After driving from the Daystate
factory to the Netherlands to meet up with Daystate's European
distributor, Alfred de Vries, Tony Belas and I were both exhausted
and thrilled to have found our way through Northern Europe! The
next morning the three of us set out for Nurnburg, Germany. Upon
arrival, we had to unload and setup the Daystate booth inside
the Exhibition Center. Once the booth was finished, we spent a
night on the town and prepared for the show!
While helping run the Daystate
booth, I was able to get away on my breaks to visit other booths
in the show. The following are some pictures and descriptions
of some of the interesting things in the way of airgunning:
~ Webley & Scott ~ BSA
~ TwinMaster ~ Air Arms ~ Diana
~ FWB ~ Weihrauch
The Daystate booth had full representation
from each of the distributors.
(Left to Right: Alfred de Vries from
Daystate Europe, Greg Glover from Daystate America, Tony Belas
from Daystate LTD, and Chris Wood, Daystate's agent in Spain)
The NEW Mk3 was on full display, with
4 out of the 9 guns being some form of the Mk3!
Clean and simple display proudly showcased
each of the fine pneumatic rifles in the 2003 Daystate Range.
The show brought a steady stream of
interested business people, and the booth was rarely empty. No
surprise though for the makers of "The World's Finest Airguns"!
Webley & Scott had a nice display
of the current range as well.
Tony Hall proudly presents the new
Longbow rifle. Similar to the Tomahawk in design, only smaller
and lighter with a more managable power level.
BSA showcased their full line of spring
and pneumatic rifles. The silenced guns shown are illegal for
import into the U.S., but the rest are available to us here.
New for 2003 from TwinMaster is the
New trigger addition puts a first stage
back into the pull.
Newly designed adjustable sliding weight
doubles as a convenient stand!
Small changes to the sights makes for
a longer radius and better compensator up front!
The NEW Sport 2 should be available
sometime around the middle to end of this year and will cost slightly
more than the current Sport pistol.
The always famous TX200 and TX200HC
The popular S410 and S400 Series rifles!
The ProSport and ProElite rifles!
The EV2 makes another showing with
the anticipated release date now targeted at August 2003!
As far as gadgets are concerned, this
gun has them all! Built in level, bipod, wind string attachment,
butt hook, muzzle compensator and trigger shoe.
New from Diana is the 300 R repeater
rifle. Based on what looks to be a Model 46 frame, this rifle
has an eight shot magazine system. We should see it here if RWS
picks it up in their line!
Bad picture, but just a display of
some of the current models available.
The Model 46 Stutzen Prestige is a
walnut Stutzen with some extremely fancy chequering. A very custom
look to one of Diana's best rifles!
Very nice cut-away rifles show the
complexity of the inner working mechanism.
Over at Weihrauch, the new HW 100 proudly
Weihrauch's addition to the precharged
world of airgunning, the HW 100 looks to be an interesting rifle.
Designed by a company who know's quality this repeater will be
an interesting rifle to play with! However, as with all their
guns, this one is as heavy as it looks! Seems steel was definately
the metal of choice!
While this was merely a dent
in what was on display at IWA 2003, it was definitely the highlights
of what I saw on my many journeys around the five halls! The crowds
were constant, and the turnout seemed very similar to that of
our Shot Show. My thanks go out to Daystate LTD, namely Tony Belas,
for the opportunity and privilege to attend the show and represent
such a fine company!
Airguns of Arizona / Daystate