I’ve had several guns to shoot this year that
were recently introduced, and one that I’ve
really like a lot is the Evanix Windy City. This is a
brand new bottle reservoir style gun that is loaded
with desirable features; the barrel is shrouded and
the gun is very quiet, features a two stage trigger
that is adjustable for let-off and position, and is a
very shootable package.

The rifle is cocked using a sidelever action that
cycles with a very solid feel and lock up.  I like that
the gun can be easily and quickly cycled while still
on the shoulder. Cocking the gun indexes the 10
shot cylinder, and it does so with a high degree of
reliability. My gun demonstrated a wide pellet
tolerance digesting a variety of projectiles well and
did particularly well with heavier pellets, I got very
good results with the H&N Baracuda

The nicely figured hardwood thumbhole stock
configuration is ergonomic and light, and cradles the
bottle so that it fits naturally into the gun rather than
being an odd fitting appendage (which can happen
with guns of this design). I found that the pistol grip
provided a solid and comfortable hold, and formed
a shelf that guided the trigger finger naturally to the
trigger. The comb is configured to allow an optimal
sight alignment through the scope using medium
profile mounts. It is probably the most ergonomic
and to my eye, most attractive, stock I’ve seen
out of the box in a gun of this design.

The Windy City fills to 3000 psi, using a
proprietary connector that attaches to the gun
without requiring that the bottle be dismounted.
There is an onboard manometer that allows the fill
pressure to be monitored during shooting.

When I took this gun out to the range, I was quite
pleased with the performance; accuracy, power,
and shot count were all very good. Shooting off
shooting sticks out to 50 yards, I could consistently
stack pellets into a group that could easily be
covered with a quarter.

This Windy City is a light and compact carbine,
very accurate, and my pre-release test gun
generates around 30 fpe and over 60 shots per fill
(Note: the release spec is over 40 fpe). This
carbine handles and balances nicely in the field, and
is a perfect companion for a day hunting prairie
dogs or stalking other target rich environments. In
the USA the Evanix guns are distributed through
Pyramyd Airguns, which is based in Cleveland
Ohio.

In the next few installments of my review of this
gun, we’ll take a detailed look at the guns
performance at the range and I’ll take it out on
a few hunts to show what it’ll do in the field.
Stay tuned!
The Evanix Windy City
Jim Chapman
"I recently had an opportunity to shoot
this new rifle from Evanix, and think it
represents a new wave of refinement for
thes Korean guns"
I think that some bottle filled gun designs can feel
ungainly, but liked the fit and feel of this rifle.
The bottle is a 400 cc and fills to 200 BAR
pressure.
The gun is filled through a propriatary quick fill
connnector, and doesn't requiring dismounting the
bottle
The action is a sidelever which can be cycled very
rapidly. The ergonomics of the sidelever, trigger
and safety allows for fast operation with minimal
hand motion.
The magazine is easy to access and has proven
very reliable.
The medium sized thumbhole, shaped pistol grip,
and sharply cut checkering provided solid
purchase on the gun.
The Windy City is an intrinsically accurate
rifle, and in the next instalment I'll report on
quantitative measurements of the gun
performance
The 10 shot rotary cylinder has been very ruggedly
built, indexes precisely, is easy to load, and accepts
just about any pellet you feed it.
Loudness: Quiet
Weight: 7.85 lbs
Barrel Length:17.25"
Overall Length: 41.75"
Capacity: 10 round(s)
Barrel: Rifled
Front Sight and Rear Sight: None
Scope Mount: 11mm dovetail
Trigger adj.: Two-stage adjustable
Action: Sidelever
Safety: Manual
Power: 40 fpe
SPECIFICATION
Part II: The Windy City Hits the Range
Part I: An Introduction
Under the Hood
I lifted the gun out of the stock for a closer look, a
single anchor point fixes the action to the stock.
Once removed the filling connector, pressure
gauge and trigger assembly can all be easily
accessed. The valve is housed in the air bottle ....
Once the bottle has been removed the valve can be
unscrewed to seperate it from the bottle. The valve is
opened by unscrewing the cap of the valve chamber
which holds the return spring and valve pin..
The EWC is a simple yet elegant design. I'll start
working on different spring combinations to see
how it can be optimized for different pellet designs
I took the Windy City out on a
prairie dog hunt, and the gun
was an outstanding performer.
At one point I was shooting
(with Eric Henderson filming) in
an area surrounded by prairie
dogs mounds. I had the guns
resting on a pair of sticks and I
was hammering every dog that
popped up between 20 to 80
yards. The combination of
really excellent accuracy and
over 40 fpe in a shootable
package was a pleasure in the
field. I didn't have to carry a
buddy bottle in my day paack
either, due to the high shot
capacity.
The first thing I did on the range
was set up to shoot groups off the
rest at 20 yards to get an idea of
what pellets would work best for a
more indepth workout. Using the
H&N Baracuda, JSB Jumbo
Exacts, Predator Polymag, RWS
Superdomes, and Weirauch
Magnums. The best 20 yard
groups I shot were with the
Baracuda, Polymags, and
Superdomes.
These 40 yard ten
shot groups were
obtained using JSB
Jumbo Exacts
(left) and H&N
Baracudas (right).
The point of
impact shifted
between the two
pellets, but both
grouped well.
I set up a varmint target at 65 yards, and had eight of the JSB's
hit right in the center with two fliers (still in the kill zone).
The highest velocities I obtained were with the Superdomes,
Polymags, and exacts, the lowest with the Beeman Double Gold
Extra Heavies and the Magnums. The heavy pellets delivered the
greatest energy on target which was not unexpected. I decided to
use the JSB Exacts as my primary hunting pellets as they yielded a
good performance profile; fairly high velocity, high energy delivery,
and accuracy.
I only shot the gun down from a full tank a couple of times, because, well, it was a lot of work. The string
below was from a 200 BAR fill, shooting Beeman Kodiak Extra Heavy pellets, and shows the velocities
and pressures as the gun is fired over 90 shots (from 905 to 592 fps and pressure from 200 - 50 Bar). In
the field I could use all 90 of these shots if I had to, but would probably fill the gun every 60 or so shots.
A summary of my range work with the Windy City
My thoughts are that this gun meets my needs as a hunting gun very well. I am not a paper puncher by
nature, and used the gun as is out of the box for my evaluation. This rifle, like most, could probably be
optimized further but the performance was everything I wanted. The dedicated target shooters might look
at my results and say "I've got (name your rifle) that shoots better groups than that". Fair enough, but this
gun shoots better than I do. As a benchmark I took out several of my favorite guns one day and shot
groups with them all, and this rifle was consistently one of the top performer in my hands. Coupled with
the high shot count and high energy output, not to mention the great expereince I've had hunting with it so
far, I think it's worth a look if you wan a high capacity hunting gun.

Another question I've had is how this gun compares with the FX Royale? These guns have many common
features and look a lot alike, Here is the thing, there is so much that goes in to an individuals preference
that the only one that can answer which rifle is right for you, is you. The Windy City is a good looking rifle
but the aesthetics and finish of the Royale is nicer. I've never compared the two rifles performance
directly, but know that the FX is very accurate. But the FX is around $500 (about 30%) more expensive,
so  a perspective buyer needs to set their own priorities; costs, performance,  finish, etc. What I will state
unequivocally is that the Windy City I tested meets my requirements for a high end hunting rifle, and I'm
really enjoying this gun!