WHAT A DAY-STATE!
Daystate recently announced the launch of a Limited Edition ‘Genus’ rifle to mark their 40th birthday. Dave Barham reports …
Dave Barham attends Daystate’s 40th celebration, for a special announcement
One of my first outings as editor of Air Gunner this month was a rather special invitation to Daystate’s 40th year anniversary bash at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Movers and shakers from the world of publishing and retail were invited to this ticket- only event with the promise of a ‘Special Announcement’, and what a great announcement it was, too!
A WHOLE LOTTA RIFLES
The museum holds over 29,000 firearms, a great deal of which are airguns, so I was really looking forward to what the day might bring.
As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted by pretty much every single air rifle that Daystate has ever produced, laid out along rows of tables that lined each side of the hall. I was like a kid in a sweetshop. I’ve never owned a Daystate, barely held a couple in my life, and there I was with every model ever made right there in front of me to pick up and play with – it’s every lad’s dream to own a Daystate, right?
The day was packed full of presentations from the history of Daystate as a company, to the history of airguns themselves, including a look at the first known PCP rifle as used by the Austrian Military – the 1780 Girandoni. I must say, I found the whole experience immensely interesting and I learned a lot, as well as putting faces to names from this wonderful industry we work in
THE BIG A
The main reason we were all gathered there, was to discover that to mark their 40th birthday in style, Daystate is producing a limited edition ‘Genus’ rifle for 2019 . From the graphics that Daystate had produced for the launch, she looks like a real stunner, and further investigation shows that this rifle is going to look every bit as good as Daystate has envisaged.
They’re only going to be producing 200 of this limited edition rifle worldwide, and each gun will be individually numbered on the
breech, so you’d better make sure you get your order in early if you want to own one of these magnificent works of art.
The Genus will come with a beautiful laminated stock, which has a commemorative inlay insert in the heel, plus gold embellishments and contrasting stock caps. They will feature a Huma regulator, a fully shrouded barrel and 0dB silencer, and will be available in .177, .22, .25 and the increasingly popular .20 calibre in power levels from sub 12 ft.lbs. to 40 ft.lbs.
THE GENUS POOL
The commemorative Genus rifle will incorporate the very latest in airgun engineering, metallurgy technology and features that the Huntsman has evolved during its journey from Mk1 to the present day HR Huntsman Regal.
Besides the current, all- metal, 10- shot rotary magazine and singleshot loading tray, they include the Harper Patent Slingshot hammer and valve system, now married to a Huma- air regulated action that massively extends not only the rifle’s shot count, but also its consistency throughout the entire air charge.
Unmistakably, recognised by its sleek, sporter lines, the boltoperated Huntsman also epitomises the ultimate in handling, courtesy of an action that’s been set lower in the stock for better balance and ‘pointablilty’.
The Genus maintains all these attributes, building on them with an extra level of detail that rightfully reflects and respects its significance to the company’s rich airgun heritage.
Carrying all the hallmarks of the original Huntsman, the Genus is a milestone model that encompasses both Daystate’s airgun legacy and its future commitment to making the world’s finest airguns.
Each rifle will be accompanied by a hard- cover book telling the history of Daystate Ltd, which will be individually numbered, limited and matched to the rifle. The Genus will also come packaged in a hard case. As far as price goes, we expect each Genus to come in under the £ 2,000 barrier, but you’ll have to wait until early 2019 for prices to be confirmed.
As well as the launch of the Genus rifle, Daystate had another announcement to make on the day – the launch of their new Airgunner’s Support Pack (ASP).
This is a two- tier program, which aims to build a network of social media Daystate ‘Pro Staff’. They’re looking for shooters across the board, be it competition HFT/FT or general hunters/back garden plinkers, with the emphasis on social media – each applicant will be vetted and their suitability ascertained.
The scheme basically involves successful applicants being loaned Daystate or Brocock rifles and MTC scopes in return for feedback on social media and video blogs. It’s a great idea for self- promotion, and in this modern age it’s a sensible one too – building a reputable family of Daystate bloggers who can spread the word to the masses, but previous experience in this field tells me that things can go wrong very quickly, which is why Daystate is adamant that the ‘interview’ process will be a thorough one.
It might sound like I’m talking myself out of a job here, because it has always been the press and its contributors who have reviewed kit and spread the word, but if ASP is done correctly the two can work hand in hand with cross promotion. Time will tell.
ABOVE: The new Genus is a thing of beauty
ABOVE: Daystate owners and management were all present for the announcement
LEFT: The commemorative inlay in the heel is a really nice touch
LEFT: Daystate displayed nearly every model they have ever produced, from the first to the current
FAR LEFT: Everything about the Genus screams ‘ Daystate’