Icon Logo Gun Mart

Daystate Tsar

Daystate Tsar

Field Target (FT) is quite rightly regarded as the flagship sport where outdoor airgun shooting is concerned! And with knock-down targets to navigate, right out to the maximum 55yards, both the competitor and rifle are tested to the limit. Only the best kit will do in this ultra competitive arena, and with an abundance of research and development undertaken by a select band of manufacturers, it’s understandable that these mega machines don’t come cheap.

Daystate have been a big player over the years in FT; indeed I was one of the first to purchase one of their early Field Target specials, in the form of the Huntsman FTR, and I secured a satisfying amount of silverware with it too, including (forgive my self indulgence) a rather special CLA Game Fair, in 1988. Yet, in recent years, the company has rather neglected this sector of the market, preferring to switch their resources to special editions, and products tailored more to the hunting fraternity. Exquisitely detailed offerings they may be, but the serious competition shooter could be forgiven for looking elsewhere, for their specialised needs to be met.

Conspicuous by…

Hard to believe then, but Daystate haven’t had a full blown FT gun in their illustrious line-up for around 6 years now. On test here is the latest Tsar model, and this impressive piece of kit is set to redress the balance, as it offers the serious competitor dedicated FT features and performance, straight from the box. A welcome return then, to Field Target competition, for the company that effectively re-introduced the pneumatic to the modern era.

How times change! Where my old Huntsman FTR sported a fairly plain cylinder, and relatively simple walnut stock, the Tsar by comparison, comes simply bristling with high tech features, amazing adjustable elements, and an overall level of sophistication to surely please the most ardent of FT fans.

Most striking of course, is that slim-line, ultra stylish sweeping blue laminate chassis, (apparently Finnish) and from this, all those other elements emerge. An adjustable ergonomic pistol grip, full blown, fully adjustable butt hook assembly, adjustable cheek piece, fully extendible adjustable hamster, muzzle brake, full match trigger, side lever cocking, manometer, direct feed into the breach, stainless steel barrel, and a regulated action, makes for a pretty comprehensive spec sheet!

Russian connection

But then let’s face it; if you’re taking on the might of Steyr, Anschutz and Air Arms, for example, then you need plenty in the armoury. Having spoken to Tony Belas at Daystate, it seems the direction the company had taken in recent years, has made investing in the relatively small and highly specialised FT sector, more of a risk, not to mention distraction, when they were clearly specialising in other areas! But what if a joint deal could be struck, with another manufacturer, to share the development? Step forward Ataman, based in Russia, and several discussions and meetings at trade shows later, and project Tsar was born.

For those who appreciate quirkiness, each Tsar carries the name of a Russian Tsar, as well as a serial number, and with Ataman’s internal valving on board, metering power output, this model is indeed a genuine joint project.

Distinctive

Looks wise, there’s plenty going on. The muzzle brake is identifiable as Daystate, whilst the bold, chunky breech block looks more RAW in style; and to my eye, that’s a good thing. The blue anodised block looks good, and contrasts nicely with the stainless steel barrel. There’s a small loading tray that helps channel the pellet, and a slick side-lever, that needs little effort to cock, and closes very sweetly.

story continues below...

Look to the left of the breech block, and there’s a silver button, which cleverly allows for the Tsar to be dry fired. Just click it on ‘T’ for Training mode, and you can practise mounting the rifle, and tripping the trigger, without even discharging air.

Preparation

Scoping up is easy, and if you wish to keep the sight line high, then an after-market high mounting (Infinity FAE-L50) rail is available for around £100, as supplied with the test rifle, from www.eaglevisioncam.com . These come endorsed by Daystate, but they will be making their own in due course.

Getting air into the Tsar is a simple operation, and via a small probe adaptor supplied with each gun. It’s actually really neat, and unusually, just clips into a standard Foster-style female hose fitting. As for fill pressure, Daystate recommend 220 bar, and with the Tsar’s super long cylinder, that equates to a sizeable shot count, as we shall see.

And so we come to those fully adjustable stock elements- a key feature of most Field Target specified rifles these days. The aim is to set everything up so that the rifle supports the shooter, and allows a shot to be taken with minimal muscle strain; effectively getting the gun to fit the shooter. Inevitably, this takes time and effort, but don’t be in a hurry. Be methodical, assume a relaxed pose, and gradually move every component of the stock assemblies, until everything naturally falls into place, and feels right.

Bases covered

Looking first to the cheek piece, the top laminate section can be canted at an angle by slackening off the Allen bolts underneath, moving as desired, and then re-tightening. Height can be significantly altered by first slackening the socket screws at the base, then using the finger wheel to adjust. Again, tighten the bolts once the position is right.

Length of pull and the angle of the butt hook can be altered in much the same way- slackening the bolts at the base of the butt, and adjusting the finger wheel. But this comprehensive design also allows the butt hook to be adjusted for contact points in the shoulder, angle, and height throughout. The hook itself is articulated, whilst the red lever is a quick release catch, allowing for the rear assembly to be moved up or down in the middle of a tournament, so all bases appear to be covered.

The anatomical pistol grip is handspecific, and can be altered for angle too via the two recessed bolts, just behind the breech block, allowing forward, back and around its axis corrections. Look to the forend, and there’s also no half measures here either, with a fully adjustable, drop down Hamster assembly, which can be altered for angle as well as height. Again, a quick release lever allows for major transformation of the Tsar’s dimensions, mid-competition, dealing with a steep uphill or downhill shot for example; and the entire assembly can be moved along the accessory rail too, so we are talking plenty of options here!

Handling and performance

OK; time to assess performance. Pull back that slick little side lever, and the breech is exposed. Roll a pellet into the loading tray, close the lever and you’re ready for action! The 2-stage trigger on test proved sensitive and crisp, and that, combined with a satisfyingly crisp muzzle report, generated by the muzzle brake, gives this model a superior air. That muzzle brake incidentally, is the 30/30 model, and looks the part but is also highly functional, with 30 small ports cut into the exterior tube. The Tsar is no lightweight, at 9lbs, 11oz, but with many shooters happy to take the advantage of weight, as it helps keep everything stable, the trend in FT circles is certainly towards the upper end these days, where heft is concerned!

A chronograph test was first on my agenda, as accuracy with this type of gun is clearly nothing without consistent power delivery. 148-shots later, and my readout had still only picked up a total spread of 12 fps, with most velocity figures within a couple of fps. Superb consistency then, even if velocities were a little too close to the limit and confirmation of the Ataman regulator’s integrity. Accuracy over 35 yards was a good bare minimum place to start, and here, the Tsar produced incredibly tight clusters, better than ¼” c-t-c, that would genuinely hold a pellet! Moving to 50 yards, I achieved a ½” spread, which given the highly irritating continuous breeze I had to contend with, I’m sure I could better. Great results regardless, however you analyse them.

Fit for purpose?

Daystate already have several experienced FT shooters using a Tsar in top level tournaments, including Richard Beaugie and Stuart Hancock, so it will be interesting to see how the season develops. In the meantime, I can certainly endorse this rifle’s credentials where top flight performance is concerned. £1900 is of course a serious outlay in anyone’s book, but consider the sophisticated on-board features, and technical ability of this model and it comfortably earns a place on any shortlist. So I raise a glass to the Tsar, and its arrival onto the super competitive FT scene- a welcome return indeed for Daystate!

  • Daystate Tsar - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Daystate Tsar - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Daystate Tsar - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Daystate Tsar - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Daystate Tsar - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Daystate Tsar - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Daystate Tsar - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

gun
features

  • Name: Daystate Tsar
  • Country of Origin : UK/ Russia
  • Type: Regulated, single shot, Field Target PCP
  • Cocking Side : lever
  • Calibre : .177 only
  • Weight : 9lbs 11oz
  • Length : 42”
  • Barrel : 18” (stainless steel)
  • Stock : Fully adjustable laminate target
  • Trigger : 2-stage match
  • Fill Pressure : 220 bar recommended
  • Shot Count : 148
  • Velocity : High 799 fps Low 787 Ave 795 Extreme spread 12fps
  • Energy : 11.9ft/lbs
  • Price : £1900, Inc filling adaptor and hard case
  • Contact : Daystate, 01785 859122, www.daystate.com

47 Comments

  • order generic levofloxacin 250mg - <a href="https://dutasterider.com/">dutasteride oral</a> tadalafil 5mg usa

    Default profile image
    Drlbrd
    01 Jul 2022 at 07:18 AM
  • order losartan 50mg generic - <a href="https://topamaxn.com/">purchase topiramate without prescription</a> phenergan uk

    Default profile image
    Vwikdv
    29 Jun 2022 at 03:02 AM
  • clopidogrel 150mg drug - <a href="https://twarfarin.com/">order coumadin 5mg sale</a> cost reglan 10mg

    Default profile image
    Zayune
    27 Jun 2022 at 10:06 AM
  • cost cyclobenzaprine - <a href="https://rpropranolol.com/">inderal pills</a> generic inderal 20mg

    Default profile image
    Tiqvpn
    25 Jun 2022 at 04:37 PM
  • isotretinoin pills - <a href="https://rtetracycline.com/">tetracycline 500mg ca</a> order tetracycline 500mg

    Default profile image
    Krrqdh
    23 Jun 2022 at 11:53 PM
  • modafinil 200mg sale - <a href="https://prednispill.com/">prednisone 20mg canada</a> rhinocort ca

    Default profile image
    Boonre
    22 Jun 2022 at 05:12 AM
  • sildenafil 50mg generic - <a href="https://rtadalafil.store/">order cialis 10mg pill</a> order tadalafil 5mg pills

    Default profile image
    Babmen
    20 Jun 2022 at 05:32 PM
  • purchase cenforce pill - <a href="https://cenforcer.com/">cenforce 100mg for sale</a> domperidone 10mg generic

    Default profile image
    Iexgtf
    19 Jun 2022 at 08:05 AM
  • order prednisone 40mg - <a href="https://prednisoneix.com/">5 mg prednisone</a> oral amoxil 250mg

    Default profile image
    Fbckus
    16 Jun 2022 at 03:31 AM
  • brand cialis - <a href="https://edsildx.com/">viagra pills 150mg</a> viagra mail order

    Default profile image
    Myewdj
    14 Jun 2022 at 07:42 AM
  • synthroid 75mcg tablet - <a href="https://triamcinol.store/">triamcinolone medication</a> order plaquenil generic

    Default profile image
    Ztvnts
    12 Jun 2022 at 08:16 PM
  • order albuterol 2mg generic - <a href="https://casinoandslotx.com/">gambling website</a> order dapoxetine online

    Default profile image
    Dhcpov
    11 Jun 2022 at 08:21 AM
  • order levitra online cheap - <a href="https://methylpred.store/">medrol brand name</a> brand clomiphene 100mg

    Default profile image
    Svcxrj
    09 Jun 2022 at 05:03 PM
  • buy lisinopril 5mg generic - <a href="https://hydlisinopr.com/">generic lisinopril</a> order atenolol sale

    Default profile image
    Mneqfe
    08 Jun 2022 at 05:33 AM
  • order glucophage 500mg generic - <a href="https://amlodipine.store/">amlodipine oral</a> norvasc 10mg pill

    Default profile image
    Ynuseu
    06 Jun 2022 at 04:11 PM
  • hydroxychloroquine pills - <a href="https://plaquepll.com/">plaquenil 400mg cost</a> buy generic baricitinib 4mg

    Default profile image
    Orfehv
    05 Jun 2022 at 02:45 AM
  • order furosemide pill - <a href="https://furosemideg.com/">buy furosemide 40mg online cheap</a> stromectol xr

    Default profile image
    Yyruwh
    03 Jun 2022 at 11:16 AM
  • prednisolone pill - <a href="https://predsolone.store/">order prednisolone 10mg without prescription</a> brand sildenafil 100mg

    Default profile image
    Ehrytv
    01 Jun 2022 at 07:36 PM
  • generic amoxicillin 250mg - <a href="https://azithromycpl.com/">zithromax over the counter</a> order viagra generic

    Default profile image
    Akrnyd
    31 May 2022 at 06:49 AM
  • buy deltasone 10mg - <a href="https://prednissone.com/">deltasone 40mg for sale</a> accutane usa

    Default profile image
    Bfkzda
    29 May 2022 at 09:49 PM
  • order tadalafil 10mg online cheap - <a href="https://provigpill.store/">buy modafinil 100mg online cheap</a> modafinil 200mg drug

    Default profile image
    Ayydim
    28 May 2022 at 12:45 PM
  • cheap doxycycline - <a href="https://edponlines.com/">buy cialis 5mg for sale</a> buy cialis 5mg online cheap

    Default profile image
    Nddtaa
    26 May 2022 at 04:05 PM
  • buy amoxicillin 250mg pills - <a href="https://amoxicillinc.store/">amoxicillin over the counter</a> buy levitra 20mg

    Default profile image
    Jwhrxa
    23 May 2022 at 05:01 PM
  • ampicillin cheap - <a href="https://ciproflox.store/">order cipro 1000mg online cheap</a> order tadalafil 20mg online cheap

    Default profile image
    Urpqek
    21 May 2022 at 04:30 PM
  • buy ceftin 250mg for sale - <a href="https://cefuroximex.store/">cheap cefuroxime 500mg</a> order cialis 10mg generic

    Default profile image
    Pmwlrh
    20 May 2022 at 05:37 AM
  • rhinocort uk - <a href="https://tadalafde.com/">cialis 10mg generic</a> antabuse 500mg uk

    Default profile image
    Mumyxz
    18 May 2022 at 06:10 PM
  • buy cephalexin 250mg sale - <a href="https://clindamycin.store/">buy clindamycin pill</a> erythromycin pills

    Default profile image
    Krqeof
    15 May 2022 at 03:41 AM
  • order bactrim 480mg sale - <a href="https://xviagrpill.today/">sildenafil for sale</a> buy sildenafil 50mg pills

    Default profile image
    Jnveah
    12 May 2022 at 08:12 PM
  • buy augmentin 1000mg pill - <a href="https://gaugmentin.store/">clavulanate over the counter</a> cialis 10mg cost

    Default profile image
    Ypltin
    10 May 2022 at 08:30 AM
  • buy prednisolone 20mg generic - <a href="https://cialisxb.store/">tadalafil 20mg us</a> discount cialis

    Default profile image
    Pvijsy
    07 May 2022 at 08:56 PM
  • viagra over the counter - <a href="https://bestusasild.com/">purchase viagra generic</a> viagra 150mg drug

    Default profile image
    Cbbmog
    05 May 2022 at 08:51 PM
  • 200 mg viagra <a href="https://viagrahom.com/">herbal viagra</a> viagra para mujer

    Default profile image
    swocug
    02 May 2022 at 03:20 AM
  • Qtyhmp Ophthalmology. <a >plaquenil buy</a> Comprare Cialis Originale Italia

    Default profile image
    Arrelay
    01 Feb 2022 at 08:33 AM
  • Qxucqk <a >what does prednisone do</a>

    Default profile image
    ceapledia
    23 Jan 2022 at 09:39 PM
  • fabricacion de kamagra <a href="https://vskamagran.com ">kamagra zel</a> worldwide pharmacy kamagra

    Default profile image
    liavewera
    02 Jan 2022 at 08:55 AM
  • When Will Alli Be Back In Stock

    Default profile image
    ajanta pharma kamagra st purchase
    30 Dec 2021 at 12:13 AM
  • Cialis E Emicrania

    Default profile image
    generic viagra guide
    20 Dec 2021 at 10:30 AM
  • cialis trouble breathing

    Default profile image
    what is zithromax used for
    19 Dec 2021 at 06:02 PM
  • <a href="http://osildenafilop.com ">genericviagra</a>

    Default profile image
    Thentfeno
    18 Dec 2021 at 05:53 PM
  • <a href="http://buyneurontinis.com/ ">gabapentin prescription</a>

    Default profile image
    steeple
    09 Dec 2021 at 08:33 AM
  • <a href="https://abuyzithromaxi.com/ ">azithromycin (zithromax)</a>

    Default profile image
    Juldelp
    05 Dec 2021 at 06:45 PM
  • <a href="http://atadalafiloop.com/ ">cialis 20mg for sale</a>

    Default profile image
    Ulcedly
    05 Dec 2021 at 12:45 AM
  • viagra cialis levitra candian pharmacy safe

  • precio cialis farmacia

    Default profile image
    Priligy
    15 Nov 2021 at 06:37 PM
  • The issues mentioned above are spot on I’m on my second Tsar and the only thing I haven’t noticed yet is leaking , however everything else mentioned has been the case with both rifles the first one went back this one I’m going to try to work with if any one has any info on where I can get a 30 30 muzzle break , or tips for tightening the but assembly to the stock or getting more info on opperation please post

    Default profile image
    Theodore C Little
    20 Sep 2020 at 06:41 PM
  • Have just picked up my Tzar. For a gun of 2grand I’m very disappointed.  There was no muzzle break on it as in all videos also no alan keys considering the hole gun is adjustable you know. Also no booklet telling you anything about the gun ( even a BSA gun comes with a booklet ) .
    I’m a pensioner and can’t afford to make a mistake. Just try and get a hold of DAYSTATE you can’t

    Default profile image
    Eddie
    07 Dec 2018 at 06:54 PM
  • Hi, opening the box the trigger guard fell off, no screws. The blade trigger adjustment would be better if it had been designed by a 5 year old.
    Fortunately, after complaining it was replace with an upgrade, which is just adequate.
    The hamster adjustment requires a gym membership and cannot be adjusted on the gun, because of the amount of force needed to lock it.
    Straight in the bin.
    Within 6 days the power had dropped to less than 10 lbs, the gun is now back at daystate.
    Are you sure you reviewed a tsar ?, your review is totally unrealistic. Considering its a 2k gun,the quality control is not fit for purpose. I await Daystate explanation, but am already regretting the purchase. Thanks

    Default profile image
    graham.pyne
    11 Nov 2017 at 05:07 PM


Arrow