FTP ON TEST
Is this the best field target rifle ever made, the editor asks?
How will the Air Arms supergun fare when Phill Price subjects it to a fullon performance bench test?
When the FTP900 was launched, I remember being blown away by the beauty of the curvaceous metalwork of the action and the stunning good looks of the laminated wooden stock. It looked every inch the purebred competition winner it was designed to be. It’s built on the long success of its predecessor, the EV2, from which it took the most successful and proven parts, and then added innovation and evolution to make this most modern of rifles.
A short while after the initial production of the FTP900, there were rumours floating about regarding difficulties with the rifle. In reality, the difficulties were keeping up with the demand that was some 200% beyond expectation, which in turn forced the company to focus on and cure bottlenecks within the production process. The majority of minor alterations came about as part of manufacturing evolution, such as a change in material specification here, and a radius there, one of these being the introduction of a radius profile in the filling probe bore, and another the introduction of variable shim spacers to ensure a precise fit for the stock.
A quick look shows you that this is a ‘no holds barred’ competition rifle with a range of adjustments to ensure that it can be tuned to fit