IWA 2019 – New Products From Daystate, Brocock and Weihrauch
For our first HAM report from the IWA 2019 show here in Germany, let’s look at the exciting new products from Daystate, Brocock and Weihrauch.
In our heading photograph above, we see Robert Buchanan from Airguns of Arizona with the new Daystate Red Wolf Safari that’s being launched at IWA 2019. This version of the Red Wolf is distinguished externally by a new brown wood stock with unusually strong surface texture – you have to handle this yourself to understand what I mean!
But the real interest of the lies inside. For this is the first Daystate model to feature the new technologies that the company is developing as building-blocks for future designs. There’s a new Daystate ART barrel and Version 2 of the internal GCU – Gun Control Unit – circuit board.
The GCU 2.0 system is an electronic control board, battery and other components. It provides infinitely variable control over the opening and closing of the air rifle’s firing valve. This makes multiple power level adjustments available, for example.
Daystate has been making electronically-controlled air rifles since 2003. The GCU 2.0 system shown at IWA 2019 is the latest iteration of their expertise in digital air rifle control.
Alongside this new control system is the Daystate ART barrel. ART is an abbreviation for Accuracy Research Team. It’s a new barrel system with outstanding claimed accuracy that’s been developed through a collaboration between Lothar Walther, together with shooters from Italy, the UK and USA.
The ART barrel features a polygonal bore and slow-twist rifling. Daystate tells us that this reduces friction and optimizes pellet spin for improved downrange in-flight stability.
The designer of Daystate air rifles is the Italian Adriano Nodari. Here he is showing us the beautiful, limited edition Daystate Genus at the 2019 IWA show.
More new products from the Daystate group to be seen at IWA 2019 include the Brocock Concept Lite, with collapsible stock below…
… and the Brocock Bantam Sniper HR in a new laminated stock colorway. Robert Buchanan is delighted with both of them, as you can see!
MTC Optics is, of course, another part of the Daystate group. Sales Director Terence Logan showed me two new – and interesting scopes – that were being launched at IWA 2019.
First was the MTC SWAT Prismatic. This is a fixed 12X riflescope with an extraordinarily wide field of view. In fact, Terence told me that it has the same field of view as a typical 4 x power scope.
With a large 50mm diameter objective (front) lens, the MTC SWAT Prismatic also promises to offer outstanding light-gathering capabilities. With that huge diameter tube, it also requires a very special mount, as you can see from the photograph above.
The second new scope MTC Optics was showing at IWA 2019 was the 6-24×50 King Cobra F1. This has a first focal plane reticle and side focus parallax adjustment. It’s part of a clear trend towards first focal plane (FFP) scopes that is currently being seen in the airgun optics industry.
The Daystate/Brocock/MTC booth was also completely redesigned for IWA 2019. It had a stylish, minimalist look that focused attention on the new airguns.
The booth itself is located in the bright, airy and modern Hall 3A at IWA OutdoorClassics, along with a number of other top-tier players in the outdoor industry, as you can see from the overview below.
Meanwhile, over at Weihrauch-Sport, Thilo Schallenkammer was pleased to show off the new Weihrauch HW100 BP bullpup air rifle. This was first shown very recently at the British Shooting Show, but it still counts as new news at IWA 2019!
Here’s a close-up of the cocking lever mechanism. Both left-and right-handed versions are offered, although this has to be specified at the time of purchase, Thilo tells me that it’s not a user upgrade that can be made later.
Weihrauch was also showing the new HW110K. This is a low power version of the HW110 with outstanding handling characteristics that would be ideal for use as a “truck gun” or in training young shooters.
“Small is Good” is another trend that’s being seen among PCP air rifles at the 2019 IWA show. The HW110k is part of that trend and shows that Weihrauch Sport may be celebrating 120 years as a family business, but that they are still very much up with the times!