Third Party Barrel Support For FX Air Cylinder Airguns That Work

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    JoeKool
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    Hello AirgunNation Peoples,

    Recently found out about a UK airgun 3D printing website / company named https://smwengineering.co.uk/.  They sell mostly 3D printed airgun accessories for multiple airgun manufacturers, and a particular product I saw on there website caught my attention.  So, I made the purchase.  Actually I bought 3 of them.  The item was a “FX Wildcat Picatinny Mount” which dubs as a barrel support for some of FX’s most recent air cylinder equipped air rifles like the Wildcat, Streamline, and Dreamline.  My order was delivered in about 7 business days all the way from the UK to TX, USA.  Which I feel was pretty swift.

    To quote the item description from their website,

    “Accessories that Work at Reasonable Prices”

    “FX Wildcat Picatinny Mounts

    This mount allows three picatinny accessories to be mounted onto the front of FX Wildcat Airguns. They are made from tough ABS plastic using high quality and density. They are perfect for mounting an under-slung ranging laser, lamps, torches and bi-pods.

    Two designs are available:

    STANDARD: Designed for power restricted FX Wildcats (known as FX Compact in USA), this mount grips around the small amount of tank available and leaves space for air refilling while in place. Not recommended for bi-pod or sling use.

    FAC ONLY: This uses the extra space available on the full length WIldcat tank. It will fit a Sub 12/compact but will cover the air fill. Not recommended for sling.

    The clamps are attached using a supplied hex bolt and nut. Stainless bolts with thumb nuts are available separately. 

    Other colours can be made to order if you like more bling!

    These products are made in the UK using high quality 3D printing and tough ABS or equivalent.”

    Well, all three are installed on my 3 different FX guns and I am quite pleased with the results.  Eliminated all barrel / air cylinder knocking together, all if any POI shifts, supports the barrel but still allows the free floating aspect (as far as the natural reverberation waves in the shot cycle within the barrel), and adds some 3 sided picatinny mounts for accessories of my choice (lasers ie. flashlight/torch).  I think my accuracy has actually improved with each airgun and the the barrels feel stable and supported much more so than they were in stock form.  Time will tell, but so far they’re a great accessory.  I’ve read here on this very forum about people wanting barrel supports or barrel bands for their FX Dreamline’s and such airguns.  Well, these products may just be the answer all of those folks were looking for!  

    You’re welcome,

    JoeKool 😎👍🏽

     

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    STO
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    Very cool share! Thank you. I love seeing small companies with clever little ideas using 3D printing to make it happen. :D

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    bigbobbybeef
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    THose look good

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    JoeKool
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    The barrels or shrouds just nestle right down into the barrel supports pre-cut upper grove with minimal to no movement.  If the barrel is bumped, it just seems to re-center automatically resulting in no POI change.  Pending you center the product correctly when it’s mounted.  It all works very well.

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    Hi Joe,thx for the link. I have a few ?s tho. On the website it shows the accessory attaches to the barrel shroud,but in your photo,s you have them attached to the air cylinder. Your air cylinders and barrel shrouds don't look stock either,they look carbon fiber. Are they the same dimensions as stock? I'm looking for accessories that attach to the air cylinder. I'd go with what FX has but I can't seem to nail down the exact O.D. dimensions of the barrel shroud and cylinder (33mm or 34mm). I have the Dreamline classic.

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    HeyU

    Hi Joe,thx for the link. I have a few ?s tho. On the website it shows the accessory attaches to the barrel shroud,but in your photo,s you have them attached to the air cylinder. Your air cylinders and barrel shrouds don't look stock either,they look carbon fiber. Are they the same dimensions as stock? I'm looking for accessories that attach to the air cylinder. I'd go with what FX has but I can't seem to nail down the exact O.D. dimensions of the barrel shroud and cylinder (33mm or 34mm). I have the Dreamline classic.

    You’re looking at a different accessory, look carefully for the “FX Wildcat Picatinny Mounts” it may be on the FX accessories page 2.  My air cylinders are the stock aluminum ones not carbon fiber.  They are just customized with carbon wrap I installed.  My Dreamline Bullpup is just like your Dreamline Classic as far as shroud and air cylinder dimensions.  I spoke to FX USA a few weeks ago and FX Airguns (Sweden) have discontinued their barrel band, but there may be some still floating around on the market at some vender out there.  Have a ?  Where do you plan on buying one from?

    To end the confusion here is the link:

    https://smwengineering.co.uk/collections/fx-wildcat/products/fx-wildcat-picatinny-mounts

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    JamesD.
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    New AGN member Braxton in PA is coming this weekend to try some other PCP’s than his Marauder.

    Turns out a Hill barrel band may have saved him a lot of money. Remember Har-Bar for Minis? LOL, but they worked on those straw barrels & brass being thrown 20 yards.

    A simple fix is always nice.

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    JoeKool Have a ?  Where do you plan on buying one from?

    Thx for pointing it out.I miss stuff all the time like that,lol. As for where I would buy 1 from.well,,really don't know.I thought maybe FX USA but they're just a distributor right? Been keeping an eye on the dealers like PA,AGD,and Utah Air, I thought I saw where one or two of those finally got single shot trays available for the Crown/Dream so I was hoping they would be getting more accessories for the FX,s. Again thx for that link

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    JoeKool
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    Thx for pointing it out.I miss stuff all the time like that,lol. As for where I would buy 1 from.well,,really don't know.I thought maybe FX USA but they're just a distributor right? Been keeping an eye on the dealers like PA,AGD,and Utah Air, I thought I saw where one or two of those finally got single shot trays available for the Crown/Dream so I was hoping they would be getting more accessories for the FX,s. Again thx for that link

    HeyU,

    You’re welcome, this product is really good.  Good luck and happy air-gunning!

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    Hankthetank75
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    Awesome find! Just ordered my dreamline classic in .25 synthetic and I cannot wait to get it. It will be my first pcp. Is the one you put on your rifles the standard or fac? I apologize if you mentioned it somewhere and I just missed it. Thank you!

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    I make them also but my design is a little different and my price may be slightly higher. Mine is a simple split picatinny rail that is clamped by your bipod. It doesn't touch the shroud because I can't make people believe their barrel is not "free floating" and they think their accuracy will degrade if anything touches the shroud or corrects any droop. (mostly Impact owners). Side rails can be added at no extra charge and I guarantee my work.

    1st pic is a cad drawing for an Edgun RM3, next 3 pics are one mounting the Atlas bipod to my Impact.

     

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    Hankthetank75

    Awesome find! Just ordered my dreamline classic in .25 synthetic and I cannot wait to get it. It will be my first pcp. Is the one you put on your rifles the standard or fac? I apologize if you mentioned it somewhere and I just missed it. Thank you!

    The ones I ordered are the FAC with the 3 sided picatinny.

     

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    Hankthetank75
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    Thanks for the reply! Just to be 100% clear because I do intend to order one of these for my dreamline, the shorter of the 2 different ones would be the standard? Thanks again!

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    heavy-impact

    I make them also but my design is a little different and my price may be slightly higher. Mine is a simple split picatinny rail that is clamped by your bipod. It doesn't touch the shroud because I can't make people believe their barrel is not "free floating" and they think their accuracy will degrade if anything touches the shroud or corrects any droop. (mostly Impact owners). Side rails can be added at no extra charge and I guarantee my work.

    1st pic is a cad drawing for an Edgun RM3, next 3 pics are one mounting the Atlas bipod to my Impact.

     

    Do you make these for sale?  These may work on my Crown?

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    JoeKool

    Do you make these for sale?  These may work on my Crown?

    Yes… I make them mostly for crowns and impacts. PM me please.

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    Testing out the accuracy of the new barrel support setups today @ 35 yards in the old backyard.  Shot 3 ten shot groups with each airgun one at a time.  That is 30 consecutive shots with each airgun.  Any shots outside of the main group was a pull, felt it each time.  Don’t you hate when you mess up a good group, but hey I’m just the average shooter.  The point is to illustrate that these barrel supports aren’t affecting my accuracy negatively at all.

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    sgtBunny
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    nice groupes

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    sgtBunny

    nice groupes

    Thanks!  I am satisfied.  By the way 18.13’s used with the .22 calibers and 25.39’s with the .25 cal.

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    Hankthetank75
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    She has arrived! Still waiting on bipod and barrel support. I went with the shorter version.

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    Hankthetank75

    She has arrived! Still waiting on bipod and barrel support. I went with the shorter version.

    Nice synthetic stock Dreamline Classic!  Enjoy my friend! 👌🏽

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