Any thoughts on the MK4 and Grand Prix?, and why are there no Daystates in SA?
very nice rifles...just yesterday sold my X2 Prestige.
amazing build quality, very slick bolt action, good triggers, very nice Gary Cane walnut stock
unfortunately in this country they are quite pricey ....
when you are confronted with a R23k plus pricetag on a MK4 then suddenly it does not look so attractive when compared to a Steyr or EV2!
Mk4/Grand Prix - over priced and over rated. No back-up in South Africa.
Ou Van, as you say Daystate were pretty much the first organised manufacturer of pcp air rifles on the scene, but it was neither them nor Theoben who's rifles started the pcp revolution as you put it. In fact it was Air Arms with their Shamal rifle released in late 1987 that was the rifle that started bringing pcp to the masses.
Read on the british forums and you'll find those that swear by them, and those that swear at them.
Been a few cases of blokes forking out top dollar only to be dissappointed by the rifles. Maybe only a small percentage, but that's all it takes.
I know if I ever had that type of cash to spare (ha ha ha, that's a good one) it wouldn't be a Daystate sharing my bed, even though I've never even shot one.
For example a friend of mine bought a Mk3 that cost him the best part of £900. The cylinder had a painted finish, but the paint showed an 'orange peel' like texture. Now a long time back when I worked for a company that made fly fishing reels, if we got a paint finish like that on even our cheapest line of reels (Leeda Rimfly), they would be rejected and refinished.
Now for the cost of that rifle I would expect a first class finish not second rate.
Also to be perfectly honest the electronic guns do not do that much better than the mechanical guns despite the hype and BS that gets put out about them.