After spending the better part of a week
in the UK, Tony Belas from Daystate and I went across the English
Channel and drove into Nurnberg, Germany for the IWA 2004 Show.
The drive took us two days and was filled with breathtaking landscapes
and historic landmarks. As we drove through Nurnberg on the way
to the Messe for setup day, we passed through the center of the
modern city into the original walled city, complete with fortified
gates and a fortress keep. After the quick site-seeing trip, we
arrived at the exhibition hall to join up with Alfred de Vries
from Daystate Europe and his two men, Bertus and Arne. We prepared
the booth, checked into our hotel and went out for the first of
many samplings of the local cuisine. The following day the show
began, and the rest to follow is a sample of what was there related
~ BSA ~ Röhm
~ Falcon ~ Air
Arms ~ FWB
This year Daystate refined the layout
of their booth and clearly displayed their line of "The World's
The range of Harrier X rifles. (Left
to Right: Walnut Sporter with Aperature Sights mounted, Beech
Ambi, and Thumbhole Walnut)
Oposite the Harrier X's was the range
of Mk3 rifles! (left to right: RT Deluxe, RT, and FT)
To help demonstrate what the electronics
functions are, Daystate prepared a cut-away of the Mk3.
To answer the question, "Are the
electronics in the Mk3 waterproof?" Daystate placed a shortened
Mk3 in a tank and sprayed water on it throughout the show, demonstrating
that not only are the electronics waterproof, but the entire rifle
can withstand at least 4 days of direct water flow!
Not the best picture, but definately
the show-stopper! The NEW Air Ranger had people searching out
the Daystate booth for a glimpse of Daystate's newest rifle. The
Air Ranger is testing in prototype at 80+ ft/lbs in .22 caliber.
The Gary Cane designed and built laminate stock looked the part
ontop this magnum rifle. For a more detailed photo of this rifle,
please click on the picture above.
The BSA booth was always busy. Peter
Martineau and Peter Knights were working hard speaking with the
masses of people that visited the booth.
The complete range was on display from
the Super Sport to the Super TEN Bull Barrel.
The TwinMaster pistols and accessories.
The new TwinMaster Match is a refined
Competition pistol designed for the serious 10-Meter shooter.
The standard range was there.
Along with the Prairie Series
And the T-Birds. Although no picture
was taken, Van Jacobi and his wife from Airhog were working the
booth. On behalf of Daystate, we would like to thank Mrs. Jacobi
for her assistance in language translation. It was truly amazing
just how many languages she has mastered!
The EV-2 was displayed. Bill Saunders
says that they will start shipping into the US shortly.
A cut-away view of the mechanism inside
The new backpacker rifle was on display.
At the SHOT Show this rifle was named the Ranger, but it seems
Air Arms may be rethinking the name as it did not have a tag on
display here at IWA.
When apart, the new rifle will fit
into a backpack for carry in the field.
A new version of the P700 was on display.
We'll see if it comes in through Beeman or not.
Also on display was a new match pistol,
the P40. This should become available in the US in about 1 years
time. It is a single shot pistol much like the P34.
FWB was right there with the cut-away
rifle showing the mechanism inside the P70 match rifle.
All in all the show was successful. There
was not much new after attending the SHOT Show, but the things
that were made the show. It was nice to shake hands with some
of the people that we've only spoken to up until now. Each year
this experience gets better, and I am thankful that Daystate has
been willing to invite me to come and assist. It was actually
this time last year that the representatives from Daystate UK,
Daystate Europe and Daystate America sat together and designed
the high power rifle that is now almost finished as the Air Ranger.
Let's just see what happens in another years time!