Evanix has been turning out several very cool models of guns using their proven side lever action. And this year they have released the manual version of the MAX, a bullpup design which up until recently had only been available in a semi-auto configuration using the electro-mechanical “Speed” action. I wanted to get an initial report of my experience with the gun as I prepare to use it on an upcoming prairie dog hunt I’ve been waiting for what seems like a very long time to get my hands on the . 25 caliber version of the Evanix MAX- ML Bullpup…… Since the January SHOT Show as a matter of fact. I’d been shooting the MAX Semi-auto version of the gun in .25 since the early prototype was released, and had a lot of fun with it. As a matter of fact this gun was the Semi/Full-auto, and was responsible for almost singlehandedly emptying (what I’d thought to be) my five year supply of . 25 caliber JSB’s! However, as much fun as I had with fast action plinking, I didn’t need full auto and the price of semi auto was too high for the conditions I hunt in. Those conditions are very cold weather and the price was sluggish performance all the way to failure of the gun to cycle when the temperature was in the low teens. I liked the compact size of the bullpup, and when I saw that manual side action version I knew I wantedRead More →

I went out with my Chinese air rifles to hunt jackrabbits, taking along the BAM B19 spring piston air rifle, and the BAM XS-B50 precharged pneumatic air rifle. Both guns are chambered in .177, which is a caliber I rather like for this type of hunting. The Dynamite Nobel Superdome is an efficient and effective hunting pellet: and as luck would have it turns out that both of these rifles digest this round particularly well. Hunting the Mojave Desert at one of my hidden hot spots, I had the chance to take a number of these big desert rabbits with both guns over a four day hunt. Shots ranged from 25 to 40 yards with the springer, and 25 to 60 yards with the PCP – however most shots were taken at about 35 – 40 yards with both guns. I usually try for head shots, but on several rabbits I was only presented with a chest or quartering shot. The early fall vegetation in the desert is the reverse of the midwestern forest I’d recently been hunting, it gets thicker in the desert as winter draws near! The stalks were challenging and the shooting lanes offered limited windows of opportunity. I took a total of six rabbits with the B19; three with head shots, two with chest shots, and one a quartering shot from behind the right leg. The head shots were at 30,37, and 45 yards and all were quick one shot kills. The chest shots were atRead More →