FX Impact gen 2(?) vs MKII
Hey all, anybody have thoughts on the second generation Impact vs the new MKII? The one I'm looking at is pre MKII but has been upgraded with an X barrel. Seems to be shooting with plenty of power. I'm just unclear as to major differences or limitations of the older gun. I know the "transfer tube" or plenum is smaller but not sure that is too limiting at .25 unless I were to go with really heavy pellets or cast.
I have both. They both blow seals. Had not had many issues but the new one didn't make it 2 weeks and it was blowing out the breech area. My son's Impact has done the same thing several times. My Gen I once, Gen II once.
The gauges on the MKII are supposedly better. I'd put Humas on my Gen I. If you handed them to me blindfolded I wouldn't be able to tell the difference in cocking or trigger. I did Balistal my new one. It was horribly dry and dragged where the block slides back and forth. That cured it.
I'd put a 700mm .22 Xbarrel on my Gen I to compete in a 25 meter event. It's set up to shoot 25gr in the mid 850's. At the recent RMAC my son was 7th and I was 11th shooting the same gun against the bigger names. I'd set up the Gen II as a .30 700mm X barrel and won the first 100 yard qualifier then the wind got me the next round. Was not the gun. It shot great set up like that.
I was told there are some beefier internals as well. From the difference I can see and feel if it was a great buy on a Gen I'd look hard at that option.
After posting I noticed the result card was hard to read. If interested here is the full result link.
The X came with their X barrel that is basically rifled the full length rather than the smooth twist that has a short rifled area at the end. The MKII has some internal upgrades, different gauges all barrels will work on all Gen Impacts.
Thanks, I watched a couple videos too. It answered my question. You're having leaking problems with all of them though? Problems you can fix, or is it back to the factory kind of leaking problems?
I'm fortunate in that the FX dealer, Utah Airguns, is 45 minutes from my home. My first gen made it a long time before it leaked. It's like the breech seal fails but it's not. You can hear it blow and fps drops. So it does need to come apart to deal with it. Must be a fairly easy fix because I've had same day turnover on it. I was surprised when my new one did it just because it was new. My sons gun did the exact same thing. We were at the EBR and Ernest Rowe worked on it. Failed again in the same day. Go figure. He sold that one after another fix and the new owner has loved it and bought another to have two. My son replaced his with the limited edition gold model.
After the repair on my MKII I've put maybe 5 150 count tins of .30 pellets through it with now further issues. The gen I was used by my son and I for an event and that had at least two 500 count tins through it.
No they are not a perfect gun, but I enjoy them so much I'll put up with the seal thing.
To answer your question there are so many Ernest Rowe Impact how to videos out there I've purchased a seal kit and feel I could repair it myself if needed. Just the dealer is the "easy" button.