The Daystate® website reads “The PULSAR truly represents a new pinnacle in modern airgun engineering…featuring Daystate’s patented Map Compensated Technology (MCT) – essentially a digital regulator to control the rifle’s power – combined with a new electronics package”.
Just what is this electronic wizardry going on and what does it do?For starters, it’s amazing the technology put into the air rifle. We fell in love with at the first shot and even more so when we fired the 70th, all from one 230 BAR fill. Getting to that later on and back to the MCT system. Basically this rifle has a brain that is constantly monitoring the fill pressure. With this knowledge it can fire an electronic solenoid to open the valve precisely each shot regardless of what amount of air is in the tank. The result is a flat shot curve and incredible air conservation all taking place with a click of it’s electronic trigger.
Daystate provided a window to this electronics mastery on the left hand side of the stock. From this display the shooter can see a digital read out of remaining air pressure and with a few clicks of the trigger (be sure to read the instructions) switch from High pressure to Low pressure, activate the built in red laser, activate a magazine count as well as see a low pressure warning.
Yes, that is correct, a built a laser. Perfect for some after hours pesting.
Powering all of this is a 9 Volt system (6 – 1.5 volt AA Alkaline batteries that are accessible by removing the stock and according to manual should have a life of thousands of shots. If your worried about running out of juice at the wrong place and time, the battery pack can be removed and a single 9 Volt battery fitted in it’s place. Convenient because you can store a 9 Volt battery in the pistol grip.
Check out the Daystate YouTube channel for a short video on replacing the batteries at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAy1Vl5Duyk
The pistol grip has a good feel, nicely textured and an easy reach to the trigger. The trigger being electronic has a crisp click almost similar to that of a computer mouse and adjustable as well. We didn’t make any adjustments as it felt quite right out of the box. Just behind the trigger is a manual safety.
In addition to the manual safety the Pulsar features another security features and that if the left in in the “fire” position for more than 5 minutes the rifle goes in to standby mode. To reactivate and fire the gun reapply the safety or open and close the side lever. With the design of the 10 shot rotary magazine there’s no worry about double loading a pellet.
Another feature of the Daystate Pulsar is that the side lever is reversible for left hand shooters. Be sure to remember this rifle is running on electronics and the side lever is not compressing a hammer spring, it’s simply loading another pellet so operation is silky smooth.
The butt pad at the rear is a soft rubber material with a very comfortable concave arch as well as being vertically adjustable. The cheek piece is not adjustable but eye to scope alignment had no problems using some medium height rings.
Medium height rings is all that is needed even with the 56mm objective scope we used for testing because of the raised 11mm rail. We found the added bubble level Daystate place in the rear to be quite useful and easy to view.
The contours and styling of the stock and the added void areas in the scope rail and forearm give the Pulsar a pleasant futuristic appearance. Not overly tactical looking and not overly Star Wars Storm Trooper looking either. It’s a nice blend that brings the rifle together for a sleek look of today and one that will last for years to come.
The Daystate Pulsar has a huge 300 cc air cylinder that is aluminum as well with a fill pressure of 230 BAR. One would never guess it was this large as it’s well concealed into the styling of the rifle. Connecting to it is done by way of a Quick Connect hidden under a machined screw on aluminum cap.
Underneath is a “molded into the stock” Picatinny rail perfect for attaching a Bipod.
The Pulsar barrel is fully shrouded and fairly backyard friendly shooting JSB 25.4 grain 25 caliber pellets at 800 FPS. Not whisper quiet but provisions are provided for additional moderation if required.
The styling, Daystate quality and electronic technology is impressive but means little unless the the rifle can shoot and after some testing and a little competition against some similar priced airguns I can tell you that this rifle can shoot!
Group 1 JSB 25.4 .25 Cal 50 Yards
Under some real world conditions it was gusty breezy day with constant shifting winds and using only a bipod and a table we proceeded to shoot 10 round groups quickly at 50 yards in hopes we could get at least a few moments of little wind or at least a consistent wind. It took four magazines but then then Mother Nature showed at least a little cooperation.
Group 2 JSB 25.4 .25 Cal 50 YardsGroup 3 JSB 25.4 .25 Cal 50 YardsGroup 4 JSB 25.4 .25 Cal 50 Yards
At the beginning of this writing we mentioned we loved the rifle from the first shot and even more at the 70th shot. Shooting a .25 caliber 25.4 grain pellet at 800 FPS we were impressed. The air conservation from the brain in this rifle without having a physical regulator were superb especially when combined with it’s revised Harper Valve System. Results from the Chronograph below.
We pushed the Pulsar to it’s limits with the weather conditions as well as shot count. With a short 100 yard competition afterwards we were even more impressed. Electronics at first had us a little worried, but electronics are everywhere now and do wonderful things. They are in our cars, in our airplanes, in out rockets, in our satellites under the most extreme conditions and still they perform day in and out. Daystate brings this technology to the airguns and it’s truly remarkable.
For more information on the Daystate Pulsar, specifications and features visit our Daystate page at https://trenieroutdoors.com/airguns/daystate-airguns/