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    blando
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    Hello,
         Was wondering in anyone new anything on Teds review of the FX Impact.  I sent him a message on FB well before Xmas and he said the review would be out before or at xmas time.  I haven’t seen any posts from him at all.  Could it have to do with all the problems with the impact.  I was really looking forward to it.  Was wanting to buy one but will all the problems Im afraid to purchase one

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    1kshooter
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    blando, I think it has to do with the fact that he works has a young family and he had Christmas as well…..although his videos are out of this world …Ted  himself is still human!
    Jonathan

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    Lou
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    Doing a review takes time. Filming and editing videos is very difficult, no matter how easy it seems when you watch them, a lot of time and effort goes into those videos. It might have to do with the fact that the impact might have problems too, I have heard Ted before saying that he will review some guns and then he never did. 

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    Ginuwine1969
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    I believe he up something out within the last 3 days on someones post, stating that he is still working on it but almost done and had a screen shot of iMove i believe.  So hopefully it won’t be too much longer.

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    APerfectMiss
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    It will be like Christmas all over again when I get the email from YouTube telling me he posted a video! 

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    Iceman
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    Lol, We’re patiently waiting for some wildcat & Impact goodness !!

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    Txboy
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    Here is what you have been looking for 

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    Gunnertrones
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    YES!   Finally!!

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    zebra
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    Ted definitely does nice reviews. I am curious to know if his accuracy tests are a reliable source of info for the rest of us. It’s not that I think Ted does anything wrong in how he tests the guns. It’s just that, if I was FX, I would make sure that the Impact that was being sent to Ted was hand-picked and tripple tested before being sent out. 

    Ted made a simple comment about not liking the stock on the first Bobcat and they redesigned a whole new one with his suggested design, so they obviously believe that Ted’s reviews have the potential to help or hurt their sales in a meaningful way. Maybe it’s my devious mind but I can’t believe that his Impact was simply chosen at random like mine would be.

    As as a general point, this industry is appalling at delivering consistent quality from one unit to the next. One person can receive a tack-driver while another is all over the place. I’d like to hear from some other Impact owners if their one is also the most accurate gun ever.

    In Ted’s other reviews, he made a point of stating that all FX guns use the same smooth twist barrel so a Wildcat would be no more or less accurate than a Bobcat etc. Has FX created a new and more accurate version of their smooth twist barrel for the Impact, or did Ted just “happen” to get a good one?

    I seem to remember Ted making a comment that his personal FX revolution was more accurate than the one he’d borrowed for his initial review too. He made a follow-up video to show off it’s “ridiculous accuracy”. 

     

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    KzooRichie
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    That point is the reason products for reviews (I believe Consumers Reports does this) are oft bought off the shelf.  Considering that a lot of any gun will produce a bell curve of performance why not make sure reviewers only get the best performing guns.  Frankly, when you get high end in guns it takes high end skills to notice.

    There is a center fire rifle manufacture (I can’t recall what one, but I wanna say Savage) that charges a premium for guns proven to be sub MOA.  They fire um all, the best performers cost the most and the cast offs cost less.  Every gun is made exactly the same. The cast offs are still worthy, it’s just that a butterfly flapped its wings in Tanzania or something when the barrel was made.

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    nvelkhunter
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    When it comes to accuracy the biggest variable is likely the shooter. And shooter variables are many. With the Impact they are multiplied by the the gun’s consumer tune-ability features. Knowledge and experience with shooting and this particular gun are include in “shooter” variables. Note from the video, Ted said he had some “secrets” about the gun, some he’ll share over time and a few he’ll keep to himself.

    Additionally, when it comes to long distance air rifle shooting, >50 yards, the environment is also has a huge effect, such as cross winds, down and up drafts…… Ted’s accuracy test looks to have taken during excellent conditions.

    So is the test reliable information? Undoubtedly yes. Is it what every purchaser of an Impact should expect? No.

    Was Ted’s gun hand picked because of his possible market influence? Not sure. But willing to bet as FX produces more and more of these guns they will get better and better with the added experience.
     
    This is my 2 cents.
     

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    zebra
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    I wish air rifles were sold like that. It’s such a good idea. I hate being surprised by receiving a problem child when I paid for a premium product. 

    For the price that some of the premium manufacturers charge, they should all be doing a little quality control on every unit but they definitely aren’t doing that. A number of high price guns are frequently sold with issues. 

     

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    zebra
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    “nvelkhunter”When it comes to accuracy the biggest variable is likely the shooter. And shooter variables are many. With the Impact they are multiplied by the the gun’s consumer tune-ability features. Knowledge and experience with shooting and this particular gun are include in “shooter” variables. Note from the video, Ted said he had some “secrets” about the gun, some he’ll share over time and a few he’ll keep to himself.

     

    
I disagree. A shooter can’t make a gun more accurate. A better shooter might get better results from a gun than someone with less skill. 

    When we talk about accuracy, what we are really talking about is consistency. If I put a rifle in a vice and pull the trigger 10 times, how many will land in the same hole and how tight is the spread. The shooter’s skill should be irrelevant to this test. 

    I think Ted was right to perform the test in ideal conditions so we are looking at the results of the gun only. 

    I have definitely used two different guns of the same brand and model, but…. had a very different experience. Each air gun performs differently which is why people are always telling you to find the best pellet for your gun. 

     

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    ashes5
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    My 2 cents is the gun is easily tunable, Ted has a lot of experience tweeking air rifles and I am sure he has people that can give him advise others like me would not be privilege too. You can buy a Marauder and try and follow all of the advise on the net and end up with a piece of junk at least the FX factory has built in adjustments you can make without taking your gun apart and going to town with polishers and drills thinking your doing something to the gun to make it better. If you look back at his video on the diameter of the pellet that would be a good place to start for tuning your gun. I have a Impact and like the fact it is well suited for hunting and with time and patience it can be a bench rest gun. Now i paid 1900 for a gun that has all the bells and whistles, I don’t have to buy a 2500 dollar Boss and a 1200 dollar wildcat for hunting. On top of it I can change calibers for 500 and some change and have a top of the line gun in many different calibers. For me I like to shoot not tear a gun apart and start changing the design of the original gun. 
    If you had a business and you were introducing a new product wouldn’t you put your best foot forward. I don’t see a lot of problems with the gun. If you want to see dissatisfied customers read the posts on the Benjamin NP rifles I have one of those boat anchours.  
    I appriciate  Ted and other people that take the time to make these videos and share them. 
    My 2 cents

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    1kshooter
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    I think Ashes5 hit the nail on the hammer here ….I watched the same video as you did and Ted himself said that it is the most easily tuned from the outside rifle he has ever seen …..how does the conspiracy of FX making a Ted special gun just for him play into that?

    Just my 2 cents Jonathan

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    sgtskinny
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    I doubt the professional reviewers received a “special” gun, but I’d be willing to bet they at least got one that test fired “well” off the rack. Had they received one straight out of the box that shot like the one I got, the reviews would have been much different. After 2 weeks in the shop getting all of the barrel supports and pellet probe carrier aligned, and a new barrel, mine now shoots as advertised, “1/2″ groups at 50 yds. are typical”. Not everyone has the resources or knowledge to “fix” one of these new PCP’s, and they shouldn’t have to considering the cost. The good news is, if you do get a “bad” one out of the box, it can be corrected, one way or another.

    As the tech advances in these guns I think we should start to make a distinction between “tuning” and “adjusting”, because simply making a change to built in adjusting device to affect velocity really isn’t tuning, its just a purpose built mechanism designed to acquire the best possible performance from a given pellet and gun/barrel combination. Tuning is doing some type of substantial work; correcting mechanical character flaws or design issues, changing and modifying springs, and components to improve the performance of a weapon are some of the things that fall into the category of “tuning”. The Impact’s external user adjustments allow for a wide range of velocity manipulation, wide enough to accommodate about any available projectile weight in 4 calibers, and an arrow launcher, but I don’t think 1 click on the power wheel and 1/4 turn on the hammer spring qualify as “tuning”.

    The Impact is a remarkably accurate gun by the way, when it functions as intended.

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    Scott_MCT
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    That review was very informative.  I learned quite a bit more about the Impact than I thought I knew.  I know for sure I don’t like the default sliding shroud.  I’d rather have the one Ted had on his.  I’m now back in the market, but like my AirWolf and Cricket I will gladly wait a year or so, to let the minor issues get resolved and let the Impact get refined some more.  Hopefully they will offer the shroud option they put on Ted, or maybe a Hugget.

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    Iceman
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    Hey Guys, Correct me if I’m wrong, But it seems Ted has done a full review on the Bobcat, Completely skipped the Wildcat and gone straight to the Impact ?
    I have been waiting patiently for the Full Wildcat review and got pretty excited when Ted got his 2 Wildcats in .22 & .25 anyone got any clues ?
    Cheers

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    He did a wildcat review. Just go to YouTube and search ” wildcat review”

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    Better yet.. here you go.

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