The long life of a Daystate..
I bought this Daystate back in the year 2000, that makes it 19 years old, from that air gun store out in Arizona. I wanted the new Daystate badly. And I wanted it in .25! It was not anywhere close to being my first pcp. My first was the ARS Hunting Master back in '93. When I got the money ready I made the call, and was told that Daystate did not recommend this rifle in .25!?!? Said the trajectory was to loopy, I told them they were loopy!
Anyhow..I got it the way I wanted...in .25. As it turned out this Mirage has been a very reliable pester. We have put down many, many starlings(used to call them 'scum beaks') and squirrels together. And very reliable mechanically, as it is still holding air and has never been resealed. I used to shoot the old Diana Dome pellets, 19grs, at 740fps. And it still shoots them at 740fps.
As the story goes Daystate only made about eight Mirage XLRs with the alloy reservoir. And only 1 was made in .25.
I bought a new .22 Mirage with H/W ldc along that same time from that store. Very sweet gun. I regretted selling it so much I tried to find another to replace it but came up empty. I eventually replaced it with a Falcon FN12 Walnut thumbhole which I still have and will not sell. I love light quick handling quality single shot airguns, good wood and deep bluing. Folks new to airgunning do not know what they are missing. That is one rare gem you have there, a real keeper.
Hey Mr. Cruiser, mid October you say? That must mean the Hickory airgun show! I seem to detect a friendly challenge? Well, ok, I propose soda cans starting at 1 Vern. Who ever can move the can the farthest . I know that is slightly unfair to your smaller pellets. But we can't measure 'center-to-center' as my .25 will have a larger ctc number, even if it is a one hole group!
Y'all have any ideas? Well, as long as we both have fun!
Back in the day (1998-2002 period) there was this guy with Vern in his name where 1 Vern meant 41 or 42 yards. It caught on, but didn't have the staying power as, "The dark side".
Here is a AA S400 .22 that is at least 15 years old (The early ones were bolt action). Works beautifully. Loves Barracuda Match pellets, and loves squirrels even more.
Vern was a guy named...Ed.
Ok serialously… Back in the day when zydeco was edgy and accordions were considered the devil's tool we had a forum member whose yard measured 41 (forty one) yards. So that's what he shot. Well, his distance caught on and we all began using Vern's yardage. And for us springer guys it was useful as a hunt distance as well. I think some of us even combined it with the Soapy medium. But that's another stooooory.
Maybe someday Hector (Howdy, Hector) will tell us the story of getting lost in the woods and having to walk backwards to find his way out. That was you, weren't it? Er am I thinking of someone else...