The Brocock Bantam PCP Range.
Following the introduction of the Brocock Compatto into Australia, they have now followed up with the Brocock Bantam in several different power and air cylinder packages and a choice of wood or synthetic on a modern design of their ladder frame stock. Then, more recently they have changed to the MKII models and introduced a new air rifle, the Commander which will be to feature of another review in August 2018.
At the time of writing this, I have on order more of the extremely popular Compattos and a range of Brocock Bantam MKIIs that should arrive late July 2018. Those of you with an interest in the Brocock Compatto or the new Bantam PCPs, please contact me early as these Brocock PCPs disappear very quickly.
The Bantam CF PCP.
This Brocock Bantam CF PCP air rifle comes with a Carbon Fibre wrapped air cylinder of 480cc that is just over 3 times the capacity of the Brocock Compatto air cylinder. This increase in air capacity is going to notch up the shots per air fill from that of the Compatto that we have found to be 48+ shots on the High-Power setting. Before you get out your calculator to do the maths on this, save yourself the trouble because it will not work out at 3.2 x 48 Shots because of the increase in power with the Bantam (and so more air).
Some of the first things you will notice when comparing the Bantam PCP with the Compatto apart from the air cylinder, is the side mounted air gauge and the adjustable cheek piece.
I shall be reviewing each of these new bantams once they get in and as usual I will give you the results, be they good or bad. In saying this however, the Compatto with it’s slim line air cylinder is a joy to fire, very accurate and with 48 usable shots it is comparable to the Weihrauch HW100K. Put up the energy by 5 Fpe and with the increase the shot count, the Brocock Bantam will eclipse the HW100K’s shot count as well the larger and more powerful HW100 while equalling the latter’s energy output.
By fitting the Bantam air rifle with a carbon wrapped bottle the overall weight will be reduced somewhat and that will be more noticeable in the balance than in carrying it. The 2 images below are the synthetic ladder frame stocks similar to what we have seen in the Compattos. These differ in the fact that they have an adjustable cheek piece and a wider fore-end to accommodate the fatter air cylinder. It is worth noting that the Bantams with the synthetic stocks are referred to a “soft touch” while the Brocock Compatto is referred to as a Polymer stock. I will elaborate on any difference when these guns arrive here.
Based on the Bantam above there is also this stained Beech wood stock for those purists who haven’t yet made the transition from wood to synthetics. Set against the matt black action and shroud the wood does have an appeal that is difficult to overlook.
The Bantam 400.
Below is the Soft Touch version of the Brocock Bantam PCP with a 400cc air cylinder. What the advantages or disadvantages are between the 400cc and the 480cc carbon wrapped bottle I have yet to establish, apart from cost that is.
The Bantam 400 in wood below looking much like the Bantam CF model with the exception of the air cylinder.
The Bantam 500 PCP with the large capacity Cylinder.
One look at this PCP and you can see where Brocock are going with this large air cylinder that will surely benefit the .25 Calibre shooters in shot count. The .25 Cal does not come with the sling-shot ‘self regulating’ inertia hammer of the Compatto, but with a solid hammer to squeeze out 40 Fpe of energy with a 40+ shot count.
With the market moving away from springers and into PCP air rifles we have also noticed a shift upwards into .25, .30 and .357 cal air rifles. With Brocock now establishing their footprint on the .25 cal PCPs and Daystate having the Wolverine 303 in .30 cal, Gunroom Pty Ltd will be stocking these as they become available, as I find these larger calibre PCPs more attractive for the hunting fraternity.
The Brocock Bantam 500 looks quite foreboding in Beech with the large cylinder fitted and should prove to be a good hunting air rifle with the additional power and shot count.
Brocock Bantam line up summary.
Brocock’s line up of PCP air rifles now starts at the Compatto in synthetic followed by the Bantam 400, the 480CF and the 500 in .177, .22 and .25 Calibres. The Bantam range also offers the Beech stock variant from the soft touch synthetic. However, the new MKIIs are dropping the Beech and Soft Touch stocks in the Bantams and only becoming available in a newly designed synthetic model. The Compatto will still retain its synthetic stock but will also have an optional Soft Touch version.
Those of you looking at the Bantam range as a future PCP purchase will no doubt have noticed the MTC Viper Connect scope used on all the above Brocock Bantams. This is an upmarket scope developed principally for the PCP market where weight and optics are paramount. Gunroom Pty Ltd will be offering the MTC Viper Connect and the MTC Viper-Pro scopes in package deals with the new Brocock Bantam MKII models when they arrive in July 2018.