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- 16×40 Range Estimating Varmint/Predator Hunting 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 hunts.
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, which 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.