, love or hate, right? (If you have one probably you will understand). My personal choice for 2019 and an amazing airgun. The impact makes me won a few competitions on 2019 (I am not that good), and with the proper care and tuning is a laser beam. What I like the most is the modularity and the tunability this airgun have, just amazing. IMO is not an airgun for everyone , and if you want to have all the features, consider the FX Impact as a US$4,000 (without scope) airgun depending on what you want (For example: ,22 ,25 and ,30 with a slug and  pellet liner plus a few add ons). If you have a AirgunSmith close, sooner or later you will need it, if not is not that hard to fix it. I have read some comments saying: Easy as tie your shoelaces… well not really, but is not hard. Why is not for everyone?: for the simple reason that the impact due to the modularity, might be one with most o'rings , many o'rings means many points of failures and that can be frustrating for some (when your airgun does not work like it supposed,  specially after spending US$2,000+) and for others a nice challenge. 90% of problems have easy fixes IMO, but what is easy for me, might not be easy for others. All that being  said, the FX Impact has so many nice features (Example: High capacity magazine, you can fit a 700mm barrel without having a monster long barrel, etc), that is for sure one of the top airguns available.

    A normal day at the office (my home range 150m 

    Accuracy
    5 Stars, for sure. If you tune your Impact right it will be a laser. I have ALL calibers available (0,177 – ,022 – 0,25 – ,030) and I compete in Benchrest events, I have had podiums in all categories, meaning 25y 50y and 75y and is not a mystery that this airgun performs on benchrest competitions. https://www.airgunnation.com/topic/guess-i-did-it-right-new-personal-record-on-benchrest-75m-official-235-points/

    Official BenchRest comp in 2019 (in Chile) First place 235 points

     

    Easy to Use
    3 Stars, why? Because is probably the more tunable airgun available. You can tune spring tension (micro and macro), Valve Opening, Regulator (Without disassemble your gun). And because of that you need to learn  the right balance between those. For some is easy, for others no so much. Without proper tuning you will not likely have a good accuracy. Sometimes can be a real challenge.

    Adjusting the hammer spring tension (foto from AGD)

    Easy to Fix
    4 stars, due all the info you can find for free in forums and youtube. I learned all I know on the impact just with that. FX has masterclass videos on the impact and a lot of info on how to repair simple things. Is not 5 stars since it is a complex airgun and even with excellent videos, it can be VERY intimidating.

    Great info on FX youtube corner

    Information on the web
    5 stars again, you will find almost everything on the FX impact on youtube or forums like AGN. One of the reasons why I choose FX. Great information available for the ones seeking.

    Quick search on google

    Ergometry
    2 stars, the lower point. The impact is not a very comfortable airgun to shoot at, and you can find many add ons to fix that from 3rd parties. Once you get use to it, is all good, but if you are not use to the impact ergometry (cheek rest for example with low profile scope mounts) you can end up with a neck ache (I did, the I switch to high profile scope mounts and all good).

    (me shooting one of my impacts)

    That is my opinion on the Impact after several months using it.
    I have bought in almost all online places in US and my best experiences are:

    AIRGUN: 
    PalmBeachAirguns.com
    AirgunDepot.com

    ACCESORIES:
    PalmBeachAirguns.com

    ORINGS
    TheOringStore.com
    Oringsandmore.com

    PARTS 
    FX USA [email protected] (Great Service BTW)

    Some of you might thought: You live in Chile, why you do not buy there?: Simple, (besides traveling to the US a lot) I am lucky enough to have the means to buy in the best places that meets my needs all over the globe, and I will mention only the places I have bought with a good experiences. I will not speak anything negative on any vendor/retail since is 1 experience only and is not fair (well to be honest 2, 3 even 4 with some! jaja).

    Hope that help. I am on a quest to choose the airgun for 100y to compete in the big 3 in USA, and while at it, I will share it with you been honest and without any brand paying me for that  https://www.airgunnation.com/topic/my-quest-for-the-perfect-long-range-airgun  I hope in March 2020 I will have tested all Airguns I want and review them and maybe a few videos. Feedback is always welcome! (and since there are no LIKES on posts, is the only way to know whether you like it or no) or + Accuracy (love to read those messages!)

    Stay Tuned for the next one! SOON! (Reviews with No BS!) :D … just giving back!

    PS: sorry for my grammar fails

    PS2: Feel free to share it wherever you want 

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    TarheelScott
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    Thank you for this and your time kind Sr. 😁 Very much looking forward to this ! And the honesty and info. that follows . +1 for sure lol 👍

    Scott 😁

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    sonny
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    Which caliber do you feel is the most accurate past 50 yards?

    Thanks

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    edosan
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    sonny

    Which caliber do you feel is the most accurate past 50 yards?

    Thanks

    Hi Sonny .22 or .30 still putting those in a hard fight  

    TarheelScott

    Thank you for this and your time kind Sr. 😁 Very much looking forward to this ! And the honesty and info. that follows . +1 for sure lol 👍

    Scott 😁

    Thanks, hope it helps for those not having an impact.

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    leadfoot
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    Thanks, nice review. I did appreciate yours and others on AGN who helped me through some repairs on my Impact X. 

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    MonsterMaxx
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    Another .30 Impact fan here.  Dying for the day I can get a 700mm & slug liner. No Job right now, things are tight.

     

    Right now it's tuned a little too hot for the .30 pellet and peeps say it's tumbling the pellet, out to 50yd, it's good, but after that things fall apart pretty quick.  Used to be a laser to 75yds before it's gotten all hopped up.  Gun is tossing a 44gr over 1000fps.  Even on the min setting it's in the 920s.  Simple enough to tune, just got to find the time.

     

    Luv this gun tho…

     

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    Vana2
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    Thanks very much for the review Edosan! I think you are right on with your comments about the Impact!

    I am still waiting for the Impact to be available and at this point – beginning of winter (time for hibernation LOL!) in Canada – I thinking of delaying any purchase until I see what will be presented at IWA 2020 since it will be too cold to shoot until April anyway. I am hoping that FX will announce an Impact with a larger (eccentric) plenum that will shoot 36-40 gr slugs at 950-980 fps right out of the box.

    Looking forward to your next review.

    Hank

     

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    chester
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    Thanks for your comments on the impact. I have taken the plunge and read everything I can find on it. It is intimidating but all new guns are. Chet

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    jps2486
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    Nice review.  Those of us that own them might have other opinions.  As far as accuracy, yes, the Impact has the "potential" of great accuracy.  But if you expect to put your pellets in the "X" ring every time, don't be disappointed.  You have to do your part-tune for best accurcacy/pellet combo and develop your technique.  Sometimes barrel quality may not be optimal and gets leaded up too quickly.  Mine is a 25 cal and as it came from the factory, was very accurate with the 25 gr pellets.  Of course, us tinkerers want more power with heavier pellets.  These guns are not tuned for that and maybe the system as is, is not capable of the 75 fpe that many of you are looking for without adding a lot of aftermarket performance parts.  Realistically, it's a good gun, but there are many others that will shoot just as good.  When you get into the realm of tuning, be prepared for some frustration.  We all aren't Ernest Rowe.

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    sonny
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    From what I have read the 50grs shoot better at faster speeds than the 44s but dont know that from experience.  I own a .25 and it shoots the 34s very well at 900+. I have shot it out to 135 yards and hit shotgun shells maybe 7 out of 10 shots when wind was calm.

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    sonny
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    Thanks edosan, I'm thinking about getting a barrel kit for mine in either .22 or .30,  still un desided. The .22 hybirds  look very interesting. Might try them in my Leshiy.

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    Spray1Mark
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    Can you tell us what other guns you are going to include in this group please?

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    edosan
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    Thanks mis Amigos! ;)

    @spray1mark the link is in the review (fast reading? maybe too fast! :P )  … anyway here it is https://www.airgunnation.com/topic/my-quest-for-the-perfect-long-range-airgun

      Any suggestions ? 

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    tor47
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    Nice and honest review. I know you have allot of experience with that gun, and is good to see you simply does not give all thumbs up, because you own it yourself, and probably has spent allot of money on it. 

    I have some question regarding your future plans for reviewing other guns: I guess you have to borrow those, and will you then be  able to thinker and tune with them also? I know it is probably not easy to borrow a gun, and being allowed adjusting every thing?

    The reason I ask, is the most reviewers simply shoot the guns as they arrive, and maybe do not tune them at all. So accuracy scores are often then dependable on how well the gun is tuned from the factory, or store, and might give wrong impressions. Like if you buy one gun from a seller which doeas not test and adjust it before the owners buys it. And then versus buying the same gun from a seller which doeas. So having a reviewer like you, which also has experiance in tuning is valuable. I believe many future owners will like to know how easy the guns actually is to tune, and get the best results from, and not only if they shoot good out of the box or not. Anyway, looking forward to your future tests:)

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    mtnGhost
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    @edosan 👏👏👏 suggestions to the review(s) that are important for hunters / non-BR shooters:

    1. weight
    2. durability

    We know that #2 has it's limits being an HPA weapon (nature if the beast), but that is a good one to consider! 😎

     

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    golfer70
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    Thank you sir. 

    Thumbs up!

     

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    edosan
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    @tor47 thanks man! regarding your Q. if I am not able to tune the airgun to what I think is best, I will not review it. Very Simple ;) (Mods is another story), if I can not tune the airgun that I will use for competitions in 2020, then probably I will not use it or review it … I am not a reviewer, I am a shooter and a hunter and also I consider myself an AirGunsmith, so shoot and not touch … sorry not me ;) of course brands or vendors will try to give you what they consider the best, but sometimes the best needs to be better (others not) … after all this I might add to my resume "AirGun Reviewer" jaja 

    @mtnghost hey! good points  I will take those in consideration, but Weight is something is there in all basic info, and durability uff is hard to tell without having the gun for a long time as the only one … trying to do something different, all this is for sharing, I do not have to, just want share my ride considering what is important. For me one important question is, CAN I FIX IT? ;)

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    Airgun-hobbyist
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    Very honest and informative review Edosan.  I give you five stars for your work!

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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    zx10wall
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    Thank you Edosan. Good read and I appreciate your honesty. I look forward to seeing you fulfill this quest for the most accurate airgun you can get your hands on. Staying tuned for further developments and reports. 

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    edosan
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    I been reading some old timers reviewers saying what they have now is the best and before was crap, well maybe because my lack of experience, but the impact is pretty good! but not the only good airgun for benchrest outhere and I really want to test others (how I will know if not). Not only looking for a benchrest airgun, the idea is to have an hybrid, good for hunting and good for benchrest.

    Thanks for the feedback, is really important to keep going ✌️👍 if you want to read real experiences with no crap … any questions, let me know.

    One thing is sure, what is good for me, might not be good for you … and that is FINE! ;)

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