(Photos taken during last visit by Greg Glover of
Airguns of Arizona)
Upon entering the factory building,
you immediately run across a georgous display showcasing each
of Daystate's fine rifles.
Back in the office, Tony Belas works
very very hard. Tony is the Marketing Director for Daystate, and
also handles some of the phone calls and emails.
A wonderful young woman named Lynn
works non stop at full speed every day. She truly does the work
of two and helps greatly in keeping the office functional.
The owner of Daystate LTD and Rowe
Precision Engineering, Gary Sanders monitors the CNC Machine currently
building a PH-6 Breech Block. Rowe Precision builds all of the
key components used in the making of each Daystate rifle. While
Daystate's rifles are amongst the finest made in the world, Rowe
builds even more precise components for leading aerospace corporations
and other large American and European companies. While Gary is
the owner, he also takes the time to make sure that every part
is on spec as it comes off the machines. He makes regular trips
to the US to compete in the National Field Target Competition
and often spends his holiday time here visiting with the many
friends he's made amongst shooters.
Back in the workshop, all the guys
work as carefully as they can, fine tuning each piece during assembly.
In the foreground, John is seen assebling the air cylinders for
Huntsman and Harrier SE actions. In the background, Tony and a
few other guys are discussing the new bolt design as well as other
details for the new Mk3 rifle that will be available by 2003.
Further inside the workshop is Daystate's
machine room. It is on these machines that workers such as Alan
put the final touches on the custom fitting of each part. Here
Alan is blasting the metal shavings out of a CR-X regulator after
taking a few thousanths off a surface.
While mass assembly line production
is not a characteristic of Daystate, occassionally workers like
Dave get held up while waiting for a batch of certain parts. Rather
than waste any time, Dave assembles as many actions as he can
up to a point, and then completes them all once the parts are
finished. This helps speed up production even when machining time
runs over a bit. Above are Huntsman PH-6 rifles coming together
just steps away from the testing point. Once the extensive tests
are performed on each gun, they are boxed up and packed into a
crate for a scheduled delivery to us here in the US.