Evanix PCP Air Rifles
Evanix PCP air rifles are available through GunRoom where we are stocking the Windy City and Blizzard models currently together with our regular stock of other branded spring and PCP air rifles. At present we only have the Blizzard in .22 and the Windy City in .25 calibres but expect to see other models here over the next few months. Date of writing this article is March 18, 2015. The Evanix PCP range includes single shot, semi-auto and fully automatic air rifles, with the later not being available here in Australia obviously… Evanix have taken the initiative in designing a large number of their air rifles based on the PCP (Pre Charged Pneumatic) mechanism with a distinctly modular influence about them so as to capitalize on economies of scale in manufacturing and reliability that usually follows.
First impression of the Evanix Windy City PCP.
My first impression of the Evanix Windy City was the high standard of finish and when I picked it up, I was astounded at the weight, or should I say, lack of it due to the use of carbon fibre components. This air rifle comes with a carbon fibre shroud and air tank as standard, making it a very attractive air gun using state of the art technology. Comparing the air rifle to Weihrauch’s PCP models, it looks like a HW100 on steroids, while it is larger, it is also lighter by .5 of a kilo. Currently it is available in .177, .20, .22, .25 and .357 so this makes for a serious air rifle on anyone’s terms, and for you cowboys in Queensland, Evanix also make some models in 45 and 50 Cal…….
The action looks very much like that of the Weihrauch HW100 with a side lever cocking arm, just a bit larger and with the same high quality black gloss finish. It has a resettable safety catch on the right, once more along the lines of the HW100. The Thumbhole stock is very well finished with a comfortable contoured handgrip and a pronounced check rest that gives a nice cheek weld in the firing position. The image below shows off the side lever loading with significant overtones of a HW100.
The view below shows off the thumbhole grip very nicely on what is an extremely well finished and comfortable stock.
The carbon fibre shroud and air tank look very high tech and while this may not be to everyone’s taste, especially the purists who like blued steel and walnut, it does set the air rifle apart. In saying this however, technology is moving forward in leaps and bounds today with the use of synthetics, alloys and carbon fibre components that are finding their way into firearms generally and so air rifles are no exception as you will see in the large range of Evanix air rifles. The Evanix Windy City also has 2 carbine versions that are about 100mm shorter and come with two loading options, being the side bolt (prefix SB) action or the rear bolt (Prefix RB) action while still retaining the 10 shot magazine. If you have any doubt as to where Evanix is headed in the air rifle world, take a quick look at this video.
A closer look at the Evanix Windy City.
This air rifle comes with a very simple yet effective butt pad adjustment that requires a flat blade screwdriver for one locking screw that sets the slide position as demonstrated in the images below. This air rifle comes with a very simple yet effective butt pad adjustment that requires a flat head screwdriver for one locking screw that sets the slide position as demonstrated in the images below.
This air rifle meets other manufacturers head on in every sense of the word. The shrouded barrel in carbon fibre is a nice touch that sets the rifle apart from many others that are also shrouded. The finish and features do not require that the gun be dressed up as the fit up is exceptional and doesn’t warrant 3rd party accessories to finish it off as it comes “already finished off….” This PCP has the following specifications: Length OA: 1080mm Barrel Length: 585mm Barrel Shroud Diameter: 25mm Available Calibres: .177, .20, .22, .25, .357. Weight OA: 3.301 kilos Action Weight: 2.176 kilos Air Reservoir Volume: .48 of a Litre Fill Pressure 200 Bar Air Reservoir Total Length (excluding Mts) and Diameter: 257mm x 60mm Stock Weight: 1.125 kilos Stock Length: 680mm The Evanix Windy City below with a Hawke Sidewinder 8-32 x 56 Scope, with and without the side-wheel.
Filling the air reservoir is done under the fore-stock that has a Foster fitting and gauge neatly tucked away in a recess as below that will protect both the gauge and filler.
I will be bringing you more info, features and accessories over the coming months on these Evanix air rifles and will sort through volumes of videos in an effort to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Evanix Windy City Summary.
If you are looking for a high quality lightweight PCP air rifle I think that the Evanix Windy City or Blizzard are both worth a look. I will be looking at different hammer springs to enable some custom tuning of what is already a fine air rifle with a great accuracy record that can be fine tuned between target shooters and hunters. At 200 Bar the rifle started off at 972 fps and by 50 shots had dropped to 778.6 fps which is faster than many springers in many calibres and some PCPs too.
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The next article will focus on accuracy at distances of 50 metres up to 100 metres and how speed decay affects pellet trajectory over those distances. I will mainly concentrate on how many shots you can count on at varying distances, the accuracy and how it is effected at those distances and ultimate shot count per cylinder. These Korean air rifles are certainly making their presence felt with innovative ideas and new technology that is seeing them close the gap considerably in terms of finish, design and performance with their rival air gun manufacturers. If you are looking for a high quality air rifle that performs as well as it is finished, then may I ask that you take a look at the Evanix Windy City.
Author: Ian McIntosh