|The Evanix Rainstorm|
|Iíve been favorably impressed by Korean guns for several years now, as a group they tend to be powerful, accurate, and a good value for money. On the down side theyíve also tended to range from plain Janes to downright homely in the looks department. Thatís fine for me, I like guns that I can hunt with and that stand up to hard use, so Iíve never had a problem with them.
Then at the SHOT Show this year I stopped by to visit my friends at Pyaramyd Air to see what was new, theyíd told me there would be some new guns coming out from Evanix and I was anxious to get a look. Two guns in particular caught my attention, the Windy City (which was recently reviewed) and the model Iíll talk about here, the Rainstorm.
The Rainstorm is a 10 shot autoloading precharged pneumatic carbine, the gun I received was in .22 though a .177 is also available. In my opinion it is the best looking rifle Iíve seen out of any of the Korean manufacturers. The well proportioned Indonesian walnut stock has sharply cut laser checkering on the forestock and grip, which give a good hold even in the wet and muddy conditions I encountered on our inaugural trip into the field. The gun is compact with a 19Ē barrel and 37.5Ē overall length. The gun weighs in a 6 lb. 12 oz, and between the excellent stock design, light weight and compact dimensions is my idea of what a field gun should be.
The metal work is nicely executed, with no signs of machining or blemishes noted. The trigger blade and guard are metal, in keeping with the over all quality of the gun. The barrel is fully shrouded and is affixed to the air reservoir by a solid and stable barrel band. The gun is charged through a proprietary fill probe that resides in a housing that twists open and closed to protect the filling port when not in use.
The action of this gun is a sidelever cocking that appears similar to that of an AA s410, and cycles solidly and smoothly. Working the action both cocks the gun and indexes the rotary magazine. After putting several hundred pellets through this magazine I have had no malfunctions or failures. With some pellet designs it can take a little effort to seat the pellet in the magazine, but once loaded it performed flawlessly. I like the sidelever configuration, finding that I can cycle it quickly for follow up shots while hunting. The only complaint I have with the Rainstorm is the safety is a little stiff and hard to reach with the inletting on the stock, but is something I can live with in view of everything else feeling so right with this gun.
When I hit the range, one of the first things I did was shoot down from a full charge to assess the shot count. The gun gave up an honest 40 shot capacity, and had a sweetspot from around the 15 to 30th shots; however it wasnít until the 36th shot that a significant fall off in velocity occurred. As a matter of fact there was only about a 26 fps variation over the first 34 shots. I think this gun could be tuned to produce more power as it now seems to give the highest velocities with a low shot to shot variation in the 150 Ė 110 BAR range.
I shot several different pellets across the chrony, but selected five that offered a representative sample of projectiles Iíd use for hunting; 1) H&N Baracudas, 2) JSB Exacts, 3) H&N Rabbit Magnum, 4) Predator Polymags, and 5) Eu Jin. I shot twenty shot strings from a 200 BAR fill, and two things I noticed were that all pellets started to pick up velocity as the pressure dropped and secondly that all pellets demonstrated a low shot to shot variation, which I was quite impressed with.
My accuracy testing was done off a bench at twenty yards to get a handle on intrinsic accuracy and were shot off a bench rest. The best groups were obtained with the Baracuda Match and the Eu Jins, this gun seems to really like heavy pellets, but all five produced accuracy Iíd be happy to hunt with. Iím a hunter rather than a died in the wool paper puncher, so after I did the initial groups at twenty yards to see what groups I could print on paper, I set out 1.5 x 1.5Ē steel plates at 25, 50, and 75 yards to see how many times I could hit the plates while shooting from a sitting position off sticks. I hit 5/5 with all pellets at 25 yards, with the Baracudas and Eu Jin giving the best results at 75 yards, though the Rabbit Magnum and Exacts were right behind. The Polymags were fine out to 50 yards and Iíd be happy to use them as a hunting pellet for most applications.
Most of the seasons are closed in my neck of the woods so I havenít gotten to hunt the Rainstorm much yet. I had a couple of starling shoots and the gun is a really good long distance shooter that allowed me to pile up the pest birds, but Iíve got some trips for prairie dogs, ground squirrels and woodchucks coming up and this will be one of me gun. Iíll post more on field use at a latter stage. Bottom line at this early stage; I really like the Rainstorm! If this is the type of gun we can expect to see coming out of the Korean manufacturers, a lot of airgunners will have something new to consider.
|This is probably the nicest looking rifle I've seen out of Korea, and it has the performance to match those looks!|
|The Rainstorm mounts naturally and comes quickly to the shoulder, and points well.|
|The gun is disassembled with two take down screws.|
|With the action removed the sidelever, safety, trigger, manometer, and receiver are seen.|
|The action of the Rainstorm (lower) is almost the same as that of the Windy City, and I've been impressed with both guns!|
|A twist cap protects the filling port when the gun is in use, keeping it clean and dirt free.|
|This shot string shows the sweet spot with the gun as set up is in the lower pressure range|
|The gun as currently set up is generating about 35 fpe, but I am confident can be tweaked quite a bit higher.|
|Hunting the Paper Squirrel|
|The Rainstorm offers excellent accuracy for hunting out to fairly long distances, I'm taking this gun out prairie dog hunting soon! I shoot 5 shot groups at a 1.5" steel plate to simulate hunting conditions (above).|
|Steel Plates 25 -75 Yards|
|Shooting for Distance|
|Groups shot at 75 yards and 50 yards with H&N Baracudas. I think very good results under field conditions|
|In the next installment I'll take the Rainstorm out hunting!|
|Shooting at 70 yards with H&N Baracudas, the Rainstorm kept 90% of shots in a prairie dogs kill zone|
|I can shoot this rifle well from an position. I spent the morning after this range session putting away starlings out to 90 yards. I can't wait to get this gun out for the upcoming spring squirrel hunt in Kentucky.|