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Movers and shak­ers from the world of pub­lish­ing and re­tail were re­cently in­vited to a ‘Spe­cial An­nounce­ment’ 40th year an­niver­sary bash at the Royal Ar­mouries Mu­seum in Leeds. The day was packed with in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tions from the history of Daystate the 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.

The main rea­son we were all there, though, was to dis­cover that to mark this momentous oc­ca­sion, Daystate is pro­duc­ing a lim­ited edi­tion ‘Genus’ ri­fle for 2019 - and what a beau­ti­ful thing she will be!

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 ri­fles will come with a beau­ti­ful lam­i­nated stock with 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 com­mem­o­ra­tive genus is more than just a fit­ting trib­ute to such a Daystate icon, though. It in­cor­po­rates 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 sin­gle-shot 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 bolt-op­er­ated 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.

For more de­tails, visit: www.daystate.com

It will fea­ture a cus­tom stock with gold em­bel­ish­ments.

The lim­ited edi­tion Genus will be one very spe­cial ri­fle.

There will be a com­mem­o­ra­tive in­lay in the stock heel.

Even the met­al­work will be cus­tom de­signed.

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