Now for the sad news;
Why in hells name did they opt to use a system that prevents the changing of a the moderator system? The moderator removal first requires that the end cap of the moderator be removed by prising it out using a caliber specific diameter drift and then removal of the baffles. You then use a 19mm socket (3/8" drive) on a long extension to unscrew the moderator retaining nut that secures it to the barrel. After that hassle the moderator then has to be forced off the barrel (which is splined) and a very tight fit too. There are also 2 thick steel washers, one inside and one outside to reinforce the security of the plastic moderator.
I am now considering buying a Striker 1000s barrel which is the same but does not have a moderator fitted and of which the front sight is a far simpler fit. After that a barrel adapter to suit with a 1/2" UNF female thread on which to put my own choice of moderator.
Little wonder that this 900X is so cheap to buy and has been spoilt by the lack of care and poor design. No doubt the incorporated moderator will be seen as a benefit by many but in reality it is not very efficient and looks cheap and nasty when compared to the standard Walnut stained Beech stock.
I will add more when I get the new barrel adapter and moderator fitted.
My advice.....considering that the Striker 1000S uses the same action apart from the cocking link arm, (only the stock is plastic, the barrel is fitted with an easily removed foresight and it does not have a moderator included) give this 900X a wide berth and add a bit more to buy a rifle that can be more easily modded. Wish I had bought the Striker 1000S and bought the wood stock as a spare part!
Isn't hindsight a wonderful thing....
Edited by itsray, 15 September 2015 - 03:12 PM.