Semi-auto airgun: Evanix AR6 Shrouded vs FX Monsoon





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Published on Dec 11, 2010

I was looking for a quiet semi-auto air gun with enough power. I had been struggling between a). Evanix AR6 Shrouded ($699), very powerful gun with double action (semi-automatic) and a silencer. b). FX Monsoon ($1450), a fine-built truly semi-automatic quiet gun but quite expensive.

I eventually picked AR6 since it was considered "quiet" from the user feedback in Pyramyd Air, with double action and more affordable.

After trying out AR6, I was not satisfied because of its high noise and heavy trigger for double action. That is, AR6 shrouded is still very loud (really not backyard compatible).
Its double action requires 12-bl trigger force so it is not practical for real hunting.

So I ended up with buying FX Monsoon too.

Here I like to do a comparison between Evanix AR6 shrounded and FX Monsoon.

1). Accuracy: even though both gun has similar grouping result on targets FX Monsoon is much much easier to achieve goals because of its softer trigger, specially when double action/semi-auto. With AR6 (both single and double action), I have to trigger with great caution so that I won't move off targets. With FX Monsoon, what I felt was like triggering a gun in a software game - as long as you aim to the target it was never moved away because of triggering.
This is really important when you want to send more than one pallets to a moving target.

2). Semi-auto/double action:
After using Monsoon, I learned what was the fun of semi-automatic to air gun shooting/hunting. It is not hard to send a magazine of pallets to a really small area (1'') within 50 yard and many of them run into the same hole. But it is really hard to do so with AR6 because of the trigger power requirement (12 bl).

3). Trigger:
Another fun on FX Monsoon is its magazine size - double of AR6 plug stopping firing when magazine is empty (you can still dry fire when the magazine is empty with AR6). This is really important since worrying about dry-firing is not fun at all.
One thing I like the monsoon to improve is to at least have a mark telling when the gun is empty, which is helpful since sometimes you don't know that you will miss a target until you trigger but fail.
One more better feature provided by Monsoon over AR6 is the magazine size:
12 is much more achievable than 6.

4). Noise level:
My AR6 shrouded (note: this is a "shrouded" version of AR6) is really loud specially after the trigger was replaced, sounds like the Crosman G1 Xtreme I had, with major air breaking noise.
Monsoon is much softer and mostly the noise of the mechanical movement.

5). Weight:
Monsoon is much much lighter than AR6. With scopes, Monsoon is light enough for me to aim and shoot without support such as a shooting stick while AR6 is too heavy to aim on anything without support. The wood stock of AR6 looks good but not useful.

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