THE BIG TEST
The editor waits to see if this remarkable rifle can change his opinion of bullpups
Phill Price’s usual anti- bullpup stance is seriously compromised when he tests Daystate’s new Pulsar
Bullpups are big fashion at the moment, with every major manufacturer adding them to their range, except BSA. I’ll put my cards on the table up front and say that they didn’t appeal to me at all. I understand the list of perceived benefits including their short length, but I don’t remember having trouble with guns that were too long. Apart from their Marmite looks, I simply don’t get the handling. I like a rifle that slips into my shoulder and is on aim as my cheek hits the comb, and there’s no better example of that than Daystate’s own Huntsman Regal. This rifle is the best handling airgun I’ve ever owned. It seems to know where I want to aim and takes itself there. I also own a Daystate Mk4, albeit in a Mk3 stock. The reason for the change of timber is because it handles better. This is a high-power version that’s been my everyday hunting gun for close to five years, so I know it like the back of my hand.
I told Daystate’s Marketing Director my thoughts and the words in his response that I am able to print went along the lines of, ‘You’re missing the point. Get off your arse, get out in the field and find out what the Pulsar can do for your shooting.’ Ooops! That didn’t go well. I thought that I’d better do as I was told, then. In some respects, the Pulsar is the successor to my trusty Mk4 because it uses an electronic firing system programmable to suit your needs. In the left cheek piece is a small LCD screen that tells you current reservoir pressure and the other information you need for programming. Power is supplied by six common or garden AA batteries, which provide enough juice for 14,000 shots. The screen warns you when there are 1000 shots left, which should be enough time for even the laziest shooter to fit some new cells. I really like the idea of standard batteries so that you can change them at any time, simply by removing one stock bolt.
An electronic action offers a huge
“The pistol grip of the Pulsar is actually an aftermarket upgrade for a Kalashnikov AK47”
Below: I was impressed at just how still the Pulsar was when fired