New FX rifle any time soon?

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    Cliff_Allen
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    FX has been busy pumping out the bullpups, the Wildcat, Bobcat MK2, Impact, etc. Additionally, these new guns seem to have more features / refinements like standard regulators and dual gauges for both the regulator and the tank. Also more power selections and interchangeable barrels, updated magazines, externally accessible regulators, etc. These are features not found on the current Royale / Boss series and on top of it, the newer guns with the extra features are less expensive.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m more of a traditional rifle fan myself and would love to see them put out an updated version of the Royale series with some of these new features at the lower price point. The Royal that I sold was one of my favorite guns to date and I miss it and would like to get another one. However, I have a hard time justifying the higher cost for older technology and less features. You still have to pay an extra $200 bucks to get a regulator added to a Royale from the distributors. Sure I could buy used but apples to apples, the newer guns are just less money.

    Anyone have any knowledge or heard anything about a refreshing of their traditional rifle line up or are rifles on the back burner now with the current Bullpup craze? I tried a Bobcat MK2 and alas it just wasn’t for me as I do mostly bench shooting and missed the rifle layout.

    Any thoughts or news greatly appreciated.

    All the best,
    Cliff

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    Nutcracker
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    That might not be a bad idea. As soon as the market shows cooling on these bullpups, you can bet the air gun manufactures will hurrying to get a new rifle into production.  The bullpup  fire is still pretty hot.

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    FX is not going to lower there price and thats fine  with me because i refuse to buy FX anymore. I have owned several FX airguns in the past and i find them smooth twist barrels to be very inconsistent past 50 yards…..i feel LW and CZ barrels are much better . Im sure everyone will argue with me but take 5- FX 400 of the same cal. and you will see huge differences past 50 yards.

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    Well, I won’t take 5 FX rifles of the same caliber, but I will take 3 of the same caliber and compare them past 50 yards.  All three, .22 FX rifles my brother and I own shoot incredibly well.  In fact they never seem to amaze me, whether it be 15 yards or 85+ yards – they are accurate AND very consistent. 

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    Cliff_Allen
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    Well Mike, I guess it’s a good thing that this thread isn’t titled “what’s your opinion on the difference between smooth twist and LW, CZ barrels?” If you want to re-read the title and post a pertinent response, I’m all ears.

    All the best,
    Cliff

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    I currently own a wildcat and for my next rifle I want a royale 500, and it would be great to purchase one regulated and maybe upgraded a little like you said. Im sure after the impact they have an idea for a rifle along those lines. Hope so.

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    1kshooter
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    I kind of like the looks of the bull pups but I am only able to shoot full sized guns!…Canadian law being what it is!
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    Yes, I agree.  I am considering a FX Boss for later this year and it would be nice to see the adjustable regulator setup in it. 

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    chasdicapua
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    Hi Cliff, I have the same thoughts and sentiment exactly. I’d like to see the features of the Impact on the Royale series. Even if it was simply an exterior hammer spring tension adjustment, that would be a big improvement in not having to take the stock off.  I also like the traditional rifle look and use it almost strictly for bench rest. FX, do you hear this?

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    Jasonintn
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    FX may come out with something on those lines but can’t see it any time soon. FX still can’t make what they have out fast enough to keep up with demand. I have a wildcat 22 and love it. I see a Impact in my future 25 to start then a 30 barrel later. Just waiting on supply to catch up while I have fun with the wildcat. 

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    Tominco
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    I’d like to see the traditional styling of the FX 4-500 with a wood stock (as well as synthetic), adjustability of the Impact, magazine of the Wildcat, CF removable bottle to reduce weight, and picatinny rail scope mount. Regulated, of course. 
    It would also be nice to have an upgrade laminate stock and/or adjustable comb (cheekrest) available for some extra $$$.
    That would be a winning combination! Build that FX! You can bet that I’ll do what I can to be the first in line! 

    Cliff, I could second a lot of what you posted. Had a 500 for a short time and I really miss it. Mostly due to the comfort of the stock with that great little thumb rest. Had a Bobcat too and it just didn’t quite fit my shooting style. I’ve always had a difficult time with the bullpups and preferred the traditional styling. I’m hoping that learning to shoot bullpup has made me a better overall shooter. It would seem logical that the next step for the FX lineup would be to bring out a traditional style rifle again.
    Personally, I hope they see that first line I typed, first line I typed, first line I typed. It’s right there at the top. ^^^ ;) 
    Tom

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    Yeah, but Tom – you are saving for your new Independence, remember?  :<))

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    1kshooter
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    Lmao …I didnt catch the first line Tom lol …i am waiting to try to get my mitts on a .25 Independence or maybe a FX 500 bottled if I had some extra coin for the tank and such! …this one spot I have for pigeons is driving me nut closest I can get to the hoard of birds is 70+ yards and it seams to always be windy there! 
    Jonathan

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    spysir
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    Yup, they say they are running their cnc 24 hours straight.

    Personally I wonder just what the change overs over the years mean to past designs/tooling/whatnot with the change over in  machining from ( heck I cant recall) to the new machines & crew & building , do they currently even offer a blued rifle? 
    Back when they came stamper RWS  the certainly did make a good looing rifle. The Tarantula in walnut comes to mind as a rig with old school ( not so popular these days?) fit & finish, nice figured walnut and deep bluing.
     And – some people may not remember- what the heck did they ever do with there .20ga that was designed & tested back in 2002ish? LARGE single airtube that was devided into two sections, forward section was high pressure with a push button that charged the firing cylinder , bolt action.  I’m would think they did a world wide study and thought the market just wasn’t interested at that time but as times changed  seems it would/would have sold well at some point.      Blah blah, pardon the ramble.

     Personally I still like  a rifle that feels right, has some wood and metal, naturally I will still test fire any airgun you will; hand me though.
      
    Poll, How many have or have owned an old school FX?

    John
    https://web.archive.org/web/20030402220332/http://www.fxairguns.com/products/tarantula.asp

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    Mr.Gadgets
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    “spysir”Yup, they say they are running their cnc 24 hours straight

     

    
Probably true,  I wish they would run their printers as long!   It’s pretty disappointing to pay $1300 for a rifle and don’t even get an operators manual specific to your rifle.  All the include is a generic brochure showing features of other FX guns.   

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    Tominco
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    Don’t want to get off topic, just want to lend a helping hand where I can. I’ve heard of many folks without manuals from the first shipment…
    Go here – http://www.fxairguns.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Fx_impact_manual_ok.pdf
    Tom

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    chasdicapua
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    Tom, you nailed it. That’s the rifle! Royale 400/500 in wood with those features. Let’s hope… For now I’ll settle with a Royale 500 in wood coming from Jim at Precision Air. Unregulated so I can see where it shoots best and then regulate it to that pressure.

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    Cliff_Allen
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    Thanks for the input everyone. All this talk is making me want to pull the trigger on another Royale. You guys are bad for the wallet lol

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    Turboken77
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    the owner of fx had a boss ft model at extreme benchrest 2014 it was pretty cool had a full barrel band speed load singleshot

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    Cliff_Allen
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    A Boss Field Target model, that would be pretty fun to shoot I bet. I’d consider getting the field target version if it didn’t cost so much more. I don’t really need all the extra adjustments for the type of shooting I do anyway. I’m mostly just punching paper between 50 & 100 yards from a bench.

    By the way all this talk of Royale’s got in my head and I saw AOA had a used Royale 500 in walnut on their site for $1295. When I called to see it was regulated or not, it of course wasn’t, but it was sold anyway. I ended up caving and buying a new synthetic, regulated Royale right there on the spot. Should be here at the end of next week hopefully. Things really do come full circle I guess. The Royale 500 was my first pcp that I owned for over a year. Since selling that one and then trying and selling many other guns in the mean time, the Royale was the one that I always wanted back. I just hope it’s as good of a shooter as the last one I had.

    Incidentally, does anyone know where I can find a nice carbon fiber bottle that will fit the Royale to replace the stock bottle?

    Also, I would have waited to buy a used one but it seems that they so rarely pop up for sale, regulated ones especially. Is that because there aren’t many sold to begin with or that’s it’s one of those guns people tend to hold onto after purchasing?

    All the best,
    Cliff

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