The ed­i­tor re­views a Fenix 400 Car­bine break-bar­rel springer from Cometa

The ed­i­tor looks at a less well-known springer from Spain

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Ithink that it’s fair to say that Cometa is not as well known as some air­gun brands, and I’ll con­fess that my con­tact with them over the years has been lim­ited. I’d heard good things about their Fenix range, so I asked for the 400 Car­bine vari­ant to test be­cause it looks like a re­ally handy hunt­ing gun. First ap­pear­ances were good with a nice satin fin­ish to the blued steel, and an ap­peal­ing coloured stock which fit­ted me well.

I wor­ried that such a short bar­rel might make cock­ing very dif­fi­cult, but a firm tap un­locked the breech block and the cock­ing stroke was easy enough and pleas­antly smooth. The .22 Air Arms Field Di­ablo pel­lets seated nicely, with no wor­ries about the skirt get­ting trapped as the bar­rel closed. The wide plas­tic trig­ger blade is the only dis­ap­point­ing thing about the build, in my eyes. I don’t re­call ever feel­ing a trig­ger ac­tion quite like this one. The first stage is long and vague, and feel­ing the sec­ond stage is a lit­tle tricky, but once there, it broke with a light, clean ac­tion that’s a great help to ac­cu­racy.

AC­CU­RACY COUNTS

On that sub­ject I was able to get con­sis­tent ¾” groups at 25 yards with no fly­ers at all. I find that im­pres­sive from any springer, let alone one at this price. The fir­ing cy­cle is smooth and quick with no ap­par­ent vi­bra­tion or spring res­o­nance feed­ing back through the stock. This tells me that the in­ter­nals have been well de­vel­oped and suit­able spring guides em­ployed. I also no­ticed no diesel­ing at all, sug­gest­ing that only small amounts of high- qual­ity lu­bri­cants have been used, which is just what we want. It also seems clear that the si­lencer is do­ing a good job be­cause short bar­rels can be noisy and this is a very quiet ri­fle.

It’s def­i­nitely a full- size, adult ri­fle and I found the han­dling very ap­peal­ing. As I’d thought, I’m sure this would make a good walk- around hunter for many peo­ple. Av­er­age ve­loc­ity was 534fps with the .22 Air Arms Field for 10 ft.lbs. muz­zle en­ergy, which might well rise some­what as the ri­fle runs in.

I was glad to have the op­por­tu­nity to test this ri­fle be­cause I was sur­prised at just how much I liked it. At this price it’s up against

“It’s def­i­nitely a full-size, adult ri­fle and I found the han­dling very ap­peal­ing”

some stiff com­pe­ti­tion, but its per­for­mance holds it in good stead and it’s al­ways good to have more choices in the mar­ket.

ABOVE: Com­pact length and great han­dling make for a proper hunter’s ri­fle

BE­LOW: The Fenix fit­ted me well and was sta­ble on aim

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