FX Cyclone

The fast action, biathlon style sidelever shooter from FX (FX5100 / FX5100-22 / FX5102 / FX5102-22 / FX5103/ FX5103-22). Also known as BTAS (Ben Taylor And Son) Cyclone and Webley Spectre.

FX Cyclone

Postby PolarWolf on Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:05 pm

The FX Cyclone is the first airrifle which sports a "biathlon" style cocking mechanism. Also known as "straight pull" cocking. Since the Cyclone, FX has made more airrifles with this mechanism, but those have an "auto return" feature. The Cyclone however is manual in both directions. The promotional video (FX Challenge) on the FX Airguns website shows the user of the rifle to use a thumb to push the system to a close again, and apparently that's its intended use. Personally, I never really got along with doing that, so I use the handle for both actions.

The Cyclone itself is a medium sized airrifle, with an 8 shot magazine for .177 or .22 pellets, and a selectable power setting. Three power settings are possible using the selector. When the rifle is disassembled and the power selector turned around, it has another possible three settings (some models might not have those holes drilled). The standard synthetic stock is 100% ambidextrous, and some very comfortable soft pads are inletted in the forestock and pistol grip. The Cyclone can be turned into a left handed rifle with relative ease. Various other stock options are available, including a walnut stock and a "BT" stock ("BT" stands for "Ben Taylor"). Ben Taylor and Son, an airgun specialist in the UK has taken the FX Cyclone and modified it a little. He puts a regulator into the rifle, and when required his own stocks too. Even a thumbhole stock is possible.

The Cyclone has a detachable air reservoir, which might be handy in the field. It's not a very big reservoir, but can be extended with the optional tube extender if required. However, I've been able to pull 64 shots out of the standard cylinder after which the fill pressure went from 200bar to 75bar. The rifle is fitted with a LW choked match barrel, with a threaded adapter at the front for fitting a silencer. The barrel is freefloating, but an optional barrelband can be installed on the newer type air tubes.

Specifications:
- Removable, 8-shot, automatic indexing, rotary magazine, reloadable on or off the rifle
- Adjustable 2-stage trigger
- Built-in pressure gauge
- 19.7" (50cm) Lothar-Walther match grade rifled barrel, shrouded or unshrouded, threaded for 1/2" UNF
- Standard quick-fill nozzle
- Removable air cylinder
- Synthetic ambidextrous sporter stock with rubberized pistol grip and fore end, various other stock options available
- Standard dovetail groove for scope mounts
- 3-stage power wheel with settings at 12, 20, and 27 ft/lbs
- Overall Length: 37 inches
- Weight: 5.2lbs (2.4kg)
- 200 bar fill pressure

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FX Cyclone with shrouded barrel
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Webley FX2000 .22
FX T400 .25
FX Monsoon .22 Walnut
FX Cyclone .177 Regulated
FX Biathlon .177 Regulated

I've had:
Pretty much every model FX made :)
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Re: FX Cyclone

Postby PolarWolf on Mon May 12, 2008 2:34 pm

I found a schematic and all important parts list for this rifle.

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FX Cyclone - Schematic
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FX Cyclone - Parts list
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Webley FX2000 .22
FX T400 .25
FX Monsoon .22 Walnut
FX Cyclone .177 Regulated
FX Biathlon .177 Regulated

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Pretty much every model FX made :)
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Re: FX Cyclone

Postby macomk on Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:36 am

I had one of these, great rifle. My score was always between 93-97/100 on 20m standing. It went back to FX as it was under waranty repared twice.
Unfortunately they have design fault, the seal on the regulator of the power goes after about 8months if you are using it.
I was shooting outside and inside therefor I changed the power between 6ftp and 12ftp.
Apparently FX has got new system so I might go back to cyclone again.
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Re: FX Cyclone

Postby waelo on Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:49 pm

Hi,
Im having an Cyclone .22 FAC, bought in 2010. Im using the power setting alot due to my pest controll around buildings. I have never had any problems with leaking o-rings.

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Re: FX Cyclone

Postby cyclone sniper on Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:06 pm

I never had any probs with power selector O-rings either , certinly not a design fault
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Re: FX Cyclone

Postby cyclone sniper on Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:14 pm

cyclone breakdown , it might be of help to someone !!
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