A couple of weeks ago one of my permission owners got hold of a Regal and invited me up to try it. Being careful with my money I expect value for every £ and I didn't see that. It did look good but I want a rifle to shoot not look at. With a few targets in the orchard my S200 matched it easily, no doubt any of the AA 4 or 500 series would match it and so would a dozen other rifles at a much lower price.
Like buying a top end car, you get the badge but if anything goes wrong or needs a service you will get shafted.
The car analogy is spot on.
I thought I was buying a seriously top performance, British-made "Bentley" of an air rifle when I bought my Daystate Regal. It had all the grunt and torque of a Reliant Robin! Underpowered to just above an air pistol's output. It was useless to try and shoot Rabbits to acceptably decent air rifle ranges with any hope of a humane kill. 30 yards was about the best max-effective range. Over that and the poor animal was getting injured.
I have just had to spend a bit more money getting my Daystate Regal up to an acceptable performance standard. It's a superb rifle now. 11.45 ft/lbs, with a deviation of only 0.63 over a 10-shot string. Finally, it now shoots as good as it looks and I will keep it as I have a need for a reliable multi shot PCP on my permissions.
But I don't expect to fork out over £1,000 on an air rifle and a superb, top quality scope to get the best from it;-only to have to send the thing back to the makers within a week or so of buying it, to get it tuned up to a level where it will actually kill humanely at reasonable range. Only then, for it to come back, over a month later, work for a bit then, spring leaks and lose power and air at the same time.
I didn't bother Daystate with it a second time. They proved very nice people to deal with but, I have lost my faith and confidence to buy anything from them again.
It took an 85-mile drive north to a good gunsmith I know to sort out the power-output, plug the leak and secure the barrel shroud from rotating every time I screw-on/off a silencer that should not be found on a brand new rifle costing this level of serious money. It took him barely ten minutes and the job was done. I've shot a tinful of ammo through it this weekend and it didn't miss a beat. I'm absolutely delighted with how really sweet and accurate the rifle shoots...Now...!
But it has taken 8 months of hair-pulling frustration and leaving the thing in a cabinet before it finally became the rifle it promised to be.
No excuse. We are being sold a right bloody lemon here that you will have to have fixed and sorted out at your own expense to get it right where it ought to be in the first place.