Semi automatic testing with the FX Revolution and Hatsan Bullmaster
Firstly let me say that after shooting with Semi autos, it's difficult to go back to bolt or lever action rifles. The ease of shooting without having to take your eye off the target is addictive. Even my Wildcat seems clumsy when compared.
Now the difference between the Bullmaster and the Revolution are many. The bullpup design of the BM is certainly a plus in its favor. It's fully adjustable cheek piece and short length make it a breeze to shoulder and hold. The adjustable cheek piece allows the shooter to customize it to their own personal comfort. Very nice!
The mechanism that drives the semi auto mode functions flawlessly. Definitely a solid well thought out system.
Accuracy is amazing from this pup. Easy one hole out to 50 yards and even sub 1 inch at 100 yards. Not what I expected from a rifle under 800 dollars!
The Revolution in comparison is a bit longer and sleeker design. It too shoulders easily. It also has an adjustable check piece, but nowhere near as nice as the one on the Bullmaster.
It's mechanism also works like a well oiled machine. Each shot cycles with a smooth feel and a very slight recoil.
Accuracy is what one would expect from a 2400 dollar top of the line rifle. However, no more so than the Hatsan. Very surprising!
The second great disparity between the two rifles is the noise level. This one is a clear cut win for the FX. Right out of the box it's super quiet. No additional suppression is required. No pinging or other noise. Only the movement of the action and a slight discharge sound let the user know it's firing. The Hatsan discharge is medium level, but the ping from the action next to your ear is a bit loud. Too loud IMO!! It's needs to be tamed if Hatsan wants to achieve any level of success with it.
Weight is the last topic I want to address. The Hatsan is a monstrous 10 plus pounds unscoped!! The FX only 7 plus. That' a huge difference. I think if Hatsan switched from an aluminum 500 cc bottle to a carbon fiber one they could lose some of that weight. Same goes for the FX. A cf bottle would make a huge difference. Both rifles have a great shot count due to 500cc bottles.
All in all, while the FX Revolution with its extremely high price tag and the quality of the Swedish manufacturer is a clear preference for me, the Hatsan Bullmaster is still a fun rifle and a great bang for the buck. The bullpup design certainly makes it easier to use while hunting.
The big difference between the two and probably the most notable (besides the triple the cost price difference between the two) are the triggers. The Bullmasters trigger is a whopping 6 lb pull compared to under 1 lb for the FX. No comparison.
Loading up the rifles is a win for the BM IMO. The bolt locks in place with a firm connection on the BM while through Revolution is a bit fidgety. One slight wrong move and the bolt is engaged.
The safety on the Hatsan is located in front of the trigger and is super easy to find, engage and disengage. The FX, not so much. If you didn't read up on it or watch a video, you probably wouldn't even know there was a safety on it.
With all the pros and cons, I firmly believe that the Bullmaster will be a rifle that creates a niche market in air rifles. The price point is right for what you are getting. Certainly it is far more affordable! With a couple of tweaks, it could be the air rifle everyone wants.
Excellent comparison. Thank you. Had just what I like to hear about a gun. Noise, weight, accuracy and trigger. I had the FX Monsoon up until a couple weeks ago. Someone had lost one in a fire and was looking for a replacement. That one was typical of FX quality as well. The 12 shot magazine was my only complaint. Just too hard to control the urge sometimes. 😋 I already had a second generation Huben that is an insane power house with a 19 round fill as you shoot magazine so I know what you mean by the joy of just keeping your target in the scope and pulling the trigger. Anyone looking at a semi better have a good fill source and a substantial pellet budget. 😉
Here is the weight of the Huben. It is quite quiet and the I forget the exact trigger weight it's not bad at all.
I used to love my Monsoon but wished I could make it a bullpup - I sold it and I think like a year later someone made a bullpup stock for it. Oh well. It was a good plinker, not super powerful though so I didn't mind getting rid of it.
Huben looks right up my alley, I just wish I could get it in .357 or .50 would be ideal, and a swappable fucking mag would seal the deal, with a stationary mag I might as well get a POS Airforce gun again. WhoTF wants to shoot single shot. Just stupid IM(-H)O.
Ouch! @ 10 lbs and with a scope pushing 12 lbs.....
I too had a Revo......weighed in @ a mere 6.5 lbs w 400 bottle Shot flawlessly / cycle...advantage was it had clips and could change out Very Quick......
Reason Sold was I wanted .25 cal = more smack down
My Revo was getting 938 FPS n' 22cal JSB's 18's Was 1st of 10 imported moons ago. First ones shot more powerfully.
The Revo is shorter like carbine compared to the Monsoon and the Revo has more power.
Agree hard to go back to repeater BUT 10 LBS = FAR to massive for hunting walking a long dist....SAD the Revo is 22 cal IMO.