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The best part of being in the firearms industry is getting to go hands all with all kinds of different guns, like the Faxon FX22.
Recently, thanks to our connections, we were able to get our hands on the FX22 made by Faxon.
What is the Faxon FX22?
The Faxon FX22 is a somewhat unique gun that’s a 22 pistol but can be made into a short barrel rifle by attaching a 1913 brace or stock to the rear.
It is based on the Ruger 10/22 system and even uses the Ruger 10/22 magazines.
However, it does vary a lot outside of the bolt and the fire control group, and we’re going to dive into that in more detail.
Overall, it’s a very unique gun that you should probably add to your list.
Faxon FX22 Features
The FX22 features are want make it a unique 22LR and not just another Ruger 10/22 clone.
The most unique thing about the FX22 is probably going to be the chassis.
It’s an all-metal chassis with an attached fore grip, much like you expect to have on a AR platform, but definitely not the same attachment mechanism.
It has M-LOK attachments on the foregrip as you’d expect on an AR style rail and two QD mounts, which will come in handy whenever you want to attach your sling.
The chassis has a good bit of weight to it which was the first thing I noticed when I picked it up, but it does make this gun feel very sturdy.
The easiest thing I’m going to be doing with the gun is comparing it to the Ruger 10/22 because it is built off of that platform.
Just to be clear, this is not a Ruger 10/22 dropped into a chassis. From what I can tell Faxon is manufacturing these themselves probably under some kind of license with Ruger, but the trigger system and the bolt are 100% Ruger design.
Everything above that does appear to be custom Faxon manufacturing.
The grip on this gun is the B5 systems grip. It has a 45ish degree angle and feels really good in the hand.
If you want to hold this thing one-handed, this is a great grip angle.
I am very excited to throw a 1913-style stock on this and really try it as a short-barrel rifle in 22.
But overall the B5 grip system is really good. It’s interesting that the grip itself doesn’t sit on the trigger well.
That’s kind of unique and then they have this matching piece of the chassis that fills the gap in between, but it does not touch the trigger well.
That might be an aesthetic thing. I’m not sure of the function on that, but overall it feels really, really good in the hand.
The Faxon FX22 doesn’t actually come with any sights. It has a top 1913 rail that lets you mount an optic.
This isn’t going to be a gun that you want to put irons on. This is going to be a red dot or prism optic.
Most likely a red dot if we’re being honest. This is a 22LR gun and it’s also got an eight-and-a-half-inch barrel.
So not really a precision gun. Definitely a good-looking gun though, but you wouldn’t need to be putting iron sites on this. It’s just too small.
This is compatible with any of the Ruger 10/22 magazines. So if you have a crazy Ruger 22 drum mag or 10-round mags hanging around from your Ruger 10/22, that’ll work.
Don’t get me wrong, this gun is unique, but it’s also very common to the 10/22 when it comes to the controls.
If you’re used to shooting a Ruger 10/22 Takedown or any of the Ruger 10/22 models, this is going to be very familiar.
The magazine release is an extended-release, but from my initial impressions of this, it works very well.
It catches well and the release is fluid. But it does appear to be the same release that comes on the 10/22 Takedown model and a few of the other more tactical 10/22s.
The charging handle is the Tandemkross Spartan Skeletonized Charging Handle.
The charging handle locks back just like the Ruger 10/22. You do have to use the mechanism between the magazine release and the trigger well.
The charging handle will accept a full finger, so you can put your full index or full pinkie, however, if you want to charge this thing, your whole finger can go in there and it pulls back.
It’s pretty decent from the factory, just a little stiff, but I mean it hasn’t had any time to break in and I haven’t oiled it yet.
I do like that on the bolt carrier group, they have Faxon engraved on it, so that should tell you right there that they’re at least getting the parts in and etching them and doing all the QC work in-house.
Although, as I said, I think this thing is pretty much built from the ground up, likely licensed from Ruger.
Bolt Hold Open
The bolt hold open is the same as the Ruger 10/22.
If you pull the bolt back, you have to depress the bolt hold open lever in front of the trigger, let it go and it will lock into place.
To let it go you have to do the inverse, you have to pull the bolt back, push it in, and the bolt will slide forward.
Pretty standard stuff when it comes to Ruger. Nothing groundbreaking for a bolt hold open.
the trigger is actually the upgraded BX trigger made by Ruger. So that is a Ruger part through and through.
That’s one thing that they 100% say is Ruger. It is the BX trigger and it’s very nice.
Makes me want to put BX triggers in all mine, all my Rugers but the BX trigger really gives a nice trigger pull to the gun overall.
The look of this is really cool. Personally, I would like to see a stock on it, like a skeletonized JMac or something to try to kind of match this color configuration.
I really think that this is a cool gun. I wouldn’t say it’s the most practical. What I do like is the threaded barrel.
Throwing a suppressor on this bad boy is going to be a lot of fun. The gun itself is very small and overall it appears to be solidly built.
Aesthetically they did a great job. Love the lines on it and the machining is fantastic and whoever did the coating on this metal did a great job.
As far as that goes you it’s hard to beat. The barrel looks fantastic, but it’s Faxon so that’s kind of what I expect.
I really like this little eight-and-a-half-inch barrel. It’s got their custom fluted flame flute, and it looks really, really good.
So props to Faxon for making a fantastic-looking gun.
Faxon FX22 Ammo
The Faxon FX22 isn’t picky with ammo in my experience and thus can pretty much handle anything.
I’d be willing to say that the FX22 can shoot nearly anything the Ruger 10/22 can.
The Faxon FX22 is a lot of fun to shoot it has a fantastic recoil profile and the included 25-round magazine makes shooting more fun because you can shoot for longer periods of time.
The aesthetics of the FX22 are fantastic and overall is a fun range gun and is a blast with a 22LR suppressor.
I highly recommend picking this up if you want the creme of the crop 22LR.