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We all crave power in our airguns, even though we also enjoy shooting quietly in our neighborhoods. There have been many attempts at bringing these worlds together, but none have worked perfectly in both areas. That is, until now. Enter the Air Wolf, Daystate’s latest advance in the electronic CDT firing system. By controlling the firing cycle electronically, Daystate has managed to not only increase efficiency by cutting off the valve-dwell duration, but they have tweaked the electronics to allow for consistent shot strings at power levels ranging between 12.5 and 40 ft/lbs! Via the 16-step electronic power adjuster, the user can adjust the power on the Air Wolf in about 1 minute’s time. You will need two tools, which Daystate conveniently included with each rifle; the safety catch and the trigger. The following is a brief summary of how to perform the power change with the rifle in hand:

Step 1: Power off the safety catch.
Step 2: Pull and hold the trigger, and power the safety catch on. (The rifle will beep once)
Step 3: Continue to hold the trigger back as the rifle completes several series of beeps, 2 beeps, 3 beeps, and so forth.
Step 4: After the rifle completes a series of 6 beeps, let go of the trigger. The rifle is now in power adjuster mode.
Step 5: For every pull of the trigger at this point, the rifle drops down one power setting. If you power the safety catch off without pulling the trigger, the rifle will set at full power.
Step 6: After you pull the trigger to the desired setting turn the rifle off.

That’s all. The rifle is now reprogrammed to the desired level, and will remain until you reset it. And, knowing that someone, somewhere would get mixed up and do something they did not mean to do, Daystate left a default sequence to reset everything back to the high power default. To default the rifle, simply power the safety catch off, pull the trigger back, and plug in the power charger (connected to the wall outlet). When you let the trigger go, the rifle makes a series of beeps and the default settings are restored. The user can rest assured that nothing can go wrong when adjusting the features.

Now, for the test, a .22 Air Wolf was used. The 16 steps gave the following results using the Beeman Kodiak 21.1 grain pellets:



Pulls of the Trigger = Power Output (ft/lbs)
0 = 38.47
1 = 38.21
2 = 37.96
3 = 37.70
4 = 37.37
5 = 37.12
6 = 36.29
7 = 34.98
8 = 33.70
9 = 31.20
10 = 28.88
11 = 26.08
12 = 23.23
13 = 20.11
14 = 16.42
15 = 12.57


Notice how the first-half of the settings are close together. Daystate did this so that the user can tune the rifle to the pellet of choice without losing much power. So, if your JSB Exact’s are a tad bit too light to perform down range, simply drop the power a bit and you are set. Then, if you decide to bring the Air Wolf indoors or into a backyard with nosey neighbors, you can dial the rifle down to the lowest setting and it becomes a silent plinker. And here is where Daystate’s CDT system shines above other power adjusters on the market. When powered down, the Air Wolf is not choking the air traveling through the valve; instead the rifle is actually firing as if tuned to the reduced power setting. This translates to better consistency from shot to shot, and better efficiency at the lower settings. When you dial it down to 12.5 ft/lbs, it shoots like a UK specification rifle through and through.

The fully functioning barrel shroud works great at maximum power, and gets better with every step down. At minimum power the rifle is mute. Add these features to the long list of features like pressure gauge, quick fill connector, zero-effort cocking, phenomenal trigger out of the box, and a whole host of electronic features and you have the most complete factory airgun on the market. When it comes to versatility, Daystate has the market cornered. Meanwhile, other brands will have to be customized one feature at a time to get close, and even then they fall short.



To read up on all the great features of the Daystate Airwolf, click here!

By Jock Elliott

About 10 days before the New York State Field Target Championship in 2006, I was chatting on the telephone with Greg from Airguns of Arizona. I remarked to him that I would love to find a precharged air rifle, suitable for field target, that was inexpensive but good.

Half expecting Greg to laugh at my foolishness at combining “inexpensive” and “good” in the same sentence, I was surprised when he said, “You might want to give one of the single shot FX Typhoons in .177 a try. I was going to send you one to review – I’ll get it out today.”

A week later, on Thursday three days before the match, just as the sun was nearing the western horizon, Brown Santa (the UPS guy) shows up with a long slim package containing the Typhoon. I dash inside, unzip the package and pull out the air rifle. My first impression: it’s light, really light compared to the springers I’ve been shooting (In fact, the Typhoon is only 6.1 pounds without scope), and its matte black composite stock is stealthy looking. But never mind all that; it’s getting dark out. If I’m going to shoot this gun in the Hunter Class at the Championship, I’ve got to hustle because there’s almost no time for me to fool around with air rifles on Friday and Saturday, and the match is on Sunday.

Quickly, I zip into my basement workshop and detach a Leapers Mini Tactical 3-12 x side focus scope and mounts from another air rifle. I choose this scope because I am limited to 12x in the Hunter Class; the scope has a mil-dot reticle, and I know the scope mounts have an anti-recoil pin that can be easily retracted. Further, I’ve had good luck with this scope in the past. With the scope mounted, I charge the Typhoon, grab a couple targets and tear outside in the fading light.

Greg has thoughtfully included a chronograph ticket in with the packing materials. It tells me the Typhoon averages 913 fps with Crosman Premier heavies (CPHs). I start feeding the Typhoon CPHs and dialing in the scope. The trigger is nice. The first stage is very light. The second stage is maybe 1.5 pounds, and it breaks very cleanly. The Typhoon seems to be grouping well at 15 yards, but now it’s too dark for any longer range experimentation.

Back inside, I measure the height of the scope above the bore with a ruler (two inches). At, I plug the necessary info into the Optimum Point Blank Zero calculator and get the information that my optimum secondary zero is 20.29 yards. I then plug that result into the calculator that reads OPBZ SIR (Optimum Point Blank Zero with HoldUnder Sight-in Range) and get a chart that tells me hold under/over all the way out to 200 yards when the air rifle has been zeroed at 20.29 yards.

On Friday morning I steal half an hour from my schedule, dash outside and zero the Typhoon at 20.5 yards. I figure out that the aiming point for 10 yards is the first mil-dot down from the crosshairs. There’s no time to shoot groups to find the best pellet (although the CPHs seem to be grouping very well), no time to shoot through a chronograph to find out at what point the velocity drops off, no time to maybe fit a scope with lower mounts. I do have time to appreciate that the Typhoon is almost Zen-like in its simplicity. You fill the tank to 2,900 psi, lift the bolt and pull it back, insert a pellet, close the bolt, and pull the trigger. That’s all there is to it, and it all seems to work pretty well. I spray some Krytech lube on a tin of pellets and declare myself ready.

Saturday goes by in a blur. At 7 am Sunday morning, my brother-in-law rolls into the drive; we throw the tank and the guns into his trunk, and we’re off to the Eastern Field Target Competitors Club in Wappingers Falls, NY, for the New York State Championship.

At the sight-in range, I make a couple of minor tweaks to the elevation and windage and soon find myself nailing spinners at ranges out to 40 yards with no problem whatsoever. I hope this is an omen of Good Things to come.

An aside: when I go out the door the morning of a match, my quick prayer is: “Lord, just let me knock down at least one target so I’m not completely embarrassed.” I figure once that first target is knocked down, I can relax and have fun. But there was one match where I went six lanes without dropping a single target, so I’m always a little tense until the first one drops.

The first lane for our squad featured a black bird target at 45 yards with a one-inch kill zone and a frog target at 36 yards with a ¾ inch kill zone. (I found this out after the match. In Hunter Class, you have to estimate the range. What I “knew” at the time was the targets seemed moderately far away and fairly small killzones.) I settled into trying to shoot well, pulling the Typhoon firmly down onto my knee in a sitting position. Before I knew it, I had “cleaned” the lane, dropping both targets twice. I was amazed and pleased.

I’d like to tell you that I didn’t miss a shot for the rest of the match, but it just isn’t so. At the end of the day, the Typhoon knocked down 30 out of 50 targets, good enough to win the Hunter Class Championship by a comfortable margin (If my score had been counted in the PCP Class, I would have taken 3rd place).

I thoroughly enjoyed shooting the Typhoon. Its light weight made it easy to hold on the offhand shots, and the accuracy was simply astounding. On Lane J, I encountered the Sneering Bird, a sparrow at 22.3 yards with a 3/8-inch kill zone. That’s .375 inch. Subtract from that the diameter of a pellet, .177 inch, and you realize that leaves just about a tenth of an inch on either side for the pellet to slide through the killzone. No wonder some of the other shooters were calling the target “that #@&%! Bird.”

I sucked in a breath, blew out half, held my breath, and squeeeezed the trigger. Bang! The Sneering Bird dropped. I pulled the target back up, reloaded, and tried again. The Bird bit the dust once more. Match director Ray Apelles later told me that there were 19 shooters in various classes at the match. Out of the 38 shots taken at the “little birdy,” there were only 8 knock-downs. I was the only shooter to drop the bird with both shots. I credit a lot of that to the accuracy of the Typhoon.

In the middle of the match I had been missing some of the longer shots, and I thought that I was misjudging either the range or the elevation. But on the last lane, which featured a 48-yard shot at a 1.5-inch killzone and a 51-yard shot at a 1.75-inch killzone, after missing the first shot, I notice some leaves blowing across the target from right to left. I held to the right edge of the killzone on the next three shots and dropped the target each time.

The Typhoon is light enough to carry all day in the woods, and it does everything well. It’s about as loud as a hammer solid whacking a sheet of plywood, so it’s not the air rifle you’d choose first for shooting in the basement or for plinking in the back yard when you neighbor is trying to sleep. Because the Typhoon has no on-board pressure gauge, you need to keep track of your shots and refill after 20-25.

The upshot is that the Typhoon is one wickedly accurate air rifle at a very reasonable price. What’s not to like? I give it my heartiest personal recommendation.

Is this a spicy southwestern breakfast, or a really cool new pistol? Yes, I know, it’s a pistol. Picked up my pair Saturday morning, all that I could hope for and more. The brainchild of AOA, basically the action of the FX Cyclone with a shortened barrel and a diminutive air cylinder, set in a custom pistol stock designed by all the guys at AOA. When I first ordered mine from drawings, about 6 months ago, I envisioned a pistol shooting at 32 ft/lbs with about three shots. Yes, I could have lived with that, just enough shots for the wily pigeon. But, thankfully, they outdid themselves. With a new valve system and three power settings, 3–6–and maybe 8 of the eight-shot magazines are possible. The barrel is shrouded, with a ½” UNF threaded end. (The usual power wheel), and a gauge so you know what’s left in the cylinder. I mounted a Burris Compact riflescope on one, and a compact Leupold on the other (mine). As this pistol is not the slender, light 10-meter type, it has a substantial grip and stock to hold the basically full size action. For me, this doesn’t leave a straight-arm stance for a pistol scope, thus the riflescopes. I hold the pistol grip with my right hand, and a comfortable thumb rest, and cock the left hand flipper bolt with my left. Then, it is necessary for me to support the front of the gun with my left hand or use the left arm as a rest. The pistol has a modest pop with just the shroud. I mounted a compact Daystate C/F mod on one, and just a “phuuut” is heard. I mounted a full size mod on the other, and nothing is heard. As I only have a 30-yard range along side my house, I sighted them both in at that range. Within a few test shots I had them both making more or less the same hole. As I wanted to see what the pistol could do, I used a rest, and the pistol shoots better than I can. Nice…REALLY Nice! It’s like shooting my Cyclone, but in a much smaller package. I plan to carry it in the car…you never know!

Availability??? Ten units came in Friday PM; ten were gone by Saturday AM. Get on the list for the next shipment; I’ve already got mine, so go for it! Prices, pictures, and Chrono shot data should be coming from AOA. My Chrono died and I’m waiting for the replacement.

This is the ONLY pistol of its kind!

Best to all – ART SR. – HAPPY-ADDICT

As the new Mk3’s and Air Wolf’s arrive, the new concept of what Daystate refers to as ” Lean Charge” is leaving some in the dark about what exactly is so great about the new electronic firing system which Daystate has developed for their Electronic Series of airguns. The following is a brief explanation from David Snook, one of the instrumental minds behind the CDT system found inside the Daystate rifles:

“The original CDT units used a 7ms pulse where the voltage was adjusted to vary the power. This results in the valve being opened in a similar manner to a hammer and weight, where the valve is opened by the potential energy contained in the moving armature. I call this a “ballistic” valve.

Lean charge uses a different concept, it uses the maximum voltage level (approximately 70V) and adjusts the energy using the applied current pulse length, this can be between 1200us to 5800us depending on power level and solenoid design. This uses a combination of ballistic and magnetic valve opening and timing. The potential “ballistic” energy of the armature “knocks” open the valve and then the magnetic field sustained by the current pulse length determines how long it is kept open for. This has the following advantages:

1. The initial acceleration of the armature is greater due to more current being applied to the solenoid.

2. In turn the valve opens faster giving a steeper barrel pressure rise time.

3. The solenoid is then switched off allowing the valve to close rapidly under the air pressure behind it, rather than waiting for a ballistic hammer to decelerate and then close. This action allows the natural self-regulating properties of the valve to be more effective and gives a sharp pressure fall time saving air use.

4. The valve is opened and closed when the pellet is still in the barrel, this is difficult to achieve with a totally ballistic valve operation.

5. Muzzle energy can be tightly controlled using this technique.

The overall benefits are very fast lock times (typically less than 7ms), excellent air economy with attendant large shot capacity and reduced muzzle blast giving a very much quieter gun. The most surprising benefit is accuracy, where reduced blast lessens destabilisation effects on the exiting pellet.

Shooting a high powered lean charge gun is a culture shock, even with a very modest silencer it is a fast, quiet and very accurate gun.”

The FX Revolution Continues!
The FX Revolution, semi automatic airgun sports a tactical look which balances well and adds to the fast fire experience.
FX Airguns of Sweden has started a Revolution in airgun performance! The aptly named rifle is a 12 shot Semi-Auto supergun. Twelve 30-ft/lb+ match accurate shots as fast as you can pull the trigger…WOW!!! The rifle delivers 60 shots per fill as well!
 FX Revolution's 12-Shot Magazine loads up easily, but unloads even faster!
The FX Revolution sports tactical good looks, neutral balance, an easy loading magazine, as well as muffled report. 50-yard, ½” groups are commonplace with JSB Exact pellets.
Inside the muzzle break is the forcing cone that utilizes the wasted air behind the pellet to cycle the semi-automatic action. This feature also serves a dual purpose by reducing the muzzle report down to a minimum.
There is nothing else like the FX Revolution currently in production, and this rifle must be shot to fully appreciate it!

For more information on the FX Revolution, please click this link!

Shrouded Air Ranger in either 35 or 50 ft/lbs with the newly designed walnut ambi thumbhole stock.
Daystate has responded to customer request by fitting a very nice thumbhole walnut stock to the Air Ranger as standard. This stock is a very nice grade of walnut with an ambidextrous cheek piece and a thinner profile for increased comfort and decreased weight. Laser cut checkering and finely a curved buttplate add to the overall increased comfort.

Daystate has also installed a factory-baffled shroud to the Lothar-Walther barrel. We now have a combination of high accuracy, high power, and ultra quiet report in the 35 & 50 ft/lb versions. The 80 ft/lb version sports a heavy unshrouded barrel with a 1/2″UNF threaded muzzle. The 35 & 50 ft/lb models are free floated wile the 80 ft/lb model has a barrel support.

80 ft/lb Air Ranger with barrel support in Daystate's newly designed walnut ambi thumbhole stock.
These improvements to what has been a proven performer come at no increase in price, making the Daystate Air Ranger factory-built with NO need for extra tuning and customizing! We are certain that you will agree that Daystate has designed a winner with the Air Ranger!

For more information on the Daystate Air Ranger, please click this link!

BSA Hornet Packs an Accurate Sting

By Jock Elliott

The BSA Hornet is handsome, and it shoots even better than it looks.
The first quality I look for in an air rifle is accuracy. The oft-quoted Colonel Townsend Whelen said, “Only accurate rifles are interesting,” and I agree wholeheartedly. For me, being able to put the pellet exactly where I want it is what air rifles are all about.

After all, if you want high power and high accuracy, there are lots – and I mean LOTS – of excellent choices in the field of firearms. Starting with the world’s most popular cartridge, the .22 long rifle and working your way right up to .50 caliber, there are buckets of different firearms that will deliver simply amazing results in the right hands.

But here’s the rub: there are also many, many places where either the law forbids the discharging of firearms or simple prudence dictates that it would be idiotic to pop one off even if it isn’t actually unlawful. So if you want to satisfy your craving for some high-accuracy fun, airguns are the answer.

In my case, for example, I live in a suburban neighborhood about a half mile from a major technical university. Neighbors live within a couple of hundred feet on either side. And that brings us to the second airgun quality that is high on my list: a neighbor-friendly report. There is nothing like an airgun that makes scarcely any noise when it goes off to keep things smooth with the folks who live nearby. (It’s also very helpful to assure them, ahead of time, that you shoot into a pellet trap and that you are as concerned about safety as they are.)

The third quality that I prize in an airgun is consistency. Is it easy to shoot well, time after time? Never mind that it might be my problem . . . does the gun make it easy to do my best?

When it comes to the BSA Hornet, I can safely say that it delivers all three of my most wanted airgun qualities in a very attractive package. Airguns of Arizona loaned me a BSA Hornet in .22 caliber. It was fitted with a Swift 6.5-20 x 44 scope and the optional factory non-removable sound moderator.

The Hornet stretches 43.5 inches from the muzzle to the rubber butt pad. The right-hand hardwood stock has a pronounced cheekpiece and a nearly vertical checkered pistol grip. The trigger guard is metal and has a hole in it to allow access to a screw for adjusting trigger weight. The trigger is curved metal with a flat bearing surface. Forward of the trigger guard, the forestock is checkered, and there is a single allen screw that secures the action in the stock.

Beyond the end of the forestock is a curious knob that sticks out. We’ll get back to that in just a moment. Above the knob is the air storage cylinder with a screw off cap over the charging port. Above the air cylinder is the barrel, which is free-floated. The receiver is grooved for scope mounts forward and aft of the breech. Toward the rear of the receiver on the right side, you’ll find a rectangular button that releases the bolt and a lever with a knurled knob that activates the safety. At the extreme rear of the receiver is the aft end of the bolt.

Here you can see the highly effective factory-installed sound moderator; below it, the air reservoir and cap over the filling port, and, below that, the cocking knob at the end of the forestock.
Everything not wood on the Hornet is finished in satin black. Altogether, the fit and finish are excellent, and the end effect is that this is one handsome air rifle.

To get the Hornet ready for shooting, unscrew the cap over the filler port, insert the filler probe and charge it up to 232 bar. Since my tank only goes to 200 bar, that’s what I charged it to.

To load the Hornet, press down on the small rectangular button on the right rear of the receiver. The bolt will pop open, driven by a spring. There is no bolt handle. Load a pellet in the breech, and close the bolt by pushing the bolt forward with your thumb. The bolt will click into place. This loads the gun but does not cock the action. Put the gun on SAFE by pulling the safety lever back toward you.

The BSA Hornet is handsome, and it shoots even better than it looks.
Now, here comes the really cool part: the action is not yet cocked. You could flip the safety to FIRE and pull the trigger and nothing would happen. To cock the action, reach to the front of the forestock, grab the knob just below the air reservoir, and pull it straight back toward the buttstock. The action cocks with a click, and now you’re good to go.

At this point, a sharp-eyed reader might ask: what’s the advantage of this? The short answer is it does two things. First, it gives the shooter an additional level of safety. You can load the Hornet and walk around with it uncocked, knowing that even if the safety is accidentally switched off, even if the trigger snags on something, the Hornet can’t discharge. (Of course, any airgunner will still be certain never to point the muzzle in an unsafe direction.) Second, I find that the Hornet’s cocking knob is mechanically just plain easier to activate than many (but not all) precharged air rifles in which the bolt is also used to cock the action. I found that reaching out and pulling the cocking knob was much easier than working a stiff bolt to cock the action, and it could readily be done when the Hornet was on a rest.

Shooting the Hornet is a distinct pleasure. The second stage of the two-stage trigger is crisp enough for accurate shooting and releases at about 2 pounds. The Hornet sends .22 JSB Exacts zipping downrange at about 860 feet per second, generating about 30 foot pounds of energy. At 30 yards, I easily shot several 5-shot groups that measured .5 inches edge to edge, and one three-shot group measured only .25 inches edge to edge. This is obviously a precharged air rifle with plenty of power and accuracy for small game hunting.

Is the Hornet accurate? The defense calls no further witnesses: three shots at 30 yards, from a rest.
With the factory moderator, the Hornet has a very mild report. It’s not dead quiet, but most of time I noticed the ting of the hammerspring and the thwack of the pellet hitting the trap more than the sound of the air exiting the muzzle. When I came in from shooting in the side yard, I asked my wife, who had been reading the living room with the deck door open, if she had heard me shooting. She hadn’t. That tells me the Hornet is a very neighbor-friendly air rifle.

Finally, the Hornet is easy to shoot well. When the shot discharges, the gun is inert – you never lose sight picture. I never found myself struggling to control the Hornet or to maintain position. It was almost effortless to point the Hornet at the target, squeeze the trigger, and watch a hole appear just where you thought it would.

I thought the Swift scope mounted on the Hornet worked very well. It offered crisp, clear views, was easy to focus (with no apparent backlash), and never gave me a moment’s concern. Like the Hornet, it made it easy to shoot accurately.

It’s hard to find anything negative to say about the Hornet, but there is one area in which it could be improved: there is no on-board air pressure gauge. As a result, for consistency’s sake, most shooters will want to count shots between fills. I found I got 25 very accurate shots from a fill to 3,000 lbs.
The bottom line: the Hornet delivers excellent accuracy, commendable quiet, and shooter friendliness in an air rifle that should put a grin on any shooter’s face.

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