Daystate is pretty much a household name in Great Britain and has an excellent reputation on this side of the pond as well. Based on my initial impressions of the Renegade, it is easy to see why.
My loaner was the .22 caliber synthetic stocked model in the green color. It is also available in .177 and .25 calibers and in a black synthetic stock. Setup for a right-hander, I understand they can be ordered for left-handed shooters. The barrel is 17 inches with an overall length of 30 inches. A little on the heavy side for a synthetic stocked bullpup at almost 8 pounds, but you can’t deny it is solidly built. The buttpad is adjustable vertically, as well as for cant, by use of a metric hex wrench. The onboard cylinder volume is 300cc and the max fill pressure is rated at 230 bar (3300 psi). It comes with one 10 round rotary magazine and in a hard plastic carrying case with a dense foam interior that is fitted with a little “headroom” for an optic if it is not too large.
The synthetic stock has a rubber feel to it which is very nice and should be impervious to just about anything. Inlet into the stock on both sides are contrasting black plastic chevron-looking “swooshes” that give a little flair. The buttpad is a hard rubber and not sticky as some of the buttpads coming on air rifles today. At the bottom of the stock is a hard plastic, hollow pistol grip that is stippled to give a non-slip grip. At the bottom of the grip is an access door that flips open to allow for storage of hex wrenches, extra batteries or whatever. The stock is actually a two piece affair with the fore-end being a synthetic “shroud” that covers the air reservoir and also provides a recessed area for gripping with the support hand as well as a 3 inch section of picatinny rail for mounting a bipod or other attachment. At the tip of the fore-end is a large threaded aluminum cap that protects the male foster fitting. The fully shrouded barrel has a threaded end cap for additional sound moderation, although it really isn’t necessary as this .22 Renegade was very quiet. Atop the barrel shroud sits a stylish rail with 11mm dovetail grooves for mounting optics and a built in bubble level. Additionally, there is a curved polymer cheek rest that is adjustable forward and back.
The heart and soul of the operation is the hybrid trigger. The actual trigger is a smooth-faced metal job and very substantial looking with a cross-bolt safety button located directly to the rear of the trigger. Adjustable for first and second stage travel and pull weight via access holes in the trigger guard it is Daystate’s new hybrid trigger system. Those familiar with bullpup configurations know they have suffered from stiff, gritty triggers due to the nature of the trigger being well in front of the action/breech and the complicated linkages involved in tripping the sear. In their Pulsar line of bullpups, Daystate used a fully computerized electronic trigger. With the Renegade, they combined the mechanical Harper Slingshot Hammer system as used in the Wolverine model plus electronics that transfer the trigger’s movement via a wire to a small solenoid. Dubbed the Hybrid Trigger Unit (HTU), it instantaneously releases the sear with the press of the trigger, which can be set to a hair-trigger pull if desired. The system is powered by one 9-volt battery which requires the stock to be removed in order to replace it.
Built for the U.S. market and not restricted to the British 12 foot pound limit on energy output, this particular rifle is considered a Magnum 22 capable of an output of 34 foot pounds. There is also a high power version with a longer barrel capable of up to 50 fpe.
A 3 year warranty came with this loaner gun; however I understand that all of the new Daystates now come with a 5 year warranty. Will have to check that out and report back in Part II. The current price on the www.airgunsofarizona.com website is: $1559.00. The HP version goes for a hundred dollars more.
Please Note: I need to make a correction to last month’s blog regarding things seen at the SHOT Show. I mentioned Gamo’s introduction of their TC35 and TC45 big bores. I noted they would come to the market in the $500 range. I was only off by half. These big bore PCPs will retail at $999 each. Sorry for any confusion I may have caused.