Daystate Huntsman Revere Review
Daystate can trace the Huntsman’s lineage back almost 40 years to when the company was founded. Each new version is a marked improvement over its predecessor. The last version, the HR Huntsman Regal saw the introduction of Huma-Air regulators for example. Until now, one thing has remained the same though – the use of a bolt action which has enhanced the Huntsman’s sporting rifle looks and appeal. However, now with the introduction of the Huntsman Revere, Daystate has introduced a side lever. Many of the attributes that have made the bolt-actioned Huntsman Regal a best seller are carried over to the new rifle; the same sporting rifle design, beautiful walnut Minelli stock and Huma-Air regulated cylinder action, not to mention the fully adjustable two stage trigger and match-grade barrel. However, the evolution of the side lever has added a new dimension to the model and the Revere is much more than a Huntsman Regal with a side lever. So much in fact, that Daystate will continue to sell the Huntsman Regal alongside the Huntsman Revere.
So, the differences then. Well, the most obvious is of course the side lever which is located on the right of the rifle. Left-handed configuration rifles will have the side lever located on the left. The engineering in the cocking action is of a very high standard, enabling the lever to be operated easily with just one finger. The first stage is semi-sprung and the second, cocking stage, has just enough mechanical resistance to reassure you that the cocking cycle has been completed. The second obvious difference is the use of a new magazine which has a hinged gate on the front that is held in place with magnets. To fill, the gate must be opened to reveal the chambers before revolving the drum clockwise around 360 degrees. Placing a pellet in the bottom hole holds the drum in place allowing you to insert the rest of the pellets. The magazine takes 13 pellets in .177, 11 in .22 and 10 in .25. The final major difference to the Huntsman Regal is the breech block. Old style magazines were not self-indexing and the breech block was designed to perform the task. However, as the new magazines are self-indexing the block no longer needs that function.
These enhancements combine to enhance the performance of the Revere – truly a ‘Huntsman Reloaded’. Hunters will continue to appreciate the compact, light lines as well as laser-accuracy and consistency (FAC version include 18 ft. lbs .177, 30 ft. lbs. .22 and 40 ft. lbs. .25). Target and range shooters will love those qualities too, along with the ability to cock and fire the Revere more quickly and without having to come off target.
Daystate’s new self-indexing magazine will fit all current models in the Daystate range (as of July, 2020). However, those supplied with the Huntsman Revere will only work in the Revere or Regal. The old style magazine will not work in the Revere due to changes in the breech block.