Military First
Military First
Available from whsmith and all good newsagents
The official website for Gun Mart Magazine, What Gun? and Shooting Sports Magazine.
Previous Page

EB XVI modular PCP air rifle

Pete Wadeson tries the EB XVI modular PCP air rifle and finds a familiar looking design that has now transformed into a force to be reckoned with...

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.

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

Technical Specifications
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”
Price £799 – includes 16-shot magazine, sling swivels, canvas gunbag, 500 EB pellets and charging adaptor

All Prices Are Guides Due to the Changes in US & European Exchange Rates

Gun Mart Shooters Forum - Get Involved in the Discussion!
User Comments
  • 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

    Comment by: John Mello     Posted on: 01 Apr 2011 at 09:21 AM

  • great rifle, top quality, got mine 2 days ago £780 inc bipod. flawless action get one you won't be disapointed!

    Comment by: Lee Jago     Posted on: 03 Apr 2011 at 05:32 PM

  • Is the XBi available in an FAC version?

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

    Comment by: Horace Potter     Posted on: 16 Apr 2012 at 02:30 AM

  • Does anybody know the rated power of this rifle? I saw it advertised as needing a firearms certificate so over 12ft lbs /16 joules?

    Comment by: Larry Fenn     Posted on: 04 Jun 2012 at 03:24 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.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 04 Jun 2012 at 03:46 PM

  • Thanks for the response Troll Hunter.

    Comment by: Larry Fenn     Posted on: 05 Jun 2012 at 12:48 PM

  • 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

    Comment by: Shane     Posted on: 01 Nov 2012 at 07:30 PM

  • 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.

    Comment by: redstar     Posted on: 12 Dec 2012 at 05:49 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.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 12 Dec 2012 at 10:32 AM

  • 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.

    Comment by: Joao Mello     Posted on: 12 Dec 2012 at 10:37 AM

  • I also ask, can these be had in the USA?
    I have FFL & SOT

    Please advise

    Comment by: David Edwards     Posted on: 06 May 2013 at 08:42 PM

  • I think the EB XVI may have been discontinued - they don't seem to be on Edgar Bros website anymore

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 07 May 2013 at 08:47 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

    Comment by: Anthony     Posted on: 10 Jun 2013 at 05:54 PM

  • 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

    Comment by: John White     Posted on: 27 Nov 2013 at 01:51 AM

  • 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

    Comment by: robert Caster     Posted on: 20 Jan 2014 at 11:38 AM

  • 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.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 20 Jan 2014 at 12:25 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...

    Comment by: robert Caster     Posted on: 20 Jan 2014 at 01:54 PM

  • how much this gun with light,bipod,laser and scop.like a video.

    Comment by: sadith prasantha     Posted on: 10 Apr 2014 at 06:23 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.

    Comment by: Peter Tedd     Posted on: 29 Jun 2014 at 10:10 AM

  • 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

    Comment by: rick wheeler     Posted on: 01 Aug 2014 at 04:47 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.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 01 Aug 2014 at 05:25 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

    Comment by: Simon finch     Posted on: 07 Aug 2014 at 06:29 PM

  • Simon contact me I'm interested

    Comment by: Rob caster     Posted on: 08 Aug 2014 at 04:45 PM

  • Simon my contact email is bob13cass@gmail.com

    Comment by: Rob caster     Posted on: 08 Aug 2014 at 04:49 PM

  • Have emailed you photos rob

    Comment by: Simon finch     Posted on: 08 Aug 2014 at 06:52 PM

  • 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

    Comment by: Steve Cannings     Posted on: 29 Aug 2014 at 08:53 PM


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

    Comment by: Serz     Posted on: 23 Sep 2014 at 07:05 AM

Leave a comment

Keep it polite and on topic. Your email address will not be published. Please do not advertise products, all posts of this nature will be removed. We do not stock or supply any of these products, we independently review these products.

EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
EB XVI modular PCP air rifle
Brand New - Video Reviews

Latest Video Reviews NEW!