By The Ole Hedge Creeper
It all started one Wednesday morning after a telephone from Armex, they liked my Browning M Blade review so much that they wanted me to review its big brother The X Blade, it’s not often anything excites me much now days, I have either shot it warn it used it or in many cases helped design it in some way or another, so when something does excite me I am like a kid at Christmas.
Young Sport Ethan and I sat there on the sofa watching a ferreting DVD whilst waiting for the parcel to turn up on this Saturday morning, the parcel that was containing The Browning X Blade, the delivery driver turned up bright and early as normal to find myself and Ethan bouncing about like a couple of excited pole cats faced with a rat, I don’t think he quite expected a signature a thank you and the door shutting that fast.
The Box Opening.
Well as I opened the box on my sofa the excitement grew Ethan had to cross his arms as he said the butterflies in his belly made him giggle, there she was in all her glory a wonderful dark wooden stock spring powered air rifle, she reminded me of the air rifles of my youth but with a modern twist, the barrel was shrouded in a plastic type of coating tapering down to the fore sight, quite stylish I might that coupled with a cracking set of iron sight, the dark wood on the gun is quit exquisite and matches the barrel and action beautifully, the safety catch is easy and simple as that of its little brother The M Blade, with ease the thumb effortlessly glides the safety forward to take your shot, of course once depressed the safety wont engage again until the shot is taken and another pellet is cycled by breaking the barrel and re cocking the gun, the trigger was a little long on the pull so I adjusted it with a Philip’s screw driver, this one just needed half a turn anti clock wise and was set just perfect for me, this took less than ten seconds and was dead simple to do.
The Barn Test and Zeroing
Both guns performed brilliantly Ethan already loving the M Blade as that was the first gun he fired several months earlier and what I had been teaching him to hunt with on open sights, now he had a new lease of life with the new scope added to the gun, I think his smile grew wider and wider with each shot, as for me with The X Blade she never missed a beat and with every shot I took that gun just got even sweeter, alas we did not get to go hunting with them that day as the weather got so bad we called it a day when the daylight fell, both of us finished the day like excited kids chattering on our way home in the truck.
The Hunting Field Test.
JT snr joined me in the cattle yard armed with his Daystate Regal, I knew we would get a chance at some vermin there and indeed I was not wrong as JT snr put his gun to good use on collard doves and feral pigeons alike.
I did not have to wait long as another collard dove flew in to the oak tree some 35 yards away and high in the branches, there was a reasonable South Westerly breeze blowing so calculating my hold over and windage I took my time, the bird had its back to me so I went for a heart and lung shot through the air sack, again I squeezed the trigger and that distinct recoil was felt as the pellet left the barrel and sailed true, there was a big puff of feathers and a thump that sounded like a cricket ball hitting a cricket bat as the collard dove fell to earth with all the grace of a ballerina on swan lake.
Twenty minuet’s went by and the feral pigeon started circling the grain barn, JT snr had taken up position in there and the distinct thumps of shot on targets were heard as he flushed this feral flock out of the mill, now was my chance as one landed on the top of an old grain silo around 40 yards away, it was completely open ground so I could not stalk any closer, nothing else for it hit or miss let’s see what this sweet little gun can really do with me behind the butt, allowing for a good stiff left to right crossing wind I held over just a touch, no I thought just a touch more as I did what my Pappy taught me, a gun is like a woman son it’s all how you hold her, see the shot feel the shot breath take the shot, I could hear his words as clear as if he were whispering them in my ear now not some 35 years passed, I squeezed the trigger and felt that distinct recoil, it was like music to my ears as the pellet sailed true and the feral dropped straight to the floor stone dead.
Well there you go we put The Browning X Blade and indeed the M blade through their paces, both guns stood up to everything we threw as them and just ate it up and spat it out saying come on then give us some more.
Like I say The Ole Hedge Creeper will always review each product sent to me on its own merits, and for the limitation of what it is designed for, if its limitations are say out to 25 yards use it to that not try and pull off 40 yard shots with something that it’s not designed for, and don’t compare one product against another, like here with the X blade one fellow tried to compare it against a HW97, sheer madness that’s like comparing a Mini to a Rolls Royce both great cars and both do a great job but the mini is not in the same class as the Rolls and this shows it in its price tag the same with the guns etc.
So for me The Browning M Blade kit or the barn kit as it’s called is a winner for its meagre price tag of £160 and that comes with a scope and pellets, and as for The Browning X Blade kit better known as the farm yard kit is coming in at around a meagre £225 and really does what it says on the tin, so if you want to bicker over that price tag for a cracking gun kit then all I can say is I am not going to argue with you as arguing with a fool only proves there are two.
Browning X Blade Review
By The Ole Hedge Creeper
aka Rob Collins