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Daystate Air Ranger

Daystate Air Ranger

It seems like every month we receive a new air rifle from Daystate… not that we’re complaining, it’s great to see a British company being so innovative, and what’s more, being successful with their new products too. The latest rifle to come from the Staffordshire based company is the Air Ranger, a fantastic ‘buddy bottle’ multi-shot that we first saw at IWA 2004, but then the rifle was going to be ‘export only’ or ‘on ticket’ as it put out two different power levels… 60ft/lbs or 90ft/lbs!  Because of lots of public interest, Daystate have changed their mind about the ‘export only’ status of the Air Ranger and have decided to introduce it in a UK legal limit (12ft/lbs) format. This means that it has a huge shot capacity – 500+ shots per charge - instead of the massive power output of the original FAC version. Even so, Daystate were being cautious about the new rifle, and were intending to keep production fairly limited and only supplying four of the larger UK airgun retailers. Yet even before we had finished writing this review, Daystate had taken so many orders for the Air Ranger that they have confirmed that the rifle will now be placed alongside their regular range of precharged pneumatics.

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While I was testing a .177 version of the Air Ranger for GunMart, my colleague Pete Wadeson was testing a .22 model for our sister magazine, Shooting Sports, in fact it’s the latter rifle that appears on this month’s front cover. Apart from the calibre and shot capacity, the two rifles were identical, but it did allow us to compare notes and get an idea on how they would appeal to the hunter and the target shooter.

So let’s take a look at the build and design of the Air Ranger, and without a doubt the first thing that you will notice is that huge 500cc ‘buddy bottle’ air cylinder. This high capacity bottle was originally chosen when the rifle was going to be FAC only, as it would give a reasonable amount of high power shots. With a recommended fill pressure of 230-bar this bottle gave around 500 shots at approx. 11.7ft/lbs with our .177 test rifle, and Pete Wadeson has reported that the.22 model clocked up an amazing 700 shots as the larger calibre is even more air efficient. This ‘air economy’ is ably aided by Daystate’s Mk3 Stainless Steel regulator which not only helps to give more shots but also, more importantly, keeps each shot consistent with the last – more of this later. Although the rifle uses a ‘buddy bottle’ as an air reservoir, you don’t have to remove it to fill – instead you just attach an air charging line via a quick fill valve at the base of the action.

The next thing to comment on is the walnut thumbhole stock which, for an ambidextrous design, not only feels practical, but it looks good too. Starting at the fixed rubber buttpad, the top line rises gently to a much higher padded cheekpiece which dips slightly as it meets the action. The thumbhole is large and ‘scooped’ from both sides and the upright pistol grip that has four panels of bordered chequering (two each side). This quite extensive and well cut machine chequering, although not commonplace, is now appearing on quite a few air rifles in the mid to higher priced section of the market. I for one quite like it – it gives fairly standard timber a satisfyingly expensive look.

The lower edge of the stock forms an integral trigger guard and extends into a fairly curved forend finishing just forward of the air bottle’s ‘neck and shoulder’. This gives you a convenient reference point for your leading hand to support, rather than holding on to the cold metal of the air bottle itself.  A simple air gauge sits in a slot on the left hand side of the stock – a handy little feature which gives a good indication of the amount of air left in the bottle. Pete Wadeson mentioned that the gauge on his rifle stood a little proud of the stock, but I can’t honestly say that I noticed it throughout the extended test period. In fact I never noticed it at all, even when I should have – as I’ll explain later. Seriously though, I think if you are going to have an integral gauge, it’s better to have it on the side of the stock where it is ‘out of the way’ when the rifle is in use.  If a gauge is on the bottom of the stock it could be damaged when resting the rifle to take a shot, while if it’s on the front of the air bottle (the most common position) you are actually pointing the gun at yourself (or over your shoulder) when reading it!

Above the air bottle sits the 17” Lothar Walther barrel which is fully shrouded with a 0.75” tube giving the rifle a ‘bull barrel’ look. The tube also contains baffles to actually form an integral sound moderator. At the muzzle end of the tube there’s a knurled end cap which protects a standard 0.5” UNF thread for attaching an additional sound moderator if required.

The bolt action is very similar to that found on the Daystate X2 and it takes the same ‘ratchet’ 10 shot magazine system. The magazine has a horizontal slot that lines up with a ridge in the receiver and a small metal ‘stop’ pin that can be mounted on the left or right to allow loading from your preferred side. To remove the empty magazine you first set the red coloured trigger block safety lever at the rear of the action to ‘Safe’ by moving it to the left (anti-clockwise). You then just rotate the rifle’s bolt 45º then pull it fully back, then slide the magazine out to the left or right (depending on how you’ve set the stop pin). To fill the magazine you place a pellet through the large hole in the bottom of the casing until it seats in the first pellet chamber, making sure that the pellet skirt clears the outer casing edge. You then rotate the inner alloy cylinder anti-clockwise to line up the next empty chamber, then each additional pellet is loaded one at a time until all ten chambers are filled. The magazine is then replaced in the receiver and the bolt is returned to its original position. Extracting and returning the bolt will also have cocked the action. The rifle is now ready to shoot once you’ve disengaged the safety lever by moving it clockwise (right).

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Range Time

The top of the receiver block is dovetailed either side of the magazine to take scope mounts. I used a set of reach forward mounts – which are quite high - as they were conveniently already attached to my chosen scope, a Tasco 4-16x42, but standard ‘straight’ mounts would have achieved the same result, however, check that your choice of mounts is high enough to clear the rifle’s magazine.

The rifle felt comfortable in the sitting, kneeling and standing shooting positions. I thought that it might feel a little front heavy due to that extra large bottle and the double skinned barrel, but although it’s no lightweight it still balances just forward of the trigger. All up, with scope and mounts, it weighed 10.2lbs, which is lighter than many FT air rifles I’ve used – and even some of the heavier hunting rifles. If you really want to shed a few ounces, you can opt for a 400cc bottle rather than the standard 500cc bottle, but then of course you will also lose out on shot capacity – there’s always a trade-off!

Now we come to the trigger, which I haven’t mentioned before; saving the best to last. The release was extremely good with a short, light first stage, a definite stop, then a clean and positive break. If you like to make fine adjustments (or ‘fiddle about’ as we say in the trade) you have to remove the rifle’s action from the stock to adjust it, but you can then alter the first stage travel, second stage weight and trigger angle. As it was, the Air Ranger’s standard trigger set-up it suited me just fine, so I for one wouldn’t alter it. 

Off the bench it quickly became apparent that you could easily get field target accuracy from this .177 version of the Air Ranger. Best five shot groups edge to edge (with Daystate FT pellets) were sub .30” at 25 yards, around .50” at 35 yards, virtually the same at 45 yards and within an inch at 55yards. Even with 40 yard standing shots, the 40mm knockdown was guaranteed to clatter down – even a 25mm spinner at the same distance wasn’t safe.

Throughout the range tests the rifle remained very quiet, any muzzle noise being dispersed by the barrel shroud silencer. During the final part of the test I did attach a Parker Hale Phantom sound moderator, but it really wasn’t necessary; this rifle is a quiet rifle straight out of the box.

As a matter of interest I recorded samples of shots from a full bottle at 25 shot intervals throughout the charge (492 shots were fired in all before the pressure dropped away). Using Daystate’s own FT brand pellets (8.49 grains), most of the shots were only separated by single figures in the 780-790fps range and the highest spread was unsurprisingly between shot #1 (792fps) and shot #475 (775fps) – this is a quite unbelievable 17fps over almost 500 shots. Equally unbelievable is the fact that I forgot to check what the gun’s own air gauge read at this low point in the charge before I refilled the rifle – doooh! Another Homer moment.


The Air Ranger is an excellent rifle from Daystate, and no doubt one that will prove extremely popular with hunters; there may even be a few FT or Hunter FT competitors that will give it a try – it’s certainly accurate enough. Possibly the biggest attraction will be that huge shot capacity – 500 in .177 and 700 in .22 – but it’s the consistency, quietness and of course that extremely important accuracy which should really be the big selling points.

PRICE: £895.
Single Shot Pellet Tray £10

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  • Manufacturer: Daystate
  • Model: Air Ranger
  • Action: Bolt action, multi-shot precharged pneumatic
  • Stock: Walnut, ambidextrous thumbhole stock with ventilated rubber butt pad
  • Sights: No open sights, action block grooved for scope mounts
  • Weight: 7.9lbs un-scoped
  • Overall Length: 41.5 inches
  • Barrel Length: 17 inches
  • Trigger: 2-stage, multi-adjustable
  • Safety: Manual, re-settable rotary safety catch
  • Silencer: Integrally fitted active baffle system. Also threaded to accept optional additional silencer
  • Power: 11.8ft/lbs
  • Charge: 230bar max.
  • Calibre: .177 on test, .22 available.


  • I have two Daystates, a Huntsman I purchased personally from the factory in 1986 (then in Stone in Staffordshire) In all it’s 30+ years of use The only time it had any new seals fitted was when it had a regulator fitted to improve shot count. in that time it has always been reliable and performed consistently being choreographed many times over the years.
    My other Daystate is an "Air Ranger 177" which so far performs equally well and I have no reason to believe it will not continue to do so if the qualities it is displaying now continue.
    On the question of customer service, on the very few times I have spoken to anyone at "Daystate", usually for information on service or modification costs their staff have been nothing but helpful polite as you would expect form a British company of long standing


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    Albert Leonard
    07 Jan 2019 at 05:10 PM
  • Do you! like something new? Look at this page. Only here the choice of horny for every unique guy and completely free! They are wettest slaves, they will and want do anything you command !

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    05 Jul 2018 at 09:31 AM

  • Ill give Daystate their due they have really listened to customers and improved their QC.

    I bought a Ranger a few weeks ago on impulse and it is great pushing 11.30 out the box zero faults.

    And it's out shooting my R10 which I was surprised about.

    How ever it is buyer beware as above FX /Air Arms have some cracking guns.

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    02 Sep 2015 at 01:15 PM
  • Murray i hope you listen to myself as well as all the other comments about daystate rubbish products.If i were in your shoes looking to spend your hard earned money then dont buy a daystate you will regret it .The fx range of guns ie cyclone etc or airarms are the most accurate and reliable in my opinion .I have owned everything thats been out in the past 35 yrs .my fx cyclone as never let me down once no leaks power loss etc .also my airarms s510 is still going after 5 yrs no leaks anything .I hope you take head and walk away and forget about owning a daystate .7

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    02 Sep 2015 at 12:49 PM
  • Can't believe that I'm walking away from here saying, "Well, if my bloody heritage countrymen don't believe in their own classic Daystate Air Ranger, then I'm staying the hell away from it.

    Have you got a few German air rifles you'd like to recommend? I'm thinking Daystate is top-of-the-line, technologically top-class and "electronically daring."

    What should I be looking at for $2000.

  • I have 5 daystates from the Airwolf MCT to my latest the wolverine c,,all have been faultless,very accurate and the aftersales at daystate has been second to none,,don't believe the bsa owner above , all makes of rifles have problems from time to time but you heard what he said ,,he stripped it down, well theres the warranty gone then, leave to the experts instead of butchering a decent rifle

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    11 Mar 2015 at 09:09 PM
  • well i have now owned this ranger for 2 1/2 years now and what a pile of crap i have had nothing but problems and its had 3 trips back to the factory each time coming back with the same problem it keeps jamming when cocking
    i opened up the insides of this "rifle" behind the saftey to find that its packed with RUST that has been there for a very long time and in that time its had 3 trips to daystate and they have not seen it that is how they do their job rust on a newish rifle what inferior materials are daystate using these days (that is why it would not cock)
    as a daystate owner for about 17 years now having lots of new rifles of them i can honestly say this is the last i will ever buy of them they are just not good enough
    and the figures of daystate rifles that get sold with problems,
    it is about 50% of them have some kind of problem
    and to any potential buyer think twice and my advice is

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    13 Feb 2015 at 10:34 AM
  • I too have had bad issues with daystate guns .i bought a new ranger took it out couldn't hit a thing .power was9 ftbls barell was loose mag kept jamming sent it back it came back from factory with all the same faults.took it back to shop got my money back.1 week later decided on the huntsman classic the rifle was just as bad that too went back to daystae they were rude and never answered my calls got the gun back still 10 ftbls and mag jamming with a chrono print out reading get this... Highest velocity 11.5 ...lowest 11.5 ..average 11.5 ah ah unless your retarded you will know this is impossible who were they fooling took gun back to shop threatened them with trading standards got money back.daystate are a vile disgusting company with thier only intention to make as much money out of you as possible customer after care doesn't exsist thier products are expensive rubbish.

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    05 Jan 2015 at 08:15 AM
  • I made the great mistake of buying three daystates at the same time they are:
    Wolverine,air ranger and regal for my Familie and what a mistake in the past six months they have all been back to daystate on a regular basis.
    The main problem being air leaks I am so fed up with it that for Xmas I have bought three BSA R 10s we shoot almost every day on the farm buyer beware with Daystate is all I can say.

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    23 Dec 2014 at 03:27 PM
  • I'm sure your dealer will ensure you receive a quality product and if there are any problems he is legally bound to provide you with a product fit for purpose.

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    Troll Hunter
    04 Dec 2013 at 10:12 PM
  • I am going up tomorrow to look at purchasing a daystate air ranger f,a,c, 40 f t lb .22 not a cheep gun well over a thousand pounds, and i am concerned after reading the comments ,i havent made my mind up and will speak to the dealer and quote the comments that i have read ,if i purchase and find any faults i will be looking my money back failing that without question it will be court action and costs will be included ,simple i have more money than daystate,they have been warned..make the rifles right or dont sell them...even better the should hope i get one that is working to perfection and build,watch this space.............

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    04 Dec 2013 at 08:46 PM
  • after reading all the comments ,i hope the Daystate harrier X2 will be a good buy i will let you know what i think in two weeks

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    12 Sep 2013 at 10:57 AM
  • Daystate's international guy is in Italy, he has been helpful and replaced all parts under warranty but was complaining because he had to pay shipping costs to NZ because the SOLE NZ dealer doesn't want to deal with them anymore because of the problems he has had with the product and importing costs for spares etc. If I was still in the UK it wouldn't be such an issue due to the vast number of distributors and Daystate's home ground. Interestingly a NZ owned air ranger also had the same reoccurring problem with the 4ba bolt breaking prior to mine and Daystate accused him of being heavy handed also so when my air wolf had the same reoccurring problem (with less load as it only rotates the mag), only after mentioning my knowledge of this one to them did they have a slight change of heart. Definetly a nice rifle to shoot and look at, but heavy when hunting and unreliable in my own personal experience.

    Nice to know that some owners have got what I thought I was getting.

    Regards pete, NZ

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    28 Mar 2013 at 07:50 AM
  • Well, I have two Daystates, a Huntsman in .20 that was a bit of a special, using an Anschutz match barrel, rather than an LW one. It has been superb from day one. The other is a 2008 Air Ranger that I use as a dedicated night vision rifle. It has been totally reliable and will take Swan Vesta heads off at 30 yards. Any maker can have probems and I have heard nothig but good reports of customer service from Daystate. Something about the stories above does not ring true - I am also a Theoben fan and they had exactly the same reputation, and yet, over the 17 odd years I dealt with them, they could never do enough. I think there must be something in HOW these people are approached that makes a difference.

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    Simon Everett
    24 Mar 2013 at 11:22 PM
  • Brought a Daystate Airwolf MCT 40 ft in 2 years ago. I have had nothing but problems with it. It was not shooting well out of the box. Firstly the barrell was loose so this was fixed but still inaccurate, then we found that the front cap head screws holding the breech onto the rifle were stripped because the factory specified screw lengths barely made contact with the parent material. We put in longer screws but there wasn't sufficient material left to hold it for very long so we had to have this replaced. Then the breach bolt jammed and broke on the 4ba screw that rotates the magazine. This was replaced along with deburring the internals of the breach as it was poorly finished but shortly broke again. I then replaced the brass spacer on this 4ba screw with a stainless one I had made up as you could clearly see that this had been disfigured which seems to have solved this problem. Since stripping this rifle I now have an issue with the rifle completely discharging its buddy bottle when I shoot at around 150Bar. Really lost interest with this rifle now. Daystate implied that I was heavy handed with this but when you spend this amount of money on an air rifle I think it is fair to say that you are an enthusiast and unlikely to treat it in such a way. I am not impressed with the customer service or the build quality. I thought that maybe I was just the unlucky one but having read the above I see that this is normal. I also think it is too heavy. Will never buy a Daystate again. Pete, Rotorua New Zealand.

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    Pete Reaside
    17 Mar 2013 at 09:19 AM
  • Wow, I'm glad I've read these reviews because I was just about to order two Air Rangers (One for me and one for my son) For two weeks I've been contemplating over which rifles to purchase. I've been to Drapers in Nottingham and had all the rifles out of their cases, and I had narrowed my choice down to two, the Daystate Air Ranger and the Weihrauch HW 100T, both rifles being .22 caliber.

    The Air Ranger is £1109 and the HW 100T is £749, that's £360 cheaper and the gun is built in Germany! (Vorsprung durch Technik) I have to add I haven't read a bad review for the HW 100T so that's my choice of rifle.

    Now all I have to do is call the gun shops and see who's going to do a deal on two rifles and all the accessories that go with them.

    Chris Martin, Nottingham

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    Chris Martin
    14 Mar 2013 at 09:32 PM
  • Had enough of it now. couldent get anywhere with it. Nobody wants to know when you have a problem. Even the daystate owners club ignore any problems, i have heard so many excuses why my air ranger dosent perform,
    i have many guns which all perfom a lot better and were cheaper. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY BAD EXPERIENCE. BE WARNED. DONT BUY INTO THIS CRAP.

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    19 Dec 2012 at 07:40 PM
  • got my money back on an air ranger about a yr ago
    same problem low power sent back to daystate (whom had it 3wks) charged £50 for chrono test gun came back to me exactly same low powerd
    had it chrono at 2 different gun shops was shooting about 8ft lb with same pellets daystate said they set gun up with sent back to daystate(whom had it another 3wks) tried charge £50 again refused to pay second time and gun shop refunded money got a hw100t never missed a beat since i have had it
    daystate attitude when trying to deal with them over this problem was terrible no follow up calls as promised and staff whom are rude and unhelpful
    daystate also scratched the stock on this while it was in their possesion i also had the red safty catch fall out and shroud was loose all this on a gun that was £1100 (hw100 was only £749)
    i agree ricko it was a total waste of money over priced and poor quality

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    18 Dec 2012 at 05:57 PM
  • Had my air ranger 5 weeks, daystate had it for 2 of them because of low power. They said it was alright and added a print out, total bull, and charged 50 quid. Totaly sick to death with it, you get no help wherever you turn, this has been the worst gun i have ever had, the next time i buy a turkey it will have had feathers.TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY.

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    17 Dec 2012 at 05:30 PM
  • Oh dear, this doesn't sound good at all.

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    Troll Hunter
    15 Dec 2012 at 03:08 PM
  • just been and picked up the rifle seems to be working ok but i was disgusted when i was told that daystate have asked for me to be banned from blackpool air rifles if i contact daystate again over this rifle
    thats daystates customer service for you!!!!!!! looks like next time the rifle breaks it will have to be taken the legal way and trading standards

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    15 Dec 2012 at 02:36 PM
  • Daystate are usually known for their fine rifles and customer service, so I'm sorry to hear you've not been satisfied with your rifle.

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    Troll Hunter
    11 Dec 2012 at 11:41 PM
  • Hi jez

    Was this a new Daystate bought from a shop?

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    Pat Farey
    11 Dec 2012 at 11:01 PM
  • Are good.when i bought mine shroud and barrel was loose.had to drive 200 miles all in all to take gun back and go pick it back up.emailed daystate - no replies back from them.guns been good since.if you bought from a gun shop if i was you go in and play up hell untill they refund you and refuse to leave untill they do.good luck.

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    11 Dec 2012 at 07:21 PM
  • Thats bad feel sorry for you,take gun back to where you bought it from and demand a gunsmith to look at it.get them to write faults out on a report and send a copy to daystate with a letter stating you will take them to court if you dont get a brand new working replacement or your money back send the letter by registered mail.try contact basc see if they can help and trading standards aare

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    11 Dec 2012 at 07:15 PM
  • bought an air ranger £1078 on the 25th august 1st 5 wks shot at anything from 6 to 10ftlbs would not even reach 11.5ft lbs the safety catch fell out barrel shroud was loose a screw fell out of the trigger and the front stud fell out that cost £25 to fit went back to daystate came back with the trigger guard dented so much for the quality of the gunsmiths had the gun back 5 weeks then the bolt jammed it freed itself but it sounds like its grinding metal on metal went back to daystate who looked at the gun after numerous atttems to speak to someone I finally speak to tony belas whom tells me I am ranting and been a problem because I keep ring daystate up well if they return my calls and reply to my emails I would not have to keep contacting them and that there is nothing wrong with the gun even though he tells me that they haven’t even stripped the gun down
    How can they tell me that there is nothing wrong with the gun when they haven’t even stripped it down?
    I and 3 other people I shoot with have heard the metal on metal noise but amazingly daystate cannot
    It seems that they want to take your money but when there is a problem they do not want to help
    I have also looked at reviews and it seems the quality control is going downhill safety catch falling out and barrel and shroud coming loose seem to be common faults and its seem a few people seem to be getting the same attitude of we have your money now so hard luck :angry-banghead: all thats left for me to do now is to get my money back and buy a gun that has quality a different make it will have to be when you read the about daystate page on their website (our reputation and our customers) it is a joke

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    11 Dec 2012 at 11:42 AM
  • Hello
    Not exhausted all
    Please The most accurate and Powerful air gun pcp(air arms or bsa or daystat ) and Which model and Latest Products Caliber .22 Solely for hunting

    Products England Are the best in the world

    daysta air ranger 80 fpe cal .22 or Air Arms S510 TC FAC Ambi Traditional PCP 5.5 mm or BSA R10 Bull Barrel Cal. 22 (5,5mm)
    I know these three products

    Please help

    Wait for

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    18 Oct 2011 at 09:38 PM
  • Glad you like your Air Ranger, they really are excellent rifles, and as you said, they are superbly accurate. However, 100yds is about twice the maximum distance that you should be shooting rabbits with a 12ft/lbs air rifle, in fact in my opinion it's even too far to consistently shoot rabbits with an FAC rated air rifle . For regularly shooting rabbits at 100yds or so, you should really get a .22 rimfire.

    With regard to loading with a seating tool, in my opinion this is usually beneficial to consistency - whether loading a PCP magazine or the breech of a spring gun.

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    Pat Farey
    21 Jun 2011 at 11:36 AM
  • i bought the air ranger in 177 with the mk5 reflex silencer the barrel was loose and had to go back to daystate to get sorted out but when it came back wow what a gun im shooting rabbits up to 100 yards killing them with head shots the accurecy is amazing im getting 400 shots to a fill and i would not swap the gun for anything the magazine is a bit crappy having to pke a pellet in with something but it works well and indexes good anybody thinking of buying one get one you will be glad you did loads better then a rapid.

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    21 Jun 2011 at 04:20 AM
  • good review , i bought one daystate ranger brand new a pound short of a !1000 the same day the red safety catch lever fell off .so much for daystate quality control plus the bolt grinds when pulling back not a very smooth action wether its because its new ?

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    21 May 2010 at 09:41 AM