Air Gunner|June 2020

Gary Chillingworth reflects on some of his more interesting work over the years
Gary Chillingworth

Hello everyone, with the current lockdown and the inability to get out and shoot, I thought this would be a great time to look back at a few of my old pieces; some fun ones, some informative and some like this that got me into so much trouble with the readers. Enjoy – and remember, it was just a bit of fun. Stay safe. Gary

Let me stress that if you are a member of the Health and Safety Executive, you are absolutely not allowed to read this article. Also, never ever try to take a rifle into your local swimming pool because you are liable to upset quite a few people and you might have a very interesting visit by the armed police. I am sure that a huge number of you are wondering why anyone would be so stupid as to take a £1260 electrically operated air rifle seven feet underwater and it’s a very fair question that I will try to answer a little bit later.

Firstly, though, I want to talk about the Daystate Airwolf Tactical. I have been lucky enough to own a few Daystates in my life – a Mk3, a Mk4 and a Huntsman – but there are two that I have always wanted to own; the Sable and the Airwolf. The Airwolf, or ‘Wolf’ as it is better known, has always had the reputation of being the ultimate hunting airgun, boasting a stunning electronic trigger and a 400cc buddy bottle, giving it a 250 shot capacity in .177 and over 300 in .22.

The shot count and the trigger are not the Wolf’s only party pieces, though. It now comes with all the bells and whistles that you will find with a Daystate Mk4. It has a small, back-lit LED screen mounted on the side of the rifle, which gives you all the information you could ever need; it tells you the shot count, how many rounds you have left in the magazine, how much pressure you have left in the buddy bottle, the power setting (high or low), how much power you have left in your battery, and finally, what you are having for tea that night. You can also set the gun up to give you pressure warnings, a ‘magazine empty’ warning and set it to single-shot mode.


All this is standard on any Airwolf, so what is different about the Tactical? Well, the obvious difference is the beech stock, manufactured by Minelli, which has been covered with a rubberised coating that gives the Airwolf Tactical the same look and feel as a stealth bomber. In the field, the rubberised coating absorbs the light and offers very little reflection to spook your quarry. The stock is naturally grippy and even after burying it in the snow for five minutes, it still did not slip from my bare wet hands. When I dragged it out of its wintery grave and brought it up to my cheek, the rubber still seemed to be slightly warm, or at least, nowhere near as cold as the metal breech block, or my hands that were holding it.


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June 2020