The Evanix Max ML is a modern bullpup styled air rifle. The .25 caliber we tested came with 2 self indexing 10 shot magazines, fill probe and instruction booklet. First impressions when removing from the box was positive. Very nicely machined and finished with the black and goldish colored metals. The polymer stock has a good non-slip feel which is a big positive, but beware, these finishes also tend to mar easily and out of the box it does look a bit dull and used. The guns quality, fit and finish speaks volumes more than the package the Evanix Max ML arrives in, that being a plain brown box.
Evanix Max ML Polymer Stock
Evanix Max ML Package
Picking up the Evanix Max ML felt a little heavy at first weighing in at 8 pounds 6.5 ounces making this rifle heavier than some bullpups, but still lighter than others. It shoulders easily, is well balanced and the ergonomics of the pistol grip were very comfortable. While on the topic of the pistol grip, that is where you find the pressure guage giving you an indication of how much air is left in the Evanix Max ML’s 290cc 200 BAR fill cylinder. Not a convenient location by any means, but it does help the rifle keep it’s modern look and design and one does not need to point the barrel at one’s self to read the pressure guage at the end of the cylinder as on many other rifles.
Evanix Max ML Pressure Guage
The Evanix Max ML in .25 caliber is fed by way of a 10 shot self indexing magazine. You’ll want to be sure to read the instructions on how to load it. The pellet inserts from the rear into the offset hole on the left and per the instructions, a small tool like a pen is required to seat the pellets. Getting the magazine into the gun the first time is difficult and required an amount of force and had us worried, but after 5 or 6 magazines they started to wear in and it became simpler; although you want to be sure your pushing directly straight in and not at an angle. During testing the magazines worked flawlessly with no jams but beware there is nothing to prevent a double feed of pellets.
Evanix Max ML .25 Caliber 10 Shot Magazine
Scope mounting is accomplished by way of the Evanix Max ML’s integrated Picatinny Rail. Again, very well machined and at 12 yards sighting in, windage was only an inch or so off. Filling the rifle is by way of a port at the front of the cylinder and at the rear is a nice vertically adjustable buttpad. The trigger is a two stage but not adjustable. A pleasant amount of resistent on the first stage for a hunting rifle followed by a firm squeeze to fire the gun.
Evanix Max ML Picatinny Rail
Evanix Max ML Fill Port
Evanix Max ML Buttpad
We filled up the Evanix Max ML to 200 BAR, loaded the magazines with JSB 25.39 .25 caliber pellets and put in under the chronograph with the following results. After 20 shots the guage still read around 150 BAR, so we put another magazine in for a 30 shot count ending with about 125 BAR in the rifle. Do to an accidental double feed and the chronograph missing a few shots, a total of 27 were recorded.
We next put a scope on the Evanix Max ML, filled it back up to 200 BAR and placed a target at 12 yards and started to sight in for accuracy testing. One shot, one adjustment and we proceeded two empty two clips.
Evanix Max ML Sight In
After refilling the rifle up to just under 200 BAR, we moved the target out to 30 yards, reloaded with some JSB 25.39 .25 caliber pellets, put the Evanix on a rest with some sandbags and shot 3 magazines. It was a gusty breezy day with winds going from 0 to 15 MPH and everywhere in between rapidly, but even with the conditions we had expected better results having shot Evanix rifles in the past.
Evanix Max ML and JSB 25.39 gr .25 Caliber
With the results being not what we expected, we were left wondering if the wind was effecting things more than we expected or if it was other factors such as bad pellets, the scope, something was loose. We refilled the Evanix Max ML to 200 BAR, reloaded this time with JSB Heavy 33.95 grain and put two magazine through the Chronograph. Refilled again to 200 BAR and shot two 10 shot groups with much better results.
Evanix Max ML and JSB 33.95 gr .25 Caliber
Even though this was quick shooting off a rest, this rifle definitly liked the heavier JSB 33.95 grain pellets. A nice shot curve and averaging 796 FPS and almost 48 FT/LBS of energy.
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