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FX Typhoon T1 rifle

FX Typhoon T1 rifle

Though the initial incarnations of this rifle were first seen in the UK as the Logun Solo, it was sold in some other countries - including Sweden (the homeland of Fredrik Axelsson, the rifle’s designer), as the FX Typhoon.

However, now being marketed by Deben Group Industries Ltd in the UK, the rifle has striking similarities with the original but there are also some very obvious upgrades which we’ll look at as we come to them.

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The Typhoon boasts a very stylish, attractive and quite unique stock design that certainly helps it stand out from the single-shot PCP competition. The walnut stock has a fully ambidextrous cheekpiece with a shoulder hugging adjustable rubber butt pad. The pistol grip drops quite steeply, but gives a nice compromise of being full enough to fill the hand yet slim enough of neck to afford a comfortable and assured hold. There are also two generous chequered panels on either side to further aid grip.

The forend has a slightly rounded profile, with a flat underside that tapers towards the front. It also boasts two panels of well-cut chequering along either side and again its nice to see the panels are of suitable proportions and positioned at just the right area for the leading hand. The rifle is very light, due in part to the use of aircraft grade aluminium for the majority of the action and air reservoir. With the handling and balance spot on - things are definitely looking good. 

Upon first handling the FX Typhoon you immediately get the feeling of a rugged and robustly built rifle. As previously mentioned, as the rifle is manufactured almost exclusively from aircraft grade aluminium and brass this means the company has almost all but eliminated the problem of rust.

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Cock and Load

The cocking and loading mechanism and procedure couldn’t be more straightforward and for fieldwork it’s practical. The large blacked cocking bolt is quite chunky and operates with a very precise feel. To cock the Typhoon, the bolt is turned up from the original position and pulled fully rearward where you’ll hear and feel the trigger sear positively engage. For safe practice the bolt should be turned down into the rear keeper slot machined in the action. The rifle comes with a friction fit plastic loading tray that simply fits into the breech area making loading all the easier, especially for small calibre fans.

The front side of the air reservoir takes the push-in probe insert supplied and a recommended maximum fill of 220-bar gives approximately 100 full power shots in .22 and 70 in the .177 calibre.

For scope fitting there’s a run of scope rail along the relatively short action block but the design is such that scope fitting isn’t troublesome. I fitted a Nikko Stirling 4 – 12 X 50AO Mountmaster scope and spun a Logun CCFC Carbon Fibre silencer on the ½” UNF screw cut muzzle. Both scope and silencer suited the rifle, the optics not affecting balance and handling, while the moderator made it only a shade over 44” in length. It also did an admirable job of taming muzzle report. At the very front of the air cylinder you’ll notice that the end piece is now built to accommodate a dedicated chunky barrel support to prevent zero shift should you inadvertently ‘knock’ the end of that high quality barrel.

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The trigger is a 2-stage adjustable unit with a nicely curved broad blade and in performance far exceeds expectation of a rifle in this price bracket. With the pistol grip configuration and longer than usual (14”) reach to pull combined – I found the set up offers a high level of trigger control on what is a precise and very capable unit. The trigger is factory pre-set and it’s worth noting the action does need to be removed from the stock to adjust. However, as it comes as standard, I’m sure the majority of airgunners won’t need to start disassembling as they’ll find the setting to their taste. Zeroing at 30-yds on the .177 test rifle proved the FX Typhoon a very accurate performer with most quality brands of ammunition. Crosman Accupells seemed to bring the tightest .177 calibre size clusters at my set zero and reaching beyond to 40-yds I found my best 5-shot string came within a half inch cluster. Impressive.

The FX Typhoon has everything a single-shot PCP air rifle needs with styling and performance that far outweigh its wallet friendly price tag. It’s built to withstand a lot of use and is both workmanlike yet cosmetically attractive. As a hunting rifle it’s won me over and I reckon we’re looking at a fine candidate for HFT as well.

PRICE: £478 (Walnut stock version on test) or £379 (Synthetic stock model)

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  • Model: FX Typhoon T1 rifle
  • Type : Single shot bolt action, PCP
  • Calibre : .177 on test .22 available
  • Stock : Walnut sporter on test (synthetic stock version available)
  • Sights : No open sights, grooved for scope mounting
  • Length: 36.6” (rifle) 32.30” (carbine)
  • Barrel : 19.75”
  • Weight: 4.85lbs (rifle on test) 4.19lbs (optional carbine version)

5 Comments

  • I bought the T12 model because of the multi magazine capacity and its very light weight .First problem was the mag which sits very high meant that the scope had to sit high which i did not like i solved this by getting the FX mini mage which holds 5 shots and sits much lower . The other problem was the safety catch there is none so you just have to get used to that .Great gun for night vision as its so light as the NV units add quite a weight .

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    ROBERT SANDISON
    11 Oct 2018 at 10:47 PM
  • I would agree that Accupel in 177 give the best results and this is bourne out by putting nearly every quality and some not so quality pellets through it in testing.
    Mine was 2nd hand in the Logun Solo guise. its light weight was achieved by using Mahogany for the stock originally covered in an awful brown varnish. Once removed the stock oils up nicely to show a decent bit of grain. An aftermarket hand rotated magazine was available which held 14 pellets. It has superb accuracy from the free floating barrel and the trigger is something special to find on a rifle in this price range. It is now quite a few years old but it has never had any problems, the seals are holding well.

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    Dave Crowley
    02 Apr 2017 at 04:23 AM
  • excellent rifle , surprised me a lot with its accuracy in .22 , maybe its a shade ( and it is only a shade ) less accurate then my BSA R10 .177 . been through dozens of sample packs of pellets off flea-bay , testing extensively . conclusion being the JSB JUMBO RS ( 13.43 grn ) a fantasticly accurate pellet ( why it labeled " jumbo " beggers belief , as its a very light .22 slug ) I must add I shoot on my own range at distances of 30mtrs max but generally test pellets at 25 mtrs .. too finish up , the FX Typhoon is a beautiful and well balanced rifle , accurate , well built , super value for money and dare I say it .. sexy as hell ... I love mine

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    Mark Homer
    28 Jul 2016 at 09:42 AM
  • Picked up one of these yesterday in .177 so took it to Worcester Air Rifles today for a crack on the HFT course. I only got it as a second gun/plinker type but after today I might give a few comps a go. The trigger is superb, first stage short and then a very crisp and dead firing cycle. Lovely walnut stock and it feels quite light and comfortable. Bolt is smooth enough but very tricky to load with the single shot tray; it has a recess built into it to avoid the loading probe but if a pellet falls into it (often) you have to invert the gun to get it out. Not good when you have two minutes to shoot.

    No pressure indicator but then I never look at them anyway on the guns that do have them but still good for 70 shots. Adjustable but plate, threaded barrel for a mod and all aluminium construction I believe. Now this is the first rifle that I have found pellet fussy so out come all the good stuff. Exacts, Daystate LI's, AA 4.52,s and they're all over the shop. Started panicking until I tried the pellets they bundled with it (Crosman domed £6 a tin) and eureka, single hole groups at 35 yards+. First time out and I posted a 50 x 60. Early days yet granted but so far I have to remark on what superb value this little job is. If you are looking for a cheapo gun to compliment your collection then don't overlook the FX, excellent value indeed. I'll give the magazine a miss though; £60!

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    Mick Boswell
    16 Oct 2012 at 09:54 PM
  • I just bought this rifle in a walnut stock from Sandwell Field Sports. Wow what a fantastic rifle this is, I have the .177 version and with RWS Superdomes I have managed to get 1/4 inch groups at 25 yards, over 70 full powered shots per charge, I would recomend this rifle to anyone.

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    Dave Robinson
    22 Jun 2012 at 04:49 PM


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