BLOG #6. Cometa Lynx MKII – First Impressions

The Cometa Lynx MKII PCP air rifles arrived over a week ago but due to pressures of my business, I did not get around to testing them until now.

The Cometa Lynx MKII PCPs come in a quality cardboard box with the air rifles supported fairly well, minimising and transport damage. Included in the box are the following:

1 x Cometa Lynx MKII with air cylinder attached.
1 x Single shot magazine.
1 x 13 Shot magazine.
1 x Tool Kit (Allen keys to suit)
1 x Owners Instructions (very basic).

Air Rifle Finish.

The wood work on the Lynx MKII is of exceptional quality with some extremely neat chequering on both sides. The blueing is very deep with a matt black anodised receiver that looks to be made of aluminium. There is an unusual, for PCPs anyway, brass breach block between the barrel and the magazine highlighting the style of the airgun.

Cometa Lynx MKII facing right

Cometa Lynx MKII

Loading is done by a side lever much the same as the Weihrauch HW100 in style though it is not as smooth (out of the box but I will be modifying it). There is a silver anodised muzzle brake at the front which sets off the anaesthetics of the rifle nicely in my view. Filling is done through a Foster fitting below the air cylinder and a pressure gauge is visible on the left hand side.

Hawke Scope on a Cometa Lynx.

Close up of the pressure gauge fitment into the stock

Testing the Cometa Lynx MKII.

The air rifle comes fitted with the 13 shot magazine and so to speed up testing I decided to use it rather than fit the single shot magazine. Fitting the single shot magazine is not a case of swapping out one for the other, you have to undo a capture rod that is fasted on the left hand side with a hex head cap screw. You then fit the capture rod to the right hand side of the rifle after feeding it through the single shot magazine. Pretty straight forward and quick to do.

Cometa Lynx Action.

Cometa Lynx MKII Action

I started by loading the magazine with H&N Baracuda Pellets and almost immediately struck a problem with the pellets jamming when I pushed the side lever home in an attempt to load it. The pellet would skew sideways and jam in the magazine itself repeatedly which was very frustrating. After taking the magazine out and inspecting it I pulled it apart and made the 1st of 2 modifications to it. I eventually got the Baracudas to work very well but have yet to get the H&N Field Target Trophy or the H&N Crow Magnum to work. Gimme time…

Bottom line guys, the magazine “as it comes” is crap and you will have inconsistent results when using it, namely jams and skirt damage cause by poor alignment with the barrel. Whoever designed this magazine needs help…  I will cover the magazine modifications in my Cometa Lynx MKII Review that will be online by March.

Out of the box the rifle comes with the hammer spring wound out, and so don’t expect to be able to shoot it right off. You will need to run the hammer spring in around 4 turns then take a shot and measure your speed through a Chronograph. From this point on you can vary the speed/power from 10 Fpe up the 32Fpe or a bit more, depending on your choice of pellets. In the standard mode, the low end of the power band, i.e. 10Fpr to 15Fpe, lacks accuracy but that is due to the hammer spring and regulator not suited to each other.

Cometa Lynx PCP.

Forward facing Cometa Lynx MKII with 13 shot magazine fitted

So for those of you who want to hunt, dial the Cometa Lynx MKII up and you will not only have 32Fpe of energy, but accuracy of “pellet on pellet”, what we tend to expect from a PCP air rifle. On the other hand, if you want to competition shoot then you would need to let me know so I can fit a suitable hammer spring that can activate the discharge valve more efficiently and give you consistent speeds.

H&N .22 Baracuda Pellet.

H&N Baracuda 22 Pellet Close Up.

The following results I obtained (and a blue shoulder) after firing over 1,000 shots through the Cometa Lynx MKII that I am testing, the more I fired it the better it became although there are still some concerns with the air rifle. I divided up the hammer spring tension/power band into 16 different power levels and shooting the H&N Baracuda I obtained the following results:

Results For H&N Baracuda

Results For H&N Baracuda

If you are buying the Cometa Lynx MKII from another dealer you will need a Chronograph or you will need the dealer to chronograph the rifle for you. You will also need to modify the magazine, strip and polish the internals to effect a smooth operating air rifle and select a suitable hammer spring. Then you will have an excellent PCP that can compete in accuracy as well as PCPs of 2 and 3 times the price. The Cometa Lynx MKII is able to produce the results but you will need to make the above adjustments to do so.

Those of you who buy through Gun Room will get the rifle ready to go with all the above done for you complete with chronograph results and settings for how you intend to use the Lynx MKII.

Air Consumption of the Lynx MKII.

I will be putting in the bow curve of the Lynx MKII in my review and I will be using settings 2, 5, 12 and 16 as these represent the main various power levels that you would or may use.

Please note: The power levels 1 – 16 are my divisions only and there are no markings in the airgun to depict these. They will be on the instructions of each Cometa Lynx MKII I sell so that the buyer can move through various regulated divisions and obtain a speed very close to what his/her gun was tested at. That will mean there is no requirement for a chronograph as I will provide the settings 1 – 16 with the chronograph results.

On power level ‘#5’ I obtained over 160 shots and the accuracy still remained. Cometa say that at low levels you are likely to obtain over 1,000 shots but I am assuming that is with the 400cc bottle that is an after market accessory. Anyway, so far I am super impressed with the accuracy at higher powers and the high number of shots. The shot count for settings 2, 5, 12 and 16 will be on the Cometa Lynx MKII Review shortly.

Summary of the Cometa Lynx MKII.

Firstly what do I NOT like about the Cometa Lynx MKII straight out of the box:

  1. The rotary magazine. In its current form functioned poorly.
  2. The side cocking lever is uncomfortable at higher power settings due to the increase in spring pressure. The loading arm is square in design and needs to have a more ergonomic lever end to assist in overcoming the high spring pressures. I will be fitting a modified lever end that will not only be comfortable but will increase the lever length slightly giving you more purchase with less effort.
  3. The action feels rough when cycling through a loading pattern.

Now to what I do like:

  1. The rifle is nicely finished and well balanced.
  2. It is also very accurate indeed.
  3. This PCP lends itself to tuning like the AirForce PCPs and hence providing a customised air rifle to suit the shooter.
  4. Price is very competitive.
  5. Very high shot count.
  6. Regulated pressure for consistent shooting speeds.
  7. Lightweight at only 3.040 Kgs.

Regarding the 3 things I do not like means that I will not be selling any Cometa Lynx MKII until I have rectified these issues.

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