FTP ON TEST

Is this the best field tar­get ri­fle ever made, the editor asks?

Air Gunner - - Contents -

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

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