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 for context.

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 regulatory 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 solenoid is activated which is felt more if the trigger pull is slow. On these guns I squeeze the trigger a bit more quickly 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 proprietary 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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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