I received a XISICO XS28 today from Mike Melick. I�ll start out by saying he gave this one his OEM tune, including his added trigger screw mod and barrel recrowning.
Mike sent it double boxed and it arrived in 5 days in excellent condition. At first glance, with the rifle still in the box, I was somewhat worried. The rifle just didn�t look so sharp. However, once I got it out of the box and wiped down and detailed with some cleaning and oiling, I am thoroughly impressed. This is what folks like to call a cheap Chinese clone, and a Mike Melick tuned XS28 does its best to turn the term into a badge of pride.
The 28 is long, and heavy, and just feels like a nice solid air gun. The Chinese may not be using the finest wood, but they certainly seem to know how to find an attractive grain even if they usually bury it in stain. This one is finished very nicely, and a quick oiling and rubdown really made it impressive. The checkering appears to be cut rather than pressed, and I will be honest and say it�s not a fine precision job like an RWS. However, it is decent, and a little attention to detail later should really smooth things out nicely. Other than that, the lines are straight, no obvious filler, and the stock gives a comfortable grip.
I�m not a fan of the sights. I am stuck with em for a bit as I�ll talk about later. They work well, but those of us in need of glasses won�t get much use out of em. They work well though as far as my eyes will allow, and in truth, I managed some 50 yard shots on my 2�x2� spinners and connected. A spray paint can at 50 yrds was no problem at all.
Mikes tune probably saved me a lot of hassle. This gun literally came out of the box ready to shoot. Everything tight, screws treated with locktite, and a sweet trigger. Mikes trigger work is A+. Not having really modified any of my triggers beyond some minor reworking, I was unprepared for a truly good trigger. This thing can�t have more than a pound of pull, and it breaks precisely and consistently.
The firing cycle is fast and clean. There is plenty of recoil, but Mike took care of any spring noise quite well, and it shoots with a solid and authoritive thump. This one will take me awhile to master due to the recoil, but I am liking it a great deal regardless. I detected no dieseling or smoke to suggest it.
This thing hits every bit as hard as the Hatsan 125 I had for a short while, if not harder. I use the same targets pretty much every day, and I am familiar with how quickly every rifle I have sends a pellet to them. This XS28 has em all beat hands down. 25 yards, and it is thump-bang!. That fast.
I am buying a chrony this weekend, and am anxious to run it through. Mike noted 800+fps with 14.3 grains, and I am certain it is doing it.
I took the scope of my Ruger and put it on the 28 for accuracy testing. Two things here.
1. The Ruger scope and mounts are woefully inadequate. After 20 shots, the 28 dang near threw the scope at me. After a hasty re-attachment, I made sure to retighten every ten shots. Despite this, accuracy with the scope was barely adequate.
2. The rifle is clearly still needing a break in period. Although it felt very good out of the box, there is still some stiffness and violence that won�t subside until things get a chance to mesh together. After 50 shots, it was clearly smoothing out nicely, and seemed to get faster. Again, time for a chrony.
I shot with the scope, and with open sights even though anything past 15 yards for me is blurry. As you can see in the pics, I put a spot of dark paint on the target for open sights, just so I have would have something I could aim into the center of.
All in all, I am more than happy with this Chinese clone and look forward to putting some good glass on it.
Awesome job Mike. Outstanding. Definitely one to go in the regular shooter rack.