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Anyone own an FX Streamline?
« on: August 17, 2018, 04:17:11 AM »
I'm on the cusp of buying a new piece and I'm curious if any Guild members own an FX Streamline. I've had the pleasure of shooting a couple of FX guns and in my experience they are the most accurate, smoothest operating airguns I've ever used. Two of my shooting buddies have them; one a Crown that's about 4-5 years old and the other a new Impact, both in .25. The Impact is amazing, but the cost at 2K plus is out of my league. The same with the Crown.

I like my .25 Armada, but it's a little heavy to carry and I badly want an internally regulated gun. I also don't like tinkering with the guts of my guns. Many shooters don't like FX's because they are hard or impossible to work on. That may be true, but for me I want something I don't HAVE to work on. I want to stick within my budget and I have a lot of faith and confidence in FX since I've used them first hand.

If you have one these, I'd be grateful for your feedback. Everything I've gleaned has been positive so far but the term 'entry level' spooks me when I'm spending over a grand. And as FX's go, the Streamline can be considered entry level.
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Re: Anyone own an FX Streamline?
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2018, 05:26:03 AM »
I don't own one, but... I have an issue with ANY make or model with the fill gauge mounted on (at) the front of the air reservoir.
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Re: Anyone own an FX Streamline?
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2018, 02:48:25 PM »
I don't have one, but a friend has had one for the past year in .22" and he couldn't be happier with that thing. Lightweight (synthetic stock), more accurate than anything he's ever shot, quiet, huge shot count for the size of the air cylinder - it's tuned very efficiently from the factory. Have a look at his review thread on this forum:
https://www.canadiangunnutz.com/forum/showthread.php/1559743-FX-Streamline-Review
I was sitting at the same picnic table he was when he shot this group at 66 yards, an early test for him, on a very wobbly table with a front bag rest. He's since shot a 5 shot, 1.6" group at 100 metres. He's not a 'benchrest' shooter and prefers plinking and hunting from standing and other normal hunting positions. Doesn't tend to miss on small game.
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Re: Anyone own an FX Streamline?
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2018, 04:21:16 PM »
I don't have one, but a friend has had one for the past year in .22" and he couldn't be happier with that thing. Lightweight (synthetic stock), more accurate than anything he's ever shot, quiet, huge shot count for the size of the air cylinder - it's tuned very efficiently from the factory. Have a look at his review thread on this forum:
https://www.canadiangunnutz.com/forum/showthread.php/1559743-FX-Streamline-Review
I was sitting at the same picnic table he was when he shot this group at 66 yards, an early test for him, on a very wobbly table with a front bag rest. He's since shot a 5 shot, 1.6" group at 100 metres. He's not a 'benchrest' shooter and prefers plinking and hunting from standing and other normal hunting positions. Doesn't tend to miss on small game.

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Re: Anyone own an FX Streamline?
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2018, 04:36:30 PM »
Woops, I forgot about that. Used to bug me when people would say 'oh, just go look on CGN forum' and I'd try and get that notice about being a member. Finally just joined in case there was anything worthwhile. There is, now and then. Not so much airgun stuff, but firearms related information is pretty fair.

Basically Mike's (Barfman in forums) experience of the Streamline has been absolutely positive. When his dealer first sent it there was a leak, so he had to send it back, and they fixed it (can't recall what it was but an easy fix) and it's been carefree ever since. Thing's a tack driver at HFT meets. He's been giggly a couple of times telling me about how easy it has been to nail a bunny for the pot or a starling when he's pesting. He demo'd it in front of a bunch of centrefire guys at the range this past spring, and they went from initially doubtful about an airgun amongst the .30-06, .308, and other such powerful stuff along the bench, to in the end stopping shooting themselves and wanting to give it a try, amazed at his group out at 100 metres. None of them was making groups even half that small. And it's a good looking rifle too.

If I were in the market for a long gun I might buy a Streamline myself. But I like takedown rifles, things I can stuff into a backpack and get out when at a site to do some shooting, then put away and forget about. I'd probably lean more towards the latest FX Impact if buying a new rifle, but for now my heavily modified 19fpe QB78D with a regulated bottle is working just fine for my needs. Fits a pack easily, doesn't weigh much, gives me enough accuracy to be satisfying. But I do admire the results Mike gets when we shoot together. Heck of a good deal for the Streamline, giving FX level precision at something like 1/2 the usual price.
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Re: Anyone own an FX Streamline?
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2018, 05:26:47 PM »
Thanks, Gerard. That's pretty much the status quo that I've been seeing/hearing for the Streamline. Having shot FX's and witnessing the attributes like accuracy, easy cocking, accuracy, regulated, accuracy...you get the idea. The Impact is just incredible, but I'm not partial to the design; just a personal choice thing. That being said I can overcome a lot of aesthetics to gain performance. It's out of my allowance range anyway. The only way I'm justifying the Streamline is selling my Armada to compensate.
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Re: Anyone own an FX Streamline?
« Reply #6 on: Today at 04:06:45 AM »
Allow me to play the Devil's advocate for a moment or two.

I thought about buying an FX Extreme a couple of years ago. What scared me off was the trigger issues they were suffering through at the time, and it wasn't just the safety aspect surrounding the issue. Rather, it was the "feel". I currently own a WAR Cobra which uses a Timney Calvin Elite trigger assembly, like the ones I use on my varmint rifles. If there is a better trigger out there, I'd sure like to know what it is!

My second thought is... The FX is a well-made airgun, manufactured in Sweden. It has a great following, and one of our sister airgun-related sites is almost FX only! While it is a great airgun, it is NOT the ONLY great airgun.

My last thought is... Price is a great indicator in most cases. For example, the Timney Calvin Elite trigger assembly retails for $230. You won't find one fitted to a factory-stock Benjamin Marauder, that's for sure. The same goes for regulators in most cases. In other words, you get what you pay for.

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Re: Anyone own an FX Streamline?
« Reply #7 on: Today at 07:39:40 AM »
I know you don't like 'em for a variety of reasons. I get it. I'll grant that I'm not a big fan of the gauge on the front of the gun either. And OF COURSE they are not the only good airgun. But some of  the features are unique and those are important to me. Easy cocking being near the top of the list. Marauder style guns have a lot of tension and a small bolt. Not that it's 'bad', it's just the way they are. I also don't like bullpup designs where the cocking lever is somewhere behind your ear. I HAVE shot these and those are qualities that I don't like and I'm not paying 1k to 2k for something that I feel I'm compromising on.

There are many, many good air guns that I have not or will never be able to shoot. We can only make decisions based on what we see/hear/feel. I like American made products but Sweden, Korea, England, etc. all make supreme quality airguns. I think that's a unique thing about our hobby - the variety. Powder burners tend to all look the same with the fine details being in the engineering. Airguns of course have the fine engineering as well but the appearance and feel of one type to the next is night and day. It allows the buyer to be very selective and not 'settle' for something that is important to the way he or she uses their piece.   
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