Only 250 Red Wolf Heritage rifles are being made, so Mike Morton acts fast and takes a peek at Daystate’s latest limited edition
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Daystate has more than four decades’ experience in making pre-charged pneumatic air rifles, and that innovative gunmaking heritage has been transferred to its latest special edition – the Red Wolf Heritage.
The company celebrated its 40th anniversary by bringing out the Genus, which was a special version of the Huntsman. And the Staffordshire firm has taken a cue from the Genus by offering similar styling with the Heritage, mixing a bronze and carbon-fibre finish with matching two-tone laminate woodwork.
Daystate collectors are quick to snap up limited editions, and I’m willing to bet there’ll be more than a few Genus owners who’ll be trying hard to snare a Heritage as well. But while the two rifles have a similar aesthetic, they are very different beasts.
The Genus is a mechanical rifle, while the Heritage, and the original Red Wolf on which it’s based, is very much an electronic gun. The Red Wolf has been in production for three years now, and the Heritage has benefited from a number of upgrades such as an ART barrel and Mapped Compensation Technology.
The barrel is encased within a shroud that offers sound suppression, but the price also includes a colour-matched 0dB silencer should you want to turn down the volume further. Another nice detail is the material used to make the biathlon handle on the sidelver, which matches the carbonfibre of the wrap on the buddy bottle.
Daystate promises the rifle can deliver match-like accuracy out to extreme ranges, and thanks to the Heritage’s enormous shot count, worrying about running out of air during an extended shooting session is a thing of the past as the Heritage in sub-12 foot pound format is capable of delivering 420 shots in .177 and a mighty 475 in .22.
The original Red Wolf is about as close as you can get to the pinnacle of airgun design, being elegantly styled and packed with technology, and the new Heritage promises to be even better, offering precision shooting in an aesthetically pleasing package.
The Heritage is being offered in Standard and High Power versions in .177, .22, .25 and .30 calibre options, with asking prices starting at £2,749.
THANKS TO THE HERITAGE’S ENORMOUS SHOT COUNT, RUNNING OUT OF AIR DURING AN EXTENDED SHOOTING SESSION IS A THING OF THE PAST