Does anybody know the Hunting Master AR4 by Evanix? I saw an add and it looks impressive, performance wise and the price isnít bad either.
Beware of advertisements they are designed to lure people like yourself, pick up any airgun magazine, you will immediately notice that there are no bad rifles and they are all capable of amazing feats of accuracy and they are all of the highest quality no matter how cheap.
Do you honestly believe that the dealers who advertise bad rifles give a toss about you and the bitter taste you will have in your mouth after believing the tripe that they have fed to you. Furthermore do you think that they would be forthcoming about all the comebacks they have had or the rubbish triggers fitted to many of their lower end products.
Do yourself a favour and ask on this forum before buying anything no matter how sweet the deal appears to be. I along with many others have been caught when starting up and money has been wasted time and again. Use this forum as a tool, it will cost you nothing and we dont want your money.
From what I have heard those rifles aren't great but maybe someone else can better advise you, you will also notice that nobody appears to have bought one. BTW how much did they want for the AR4 and dont forget charging gear and the like.
Lastly this post was not harshly intended I,m just trying to help you out, money doesn't grow on trees and refunds are extremely unlikely.
The AR4 actually isn't a badly made rifle, all in all. I would venture to say that it is better made than the BAM50/51 rifles. The AR4 has a decent looking wood stock with gauge and the blueing is of a high standard.
The trigger is much the same as the BAM's, a metal gold plated number.
The main "issue" with the AR4 is that it is different. It uses a small rotary six shot "magazine" which looks much the same as the cylinder of a revolver. The action is bolt or lever but operated by pulling the trigger, exactly the same a double action revolver. You can fire all six pellets off quite quickly simply repeatedly squeezing the trigger.
For more accurate shots and for greater power you can cock the hammer back into "single action", which like a revolver makes the trigger squeeze lighter & shorter. This also gives a full charge of power, rated at around 1200ft/s with an 8gr pellet.
Firing full power (single action only) you only get about 24/30 shots per fill but then at that type of velocity what does one expect?
Accuracy isn't that bad, although it does depend on pellet design & weight (obviously).
The AR4 got a half decent review by Koos Barnard in the Man Magnum magazine a while back. His biggest gripe was the noise and the high use of air, which is actually normal for that power output.
I would say the AR4 isn't a competition or target rifle but rather designed purely with hunting in mind. With it's power it fills that niche well.
As Sniper mentioned, there is no local backup that we are aware of. However, saying this you may want to ask Geoffrey at bulldog.co.za as he is selling them locally. It is possible that he provides local backup. Jim Chapman's review of the Evanix is probably the most synonymous. You can read his review of the AR6 .22 at www.americanairgunhunter.com/ar6.html
You will also notice in his review that it does not give 25 full power shots, only 10. Unless you believe that over 25-30 shots, an ES (extreme spread) of 230fps is acceptable! Based on all the reviews worldwide, the BAM scores much higher ratings then the Evanix. As an owner and tuner of BAM's, I personally rate them very highly and I also have an Air Arms (just incase you think I'm bias). If I wanted to purchase an Evanix, I would insist on 2 things first.
1) Assurance of local backup
2) Test shoot at the range
my 2c worth...
So it is not just me wondering why Magnum insists on letting a centre rifle shooter give 'expert' reports on classy air rifles ?
There is another dude by the name of John Beddoes that writes articles on airguns for Magnum. I don't know him from a bar of soap, but I like his articles and it certainly looks like he REALLY understands airguns.
Back to the topic, who owns one and is willing to gve honest test reports with proof ?
Speed means nothing if you don't know where the bullet is going. So we'd like to know about:Price, accuracy, backup,maintenance and cost of spare parts..