|First Hunting Trip
I've been shooting the Conquest through the warm summer months, and there's not a lot of hunting action
this time of year. However I decided to take the gun out on opening day of crow season, even though it
was 90 degrees by 9:00 in the morning. I hiked out in the bean fields, traveling light with the gun and my
digital call. The projectile I opted for were the Eun Jin 76 grain pellets
I didn't see any crows or hear any cawing on the walk in, but set up just inside the treeline with the call
about 20 yards out and a tree that I thought the crows would land in. I started with a crow fight sound and
less than five minutes later saw the first crow coming in. It passed overhead a couple times before landing
on a treetop about 60 yards out. I had an opening through the branches and line up the shot as more
crows started to circle. I dropped the crosshairs dead center figuring that with a gun of this caliber any
shot was going to punch clean through. with the crack of the gun the crow fell like a brick through the
branches of the tree. All of the other birds cleared the area, so after a few minutes I walked out to have a
look. The pellet had hit the corvid in the head and poked a rather large hole right through.
The calling started back up after a break, and though many crows flew in, no more could be coaxed into
landing. But by this time it was so hot I felt like I'd been sitting in a sauna, and the sweat was burning my
eyes so bad I couldn't see through the scope, so decided to call it a day. I have to admit that the 9mm
was overkill for this game, but at least I got to give it a try in the field. I am eagerly anticipating a cool
down this fall, when I'll use the conquest for predator hunting.
The Conquest is a fairly compact rifle that
was easy to carry and shouldered well. The
large air reservoir allows a hunter to stay out
all day with a single fill.
I believe it will be ideal for predators and
turkey hunting this year. The lighter 9 mm
pellets will punch a good sized hole, but are
also fairly flat shooting.
The Conquest 9mm is a competitive mid bore precharged pnuematic rifle that joins the ranks of
this growing class of hunting guns, and is the first semi automatic. This is big news for us dedicated
airgun-toting predator hunters, a gun that would let you make a fast followup or address multiple
targets if needed would be exceedingly useful. Add to it a large air volume that bumps up the shot
count substantially when compared to the majority of big bores, and you just might be on to
|The Conquest arrived at my doorstep just a few
days after leaving Korea, and was wrapped in
plastic in a foam lined box (along with two
magazines, battery pack, and charger) nestled
inside of a shipping carton. Everything looked to
be in perfect condition, so I plugged in the
battery to charge and filled the gun from the 100
BAR pressure it shipped with to 220 BAR, and let
it sit overnight to make sure it was holding air
(which it was).
Evanix Meca Corp has been on a roll of late,
with several new guns that are based on their
longstanding revolver type action (AR6),
followed by a series of sidelever cocking guns
(Rainstorm, Windy City, etc), and most recently
the semi/full auto guns (Speed and Max) which
are distributed in the USA by Pyramyd Air. The
latest gun being released to market is the
Conquest 9mm/.357 seven shot, bottle fed, semi
auto PCP that I think will make a great little
predator hunting gun.
I received one of the pre-release guns, which
had come off the Evanix production line but
required a work through before a general release
to market. This is a step where a handful of guns
are sent to reviewers to shoot, evaluate, and
provide feedback and suggestions. It is where the
manufacturer makes sure that the gun is
performing to specification and gets a chance to
tweak it and make changes that will enhance the
products performance, stability, and reliability
before they start rolling out in numbers to the first
buyers. After testing and providing some
feedback on the pre-released rifle I shipped it
back (sidebar below), and have been waiting for
a production rifle off the line to start testing to see
what can be expected with the guns being
released to market.
The ergonomics of this rifle are very good, and
shares the stock used on the Windy City rifles,
which I feel is an ergonomic and shootable bottle
forward design. The raised cheekpiece provides
a good line of site with a Hawke scope sitting in
medium profile mounts. The pistol grip supports
the rear hand, and provides easy access to the
trigger. The wood used has a nice grain, free of
blemishes, but is otherwise unadorned. The safety
is a lever on the right side of the receiver. In the
prereleased rifle and for guns sold out of the USA
with the full auto mode, the selection lever is
situated just in front of the safety. The US
importer of Evanix guns, Pyramyd Air, has
decided that for regulstory and liability reasons
they would only import the gun in the semi auto
configuration. From a practical standpoint this is
fine, my test gun had full auto, and at $25/100
rounds and a firing rate of around a seven shot
magazine per second, full auto on this gun got
very expensive very fast. The trigger release is
about 2.5 lb, and in itself is pretty crisp. But as
with all the semiauto guns in the Evanix lineup it is
a different feel from conventional triggers. There
is a slight delay, or lag, as the solinoid is activated
which is felt more if the trigger pull is slow. On
these guns I squeeze the trigger a bit more
quickely and hold on target, with no adverse
effect noted in ones ability to shoot accurately.
|The fill adaptor worked fine, but like a lot of
shooters with several guns I do wish the
manufacturers would standardize on a foster
style quick release connector!
The Conquest is filled from a high pressure
air tank using a propriatary fill probe. It is
the same connector used in Evanix's Windy
City rifle, so the bottle need not be removed
for charging (above). The fill nipple is located
in a recess on the forestock, which also
houses the onboard pressure gauge.
|The photo (above left) shows the magazine with
three of the different projectiles shot. To the
right is the .25 Speed magazine next to the .357
Conquest for a comparison, but aside from this
the design is the same. The depth of the
magazine chambers limits the length of bullets
that can be utilized, but I'm hoping the custom
casters will give som more options soon!
The pellets above show the prototype JSB .357
that I tested with the production rifle. Next to
it are the JSB .303 and the Benjamin .25 for
The target to the right was shot with the
production Evanix Conquest rifle and JSB
.357 pellets at 50 yards. This was my best
group of the day, but not too far off what I
was getting on average. I will start serious
testing when I get my next shipment of
projectiles, which are being sourced from
several different manufacturers.
In talking to the engineers at Evanix and the support guys at Pyramyd Air, it was postulated that the
attachment of the barrel was allowing it to vibrate excessively, and a spacer (above) was installed,
which partially corrected the problems. There were other modifications made in Korea, and Boris
the technical wizard from Pyramyd Air visited the factory for an extended period to work with the
Evanix engneers. The initial results seen in the target above, demonstrate a marked improvement. A
full report with quantitative measurements will be coming soon.This not a target gun, but a purpose
designed hunting tool. From what I've seen so far I'd put the accuracy on par with the Sam Yang
.357 Recluse, though with a far more limited selection of ammunition available for it.
|"While I think of the Conquest as a fast
action hunting gun, it works fine on
smaller stuff as well. There's a lot to be
said for a rifle that can multi task, and
the mid -bores seem well suited to this".
"It will get a thorough workout
predator hunting this winter!"
I was suprised that I got higher velocities and more usable shots from a 220 BAR fill than expected,
and was told the specification was for 15-20 shots at around 730 fps with medium weight projectiles.
But it took 35 shots in the group when I shot down the air charge to 1000 psi. I didn't have enough
ammo on hand to repeat this, but will shoot several strings with the production gun.
|I've had several emails asking me about
Conquest .357, the mid bores are getting lots of
interest! I had a pre-release version that I was
providing feedback on. The production gun is
just in and I'm just getting started working it
up, so this is a very early and brief write up.
Included some notes specific to the earlier gun
The 75 grain Vogel
Hollowpoints offered up
about the same results, a little
tighter, but a much shorter
With some 9mm Vogel Roundnose
bullets that Robert gave me a few
years back, there was a bit more
spread. I don't know why these
heavier pellets are actually hitting
When shooting strings for
velocity on these three
projectiles, I started with a
fill pressure of 220 BAR.
The two lighter bullets (red
=Vogel HP blue = Eun Jin)
started off at
approximately 800 fps
generating about 106 fpe.
The heavier roundnose
bullet started out at 720 fps
or 108 fpe.
A 35 shot group with the Eun
Jin pellets on a single charge
of air. The specifications I
received stated 20 shots. I
didn't have enough pellets to
repeat, but will do so with the
At 45 yards the groups started to really spread out
with both the Eun Jin and Vogel hollow points,
though it was less pronounced with the
hollowpoints. We'd get a couple tightly grouped
shots then some random fliers. I figured the
projectiles might be clipping the shroud somewhere
along the line so removed it and started over.
Seven shot groups were obtained with the shroud
completely removed, and then with the shroud
remounted and but the internal baffles removed.
The groups started to tighten up but there was a
consistant flier on the seventh shot, which I felt was
probably related to the magazine. When I shot six
shot groups the fliers were consistantly less
pronounced (left). After providing feedback and
discussing with the engineers in Koreea, they finally
isolated the source of my accuracy problems.
|This group was
shot in full auto
with the Vogerl
HP at 15 yards. I
don't think this is a
function that will
be used much, but
Eun Jin Vogel
|The fact(s) that there were some accuracy
issues to resolve, I was trying to find out
what projectile worked best, and I was
getting around 30 usable shots while the
gun was being filled to 220 BAR (and I was
told it could be filled higher), had me
chomping at the bits to get started with a
production gun, knowing that the Vogel
Hollow points were being well digested, and
that I had a lot of latitude in finding the
right pressure for the guns sweet spot!
|My best 7 shot group with the Vogel
Hollowpoint at 75 yards. No problem
for hunting coyote, but still not what I
expected based on the Evanix guns I've
been shooting lately.
PRE-RELEASE TESTING: Initial Results with a NON-PRODUCTION GUN
These observations are based on a test gun, and do not necessarily reflect the same
performance that will be delivered in the released gun. The purpose of this test was to
feedback results, good and bad, to the manufacturer.
In the pre-released gun I was sent for testing the power output, shot count, feeding and overall reliability
were good. But I could not get the gun to group. The targets below shows the results I was obtaining
with the Eun Jin pellets and Vogel Hollowpoint bullets, which were giving me some pretty spreadout
groups as well as consistantly throwing out fliers. Wondering if the pellets were clipping the shrouds
internals or the muzzle cap, I removed these components and re-shot groups. I also suspected that the
magazine release of the pellet might be contributing to the consistant fliers I was getting, so tried several
magazines and handloaded the magazine for single shot groups, but if this was a contributer it was a
minor one as my groups didn't tighten up noticably. To double check that the shooter wasn't a problem I
brought the gun over to my hunting budddy Brian Becks place and we set out to see what we could do,
but our results did not improve. The gun performed well enough to hunt with, however I believed a gun
at this price point and with this pedegree should provide much better accuracy.
In the photo of the three sibling guns, the Windy City (above) and the Speed (below) share a lot of the
traits with the Conquest (middle). I do like the bottle support integrated into the guns barrel band,
give the gun a very solid feel.
The battery pack is stowed in in the buttstock
of the rifle, but is easier to access than the
speed, the designers have made the battery
chamber a little larger, but not so large that
the battery rattles around inside. This sounds
like a minor point, but was one of my pet
peeves with the original Speed.
|This is one of the guns that a big bore
airgunner needs to think about. How is he
going to use a gun in the low 100 fpe range?
This isn't a long range big game rifle, but
would be a great mid-range coyote or hog
killer. And if your getting close to a big hog,
being able to deliver six fast follow up
shoots is not a bad thing!