The EVANIX Max Bullpup!
A Closer Look
Shooting the Max
Just a couple short months ago, Evanix released a new semi/full
automatic pcp rifle called the Speed. This company has made an
art form out developing a number of different configurations using
an established platform, and using existing technology in
combination with new to bring out some very interesting guns.
The new offering which has been
released to market in the USA this
month is the bullpup version of the
speed, which is called the Max. All
of the components; 18â€� barrel,
290cc air reservoir, electro
mechanical action is exactly the same
as the full sized rifle. And therefore,
the shot count, velocity, accuracy
should also be the same, which my
initial experience supports. For this
reason I will not go into a detailed
description of the action, but rather
refer readers to the Speed article
posted last month.
The Max is a traditional looking (if
you can call something that looks this
futuristic traditional) bullpup design.
The stock on this carbine is a nicely
figured walnut that has a neatly
designed thumbhole with a
checkered grip, and a rubber recoil
pad. As one would expect from a
bullpup, this is a
compact package with an over
all length of 29â€� as
compared to 42â€� for the
standard rifle.The forestock is
all metal and houses the 8.4 volt
battery pack, which is accessed
by removing a plate that is held
in place with two bolts. The
fore grip felt comfortable in my
hand, though the all metal
construction did transmit the
cold on this frigid day. I found
that the Max fits perfectly into a
padded case I use to carry one
of my ARs to the range.
I mounted a Leapers UTG 4-
16x40 Range Estimating
Scope, which is what I intend
to use this .25 caliber bad boy
for, in UTG medium profile
Picatinny rings. This optical
package provided me with a
natural and consistent sight
alignment, and this had been a
concern when choosing the
right scope/mount combination.
I am going to figure out the best
approach to mounting a sling
before I start carrying it on
The Max is a heavy piece of
hardware, weighing in at over 9
lb with the scope. However, the
weight is distributed towards
the shooters center of gravity,
So how did the gun shoot? Let me start by saying that it was
cold, overcast, and at times snowing while I was out, and my
chrony didnâ€™t want to work under these conditions. So I
decided that I start the quantitative work up later in the week
and settled in for an informal shooting session which will be
shown in the attached video. The targets shown were shot at
30 yards, standing (and shivering) offhand. The target to the
left was shot full auto and is the whole 10 pellet magazine.
The target at the right was shot from the same place and is
also a full clip. I was recharging after every third clip, though
I did shoot a forth on a couple occasions while plinking. The
magazines used on my Speed also worked perfectly with the
Max, which was to be expected. The double magazine did
feel a little awkward though, as it stuck out into my rear
elbow. The fully shrouded barrel softened the report, again
consistent with the Speed. On a scale from 1 (quiet) to 5
(loud) I â€˜d say the gun is a 3.5, which is not bad
considering the power output.
Some people really love the
looks and feel of a bullpup and
some people really hate those
same looks and feel. I had a
great time with this gun and
found it a blast to shoot. I also
found that I could shoot it very
well offhand, it was balanced
and fit me very well. As with the
speed the magazines feed
reliably, and though my Pro
Chrony didnâ€™t want to
register, taking a couple quick
looks with my little Combro
was showing velocities in the
900 fps area on a
I found very steady when shooting offhand or rested on my vehicles door.
As mentioned, the Max uses the standard components used on the rifle, and there are a couple
compromises. At the rear of the rifle on the right side is the semi / full select lever and the manual safety.
This is not as ergonomic as the rifle version, because the controls are moved so far back behind the
trigger. At the rear of the rifle on the left side is the on/off switch, which is also less easily accessed than
on the rifle for the same reason. At first I though the gun didnâ€™t incorporate a manometer, which
disappointed me, but then I found it tucked away under the thumbhole behind the grip. A little awkward,
but is works. At any rate, I make note of these points while saying that for me anyways, they are minor
issues. Conversely, the battery pack is much easier to access in the forestock compartment on the
bullpup compared with the rifle. Remove two screws and the cover plate pops off, providing easy access.
couple of random checks. This gun was spitting lead at a high rate of fire., very accurately, with power to
handle larger predator. This is where I plan to use this gun the most; as a tool to hunt crows, jackrabbits,
fox and raccoonsâ€¦. and in the right conditions wouldnâ€™t hesitate to drop the hammer on a coyote.
Also, because of the compact size, I see this as becoming a favorite when I travel for hunts. Iâ€™m
going to be shooting this gun a lot in coming months, I really like it so far.
Check back with this page, will continue to update as more information comes in!
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The Max Fit right inside my padded
tactical rifle case
The Max is a very comfortable gun to
shoot offhand, the weight is distributed
towards the shooters center of gravity.
The same 10 shot rotary magazines used
for the Speed are used in the Max, and
have thus far cycled reliably in both guns.
The Leapers 4-16x40 scope in
medium profile mounts gave an
excellent line of sight. I was trying
the scope out, but it worked so well
it's staying put!
The semi/full auto
selct and safety
The on/off switch. Note
that the magazine can be
inserted and removed
from either side.
The battery pack
is housed in the
metal forestock in
accessed. An 8.4
v battery is
standard, but I
will swithc to the
9.6 as I shoot a
lot in very cold
The pressure gauge is a little
awkward, but hey, it's there and it
Both targets shot at 30 yards standing, offhand. 10 shot groups using Benjamin Domed pellets
Full Auto Semi Auto
Ups: Solid construction, compact, accurate, hard hitting, my gun and magazines have feed relaibly and been
very reliable overall, easy to get at battery pack for recharging, semi/full auto
Downs: Hard to see pressure gauge, metal forestock is chunky and transmits cold, fill probe is tight fit,
selector switch and safety awkward to reach, heavy, fires on empty chamber
The positives add up to a gun like no other out there, a real blast to shoot. The negatives are at
most, small inconveniences, which will not be of major consequence to shooters wanting a bullpup or
a select fire airgun.