The Evanix SPEED
Semi Auto, Full Auto, High Powered tackdriver!!
This innovative import from Korea offers capabilities no other airgun has been able to deliver in the past;
an accurate, powerful, reliable semi / full auto gun designed for the serious shooter. In this article I will
review the Speed, look at the specifications, run it through its paces on the range, and take it out for
some fun on the range and plinking sessions.
Like a lot of airgunners Iâ€™d been following the rumors of a new semi automatic airgun coming out of
the Korean based manufacturer Evanix. This company has been producing some fine rifles over the last
few years: the AR 6 which was a powerful double action rifle, that although a little rough around the
edges, was a fun rifle to shoot and to hunt with. They followed this with the Rainstorm and the action it
shared with siblings Windy City, Monster, and Leopard; side lever cocking multishot guns that were
refined, offer great performance, and an outstanding value proposition. While I believe these are
excellent guns at a great price and loaded with features, they did not break new ground with respect to
But the gun we were hearing about was different; it was innovative, using onboard electronics to provide
semi automatic and full automatic firing options. Then I started seeing the occasional video produced in
Korea popping up, and was really getting excited about the gun. I spoke with my friends at Venturi Air
to find out when the gun would be available, and was told they wanted a few refinements to the rifle
before releasing it in the USA. Then one day the call came to let me know the Speed and the Conquest
had arrived, with a question; which one was I interested in and what caliber did I want?
Iâ€™ve been shooting and testing a lot of .25 calibers lately, so this option was an obvious one for me.
While Iâ€™ve been shooting a number of bottle guns lately that I really like, though my preference
tends to gravitate to the more conventional designs. For this reason the Speed appealed to me, as it uses
a standard Rainstorm type air reservoir. I reckoned most of the time Iâ€™d be shooting the gun in semi-
auto so air consumption would be a minor issue â€¦â€¦ of course that was before I found out how much
a full auto .25 caliber PCP rifle could be!
Out of the Box
This is a good looking rifle, which bears a strong resemblance to its conventional sibling, the Rainstorm.
The Speed comes dressed in a well designed Monte Carlo thumbhole stock made of a nicely figured
Asian hardwood. The raised cheekpiece is ambidextrous and provides an excellent sight alignment; Iâ
€™ve mounted a Hawke MAP scope in low profile mounts on the integrated 11mm dovetails. I found
that I could get a solid and consistent hold on the gun, that is facilitated by the subtle thumb shelf and
sharp laser cut checkering on the pistol grip and forestock. The adjustable rubber recoil pad covers the
compartment which houses the 8.6 v rechargeable battery pack, and is removed to provide access for
recharging. The wiring is run through a tunnel from the chamber to the action. Under the forestock is an
online manometer for monitoring air consumption
The selectable semi/full auto action is electronically cycled. The receiver is a bit higher and longer, and
slightly bulkier than the Rainstorm. Two immediate differences between the Speed and its conventional
stable mates that one notices; there is not a cocking lever on the gun and there is an on/off switch and a
semi/full auto select switch. Besides the on/off switch there is a manual safety located right behind the
select switch. A word of warning, if you feel inclined to remove the action from the stock it will be
tethered by the charging cable, and if you pull it out it may take a little while to snake it back into
positionâ€¦ guess how I know this? The rifled barrel is housed in a full length shroud which does quiet
the report, though it is louder than the Rainstorm.
The air reservoir is the same diameter as that used on the Rainstorm but is a few inches longer and holds
290 cc of air, which is good for around 40 shots in the .25 caliber gun. The gun is charged using the
proprietary fill probe which works fine, though Iâ€™d like to replace it with a quick release connector at
The .25 caliber Speed uses a 10 round circular clip type magazine and digests every pellet style that Iâ
€™ve fed it so far. Iâ€™m using two 10 round single magazine and a 20 shot dual shot magazine and all
have been reliable. Iâ€™ve only put a few hundred pellets through so far, but the manufacturing is solid
and the design seems very robust. The trigger is a two stage adjustable set up at about 2lb pull on my
This rifle is ergonomic and very shootable, and comes to the shoulder naturally and comfortably. The gun
weighs in at 8.0 lbs, the barrel length is 19â€�, and the overall length is 42â€™. I think it feels much
more compact than the measurements might suggest, which I always think is a sign of good design.
On the Range
I took the gun out on several shooting
sorties, and had a blast. But first things
first; I shot a variety of pellets across the
chronograph to see what kind of energy
was being generated. The graph in the
attached figure presents the results from
five of the primary pellets is used; H&N
Spitz-Kugeln, JSB King, Beeman Ram
Jets, H&N Baracuda, and Benjamin
Dome. This was one of the rare instances
that the velocities achieved were over the
manufacturerâ€™s claims using pellets Iâ
€™d actually hunt with. The Speed .25
produces an honest 50 â€“ 60 fpe and
provided approximately 40 shots per
charge (2800 psi).
While a 50-60 fpe semi auto hunting gun
that I can switch over to full auto for
plinking is very cool, it only makes sense
if you can hit your target. And this is
where the gun really impressed me!
First thing you'll notice on a closer look is
the red on/off switch. If the switch is on, the
gun fires unless the manual safety is
Look on the other side of the receiver and
you find there is no cocking handle or bolt,
but there is a semi / full auto select switch.
The manual safety is positioned right behind
this control, and if the switch is on and
you're not shooting, should be deployed.
The wiring is run from a compartment in the stock which holds the battery pack, to the action. The
compartment is covered by the adjustable recoil pad and is accessed be removing the pad.
H&N Spitz-Kugeln .25
4 Shot Group
JSB Exact King .25
4 Shot Group
Ram Jet .25
4 Shot Group
H&N Baracuda .25
4 Shot Group
Benjamin Dome .25
4 Shot Group
|These targets were shot at
30 yards using a variety of
pellets, with the gun on a
bench rest in calm
conditions. The Evanix
Speed has shown a
tolerance for a range of
pellets it will digest.
A thirty shot
group in three
10 shot burst
at 30 yards off
the rest. Unlike
shot in the
past, there is
not muzzle lift
noted with this
The targets shown in the attached figure are 30 yard four shot groups with the five pellets mentioned
above. All yielded accuracy better than I can get from most of my traditional .25 caliber guns. As a matter
of fact these were about the best groups Iâ€™ve ever shot with a gun in this caliber. As soon as I get the
chance I will take all my .25s for some baselining, I am having a hard time getting my head around this
level of accuracy from a semi auto and though Iâ€™ve seen it â€¦â€¦ need to see it some more.
The second target was shot in full auto, three ten round magazines in about 15 seconds; one second to
empty each clip and a few seconds in between to reload! I keep saying this when talking about the Speed â
€¦.. What a blast!! I went out and rented a couple standard air tanks to supplement my two carbon fiber
tanks, and am going to keep shooting until I run out of pellets or go back to work. This is not a rifle you
want to rely on a hand pump to keep filled.
Electronics in a gun are not every ones cup o tea, but it works and works well in the Evanix Speed. Time
will tell how well the design stands up, but everything about this gun bespeaks quality. To those that want
to start ripping the concept before they have had a chance to use the gun, it is not a gimmick, it is the real
deal; very accurate, very powerful, very reliable, and very well made. As these guns hit the market and
mainstream users get them, I believe the concept will prove out.
I donâ€™t intent to hunt with a full auto gun, but the semi auto is really a great capability in the hunting
field (canâ€™t wait to go out after prairie digs with it), and for plinking at reactive targets, it just doesnâ
€™t get any better. Take a look at the attached video to see a short snippet, more to come later. I will be
taking this gun hunting over the next couple weeks (looking forward to that) and will add on to this initial
report as I get more information.
One of the guys Iâ€™ve been hunting with
for a couples years now is a gentleman named
Charles Peebles. Charles is a ranked sporting
clays shooter, has hunted big game all over
the country, and like a lot of us has gotten
hooked on airguns. He has amassed a
collection in a short period that would make
even jaded airgunners envious. Charles
bought and received one of the first Evanix
Speed rifles in the country, and had been
shooting it and collecting quantitative data
along the way. He sent me an interesting email
along with the shot string posted above, with
the following note:
Here is what I found on my rifle. At 2900 psi
I got a straight descending shot string. Tried
3000 psi and made a curve, but not much of
one. The following is what I got with a 3100
SEE Graph Above
Shot a second 30 shot string at 3100 fill and
was just about the same. Started at 963,
peaked at 978 and ended at 938. At an end
of 27 shots you had a total spread of 30. I
can live with that!! POI unchanged at 40 yds.
Charles Peeble's Shake Down with the Speed
Speed on Crow Hunt
I took the Speed out crow
hunting on a very cold winters
day (in the low 20's). Called
in a lot of crows and
managed to shoot the few
that landed. This one landed
high in a tree, and my first
shot clipped a branch but a
fast follow up fired right on
top of the first anchored him.
The gun was accurate and
worked well for me, but I did
notice it seemed a bit sluggish
compared to normal, meaning
that slight delay I've
mentioned seemed a bit more
pronounced. Wondering if
cold has effect, becuase later
on my indoor range all was
FIELD NOTES, PROBLEM REPORTS, AND SOLUTIONS:
This is a new gun design and I am in communication with several guys atround the country shooting
the Speed and Conquest. Though in my experience the gun has been stable, problems will come up
from time to time with any gun, and I'll keep this section updated.
The Magazine is Jammed
I had this happen on my gun, and have heard of it in a couple others. the way it is addressed is to
remove the plexiglass covering the bolt window and tap the bolt forward, pull the trigger, and
repeat until the gun cycles. Here is a video clip that demonstrates one solution.
Cold Weather Shooting
I found that in very cold conditions the cycling of the rifle slows down. I spoike with the engineers
in Korea that had made the same observation. The solution is to replace the 8.4v battery pack with
a 9.6v battery pack. Will provide more information on where to purchase the 9.6v batteries soon.
Jammed Magazine Fix #2
Here is a fix that Charles did after consulting with Gene
- First: he, removed the butt pad and disconnected the
- Next, he removed the action from the stock, pulling
battery cables out with the
action. - Third, directly under
the magazine on both sides of the receiver are two Allen
screws a #2 and a 2.5, he removed these two screws on
each side of the receiver directly under the magazine.
- Final step, on top of the action at the end of the scope
rail are two more screws also a #2 and 2.5 when you
remove these two hold action from underneath and when
removed the lower action will drop and the bolt will
-That's it, just put 6 screws back together and as a hint
use a coat hanger to pull the battery cables back through
the stock. Put action back in stock and you are done!
Took about 15 minutes.
Thanks to Charles
Peebles for sending
over the report and the
As a side note, the main
caquse of this problem
seems to be running low
on air while shooting.