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EB XVI modular PCP air rifle

EB XVI modular PCP air rifle

There’s no point denying the fact that the EB XVI (from Edgar Brothers) is based on the now discontinued S16 EVO and is still manufactured by the same gun manufacturer in Serbia. However, that’s where the similarity ends, as the EB XVI has undergone a major internal and somewhat external change to make the rifle perform as efficiently as any PCP should. Indeed Edgar Brothers have spent a lot of time, effort and a considerable investment into helping make it into what can justifiably be described as a ‘beast of a machine.’

Hefty!

Its looks don’t really betray its weight (8.9lb base rifle) but ‘tricked up’ with all the optional extras that Edgar Brothers recommend and can supply for the rifle - as shown here - and you’re lugging a tad over 14lbs of rifle around.

So take my advice, get the bipod and use the pre-fitted sling swivels for a sling. Like its predecessor the EB XVI has to be the most military looking air rifle available. Built entirely from metal and high-grade synthetics and polymers it still breaks down into component parts and comes complete in a quality, discreet and stylish canvas carry case.

No need to worry about fitting the silencer shroud as the rifle comes in two major component parts. The rear mounted buddy bottle is separate yet the mainframe holding the action 14.5” barrel and barrel shroud is fitted together. The 38.5” long rifle came for review with all the optional extras already supplied and ready fitted. An extensive collection of Weaver ‘style’ rails adorn the upper part of the action, and both sides and underside of the forward section rear of the bull barrel. But first, the buddy bottle fitment and its fill procedure.

Fill’er Up

The buddy bottle is charged off the rifle (adaptor supplied) and takes a 200-bar recommended fill. The 400cc buddy bottle is then screwed into the rear of the rifle action whereupon the rearward facing air gauge on the action will immediately show the rifle is in the ‘green’ portion indicating a full bottle and engagement. Expect approximately 280-shots per charge in .22 calibre (as per test the rifle) or 230 from the .177 calibre version, before the needle drops into the red indicating it’s time for a top up.

The buddy bottle screws into the rear of the action at a slight upwards angle, making it more comfortable to shoulder as it undertakes its dual purpose as power source, cheekpiece and butt pad. No cold steel is felt on the cheek due to the rubber sleeve with the surprisingly comfortable integrated butt pad. This also has a sling swivel attachment point at the rear just forward of the nicely curved butt pad. The other swivel stud is found on the forward underside section of the mainframe.

The body of the EB XVI is metal and alloy but lengthy synthetic strips with square shape recesses have been integrated onto the sides of the ‘forend’ to provide a relatively comfortable grip. However, you can fit an optional military style drop down ‘Grip Pod’ which includes a spring mounted bipod, the very same as used on the SA80 – fit to the under slung rail instead of the traditional ‘pod.’

The sharp drop down pistol grip is military in design with front finger ridging and is manufactured from a very hand friendly rubberised ‘soft touch’ synthetic material. All combine to make the EB XVI surprisingly comfortable to hold and certainly affords the shooter a rock steady aiming platform.

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Sweet 16

The ‘in-line’ bolt action runs a familiar design 16-shot ‘clip’ double rotary removable magazine mechanism. To load the magazine, you first need to pull back the straight pull bolt action, though it does need to be turned up from a forward keeper slot before allowing its rearward travel. Then simply press the magazine retaining catch seen as a large stainless steel push in drum shape catch on the right of the action and the magazine easily ‘drops out.’ Due to this, have your hand in a position to catch it in the palm of the hand as you operate the retaining catch with your thumb or forefinger, as the operation can be done one handed. Once the magazine is out of the rifle, with the flat face of the stainless steel casing facing you, fill all the empty chambers of both eight shot drums. Pellet chambers are exposed by manually indexing the ‘drum’ shape duo around and even this operation feels more positive and smooth due to the phosphor bronze bearing that the magazine drums rotate around. Once filled, simply clip the magazine back up into the action, push the cocking bolt forward and return to the original position - and the rifle is cocked and loaded.

The 2-stage adjustable trigger is certainly upgraded from what has gone before. It’s adjustable for weight and travel, and has a wide very nicely curved stainless steel blade. Also the manual safety button is positioned slightly above the trigger guard on the side of the metal action. The positioning and function of the ‘cross bolt’ safety is very sensible as it can be taken off by pushing in from the right, and re-setting by pushing into the other side of the action. I say this as you can disengage it using the trigger finger without your hand leaving the grip.  To re-set you just use your other hand under the trigger guard to push it back in from the left of the action.

All major features operate faultlessly, the trigger releasing pellets cleanly without a hint of creep. The short throw in-line bolt action is very smooth but does require some effort to pull back to ensure the rifle is cocked, without the magazine being able to index around until the cocking cycle is fully achieved. This results in there being no possibility of double loading pellets which was a downside of the original rifle the EB XVI is based on.

Range Time

As for accuracy, with all those goodies on board how could I miss? Seriously though, the original rifle was always very accurate and the latest incarnation is particularly impressive in this department.

The test rifle came already scoped up with an Opti-42 10 X 42 Tactical scope with sunshade. With this large side parallax Target Turret optic sitting mean and moodily on the very lengthy top Weaver rail I soon set a 25-yd zero. Incidentally, these rails are actually the military NATO rated STANAG 4694 specification and design. Using the Edgar’s bipod (in this case when not in use fitted so the legs fold rearward so as not to interfere with the green dot laser also shown) I easily produced ragged one-hole groups out to 35-yds. The barrel shrouds silencer definitely doesn’t disappoint either with the rifle having only a whisper report due to the new design of polymer baffles.

The EB XVI is a serious rifle but with all those whistles and bells it can also reach a serious price. However, these can be added as and if you feel that you require them, but due to the weight of the rifle I’d certainly opt for the bipod and more often use it as an ambush tool.

There’s so much more to say about the EB XVI; such as its manufactured to pass a 62,500 shot destruction test. Valve stems are manufactured from stainless steel while the valve seat is now made from PEEK polymer for a better seal, longer life and air flow performance. Not forgetting NBR ‘O’-rings being used and fitted using aerospace grade lube to improve wear and sealing properties at all temperatures. I could go on… but space restricts me to sum up by saying the EB XVI is a beast of a machine with performance levels to rival many established PCP’s. It’s extremely well built, very accurate and will certainly earn its keep and give owner satisfaction. If only I could afford the fully tricked up version…

Optional Extras

Surefire Scout Light as used by UK MOD £469
Grip Pod as used by UK MOD £183
Edgar Brothers 9-13 Tilt Bipod £74
LaserLyte K-15 Green Laser £320
Edgar Brothers Optimate 10 X 42 Scope and Sunshade £425
Weaver Tactical Rings £42

PRICE: £799 – includes 16-shot magazine, sling swivels, canvas gunbag, 500 EB pellets and charging adaptor

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features

  • Model: EB XVI rifle
  • Type: Modular, multi-shot, in-line bolt action PCP
  • Calibre: .22 on test .177 available
  • Stock: Metal, Alloy and Synthetic take down
  • Sights: No open sights but ‘railed’ for scope mounting
  • Barrel: 14.5”

45 Comments

  • I Finally found one gun that I got interested in and what do you know ! they are not around any more. thanks a lot. Here in Hawaii we do have RATS and Dumb Ass Birds that crap on People, Cars, and Party areas by the Beach, We can go after the Rats at knight, but the Birds are another thing. It would have been nice to get out there and do something about them. SGT TOM.

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    Thomas Bradley
    12 Jul 2016 at 07:50 AM
  • I'm afraid this model is no longer available. It is only available on the second hand market now.

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    Troll Hunter
    21 Mar 2016 at 09:21 AM
  • I'm very interested to get this rifle,can I get it in lebanon??

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    ajami mohamad
    20 Mar 2016 at 02:10 PM
  • Hi Gary,

    Yes, they should shoot fine. I shot all sorts of pellets through one of these rifles years ago.

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    Troll Hunter
    01 Mar 2016 at 10:16 AM
  • Does the - EB - XVi tactical takedown - .22 fire/shoot hollowpoint pellets ? Thank you , Gary .

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    Gary
    22 Feb 2016 at 09:05 PM
  • Hi, can you tell me the f.p.s of the EB xvi tactical take down please.Also the price difference of the .177 and .22 version.

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    Mitchell Simi
    04 Jan 2016 at 12:34 AM
  • looking to buy a xv1 in the uk

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    jim
    27 Sep 2015 at 03:34 PM
  • ollyvenables@googlemail.com

    Price depends on gun and accessories.

    Email with details inc photos.

    Olly

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    Olly
    18 May 2015 at 06:46 PM
  • Olly What is your email address and what kind of price range are you looking at?

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    Steve
    18 May 2015 at 06:39 PM
  • hi

    If anyone is interested in selling a XVI please email me. I'm in the London area and would travel. I'm not in this for trade and would offer a fair cash price.

    Thanks

    Olly

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    Olly
    18 May 2015 at 05:57 PM
  • Matt,i'm interested in buying your rifle.if you are interested in selling email me please with some rifle photos then we can talk more in detail, i would be grateful. Thanks Ricardo

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    Ricardo Salgado
    03 Dec 2014 at 04:33 PM
  • Many apologies to Mat. He is up North and I am down South so too far to take a look and buy!

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    Simon Ellis
    01 Dec 2014 at 08:11 PM
  • Matt email at salgadoricardo@outlook.pt Thanks

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    Ricardo Salgado
    01 Dec 2014 at 08:07 PM
  • mine is still available as above, other member was too far to travel. ....im located in tyne and wear.gun has extras... green (solid beam) laser sight, aoe red/green illumanated scope with dimming, edgar bros bipod, tourch/lenser mount with led torch, shoulder strap, edgar bros canvas case.

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    mat
    18 Nov 2014 at 09:25 PM
  • Mat, please email me at blezellis@hotmail.com Thanks, Simon

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    Simon Ellis
    15 Nov 2014 at 08:50 PM
  • Ment to add in my post above for the XVI for sale.
    It is a .22 and comes with spare uprated bottle o rings and spare uprated mag o rings. It also has a La rue quick release scope mount and arm sling I will also include a few hundrea rws superdome pellets.

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    mat
    15 Nov 2014 at 07:50 PM
  • If anyone has an excellent condition one for sale please email on blezellis@hotmail.com preferably with some photos, price and location. Regards, Simon

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    Simon Ellis
    15 Nov 2014 at 06:07 PM
  • I have an Edgar brothers XVI for sale.
    Mint condition, with edgar bros bipod, red/green illumanated scope, Green laser, 16 shot mag, fill adaptor and edgar bros case.

    £650

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    Mat
    15 Nov 2014 at 02:03 PM

  • I'm interesting to buy Edgar Brothers XVI .22.
    Any offers

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    Serz
    23 Sep 2014 at 07:05 AM
  • I've got one of these, scope, bipod, 2 hi cap mags full rifle case. Don't get to use it much these days as it's over the 450fps limit on most CQB ranges. Last Chrono was about 9 months ago and was hitting 580fps using .27s.
    Any offers let me know.
    Dorset UK

    steven.cannings@gmail.com

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    Steve Cannings
    29 Aug 2014 at 08:53 PM
  • Have emailed you photos rob

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    Simon finch
    08 Aug 2014 at 06:52 PM
  • Simon my contact email is bob13cass@gmail.com

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    Rob caster
    08 Aug 2014 at 04:49 PM
  • Simon contact me I'm interested

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    Rob caster
    08 Aug 2014 at 04:45 PM
  • I have a complete setup going, rifle bipod scope pump tactical bag and original plus spare seals and other little bits for sale £800 the lot Northampton uk

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    Simon finch
    07 Aug 2014 at 06:29 PM
  • Hi Rick.

    I'm afraid these rifles have been discontinued, so you may have a long search on your hands. I don't know how easy it would be to import one if you could track one down over here somewhere. Good luck and let us know if you get lucky.

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    Troll Hunter
    01 Aug 2014 at 05:25 PM
  • morning all hope your day is going well anyway i live in uxbridge mass the US does anyone know where i can buy 1 of these air guns please get back to me thank you any help in this matter would be greatly apprciated

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    rick wheeler
    01 Aug 2014 at 04:47 PM
  • Hi, I have just bought a 2nd hand XVI and love it. It is a remarkable looking rifle and is in mint condition. I bought a Bipod to go with it as it already had a scope fitted. I will be trying it out today but the build quality is excellent. I have an Air Arms S410 and a Daystate. It looks like this will be my vermin rifle due to the accessories I can put on it. It was hard to find but worth it I reckon.

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    Peter Tedd
    29 Jun 2014 at 10:10 AM
  • how much this gun with light,bipod,laser and scop.like a video.

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    sadith prasantha
    10 Apr 2014 at 06:23 PM
  • Ive troled the internet all morning please tell me are these EB XVI been took out of circulation and if so why ? so I can put this one to bed so to speak and move on and look at other brands thanks once again
    bob...

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    robert Caster
    20 Jan 2014 at 01:54 PM
  • Although I've not been able to find one for sale on the Gun Mart website, maybe a 'wanted' ad might an idea.

    There may be one out there not being used at the moment and its current owner might help you in your quest to own one of these rifles.

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    Troll Hunter
    20 Jan 2014 at 12:25 PM
  • good day everyone like all the rest of you im trying to find out were to buy one of these amazing air rifels edger brothers say they have been discontinued please tell me they have not been and any help on email adreeses or telephone numbers I can contact so I can purches on of these specimins thanks

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    robert Caster
    20 Jan 2014 at 11:38 AM
  • cannot fault the rifle smooth action and perfect for vermin control as for after sales care they are the most help full company I have ever bought a riles many thanks to the guys at Edga Brothers and I look forward to more purchases in the future I cannot wait for the new model to try out if you are ex armed forces get one because they are made to last and a tactical look like no other
    John

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    John White
    27 Nov 2013 at 01:51 AM
  • I am a police in my country and regular rifles are not granted license only side arms 9 mm and criminals sport rifles everywhere this EB XVI will be the only chance I get of owning a legal rifle how can I acquire this ?
    I have already ordered it through my firearm dealer and was told they are not finding anything on this fire arm is it that it is no longer in production

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    Anthony
    10 Jun 2013 at 05:54 PM
  • I think the EB XVI may have been discontinued - they don't seem to be on Edgar Bros website anymore

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    Pat Farey
    07 May 2013 at 08:47 AM
  • I also ask, can these be had in the USA?
    I have FFL & SOT

    Please advise

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    David Edwards
    06 May 2013 at 08:42 PM
  • I killed 3 wildboars here in Florida USA using my Webley (UK) Patriot .22 Caliber Head shots (The skull broke in 3 pieces) the boars average weight 85 Lbs.

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    Joao Mello
    12 Dec 2012 at 10:37 AM
  • This sub 12 ft/lb air rifle will not 'take down a wild boar'!

    This rifle is designed for the UK market and probably has a ft/sec of around 560 with average weight pellets. I don'y know what country people shoot wild bore with a .25 calibre air rifle (the US I assume) but it is not something most sane people would ever consider.

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    Troll Hunter
    12 Dec 2012 at 10:32 AM
  • Im intrested in this beautifull beast.does anybody know if t his xvi will takedown a wild bore.i know the airforce tallon p 25 cal. Could do the job.but i love the way this xvi looks.whats the F.P.S.on this xvi & whats the punch on this .please reply aybody know.

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    redstar
    12 Dec 2012 at 05:49 AM
  • To whom it may concern .

    Do you have an agent in South Africa .
    What sort of velocity's does this weapon achieve .
    I am looking for something in the 1200 fps range .

    Best regards

    Shane

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    Shane
    01 Nov 2012 at 07:30 PM
  • Thanks for the response Troll Hunter.

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    Larry Fenn
    05 Jun 2012 at 12:48 PM
  • The rifle as tested was sub 12 ft/lb and did not require and FAC. I am not sure if these rifles are still available, I will find out what I can from Edgar Brother.

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    Troll Hunter
    04 Jun 2012 at 03:46 PM
  • Does anybody know the rated power of this rifle? I saw it advertised as needing a firearms certificate so over 12ft lbs /16 joules?

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    Larry Fenn
    04 Jun 2012 at 03:24 PM
  • Is the XBi available in an FAC version?

    If so, where can it be ordered from the U.S. ?

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    Horace Potter
    16 Apr 2012 at 02:30 AM
  • great rifle, top quality, got mine 2 days ago £780 inc bipod. flawless action get one you won't be disapointed!

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    Lee Jago
    03 Apr 2011 at 05:32 PM
  • I would like to have the address of the Serbian manufacturer or Web site, here in the USA this rifle is not known or available.

    I apreciate if somebody knows any info about the Manufacturer.

    John

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    John Mello
    01 Apr 2011 at 09:21 AM


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