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Introducing the Daystate Delta Wolf, Part One

We’ve heard about it for a year now.  The technical details dripped down to us like rainwater.  We were told some things that seemed outrageous…if not impossible.  Does the new Daystate Delta Wolf really have a chronograph built into the shroud?  Does it really have a multi-function touch screen that is used to adjust the parameters of the gun’s firing cycle?  Is it really a mechanical Huma regulated gun with an electronic fire control group…sort of like a hybrid Wolverine R/Red Wolf with that top of it’s class electronic Red Wolf trigger?  The answer to all of these questions is….yes….and THEN SOME!  The link below is to the FULL REVIEW VIDEO that accompanies this article.  I suggest taking them both in for the full story.

Don’t hate me, but I get to play with just about all of the high end airguns on the market.  It’s part of my job.  Consequently, it takes quite a bit to get my motor running.  The new Daystate Delta Wolf has my motor running into the red!  While there are certain features that I look for in my own personal airguns, it all boils down to one thing.  I want accuracy.  I want the most accuracy that I can buy.  Repeatable accuracy is a function of consistency.  I would like it if my velocity was exactly the same every single time.  I would like it if my trigger pull was the same every single time.  I would also like it if the wind would blow the same every single time, and that I did absolutely everything physical about the shot the same every single time.  While you can’t buy the last two, you can seemingly buy the first two.  Let’s delve into that a bit.

The Delta Wolf  is a bullpup style PCP air rifle of the highest order.  As I said, it uses a hybrid electro-mechanical firing system.  Yes, it has a mechanical Huma regulator…but also yes…it has a computer controlled electronic hammer/valve system as well as an electronic trigger.  It has a touch screen interface, pressure sensors, capacitors, a solenoid, a built in chronograph with display, and more.  Daystate calls this AVT, or Advanced Velocity Technology.  All of these things work together to give you what is now the single most consistent shot velocity I have ever seen in any airgun.  Granted, it took some experimentation and adjustment until I got it to become so.  As noted in the title, this is a “Part One” type of review.  It’s an introduction for now.  I will delve more into the specifics in future videos and articles.  There we will discuss the multi-function display, adjustment parameters, what those parameters mean in simple terms, and how to make the most of them.

In future videos/articles, we will discuss the specific parameters and how to adjust them

I played with both a .25 and .30 Delta Wolf for this review.  In both cases, the “Factory Shot Settings” weren’t nearly as good as the “Advanced Shot Settings.”  The factory settings are perfectly useable, but if you really want to wring all there is to have out of the Delta Wolf…you’re going to need to get into the advanced settings mode and play around.  Precision Airgun Distribution, the importer of the Delta Wolf and all other Daystate products here in the USA, has included some presets for you in the advanced settings mode.  These are designated by caliber and pellet weight.  For instance, they included a “3044” preset that stands for 30 caliber 44.75gr pellet.  These are a pretty good starting point, and definitely better than the factory presets.  Still, I found that through experimentation…I could improve on even these presets.  For the 30 caliber Delta Wolf that I used for most of this review, I found that by using the “Warp” preset in the advanced settings but changing the regulator pressure to 135BAR…I would consistently get about 35 shots at 905fps average using UNSORTED JSB 44.75gr pellets with a single digit extreme spread over the entire shot string.  In fact, the HIGHEST extreme spread I saw was 7fps.  You read that correctly.  The HIGHEST extreme spread I saw was 7fps.  That is INSANE consistency, and simply the best that I’ve ever seen.

So now….about that trigger.  Much like the Daystate Red Wolf, the trigger on the Delta Wolf isn’t actually a trigger.  It’s a switch that’s designed to look and act like a trigger…only better.  After testing two examples of the gun for stock trigger pull, I’m getting a bit less than a pound.  Right about 15 ounces.  They come set to simulate a two stage trigger.  There is an easy first stage pull, a solid wall, and then zero creep when the second stage breaks like a glass rod.  On the 30 caliber version (which I hope to keep) I set the trigger to just about 8 ounces with a slightly shorter first stage.  For me, it’s heaven.  Naturally…it is fully adjustable to suit any tastes.

Stock trigger pull weight is just under a pound

There are still more noteworthy features fit for this introduction to the Delta Wolf.  Not least of which would be that the gun is fully ambidextrous.  By this I mean that the cocking lever, the cheek piece, and the safety can be used with either hand.  This gun nails the ambi-type AR15 safety.  It’s on both sides of the gun and has a long lever on one side and a short lever on the other.  These can be swapped to either side as you see fit.  The magazine can also be inserted from either side.  What’s more is that you can magnetically attach two magazines “bottom to bottom.”  This means that you can push one mag in from one side and shoot all of it’s pellets.  Then, without removing either, you can push the other one in from the other side…thus doubling your shots.  There are also five picatinny rails on the gun.  One on the bottom in front of the trigger guard, one on each side, one on the underside of the buttstock, and one on top for your optics.  The optics rail can be adjusted anywhere on the top dovetail track of the gun to really fine tune your eye relief.  I absolutely love this feature.  The chronograph, which displays on the touch screen, is housed in a carbon fiber shroud that terminates in M20x1 threads for attaching accessories.  Sorry guys…but your 1/2×20 UNF moderators will not fit the Delta Wolf.

Fully ambidextrous, and correctly placed safety. Long lever on the left, short lever on the right…and can be swapped.

I know.  Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii know!  “What about accuracy?”  In a nutshell….WOW!  I have finally found an indoor 100yd range to use.  It’s the Midwest Shooting Center in nearby Lima, Ohio.  While I’m still ironing out how to record good video in there, having a windless 100 yard range is just the bee’s knees.  It’s a fantastic facility, and I highly recommend visiting if you’re in the neighborhood.  I brought a good friend, and fellow Marine, with me for my accuracy testing.  We both shot the gun, and were both astounded by the accuracy of the Delta Wolf.  We both agreed that it is unquestionably one of the most accurate air rifles that either of us have ever fired.  Keep in mind, this was the first time that either of us had really shot this gun.  Long story short, whether he shot it or I shot it….our groups averaged about 0.5MOA.  That’s a half an inch at 100yards.  Some guns can do this, but this one did it repeatedly…and with the greatest of ease.

Some of the groups my buddy and I shot with the Delta Wolf at 100 yards

As with anything in life, there are both pros and cons.  With compliments…there must also be gripes.  I have but two gripes about the Delta Wolf.  Firstly…the name.  This gun has been named incorrectly.  It should have been called the “Alpha Wolf.”  It is very much the leader of the pack, and deserves to be referred to as such.  Second is the price.  The Delta Wolf is not cheap.  You can expect to pay north of $3000 for one.  The black version ($3019) is cheaper than the bronze version ($3419) by a significant margin….but neither are cheap when compared to their competitors.  Then again, a Ferrari isn’t cheap….but you want one of those too.  Don’t you?

I thank you for reading this article, and hope that you’ve found it useful and informative.  Stay tuned for Part Two of the Daystate Delta Wolf review…COMING SOON!

 

 

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