Daystate Huntsman Regal Review
The Daystate Huntsman Regal combines an elegant sporting rifle stock with a reliable and proven bolt-action to deliver one of the most popular and sought after rifles on the market. Although there is no adjustment on the walnut stock, the perforated rubber shoulder pad and high roll-over cheek piece provide good eye alignment. The stock is not ambidextrous, but left-handed versions can be specified. High quality laser chequering adorns the pistol grip, which also has an ‘R’ motif, and the forend. A shelf at the top of the pistol grip accommodates those who wish to shoot with a thumb up grip. Beside it is the safety switch. The trigger is two-stage and fully adjustable for length of pull and weight – something that is best done by removing the stock. The bolt action, which can be moved to the left side of the rifle as a factory option, is reliable and operates in two stages. The first pull rotates the magazine, the second cocks the action and the return probes a pellet into the breech. Care must be taken to ensure the second cocking stage is completed to avoid a pellet being probed into the breech without the rifle being cocked. A dovetail rail provides plenty of room to locate a scope for perfect eye alignment but you’ll need to ensure your mounts are high enough to clear the 10-shot magazine that stands proud of the action. The magazine is Daystate’s proprietary design and a single shot tray is also provided. Pellets are inserted in a drum which rotates anti-clockwise. Once inserted into the breech, magnets hold it in place. Magnets also hold on a cap located underneath the forend which once removed reveals a valve to which a supplied foster attaches to fill the rifle with air. A roundel on the side of the action indicates the maximum fill pressure for each rifle. All models are 928mm long and feature a 430mm Walther barrel which is shrouded and has a ½ inch UNF thread to accommodate a silencer. In terms of shot count, the Huntsman Regal performs well for a cylinder rifle due largely to a highly efficient hammer system which reduces wasted air. Expect around 90 shots from the unregulated rifle in .22 at 12 ft. lbs. and a little less in .177. The Huma-Air regulated version will produce closer to 160 shots. The high-powered XL models deliver 18 ft. lbs. in .177 and 30 or 40 ft. lbs. in .22 and .25.
Daystate Huntsman Regal Product Range
Daystate Huntsman Regal
At 2.7kgs, the unregulated Huntsman Regal is the lightest rifle in the range. At 12 ft. lbs. expect around 90 shots in .22 and .25 and 80 in .177.
Daystate Huntsman Regal XL
The unregulated XL rifle is fitted with a larger 162cc air cylinder to provide more shots at higher power levels. As a result, at 2.85kgs it is slightly heavier. In all other aspects it is the same as the standard rifle. The .25 calibre rifle is available at both 40 ft. lbs. and 30 ft. lbs. with claimed shot counts of 45 and 20 respectively. The .22 rifle is also available in 30 and 40 ft. lbs. and returns a claimed 39 and 21 shots respectively. The .177 rifle delivers 18 ft. lbs. and delivers a claimed 46 shots.
Daystate HR Huntsman Regal
HR models fitted with a Huma-Air regulator deliver more shots per fill and greater levels of consistency. In terms of dimensions, the HR Huntsman Regal is almost identical to the unregulated model except that it weighs a tad more at 2.75 kgs. Daystate says that at 12 ft. lbs. it will deliver 150 shots in .25, 160 in .22 and 140 in .177.
Daystate HR Huntsman Regal XL
Again, outwardly identical to the other rifles in the range, the regulated HR Huntsman Regal XL differs only in that it has a longer 162cc air cylinder. It also weighs slightly more at a still relatively lightweight 2.9kgs. At 40 ft. lbs. Daystate says you should expect 25 shots in .25 calibre, 40 and 15 shots respectively in .22 calibre at 30 and 40 ft. lbs. and 60 shots in .177 at 18 ft. lbs.