PROJECT: Verminator Tactical
I've had this rifle for over a year now so i suppose i should do a review(been meaning to do one for a while but never seem to have the time). I originally bought this as a standard .22 FX Verminator FAC which replaced my old Webley Spectre (aka FX Cyclone) which in itself was an awesome rifle.
The Vermy was bought second hand for £350 in excellent condition and less than a year old. When it came to me it was running around 20ftlbs, but i wanted a little more power so the easy option was to fit a longer barrel which i didn't mind as the accuracy from the standard short barrel was less than inspiring. I picked up a second hand BSA S10 barrel from the sales section and had it shortend to 15", screwcut & machined to fit the Verminators action, this improved the accuracy and took the power up to 26ftlbs(perfect).
As you can probably imagine the rifle looked a bit goofy with the longer barrel, but i had other plans for the front end of the gun. To make the rifle look more in proportion i ordered an FX air tube extension from the UK importers (back then it was Deben) and fitted that whilst at the same time removing the plastic block that takes up space in the front cylinder, giving me approx 70cc more usable air.
Now the barrel still protruded quite far infront of the cylinder, so i asked UkNeil to make me a reflex moderator which shrouds back 100mm to just infront of the airtube making it look like it has a shorter barrel. Like all of Neil's mods it came all shiney, so i had it DuraCoated in T1-tactical black.
Next job was to tackle the issue of bipod mounting. If you've ever used one of FX's airtube clamps you'll know they arn't the most stable of things to fit a bipod to, so something else had to be done. Also i wanted to fit a vertical grip and possibly a laser too so the obvious solution was to try and fit a picatinny rail to the underside of the rifle, with this in mind i bought a set of G36 airsoft rails of the Bay and by utilising the extra length i'd gained on the front airtube by fitting the extension i bought two of the fore mentioned tube clamps, removed the little stud part and had a local machinist knock up some new ones that sat flush with the underside of the clamps, these were drilled and threaded to accept the bolts that came with the rail, job done.
http://i860.photobucket.com/albums/a...minator007.jpg, http://i860.photobucket.com/albums/a...minator014.jpg, http://i860.photobucket.com/albums/a...minator010.jpg The picatinny rail setup is rock solid, and by fitting a FAB Defense Harris bipod adaptor my bipod is as stable as you could wish for. Iv'e also added a folding vertical foregrip and for the scope i went for a Barska Tactical 4-16x50 ffp.
CONCLUSION: The rifle is obviously heavier now than when it started, and it looks more like a chopped down Gladiator than a Verminator. Some of you maybe wondering why i didn't just buy a Gladiator and the answer is simple...there were none S/H for sale at the time and the Verminator was a bargain@£350. The finished rifle looks and performs brilliantly and gives loads of shots at a good power level and best of all it's still very compact(just a smidge longer than a Falcon FN12 with standard silencer).
Here's some piccys:
Thanks for reading,
Last edited by aj; 21-11-2012 at 07:19 PM.
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Sorry about the pics guys. This is a review i did about a year ago but when i tried to find it in the review section it had gone??? So i trawled through my threads and when i found it i just copied it and pasted it into a new thread, but the links to the pics have not worked and now my photobucket account is messing me about. When i get it my photobucket sorted i'll add the pics again.
How many shots at full power do you get?
What pellets work best and whats the effective range of this beast?
Never eat yellow snow
Pics sorted now.
Yeah it did take a while for a s/h one to turn up. I found mine on Guntrader and paid £420 for rifle, mod and gunbag .
Glad to see another FX user.
I have a FX Cyclone and its an awesome piece kit, especially as its got the BTAS regulator.
If you see one for sale S/H grab it!!
Cannot recommend them highly enough.