Evanix Renegade Hunting Pistol
I have always liked the AR6
rifle, and have had excellent
results hunting small game
with it. Recently I received
the Pistol, Take-Down, and
carbine versions of the AR6
that have been modified to
improve the double action.
This series of guns is named
the Renegade, and are all
based on the same time
proven AR6 action. After
spending time with these
guns on the range to
familiarize myself with them,
I brought them into the
woods to hunt squirrel and
rabbit. My first report here
will focus on the pistol.

There are not many air powered
handguns  available on the market
which can be used for small game
hunting. One of the most expedient
courses has been to build up a gun on
the Crosman 2240 platform. But
while the modifications to optimize
performance with CO2 are simple to
undertake, unless you are going to
make the effort and spend the time
to convert to pcp there is an
inherent limitation on power. Also
the gun will not be useful for cold
weather hunting.
 Enter the Renegade, a very
powerful multi-shot pcp pistol design
out of the box. Before discussing
performance a few words on initial
impressions are in order. On opening
the box this gun looks big and chunky,
which I guess is necessary due to
the size of the rifle action adapted
for its use. As mentioned, the gun
uses the same action, rotary
magazine (which is very similar to
the action of a standard revolver),
and trigger. Let me just say that it
didn’t hook me on looks, but
besides being large fits the hand
pretty well. The gun is just a little
more than 17� overall length with
a 10� .22 caliber barrel and weighs
in at 3.2 lbs. There are no iron sights
and the gun comes with 11mm
dovetails in the high profile receiver.
The walnut furniture incorporates
the stippled grip, trigger guard, and
fore stock; I mounted a swivel stud
and bipod on my gun which enhanced
the overall aesthetics considerably.
The air reservoir is located under
the barrel and is filled using the
proprietary Evanix filling probe. The
gun charges to a fill pressure of
3000 psi, and while the manual
states 20 shots per fill I got 12
usable shots with a substantial shift
in the point of impact after this.
This is fine for a hunting pistol,
which in my view is exactly what this
gun was designed for. There are
better choices for plinking or target
shooting, at least more compact!
 After inspecting the gun and
charging it up I hit the bench; first
things I noted were that the trigger
is a little stiff but not bad. As Iâ
€™ve stated before, in a hunting gun
that I’ll be using in cold weather
and while wearing gloves I don’t
want a trigger that is too light. And
even in single action it is not light at
about 3.5 lb, but breaks fairly
crisply and is shootable. The double
action is improved over earlier
versions of the AR6, but still heavy.
What I’ve always appreciated in
these guns is how fast the action can
be cycled which is much more
relevant to me as a hunter. I can
thumb the hammer, which cocks the
gun, and shoot single action rapidly
and accurately
 Loading the cylinder was a bit
challenging and I really had to force
the pellets into the chambers. And
they have to be seated flush with
the face of the cylinder or you will
not get it back into the loading port.
I know that others have had good
results with the Eu Jin pellets, but
in the gun I had I could not get them
to load unless I seated them with a
small tool. This was too much hassle
and I did have several other pellets
on hand that loaded much easier.
 In terms of performance, I was
more positively impressed than by
looks alone. I noticed no shift in POI
for the first 8-9 shots, then a
couple inches over shots 10 – 13,
then a more substantial shift over
the next few shots. I reckoned this
was fine, eight or nine shots was
enough for a mornings squirrel hunt,
and I could always throw one of my
carbon fiber buddy bottles in my
pack if I planned to get into a target
rich environment like a prairie dog
town. The accuracy was quite good,
achieving sub ½� groups with
several pellets at 30 yards. I found
that the 2x long eye relief scope in
conjunction with the bipod I mounted
allowed me to consistently put the
shots where I wanted them. The
accuracy achieved along with 25-30
fpe makes this gun a great candidate
for the small game hunter that
wants to go after quarry the up to
the size of groundhog or raccoon.
 I carried this handgun into the
field to hunt rabbits, squirrels, and
prairie dogs. I found that I could
consistently keep shots in the kill
zone out to forty yards, though I did
reach out quite a bit further when
the situation required. The 14.3
grain Crosman premiers were
effective at anchoring these
critters. The size of this gun allowed
me to throw it in my day pack for an
unobtrusive arrival to my hunting
site, though it was loud enough to
mitigate this advantage in some
settings. I liked having six shots on
tap and found the rotary magazine
functioned without problem. The
tolerances on the cylinder are tight,
and I do think that filing a bit off
the face of the cylinder did make
loading easier without negatively
impacting performance.
 OK, so when all is said and done
what do I think of this gun? On the
downside it is big and not the most
attractive air arm ever built (it
grows on you though and looks a lot
better with the bipod mounted), it
doesn’t get a whole lot of shots
per charge, and it is pretty loud. The
trigger while serviceable is not
great and the double action is fun
for plinking but I still only use single
action for hunting. On the positive
side this pistol is accurate, very
powerful, reliable, and let’s face
it, about the only game in town if
somebody wants an off the shelf
hunting air pistol. I really enjoyed
using this gun and think that if youâ
€™d like to give this sport a try; the
Renegade is a good gun to start with.
I have read some other reviews that
tend to be either glowing or
disparaging, and I think that to give
a fair evaluation the discussion must
be kept in context. This is a high
powered hunting gun, if you want a
light weight plinking gun or a target
pistol this probably won't be your
cup of tea. If you want to take a
rabbit at 40 yards, it is just the
thing!
 What would I do to optimize the
gun? I was going to reshape the
stock and remove some of the
excess wood, but in the end decided
to keep the forestock intact so that
I could mount a bipod. I do think that
a shrouded barrel would expand the
potential to use this gun as an urban
hunter. I have a threaded barrel
collar that accepts a standard
moderator on the take down carbine,
which has really quieted the gun
down. I am going to do the same with
the pistol as soon as the opportunity
presents.
Jim Chapman
Taking aim on an early morning squirrel hunt, this air pistol has
enough shots for a days worth of action.
The bipod provides rock steady shooting on this Renegade!
This photo shows all the controls, hammer for single action
cocking, convenient placement of the safety, trigger housed in a
guard formed in the stock. Very ergonomic setup for hunting.
Close up of same view. The revolver like cylinder functions well
and hold six shots on tap.
A propriatary fill probe is us inserted into the port on the air
resrvoir and the gun charged to 3000 psi.
I took this rabbit at 50 yards with a head shot that dropped him on
the spot. Using the bipods from a prone position allowed me to
lock on target, squeeze off the shot, and watch the pellet fly home.
I found this handgun easy to shoot from just about any position.
A very portable and effective hunting rig.
All in all, you can't ask for much more from an air powered
handgun for small game hunting. It has the accuaracy and power
to fill the game bag.