I spent the weekend shooting the Daystate Renegade, the second bullpup design out of this great airgun manufacturing powerhouse. The first was the Daystate Pulsar, a beautiful and technology packed bullpup. And while I loved shooting that gun (and it shot very well), my taste run more towards less complex technology for the field…. The electronic trigger was outstanding, but the other onboard electronics, the built-in laser, not to mention a price tag that could send you into cardiac arrest … were more than I needed.
Then at the SHOT Show a couple of months back I spent time looking at the new entry, the Daystate Renegade. It shares many of the stylistic attributes with the Pulsar, with what for me is an important difference, it is mechanically actuated. It uses the same technology shared with the Wolverine and Regals models, both of which I use, like, and trust. There is still an electronic component as the Regals uses an electro-mechanical trigger they have named the Hybrid Trigger Unit (HBU). The electronic are used to sense the triggers location, but the actual sear release is manual. I also like that the HBU is powered by a standard 9V battery.
I am taking this bullpup out on a Turkey hunt in California when the season opens in April, but in the meantime, I’ve started shooting the gun on the range and plinking with it to get familiarized. The gun is quite compact and ergonomic. There is an adjustable buttpad, a cover over the rear action which makes for a comfortable cheek weld and provides a good line of sight using low or medium height mounts on the elevated rail. The pistol grip provides a comfortable hold, with good access to the safety placed right behind the trigger. The action is my favored sidelever cocking with a drop-down handle, which allows the shooter to cycle the action very quickly.
I will post my quantitative results later bit I will tell you that this gun is very accurate, and I am looking forward to doing some long-range work with it on prairie dogs this upcoming season. With a high shot count, accuracy, power, shootability it goes on my list of impressive bullpups.
Also wanted to let you know, I will be hosting a prairie dog shoot in South Dakota, and will attach a link below for those that are interested. It’s going to be a lot of fun, you’ll arrive Thursday afternoon, hunt all day Friday and Saturday, and depart for home on Sunday. I’ve negotiated a great price which includes food, lodging, and limited guiding to the prairie dog towns (on private lands). I’ll also have a ton of guns along if you either don’t have your own or want to try something new. I’ll bring my Compatto, Bantam, Huntsman Classic, Regal and a few other guns if you want to have a go with them! If you want more info or to register, you can contact me at email@example.com.
I’ve been working on my home office/studio/trophy room the last couple of weeks as well. I am starting a series of “how to” videos for airgun hunting, and will record the non-shooting, non-hunting segments from here. I am always interested in hearing if there are topics you’d like to see included, and have already received some great input from blogs readers.
Wanted to share my new day hunter kit: I built up a kit for shorter airgunning trips where I don’t need a mountain of space consuming gear. It starts with a messenger bag manufactured by Leapers, which contains my binoculars, a range finder, a portable electronic call from Primos, a small game carrier, Primos Shooting Styx, a knife, GPS (or compass), extra pellets (and magazines when appropriate), snacks, toiletries, and water, and a light. This little kit can keep me out all day long, and is very comfortable to carry. It is unobtrusive and can be moved out of the way when hiking or shooting, but accessed without have dismount guns and gear.
I have about a dozen different carry options ranging from this compact set up to a high-volume pack that can keep me out for days. This is one of the topics I’ll be covering in the aforementioned video series.