AirForce PCP Air Rifles

The American made AirForce PCP air rifles, made up of the Talon, Condor and Texan models are popular world-wide due to their power, accuracy and price and have built a reputation for reliability along the way. This very simple design and even simpler operating system has air rifle enthusiasts tuning, customising and adding accessories, a bit like ‘Barbie’ for Men.

Below I have the AirForce Talon over the Condor over the Texan to give you an idea of size.

AirForce Talon, Condor and Texan

AirForce Talon, Condor and Texan.

In this article I am going to touch on the AirForce PCPs due to their similarity with one another. The AirForce Texan I will leave for another article.

AirForce Condor

AirForce Condor with Hawke Airmax 30 Scope and Bi-Pod.

First impressions of the Texan, Condor and Talon PCPs.

My first thoughts when I saw some AirForce PCP air rifles, they looked too simple and more like a toy than a real PCP high power air rifle. Pick one up and your whole perception changes as it is very well balanced and solid air rifle with composite grips rather than wood. This departure from the ‘norm’ by using a pistol grip and an almost Military DNA has not been lost on other air gun manufacturers who have followed suite, taking a huge slice of the air gunning market in doing so.

All the AirForce PCP air rifles, come in the Texan, Condor and Talon with a flat black finish and 11mm rails on the ‘handle’ which takes the scope, forward of that to the barrel and underneath to accommodate accessories like a Bi-Pod or torch. The pistol grip is moulded composite with a very basic yet functional trigger and safety incorporated within the trigger guard while the chassis of the rifle is anodised flat black aluminium.

The high-pressure cylinder is directly behind the breach and functions as the butt with a detachable and adjustable butt pad – not really a pad but a simple plate. Due to the diameter of the cylinder I found it necessary to mount the scope using ‘High’ mounts so that I could get a good cheek weld and comfortable stance. Due to the light weight of these AirForce PCP air rifles it is very easy to shoot off-hand and carrying one of these air rifles through the bush while out hunting is a bonus due to the light weight and ergonomics of the design.

Looking more closely at these AirForce PCP Air Rifles.

If we start with the air cylinder and move forward, there is a small air pressure gauge on one side and a filling nipple on the other side which is a Foster fitting.

AirForce Talon Breech

Close up of the Loading Arm, Trigger Assembly, Top Hat and contents Gauge.

Forward of the gauge pictured above, you will see the almost military style trigger and in front of that the safety which is automatically applied upon loading. The safety can be moved to ‘Fire’ with the trigger finger and be re-applied to ‘Safe’ just as easily.

The Texan, Condor and Talon are single shot, unregulated AirForce PCPs that load very easily and quickly. Loading is accomplished by pushing forward on the top mounted bolt that is situated on the upper side of the housing so that it exposes the loading breech and Top Hat assembly. The image above shows the air rifle cocked and in the loading position, ready to accept a pellet manually. Pull back the bolt and slide it either left or right into a detente machined into the chassis and it is ready to go.

The silver Top Hat you see in the Condor/Talon image above is the key to the power of the AirForce PCPs: it sits in front of what I would describe as an air control valve; that is depressed into the air chamber valve by a hammer that impacts it under the bolt when fired. When you push the bolt forward, you are in fact compressing the hammer spring and moving the hammer into the forward position. Upon firing, the internal hammer slides back and impacts the Top Hat that in turn momentarily enters the air chamber valve and releases a high-pressure charge of air that propels the pellet. The AirForce Texan is but a much larger version of both the Condor and Talon as it handles much larger projectiles.

AirForce PCP air rifles also have a power regulator on the front left side as seen in the image below. Power is regulated by turning the micrometer style wheel that is numbered 1 to 16, this in turn moves an indicator along a slide to the right of the wheel, numbered 1 to 12. Understand this, the power regulator does NOT regulate the gun from “0” to “100%”, it only regulates it through a10-25% power base, depending on the tune of the air rifle.

Power and speed adjustment does not stop there as you can add shims behind the Top Hat or alternatively, wind the Top Hat in or out and re-secure with the 2 grub screws. There are also aftermarket Top Hats with large ports that can increase the power substantially or reduce the power by fitting different air jets into the Top Hat port.

Changing the Top Hat to a tuned version is my preferred method of tuning AirForce PCPs: this is done by adding shims or regulating jets to get you the speed or power you want. Changing out the Top Hat takes about 20 seconds if you have 2 flat faced screwdrivers handy. Adding shims or taking some out will add another 20 seconds or so, can’t be easier than that, can it?

For you guys interested in Tuning AirForce PCP air rifles for speed or power, my next article on the AirForce Condor and Talon is entirely about tuning, whether you are after 100 ft lbs energy out of the Condor or you want a high shot count between refills, I will show you how it is done.

PCP Power Adjuster

Condor Side-wheel Power Adjuster

The feature video below is on the AirForce Condor SS which is a noise suppressed version of the standard Condor that we have here in Australia. The fundamentals are the same with the exception that the SS is shrouded, so please watch these 2 videos for a good insight to the overall performance of the Condor.

 

 

 

AirForce PCPs:  Condor and Talon Specification.

Condor PCP

AirForce Condor with Hawke Scope and folded Bi-Pod

AirForce Condor
Length OA: 980mm
Barrel Length: 600mm
Barrel: Made by Lothar Walther
Available Calibres: .177, .20, .22, .25.
Weight OA: 2.904 kilos
Air Reservoir Volume: 490cc
Fill Pressure 200 Bar
Air Reservoir Total Length (excluding Mts) and Diameter: 328mm x 60mm
Condor .22 Cal with H&N Baracuda 21.14g gave 1162 FPS (354.18 MPS) and 63.40 Ft lbs. Energy (85.98 Joules).
Condor .25 Cal with H&N Baracuda 21.14g gave 1090 FPS (332.23 MPS) and 81.86 Ft lbs. Energy (111.01 Joules).
AirForce factory standard results with Power Wheel set to Max.

 

Talon Air Rifle

AirForce Talon with Hawke Airmax 30 Scope and folded Bi-Pod

 AirForce Talon
Length OA: 827mm
Barrel Length: 400mm
Barrel: Made by Lothar Walther
Available Calibres: .177, .20, .22, .25.
Weight OA: 2.635 kilos
Air Reservoir Volume: 490cc
Fill Pressure 200 Bar
Air Reservoir Total Length (excluding Mts) and Diameter: 328mm x 60mm
Talon .22 Cal with H&N Baracuda 21.14g gave 888 FPS (270.66 MPS) and 37.02 Ft lbs. Energy (50.21 Joules).
Talon .25 Cal with H&N Baracuda 21.14g gave 793 FPS (241.71 MPS) and 43.33 Ft lbs. Energy (58.76 Joules).
AirForce factory standard results with Power Wheel set to Max.

Caveat: Please note that the exact air pressure, relative temperature and humidity will all play a part in the output speeds of any air rifle.

Summarising the AirForce PCPs.

If you are looking for a lightweight and fully self tunable PCP for hunting or target work, then you must look at these PCP air rifles guys, trust me here, they are a lot of fun. I will be able to supply you with what tuning bits you want to allow you to tune them yourselves or I can do it for you, your call.

We are all too familiar with pellet choice when one is looking for accuracy, then if you fall into this category of searching for precision, then consider this: these AirForce PCPs allow you to adjust the speed/power through the power control on the side, after-market Top Hats and shims, regulator, sizing jets and different barrel lengths. I can’t say that many other air rifle manufacturers can give you a product that versatile when it comes to customizing as does the range of AirForce PCP air rifles.

Weihrauch HW100 TKSE 02

The Weihrauch HW100 part 1.

Weihrauch HW100 PCP Air Rifles have an established a presence in Australia with the HW100T and the HW100S, both as leading PCPs* in their class. For those of you unfamiliar with Weihrauch air rifles, the designation ‘T’ stands for Thumbhole stock while the ‘S’ stands for Sporter stock. However, there are several other Weihrauch HW100 models that are not often imported in numbers for reasons that evade me. These are the carbine versions of the HW100T and the HW100S, currently designated HW100TK (KT) and HW100SK. The Weihrauch HW100 also has an FSB model, which stands for Fully Shrouded Barrel. This is not allowed into Australia under the misguided belief that the shroud qualifies as a form of silencer.

I will attempt to cover each model separately over several articles to allow you, the reader, to get a more comprehensive understanding of the Weihrauch PCP range. * PCP is an acronym for Pre-Charged Pneumatic, as it is powered by compressed air at 200 Bar, or nearly 3,000 psi.

The Weihrauch HW100T.

Statistically with me anyway, the HW100T in .22 calibre is the most popular HW100 series PCP that we sell. Both the Weihrauch HW100T and HW100S come with 600mm barrels that I feel are an improvement over their early barrels around 2005 and earlier. In my experience shooting the Weihrauch HW100 PCPs, they are very accurate, with reasonable groups right out to 100 metres using a .22 calibre quality pellet like the H&N Baracuda Match or H&N Baracuda Hunter.

Weihrauch HW100T PCP

Weihrauch HW100T with Hawke Sidewinder 8-32 x 56 Scope.

The .177 HW100 is an accurate combination out to 50 metres in its factory form and after that distance the pellets tend to lose stability and develop an increasing spiral, thus affecting the accuracy past this point. To overcome this problem, you can do one of two things, or in fact both if you like, and that is use a heavier pellet and/or wind back the hammer spring to reduce the velocity a bit. Both work.

Firstly, let’s look at the heavier pellet option. This heavier pellet by virtue of its weight, co-efficient of drag and cross-sectional dynamics will drop like a stone over distance but will suffer less from spiraling. The drop is no big deal as this is easily calculated and you can compensate for it with hold-over using your Mil Dots – I will have an article on setting up your scope for distance and using Mil Dots very shortly and this will include some custom targets, so you can’t get it wrong.

Now the hammer spring adjustment. This is a straightforward procedure that will require dropping out the mechanism, undoing the guide plate and locking screw and then taking out the hammer spring tension by up to 2 turns. This is not set in stone, so I would suggest 1 turn then test the rifle and so on. What you will effectively do is reduce the pellet speed which in a HW100 in .177 calibre is sometimes too fast with their rifling as it stands.

I will be working on the HW100 Air Rifle over the coming months as we are keen to develop a tuning procedure for this PCP as the hammer spring adjustment only gives marginal controls. It will give you extra shots per fill but once we develop a correct procedure for pressure adjustment and hopefully a variable charging port (not manually variable), we will have the ability to regulate the speed/power and give additional shots per cylinder charge. I am also “Mapping” the Weihrauch HW100 PCPs to find the ‘sweet spot’ of the regulator output: which varies with each gun.

Weihrauch HW100T in .22 calibre

Weihrauch HW100T Air Rifle .22 calibre in walnut

Presently the HW100T comes with an ambidextrous wood thumbhole stock together with a laminate and synthetic versions that step this air rifle up in popularity. There are other things in the wind at Weihrauch, but being in Australia we are at the bottom of the food chain so don’t expect anything to happen too quickly (the date editing this is mid-July 2018). Edit: Both laminated and Synthetic are available here at present. The laminated model is designated SE for Special Edition. Date 2/7/18. Ian Mc.

The Weihrauch HW100S.

The HW100S is the Sporter version of the HW100 PCP range and is currently only available in wood in Australia. This is not an ambidextrous stock unfortunately though anyone purchasing a Weihrauch HW100S from me that is left handed, I can quite possibly make either a new stock or modify the current stock. Note however, the cocking lever, even though it is only small, is on the right-hand side of the action which basically means releasing your hand to cock it.

Weihrauch HW100S PCP Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW100S PCP Air Rifle with walnut stock

The stock however, is extremely well finished and a compliment to the manufacturers, making the Weihrauch HW100S more attractive than many other and more expensive PCP Sporters out there. The action is a deep black with a high gloss finish and minimalistic appearance with minimal projections such as loading bolt etc. Unfortunately, Australian Customs in their ‘wisdom’ have regulated that the barrel weight not be fitted coming into the country as they deem it to be an incomplete silencer, can you believe this crap? Hence these air rifles tend to look a little bare, so if you don’t like the looks then I can fit an Air Stripper for you or quite possibly an Air Shredder if I can keep stocks up. Neither of these items will reduce the noise level.

 

Air Stripper Selection

Air Strippers for Weihrauch, AirForce and other PCPs

The Scope dovetail on these air rifles is 11mm and while it straddles the Rotary Magazine port, you can still fit a one-piece scope mount without interference. However, guys, please note that the HW100 does not have a locating dimple like the HW77 series does at the rear of the action that prevents the scope from walking backwards due to recoil, so please unscrew the vertical Allen key (if fitted) in your Scope Ring Set and bin it.

HW100S Air Rifle and Sidewinder

HW100S Air Rifle with 3-12 x 50 Sidewinder

I have recently had a guy who did not notice that the rear mount vertical locating screw was protruding slightly, and he tightened up his scope ah la ‘Arnie’ style and put a bend in it…..stupid is forever.

As the Weihrauch PCP air rifles do not have recoil as such, they do not need or employ the locating dimple that stops the scope from walking backwards, so please check your mounts for this locating screw or peg that is sometimes fitted.

HW100 on ACZ Match Stock

HW100 ACZ Match Rifle (basic)

The Weihrauch HW100 Charging System.

The HW100 PCPs come with 2 magazines that hold 14 shots each and with the standard air chamber will deliver around 35-45 effective shots before you start to recognize speed decay. When shooting at close range, say 30 metres, then you can quite easily get more shots from each refill if you are shooting at targets as speed decay at close quarters has negligible effect. However, many of you reading this use a Weihrauch HW100 for vermin control such as rabbits, and therefore shoot out at longer ranges. You are likely to notice speed decay and pellet drop earlier than those guys shooting close up at targets.

Unfortunately, Weihrauch have not made this rifle with a manually adjustable pressure regulator and to me this is its main flaw. There are a number of ways to increase the shots per air cylinder charge and they are:

  1. Lower the speed/energy (by the hammer spring).
  2. Use a larger cylinder.
  3. Get the charging port and hammer spring customized as mentioned earlier in this article.
  4. Get the Regulator ‘Mapped’ to increase the efficiency, power or shot count.

I will provide a graph and shot count verses pressure in a coming article on the Weihrauch HW100 where Joe Tonga and I field tested this air rifle out to 100 metres and provide you will heaps of tables and graphs to assist you in both shooting and tuning your HW100 Weihrauch.

Weihrauch HW100 Summary.

This article is but 1 of several planned, as the Weihrauch HW100 will take more than just a few articles before you for truly understand the complexities and characteristics of this PCP air rifle. I will also be breaking down the components to give you comparisons between the HW100T, S, and the carbine versions being the HW100TK and SK. This will give you the benefits of PCP air rifles over springers such as the Weihrauch HW77K.

Over the next few months we will take testing to the next level prior to customizing the actions in a bid to give you more shots and better accuracy, especially in the .177 calibre. The Weihrauch HW100 is truly a great air rifle, very well built and priced below that of some of its competitors with which it is truly their equal.

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Ian McIntosh 18/04/2018

Weihrauch HW25

Weihrauch HW25 Review.

Weihrauch HW25 Review.

Having recently ordered in several Weihrauch HW25 air rifles I have decided to do a Weihrauch HW25 review first and then work my way up all the models until reaching the HW100. There are a couple of really nice features of the HW25 springer air rifle and a couple of things that I draw comment on.

First impressions of the Weihrauch HW25 air rifle are that it is TINY, and to clarify that I mean compared to the HW77 and HW77K’s that I handle on a daily basis. That said, at 6 feet in height and not exactly skinny, firing this gun for me is a challenge as it is so small, and for my frame, awkward to shoot.

Weihrauch HW25 springer.

As this is a Weihrauch HW25 Review, I will say this, the air rifle maintains the finish we have come to expect from Weihrauch with quality bluing and a high standard of all machined parts. The Weihrauch HW25 springer sports an adjustable rear sight with elevation and windage controls in a seemingly bulky configuration when you view it alongside the rifle’s very slim barrel. This rear sight on the Weihrauch HW25 has 2 green tinted sidebars, one each side of the sighting channel and red bar atop the for-end sight blade: while appearing at first glance to be gimmicky, they are in fact quite effective.

The stock of the HW25 is 1 piece and comes with a formed butt without a pad, very smooth lines and devoid of any checkering or stippling. The wooden stock is coated in a matt clear coat that shows a high degree of the wood finish with a very basic trigger guard. This is attached with a wood screw and a through bolt that secures the action. There is a second through bolt that is nested in a blued steel cup washer forward of the trigger guard that also secures the action into the stock.

Upon removing the Weihrauch HW25 springer action one will immediately notice the very basic trigger configuration and exposed spring with no apparent adjustment facility. There is a safety catch centred at the rear of the action that is applied automatically as with other Weihrauchs. You will also see a very simple and clean loading arm with a minimum of moving parts, in fact, simplicity in a nutshell.

Weihrauch HW25 Components

Weihrauch HW25 Exploded View

The Weihrauch HW25 on the range.

Loading this air rifle is extremely easy with the ‘break-barrel’ concept and the ability to hold the rifle one-handed as it is so small and light. The safety comes on with an audible ‘click’ and inserting the pellet is easy due to the unrestricted access. The HW25 comes with an effective loading safety that does not allow the trigger to be operated when the barrel is down in the loading position.

As I mentioned, bringing the Weihrauch HW25 air rifle to bear and forming a cheek weld to comfortably fire it was not easy, damn awkward in fact. That suggests to me that this small air rifle is more suited to juniors or people with a slighter frame.

The safety is a plus for this air rifle with it being centred at the rear of the action and easy to reach, unlike the push button safety which is located to the left of the larger Weihrauchs, namely the HW30s through to the HW80s. Aligning the sights was difficult at first though after I had put through 30 shots, I became more adept at shooting it.

The trigger pull on the Weihrauch HW25 was more suited to the likes of Arnie with a pull weight if 3.3 kilos, yup guys, that is right, 3.3 kilograms! Once you master the sights (if you are my size plus) then the trigger is next and after that, you’re home.

I am assuming here that the heavy trigger on the HW25 is probably quite suitable when teaching someone to shoot, namely a youngster who is likely to inadvertently squeeze off a shot before they are positioned.

For those of you who are into air rifle specifications here are the shooting stats:

Air Rifle Target Results

Weihrauch HW25 Performance Spreadsheet

A word of warning when testing a new air rifle: do not waste time shooting it through a chronograph until you have put through 50+ shots as the initial readings tend to be all over the place. Facts are that most spring powered air rifles take more than 1000 shots before they really settle down and give consistent Chronograph results.

For the Weihrauch HW25 Review, I used a Hawke Scope, being the 4 x 40 where I obtained the following very average target results (this was the best of the bunch below).

So if you are looking for an air rifle for your kids to learn from, then this Weihrauch HW25 is probably a good choice but not what I would recommend for air rifle target shooting or vermin control. The Weihrach HW25 is a great air rifle to teach the learner the basic shooting skills.

If you want to control small vermin around your property then I think you should be looking at the Weihrauch HW30 that has a bit more punch and is more accurate. I feel the energy levels of the Weihrauch HW25 are too low to be an effective vermin controller resulting in you wounding more than you kill in all likelihood.

The accuracy of the Weihrauch HW25 did improve drastically after I had fired around 80 shots and in all fairness, I would expect it to improve still further. You need to try a range of different pellets once you have the air rifle ‘run-in’ a bit.

While the Weihrauch HW25 does come with steel sights, if you are chasing accuracy then look at dropping on a small 4×32 or 4×40 Scope, especially if you are finding the rifle uncomfortable due to your size or the ergonomics of the air rifle.

The Weihrauch HW25 Specifications.

Length Overall: 945mm
Stock Length: 585mm
The trigger to Butt Pad: 332mm
Barrel Length: 385mm
Barrel Diameter: 12mm
Action Weight: 1.212 Kilos
Stock Weight: .727 Kilos
External Chamber Dia: 25mm
Calibre: .177

Target

Weihrauch HW25 Target

Weihrauch HW25 air rifle facing left

HW25 Weihrauch

HW25 Summary.

What is there to like about the Weihrauch HW25 air rifle? Well, it is short, compact and a well-finished product that has an easy balance and is lightweight at 1.939 kilos making it well suited for a learner or junior. It does shoot pretty well and looking over the action very closely you can be assured of having an air rifle with some serious longevity. I do like the easy accessibility of the HW25’s safety catch as it is simple and very light to operate, making this air rifle pretty safe.

What is not to like about HW25? The trigger for a start, it is a safety feature of sorts for a beginner but at 3 kgs it will marginalise your accuracy. The safety I think should be resettable for a beginner’s gun because one of the prime requisites of teaching someone to shoot is SAFETY. The third thing I do not like about the Weihrauch HW25 is the exposed foresight blade that does not have a protective cover though it does have machined slots to take one.

Weihrauch HW25 air rifle facing forward

Weihrauch HW25 Front View

All in all, a good safe gun for a youngster’s first air rifle that should stand the test of time and abuse with the exception of the foresight. So, if you are in the market for a small air rifle to suit a youngster or beginner, I would give serious attention to this Weihrauch HW25 springer.

Weihrauch HW100 TKSE 02

The Weihrauch HW100 part 2

Weihrauch HW100 PCP review, part 2, of a multi part series on the HW100T and HW100S where I will bring you some more of the practical aspects of this PCP air rifle. I will attempt to cover most issues I have experienced with the HW100, however, if you the reader would like me to cover a specific subject or you may like to share some info for our air rifle fraternity, please contact me.

The most frequent questions.

There are probably 3 very common questions asked about the Weihrauch HW100 PCP air rifles, being, not in any kind of order, the following:

  1. What is the price?
  2. How many shots per refill?
  3. What is the power?

I agree that there are plenty of other questions asked but these 3 are usually the opening gambit of prospective buyers.

Let’s look at the price and what you get or don’t get with the air rifle package. The rifle comes boxed in a cardboard box with polystyrene inserts, very rugged and I have yet to see any rifle damaged when it turns up here. Inside, the Weihrauch HW100 comes wrapped in a plastic sleeve with a rubber band sealing the open end from moisture or dirt ingress.

Next to the air rifle is the Air Cylinder that is separately wrapped and cocooned in a polystyrene recess to limit its movement during freighting. The Air Cylinder comes with a plastic dust cover over the threaded end that screws into the rifle and a plastic probe that fits into the filling orifice behind the gauge. Try not to lose this little plug as they are difficult to come by and expensive, somewhere around $10 – $14 depending on how it was freighted. At the end of the polystyrene moulding we have a small cardboard box that contains the following:

14 shot rotary magazine

Weihrauch HW100 14 shot rotary magazine

    1. 2 x 14 shot rotary magazines
    2. 1 DIN adapter that allows you to fill the bottle (once taken off the rifle) by screwing it directly into the adapter fitting. This is hardly used now and was more effective with the early cylinders that did not have the quick fill function using a probe while still fitted to the gun.
    3. There is another large fitting at the other side of the box with a screw thread through the centre and a matching cylinder thread. This can be screwed onto the cylinder and then the centre screw tightened inwards thus depressing the valve and allowing the high-pressure air to escape. You would only use this function if you want to empty the cylinder prior to air travel or shipping the gun by air.
    1. Lastly there is a filling probe with a 1/8th Gas (aka 1/8” BSPP) thread that will fit a hand pump, much like the Hill PCP Pump, High Pressure Compressor or a SCUBA adapter for decanting air directly from a High-Pressure SCUBA bottle.

The price is available from my Price List and as prices are somewhat fluid, I won’t quote it here. For those of you just new to this site, you should know that I test every rifle prior to sending it out to make sure it is indeed serviceable and meets the accuracy criteria for that model.

Weihrauch HW100PCP Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW100 TKSE with Airmax 30 scope

The pellet test is just that, a test, but it allows me to try a minimum of 6 pellet types to see which ones perform the best in a Weihrauch HW100 PCP. The Chronograph results are then put into Excel and a series of technical aspects are derived from these Chronograph results, in the form of Graphs. These then pinpoint the specific pellet type that is most suitable for the air rifle at this specific time. The air gun may use another type of pellet for optimum results down the track a way, say after 1500 shots or so, but at the point of sale it shoots best with the selected pellet.

How many shots per fill with the Weihrauch HW100 PCPs?

For this article I have taken a Weihrauch HW100T and a HW100KT and test fired them both using several different air cylinders. Firstly, I tested the HW100KT with the air cylinder that it came with, then I tested the HW100T with the small air cylinder from the HW100KT to note any difference in performance overall. This was followed with the HW100T with the regular air cylinder and lastly the HW100T was tested with the lightweight FX 390mm air cylinder.

Weihrauch HW100 PCP Accessories.

Air Rifle Accessories.

Shooting was done at 25 metres and I was resting the rifle on a sand bag. I was not looking at getting accuracy as I was achieving a reasonable group at a firing rate of 1 shot every 4-5 seconds. If I had the time to dick around I could easily halve the grouping but I neither have the time or need for this type of accuracy for this test.

With the reasonably fast shooting I am quickly appraised of pellet drop and I do note at what point this begins happening, and at what point it is unacceptable. The pellet groups on the targets tell that tale without having to strive for a ¼” group which would take time and provide little if any additional benefit, as the sole purpose of this exercise is to determine how many effective shots per cylinder….

The Graph below here is of a standard Weihrauch HW100KT with the air cylinder filled to 200 Bar on a chilly day with the Temperature at 19° Centigrade. I am going to put in a caveat here and that is the unreliability of pressure gauges on any Weihrauch HW100 PCP air rifle, so please get your filling gauge calibrated at least and then mark the PCP gauge or do whatever it takes to make you comfortable with the readings on your air rifle.

FX Air Cylinder Top, Weihrauch Large and Small Air Cylinders below

FX Air Cylinder Top, Weihrauch Large and Small Air Cylinders below

Weihrauch HW100KT Shot Count Graph

Weihrauch HW100KT Shot Count

Next, I have the Weihrauch HW100T fitted with the small .105 Litre air cylinder from the HW100KT above and note the very different results.

Weihrauch HW100 shot Count Graph

Weihrauch HW100T with .105 Litre Air Cylinder

The HW100T with the standard .175 Litre air cylinder provide greatly differing results below:

HW100 Shot Count Graph

Weihrauch HW100T with .175 Litre Air Cylinder (Standard Supply)

I also stock the FX lightweight air cylinders in 390mm and 500mm for those of you who are seeking to reduce their overall weight for competition work or are just searching for a lighter air rifle. Please note here that the FX air cylinder is longer but thinner with the advantage being that it weighs less than the Weihrauch air cylinder. The large Weihrauch air cylinder comes in at 869 grams, the HW100KT cylinder weighs 626 and the FX comes in at 651 grams. There is not much loss or gain between the 2 large cylinders other than the weight differential, but you need to note that the FX is filled to 220 Bar and not the standard 200 Bar for the Weihrauch PCP.

HW100T FX Shot Count Graph

390mm FX Air Cylinder on a Weihrauch HW100T

Comparing these graphs individually is probably best done by looking at the following graph where we can see each of the 4 PCP air rifles together.

Weihrauch PCP Shot Count Graph

Shot Count Comparison HW100 Group

HW100T Power.

Below I have imported a Graph showing the power in Ft. Lbs. energy for 6 different pellet types when fired from a Weihrauch HW100KT in .22 calibre.

HW100KT Energy Graph

HW100KT Power in Ft Lbs.

Compare this with the Weihrauch HW100T in .22 cal below:

HW100T Energy Graph

HW100T Power in Ft Lbs.

These 2 Graphs will give you an idea of what power to expect from a Weihrauch HW100 in .22, but do remember this, no 2 air rifles are the same and these recordings should only be taken as “indicative” of the power available for these PCP air rifles.

The next question is going to be ‘what range these air rifles will shoot out to?’. Well put it this way guys, when we tested a bunch or air rifles a few weeks back, I had a customer shooting his brand new HW100T in .22 and he was hitting a 30mm disc at 100 metres 9 out of 10 times. This was done with a 12-power Hawke Sidewinder scope and the rifle zeroed in at 30 metres or thereabouts: furthermore, I don’t think he would mind me saying this, but he was ‘new’ to air rifles, especially PCPs.

I personally have a Weihrauch HW100T that is zeroed at 60 metres and I can hit a 20mm disc 10 out of 10 times at 96 metres (lasered and using Mil Dots) using a Hawke 8-32×56 Sidewinder. Does that answer that question OK?

HW100T with Hawke Sidewinder Scope

HW100T with Hawke 8-32×56 Sidewinder Scope

Weihrauch HW100 PCP Summary.

This article will be followed by another shortly as I get more and more involved with today’s PCP air rifles that never fail to impress. I am trying to appeal to beginners as well as you guys that have been using PCPs for a while now, to try and cut through all the bullshit that floats around from some of the ‘experts’ in this field. My work profile means that I fire air rifles EVERY DAY guys, yup, every effing day, and from this experience I am trying to help build this fledgling air rifle following. Since moving to Brisbane, I have purchased a SIUS Target System at great cost (great for me anyway…), and in 7 months I have fire 17,200+ shots downrange while testing.

Weihrauch HW100 PCP on ACZ Stock

Weihrauch HW100 on an ACZ Stock with FX Cylinder

Please note that ALL the information, results and assertions are made in good faith from my experience and direct from my records. While I also stock and sell Kral and Air Arms PCP air rifles, there is no one PCP that out-shoots them all, contrary to the crap you sometimes read or watch on YouTube. As they say, there are ‘horses for courses’ and there are PCPs that will fit into that category you may be searching for, be it a Weihrauch HW100 PCP, Kral or Air Arms, one of which I am sure will get you covered.

Brocock Compatto

1. The Brocock Compatto .22 FAC, part 1 of 3.

Brocock Compatto Review, part #1.

I will be doing a series of reviews on the Brocock Compatto PCP air rifles in .177 and .25 calibres in FAC guise in the near future. This 3-part article will, however, include pellet selection testing in all 3 power levels, pellet speed decay graphs and the suitability of MTC scopes. For now, we are starting with the popular Compatto .22 calibre review. This series will be followed by tuning the Brocock Compatto, fitting a regulator and advanced pellet preparation to make this exceptional PCP air rifle even better.

Buyers of new PCP air rifles from me now get the Pellet Selection Test sheet (see Blog #21) where I test 6-8 different pellets with the said air rifle at no cost. In this article, I will show you the outcome when testing 12 different pellets in the Brocock Compatto in .22 calibre and what we can learn from the results.

Gunroom Pty Ltd will also wholesale the Brocock Compatto Australia wide to genuine gun dealers.

Please note here that the Brocock Compatto tested was straight out of the box without a working shroud (cosmetic only) and with no adjustments made to it. The pellets were also straight out of their respective tins, complete with minor dents and imperfections found in most tins of pellets purchased here in Australia, especially JSB pellets marketed by Cometa.

It would be fair to say that these results are a generic overview of the Brocock Compatto in .22 calibre. I have tested several other .22 Compattos and their results were very similar in that several of the same pellets excelled while others failed to deliver. This is a typical story throughout air rifle testing where PCPs actually deliver more consistent pellet results across a broader array of pellets than do springers.

Brocock Compatto with the MTC Viper-Pro.

The test Brocock Compatto was fitted with an MTC Viper-Pro 5-30×50 Scope that performed flawlessly throughout all the tests I did and as a result, I would highly recommend this combination. Testing was done over 25 metres in sometimes gusty conditions that resulted in groups slightly right of the centre.

Brock Compatto mounted with an MTC Viper Pro scope

MTC Viper Pro 5-30×50 Scope

The Viper-Pro comes with an illuminated reticle operated by a step-less rheostat that illuminates the “square” around the centre, so as not to obscure the reticle centre that is quite often a hindrance rather than an asset in some other illuminated scopes.

Brocock Compatto and the Pellets Tested.

The following pellets were tested in the Brocock Compatto with the Baracuda used to zero the rifle at 25 metres. No adjustments were made following the zero being obtained so as to demonstrate the performance characteristics of different groups relative to the H&N Baracuda.

After zeroing the scope I shot the following pellets with the results in the adjoining images together with Chronograph results under the target images. I topped up the rifle every 18 shots (3 targets of 6 shots each). Initially, I have put up 12 results using both H&N and JSB pellets and will add more pellets to this article when time allows me to transfer my remaining notes to my computer.

Reminding you here that all these results are stock standard out of the box results that will be followed with the Mid and Low Power levels in the same format in coming articles. Once I start the series on tuning, references can be made to these results that will allow you an instant and comprehensive understanding of any benefits obtained when carrying out a tune on a Brocock Compatto.

The following results were obtained in a temperature of 24.5 degrees C, a humidity of 55% and a cross-wind left to right varying between 6 and 18 kilometres an hour at an altitude of 30 metres above sea level.

Brocock Compatto Baracuda Target results

Baracuda Target Results at 25 metres

H&N Baracuda

21.4 Gr x 5.50mm
Standard Deviation 2.7 Ft
Highest Speed 751.5 F/S
Lowest Speed 743.8 F/S
Extreme Spread 7.6 Ft
Energy 26.26 Fpe
Average Speed 747.9 F/S

 

Brocock Compatto and Terminator Results

Terminator Target Results at 25 metres

H&N Terminator

16.36 Gr x 5.50mm
Standard Deviation 11.8 Ft
Highest Speed 807.6 F/S
Lowest Speed 773.6 F/S
Extreme Spread 33.9 Ft
Energy 22.91 Fpe
Average Speed 794.0 F/S

Brocock Compatto Field Target Trophy Target

Field Target Trophy Results at 25 metres

H&N Field Target Trophy

14.66 Gr x 5.53mm
Standard Deviation 9.4 Ft
Highest Speed 870.3 F/S
Lowest Speed 844.2 F/S
Extreme Spread 26.1 Ft
Energy 24.04 Fpe
Average Speed 859.3 F/S

Brocock Compatto Baracuda Power Target

Baracuda Power Target Results at 25 metres

H&N Baracuda Power

21.14 Gr x 5.50mm
Standard Deviation 6.8 Ft
Highest Speed 710.3 F/S
Lowest Speed 688.9 F/S
Extreme Spread 21.3 Ft
Energy 22.8 Fpe
Average Speed 696.8 F/S

Brocock Compatto Hornet target results

Hornet Target Results at 25 metres

H&N Hornet

Gr x 5.50mm
Standard Deviation 7.0 Ft
Highest Speed 830.6 F/S
Lowest Speed 811.5 F/S
Extreme Spread 19.1 Ft
Energy 24.01 Fpe
Average Speed 822 F/S

 

Brocock Compatto JSB Exact Jumbo Target results

JSB Exact Jumbo Target results at 25 metres

JSB Exact Jumbo

15.90 Gr x 5.52mm
Standard Deviation 3.3 Ft
Highest Speed 843.1 F/S
Lowest Speed 834.2 F/S
Extreme Spread 8.9 Ft
Energy 24.78 Fpe
Average Speed 837.7 F/S

 

Brocock Compatto Hunter Extreme Results

Hunter Extreme Target Results at 25 metres

H&N Hunter Extreme

19.09 Gr x 5.50mm
Standard Deviation 7.6 Ft
Highest Speed 802.5F/S
Lowest Speed 780.5F/S
Extreme Spread 21.9 Ft
Energy 26.68 Fpe
Average Speed 793.2 F/S

 

Brocock Compatto Baracuda Hunter Target Results

Baracuda Hunter Target Results at 25 metres

H&N Baracuda Hunter

18.21 Gr x 5.50mm
Standard Deviation 4.6 Ft
Highest Speed 797.9 F/S
Lowest Speed 784.7 F/S
Extreme Spread 13.2 Ft
Energy 25.29 Fpe
Average Speed 790.8 F/S

 

Brocock Compatto JSB Ultra Shock Heavy Target Results

SB Ultra Shock Heavy Target Results at 25 metres

JSB Ultra Shock Heavy

25.4 Gr x 5.52mm
Standard Deviation 4.1 Ft
Highest Speed 657 F/S
Lowest Speed 646.3 F/S
Extreme Spread 10.7 Ft
Energy 23.97 Fpe
Average Speed 651.9 F/S

 

Brocock Compatto JSB Exact Jumbo Monster Results

JSB Exact Jumbo Monster Target Results at 25 metres

JSB Exact Jumbo Monster

25.40 Gr x 5.52mm
Standard Deviation 3.5 Ft
Highest Speed 670.6 F/S
Lowest Speed 662.5 F/S
Extreme Spread 8.0 Ft
Energy 25.05 Fpe
Average Speed 666.3 F/S

Brocock Compatto Baracuda Green Target Results

Baracuda Green Target Results at 25 metres

H&N Baracuda Green

12.35 Gr x 5.50mm
Standard Deviation 7.2 Ft
Highest Speed 916.3 F/S
Lowest Speed 897.2 F/S
Extreme Spread 19.1 Ft
Energy 22.44 Fpe
Average Speed 904.55 F/S

 

As can be seen from the above images of various pellet results, pellet selection is critical for not only accuracy but down range energy as well. One issue I find when tuning PCP or spring air rifles is that sometimes the customer then accepts whatever pellets that his local Gun Dealer recommends (because he has them in stock primarily) and then complains that his gun has gone off the tune. Duh…

I would suggest to buyers of new PCPs that once you have selected a pellet that performs for you, stick with it for at least 2000 shots. After that, I would then go ahead and compare the top rated 3 or 4 pellets from your initial Pellet Selection test and only then would I swap pellets if another was found to perform better. Should the pellets you are using be doing the job, then swapping them out is not really warranted and your time would be better served spent on your rifle. As they say: “If it is not f*cked, don’t fix it.”

Brocock Compatto end view

Brocock Compatto .22 Calibre with MTC Viper Pro 5-30×50 Scope

Brocock Review: Energy Decay Test in High Power Mode.

Shooting the Brocock Compatto air rifle is a pleasant experience due to the exceptional balance, short overall length and comfortable synthetic stock. I think I should mention here that the Compattos are nested very neatly into the in-letting in the stock with what looks like maybe an acrylic composite used as a glass bedding compound. However they have done it, it works well and results in the rifle only needing one bolt to secure the action into the ladder frame stock.

When shooting the Brocock Compatto for these articles, I went through over 600 pellets in 2 days and the rifle was flawless. On High Power Mode the Brocock Compatto returned just over 40 shots that would be considered accurate. I fired 10 shots per target for the Pellet Decay Test and chronographed the results using the JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets.

Brocock Compatto Magazines

Compatto Magazines showing the “Empty” indicator being a Red Dot.

Shooting this many pellets in a couple of days I got to know the rifle pretty well and found that the side bolt action very positive and easy to use. The magazines performed without a hitch and loading them was also quick and easy unlike some of the plastic spring loaded magazine covers that have found their way into some PCP brands. The Brocock magazine is all aluminium and pellets are dropped in the right way around and then rotated to the next chamber.

Brocock Compatto Bolt Action

The Brocock Compatto Loading Bolt up close with the Power Selector shown under the Logo.

Please note that the last day I fired these 10 shot strings, the temperature was 32 degrees, humidity 18% and a gusting breeze of 4-6 kilometres an hour. My first shot was at the bottom of the red and so I finished the string all through the same hole. I then adjusted the scope for the next string. Normally I would have restarted the shot string but decided to leave it so you can see the drop of the pellet from the earlier results from the day before. Nothing was adjusted between both shoots with the weather contributing to the anomaly shown.

When I finish the article on Pellets I will expand on the anomalies that one can expect with changing weather conditions as I experienced doing the 10 shot per target Decay Tests.

1st of the 10 Shot Groups starting off with a full cylinder at 200 Bar. (the Cylinder Charge has now be updated to 240 Bar)

For the 10 shots in this 1st target the Chronograph gave me the following results:

Brocock Compatto Target #1

Target Shots 1 – 10

Standard Deviation 4.2 Ft
Highest Speed 808.4 F/S
Lowest Speed 972.7 F/S
Extreme Spread 15.6 Ft
Average Speed 799.9 F/S
Energy 25.8 Fpe

 

Adjusted the scope for the balance of the energy decay test.

Following are shots 11 through to 20 below.

For the 10 shots in this 2nd target the Chronograph gave me the following results:

Brocock Compatto Target #2

Target Shots 11 – 20

Standard Deviation 2.7 Ft
Highest Speed 815.3 F/S
Lowest Speed 804.2 F/S
Extreme Spread 11.0 Ft
Average Speed 811.2 F/S
Energy 26.5 Fpe

Shots 21 through to Shot 30 Below.

Brocock Compatto Target #3

Target Shots 21 – 30

Standard Deviation 10 Ft
Highest Speed 804.9 F/S
Lowest Speed 772.3 F/S
Extreme Spread 32.6 Ft
Average Speed 788.5 F/S
Energy 25.0 Fpe

Shots 31 through to Shot 40 Below.

Brocock Compatto Target #4

Target Shots 31 – 40

Standard Deviation 21.8 Ft
Highest Speed 767.9 F/S
Lowest Speed 699.0 F/S
Extreme Spread 68.9 Ft
Average Speed 736.6 F/S
Energy 21.8 Fpe

Shots 41 through to Shot 48 Below.

Brocock Compatto Target #5

Target Shots 41 – 48

Standard Deviation 32.9 Ft
Highest Speed 695.9 F/S
Lowest Speed 590.6 F/S
Extreme Spread 105.3 Ft
Average Speed 647.3 F/S
Energy 16.9 Fpe

As can be seen from the target above, the decay in energy (relative to speed) is evident after shot 41 or thereabouts. The Graph below shows the individual shots from start to finish in both Energy (Fpe in Red) and Speed (F/S in Blue).

Compatto Shot Count Graph

Energy and Speed Decay Chart for the Brocock Compatto in .22 cal.

Brocock Compatto Summary in High Power Mode.

The Brocock Compatto enters the PCP field in direct opposition to the Weihrauch HW100TK (Carbine version of the HW100) where they both share similar speed/energy outputs but that is where it ends.

The Brocock Compatto has 3 power levels and has a price tag between $500 and $700 cheaper than the HW100TK depending on which model we are comparing it to. As the Brocock Compatto has a synthetic stock that is well balanced and short, it lends itself to hunting and vermin control where size does matter, especially when controlling vermin in sheds in low light and around machinery. The fact that this PCP has 3 power levels allows the vermin shooter who is chasing anything from rats and mice in sheds and around machinery to foxes in woods and paddocks where he has a power level to suit.

Those of you who shoot rats and pigeons in farm sheds know the limitations of a PCP air rifle that is too powerful; one miss and the pellet invariably puts a hole in the tin. The low-level power setting allows the shooter sufficient power for close work without the worry of putting holes in the cladding or damaging machinery in and around a shed or farm.

As for competition shooting, with a PCP air rifle that shoots this well out of the box and that has yet to be tuned, I would say this air rifle would not disappoint the avid competitor. At the current price, it will also allow new competitors into the Field Target shooting at an affordable cost and still box up to target rifles costing many times more.

The interest in PCPs has shifted somewhat with a rapidly growing following of the Brocock Compatto where its price is not only very competitive with PCPs like the Weihrauch, but it also costs around the same price as a quality tuned spring air rifle. I can see this semi-bullpup Brocock Compatto penetrating the market on not only PCPs but larger spring air rifles as well.

Brocock Compatto

2. The Brocock Compatto .22 FAC, part 2 of 3.

This is the second part of a full test I did using a Brocock Compatto PCP belonging to Roger McMinn in Victoria to whom I am extremely grateful. This Compatto was used to do the 3 Power Level Tests and the Power Decay Tests so that all the results are relevant and not compromised by using different air rifles.

Brocock Compatto PCP

Brocock Compatto

The Pellets Tested in the Brocock Compatto PCP.

For all these tests the initial sighting in was done with Baracuda pellets and from then on no adjustments were made unless noted. This gives a comparison between pellets in this air rifle that we wanted to achieve. I have used the same types of pellets in all 3 pellet/power tests as can be seen below.

These second power results were obtained in a temperature of 21.5 degrees C, a humidity of 28% and a cross-wind left to right varying between 10 and 22 kilometres an hour at an altitude of 30 metres above sea level.

I have put the original High Power Targets on the left for comparison and the results in brackets for the High power level.

H&N BARACUDA (21.4 Gr x 5.50mm)

H&N Baracuda

(Full Power)

JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(2.7) 5.2 Ft
Highest Speed(751.5) 716.6 F/S
Lowest Speed(743.8) 702.4 F/S
Extreme Spread(7.6) 14.1 Ft
Average Speed(747.9) 708.2 F/S
Energy(26.26) 23.84 Fpe

 

JSB EXACT JUMBO HEAVY (18.13 Gr x 5.52mm)

H&N Terminator

(Full Power)

H&N Field Target Trophy

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(3.8) 3.6 Ft
Highest Speed(806.5) 776.5 F/S
Lowest Speed(794.5) 765.7 F/S
Extreme Spread(11.9) 10.7 Ft
Average Speed(800.5) 773.5 F/S
Energy(25.80) 24.09 Fpe

 

H&N TERMINATOR (16.36 Gr x 5.50mm)

H&N Baracuda Power

(Full Power)

JSB Exact Jumbo

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(11.8) 10.7 Ft
Highest Speed(807.6) 760.8 F/S
Lowest Speed(773.6) 729.5 F/S
Extreme Spread(33.9) 31.3 Ft
Average Speed(794.0) 745.3 F/S
Energy(22.91) 20.18 Fpe

 

H&N FIELD TARGET TROPHY (14.66 Gr x 5.53mm)

H&N Baracuda Hunter

(Full Power)

H&N Hornet

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(9.4) 8.5 Ft
Highest Speed(870.3) 803.2 F/S
Lowest Speed(844.2) 779.9 F/S
Extreme Spread(26.1) 23.3 Ft
Average Speed(859.3) 788.5 F/S
Energy(24.04) 20.24 Fpe

 

H&N BARACUDA POWER (21.14 Gr x 5.50mm)

H&N Hunter Extreme

(Full Power)

JSB Ultra Shock Heavy

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(6.8) 3.7 Ft
Highest Speed(710.3) 663.5 F/S
Lowest Speed(688.9) 652.6 F/S
Extreme Spread(21.3) 10.8 Ft
Average Speed(696) 658.0 F/S
Energy(22.8) 20.33 Fpe

 

JSB EXACT JUMBO (15.90 Gr x 5.52mm)

JSB Exact Jumbo Monster

(Full Power)

H&N Baracuda Green

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(3.3) 6.3 Ft
Highest Speed(843.1) 794.4 F/S
Lowest Speed(834.2) 773.6 F/S
Extreme Spread(8.9) 20.7 Ft
Average Speed(837.7) 784.7 F/S
Energy(24.78) 21.75 Fpe

 

H&N BARACUDA HUNTER (18.21 Gr x 5.50mm)

Compatto Target #1

(Full Power)

Compatto Target #2

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(4.6) 5.2 Ft
Highest Speed(797.9) 769.4 F/S
Lowest Speed(784.7) 754.2 F/S
Extreme Spread(13.2) 15.2 Ft
Average Speed(790.8) 760.5 F/S
Energy(25.29) 23.39 Fpe

 

H&N HORNET (16.Gr x 5.50mm)

Compatto Target #3

(Full Power)

Compatto Target #4

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(7.0) 6.3 Ft
Highest Speed(830.6) 785.9 F/S
Lowest SpeedNULL
Extreme Spread(19.1) 17.5 Ft
Average Speed(822) 773.2 F/S
Energy(24.01) 21.15 Fpe

 

H&N HUNTER EXTREME (19.09 Gr x 5.50mm)

Compatto Target #5

(Full Power)

MTC Viper Pro

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(7.6) 10.9 Ft
Highest Speed(802.5) 706.0 F/S
Lowest Speed(780.5) 676.2 F/S
Extreme Spread(21.9) 29.7 Ft
Average Speed(793.2) 692.2 F/S
Energy(26.68) 20.32 Fpe

 

JSB ULTRA SHOCK HEAVY (25.4 Gr x 5.52mm)

(Full Power)

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(4.1) 4.5 Ft
Highest Speed(657) 640.4 F/S
Lowest Speed(646.3) 628.1 F/S
Extreme Spread(10.7) 12.2 Ft
Average Speed(651.9) 634.1 F/S
Energy(23.97) 22.68 Fpe

 

JSB EXACT JUMBO MONSTER (25.4 Gr x 5.52mm)

(Full Power)

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(4.1) 4.5 Ft
Highest Speed(657) 640.4 F/S
Lowest Speed(646.3) 628.1 F/S
Extreme Spread(10.7) 12.2 Ft
Average Speed(651.9) 634.1 F/S
Energy(23.97) 22.68 Fpe

 

H&N BARACUDA GREEN (12.35 Gr x 5.50mm)

(Compatto PCP Full Power)

Medium Power

Standard Deviation(7.2) 2.9 Ft
Highest Speed(916.3) 876.6 F/S
Lowest Speed(897.2) 868.1 F/S
Extreme Spread(19.1) 8.5 Ft
Average Speed(904.55) 872.3 F/S
Energy(22.44) 20.87 Fpe

 

These target results above are what one could term “scruffy” that has been bought about by 2 factors, one was the increase in wind speed and the other was the reduction in pellet speed. In saying that, it is interesting to note that the heavier pellets did in fact perform pretty well with the reduction in speed in windy conditions. The JSB Exact Jumbo and JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets performed pretty well in both the full and medium power settings on the Compatto.

I will be doing a tuning article on the Brocock Compatto shortly and will show you how to improve the groups in any particular power setting, though it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get a one pellet to shoot well in all power settings. You can of course find a couple of pellets that will perform across the three power modes.

Brocock Compatto Energy Decay Test in Medium Power Mode.

Doing a Pellet Energy Decay Test in Medium Power Mode is done exactly as per the high power mode. Essentially I am looking at what advantages there are in this power mode, how many shots to a ‘fill’ and what speed/power figures we are to expect.

When we look at the following targets where I have shot 10 shots into each target until the pellet drop was noticeable, we see that the JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellet performs well at the mid power level too.

1st of the 10 Shot Groups starting off with a full cylinder at 200 Bar.

For the 10 shots in these 1st targets the Chronograph gave me the following results at the High power setting and the Medium Power setting:

High Power 1-10 Shots

Standard Deviation 4.2 Ft
Highest Speed 808.4 F/S
Lowest Speed 792.7 F/S
Extreme Spread 5.6 Ft
Average Speed 799.9 F/S
Energy 25.76 Fpe

 

Medium Power 1-10 Shots

Standard Deviation 5.7 Ft
Highest Speed 786.5 F/S
Lowest Speed 769.2 F/S
Extreme Spread 17.3 Ft
Average Speed 779.6 F/S
Energy 24.47 Fpe

 

Following are shots 11 through to 20 below.

For the 10 shots in these 2nd targets the Chronograph gave me the following results:

High Power 11-20 Shots

Standard Deviation 2.7 Ft
Highest Speed 815.3 F/S
Lowest Speed 804.2 F/S
Extreme Spread 11.0 Ft
Average Speed 811.2 F/S
Energy 26.50 Fpe

 

Medium Power 11-20 Shots

Standard Deviation 4.6 Ft
Highest Speed 793.6 F/S
Lowest Speed 780.5 F/S
Extreme Spread 13.1 Ft
Average Speed 786.67 F/S
Energy 24.92 Fpe

 

Shots 21 through to Shot 30 Below.

High Power 21-30 Shots

Standard Deviation 10.0 Ft
Highest Speed 804.9 F/S
Lowest Speed 772.3 F/S
Extreme Spread 32.6 Ft
Average Speed 788.5 F/S
Energy 25.0 Fpe

 

Medium Power 21-30 Shots

Standard Deviation 6.1 Ft
Highest Speed 785.9 F/S
Lowest Speed 768.2 F/S
Extreme Spread 17.7 Ft
Average Speed 774.6 F/S
Energy 24.16 Fpe

 

Shots 31 through to Shot 40 Below.

High Power 31-40 Shots

Standard Deviation 21.8 Ft
Highest Speed 767.9 F/S
Lowest Speed 699.0 F/S
Extreme Spread 68.9 Ft
Average Speed 736.6 F/S
Energy 21.85 Fpe

 

Medium Power 31-40 Shots

Standard Deviation 13.0 Ft
Highest Speed 773.3 F/S
Lowest Speed 730.2 F/S
Extreme Spread 43.0 Ft
Average Speed 751.6 F/S
Energy 22.75Fpe

 

Shots 41 through to Shot 48 & 50 Below.

High Power 41-48 Shots

Standard Deviation 32.9 Ft
Highest Speed 695.9 F/S
Lowest Speed 590.6 F/S
Extreme Spread 105.3 Ft
Average Speed 647.3 F/S
Energy 16.87 Fpe

Medium Power 41-50 Shots

Standard Deviation 19.9 Ft
Highest Speed 725.0 F/S
Lowest Speed 662.9 F/S
Extreme Spread 62.1 Ft
Average Speed 696.3 F/S
Energy 19.52 Fpe

 

The Power Decay rate in Medium Mode in the Brocock Compatto gives better grouping at a reduced cylinder air pressure than is achievable in High Mode. It should be NOTED here that this test is of a brand new rifle straight out of the box without any tuning, hammer spring adjustment or customising. Further to this, I should point out that all the 6 shot targets are shot under 30 seconds and the 10 shot targets are shot under 1 minute and in temperature and windy conditions not unlike what we find when shooting.

So should you sort your pellets, then bench-rest the air rifle taking your time, I would expect that Blind Freddy should achieve better results than I have done here. To me this is not a competition and so I snap-shoot these tests so as not to take up time (that I don’t have) and give you easily achievable results that still tell the story. Still, you need to mount a GOOD Scope on the Compatto like one of the MTC Scopes, namely the MTC Viper-Pro or a Hawke Sidewinder. The name of the game is being actually able to see a target before you can get around to hitting it, so steer clear of some of the cheap scopes with wire reticles (as opposed to quality etched glass reticles that are thinner) coming out of China un-branded. Sure, some are quite good, given 90% are made in China but there is a lot of crap out there and they way they get rid of it, is to sell it cheap to those clowns that buy on price only. (I guess I will get a few comments after that…)

MTC Viper Pro

MTC Viper Pro

 

The Graph below shows the individual shots from start to finish in both Energy (Fpe in Red with Scale on the RIGHT of the Chart) and Speed (F/S in Blue with the Scale on the LEFT of the Chart).

Compatto PCP Energy Chart

Energy and Speed Decay Chart for the Brocock Compatto in .22 cal in the Medium Power Setting.

Now it’s all very well discussing the speed in the Medium Power Setting but to get a true comparison between High and Medium I have put both settings on the one graph. The BLACK line is the HIGH Power Setting designated (Speed H) while the Medium Power Setting is (Speed M) in Blue along with its graph line.

Compatto PCP Speed Chart

If you follow either line you will see that they cross over at around the 30 shot mark. This is due to the High Power setting using more air than the conservative Medium Power setting. When we tune the Brocock Compatto you will see that the hammer spring pressure will vary this cross-over point and when fitted with a Huma PCP Regulator we will end up with a very different graph indeed. Furthermore, and more importantly, we will make better use of the available air and this will be reflected in the grouping results.

Pictured below are 2 Huma Regulators for the Brocock Compatto set at FAC power rating.

Brocock Compatto PCP Huma Regulators

Huma Regulator for Brocock Compatto PCP .177 & .22 FAC

Summary on the Brocock Compatto PCP in Medium Power Mode.

This semi-Bullpup Compatto becomes a very useful tool in the hands of a hunter or vermin controller due not only to the ergonomics of the ladder frame, but to the variable power settings. When set up and used correctly, these variable power settings open up different avenues available to the hunter that are not available when using many of the single power PCPs that are around today. No longer are PCP air rifles “too powerful” for a particular scenario such as shooting in a shed or at close quarters as the operator can ‘dial down’ the power at will. The same applies when more power is needed and so on.

Hunter with Compatto PCP

Hunter with a Compatto PCP

Target shooters are not forgotten as Field Target Competition shooting calls for knock-down targets at varying ranges. Given the light weight of the Compatto, shooting does not need to be done in the prone position or bench-rested as is the case with many of the heavy air rifles of today.

Below is my Brocock Compatto PCP with a large Hawke Sidewinder, bi-pod and Air-Stripper that can put pellets right where you want them. It is not often that one sees a scope on a rifle that costs around the same price as the rifle it is mounted on. This just goes to show that they both combine to give accuracy that until now was the domain of PCPs 2, 3 and 4 times the cost of the Compatto.

Brocock Compatto PCP with Hawke Sidewinder

Compatto and Hawke Sidewinder ED 10-50×60

I am only halfway through the testing of the Brocock Compatto and can say with confidence that this PCP air rifle will in all likelihood be my largest selling air gun, as it sells itself once picked up and shouldered, Amen.

Brocock Compatto

The Brocock Compatto .22 FAC Review part 3 of 3.

The Brocock Compatto Review part 3.

The Brocock Compatto Review is on again Guys, I have finally got around to finishing the 3rd part of this Compatto PCP review on the .22 calibre semi-bullpup. If you have followed along from part 1 to here then you will know that I am now putting up the results of testing the Compatto in Low Power mode.

It may be prudent to remind you that the gun used in this review was straight out of the box with no adjustments, modifications or accessorising in any way. The following are groups shot in each mode, with High Power on the left, Medium Power in the centre and Low Power on the right. This will save you the problem of scrolling back through the 1st and 2nd articles looking for a comparison. There is also a graph further into this article giving you a visual perspective of the 3 modes, their speeds in F.p.s. and Standard Deviations.

Brocock Compatto Side View

The Brocock Compatto Right Hand View showing the Power Level Knob on High in this Image.

The Brocock Compatto PCP Targets side by side.

H&N Baracuda Pellets are our testing pellets by choice as they are available in the 4 main calibres and generally speaking, provide a good all-round baseline for comparisons with other pellets. Those of you new to my articles and air rifle testing procedures please note that I do not normally adjust the scope or POA when moving from one pellet type to another or one target to another, that is the point of having a baseline.

I also try and shoot a complete test in one day as large variances in weather can throw out your results: this can be seen in the 1st article where I had to alter the scope on the 10 Shot Pellet Decay Test following a low group on the 1st target shot on the 2nd day. Academic in this case as I maintained my POA for the following 4 Targets when I could have run with all 5 groups low but still tight. With time being tight I did it this way that in hindsight may not have been the best choice as it does demonstrate the effects of weather from one day to the next. The wind during most of these test shoots was blowing from Left to Right and the impact of that can be seen in the results. All testing was done using a MTC Viper Pro 5-30×50 Scope.

H&N Baracuda (21.14 Gr x 5.50mm)

Power Levels HighMediumLow
Standard Deviation2.7 Ft5.2 Ft1.7 Ft
Highest Speed751.5 F/S716.6 F/S661.8 F/S
Lowest Speed743.8 F/S702.4 F/S656.6 F/S
Extreme Spread7.6 Ft14.1 Ft5.1 Ft
Average Speed747.9 F/S708.2 F/S659.2 F/S
Energy26.26 Fpe23.55 Fpe20.40 Fpe

 

JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy (18.13 Gr x 5.52mm)

Power Levels HighMediumLow
Standard Deviation3.8 Ft3.6 Ft2.0 Ft
Highest Speed806.5 F/S776.5 F/S711.4 F/S
Lowest Speed794.5 F/S765.7 F/S705.4 F/S
Extreme Spread11.9 Ft14.1 Ft5.9 Ft
Average Speed800.5 F/S773.5 F/S708.5 F/S
Energy25.80 Fpe24.09 Fpe20.21 Fpe

 

H&N Terminator (16.36 Gr x 5.50mm)

Power LevelsHighMediumLow
Standard Deviation11.8 Ft10.7 Ft3.5 Ft
Highest Speed807.6 F/S760.8 F/S711.8 F/S
Lowest Speed773.6 F/S729.5 F/S703.1 F/S
Extreme Spread33.9 Ft31.3 Ft8.7 Ft
Average Speed794.0 F/S745.3 F/S708.3 F/S
Energy22.91 Fpe20.18 Fpe18.23 Fpe

 

 

 

H&N Field Target Trophy (14.66 Gr x 5.53mm)

Power LevelsHighMediumLow
Standard Deviation9.4 Ft8.5 Ft4.4 Ft
Highest Speed870.3 F/S803.2 F/S759.2 F/S
Lowest Speed844.2 F/S779.9 F/S745.4 F/S
Extreme Spread26.1 Ft23.3 Ft13.8 Ft
Average Speed859.3 F/S788.5 F/S754.0 F/S
Energy24.04 Fpe20.24 Fpe18.51 Fpe

 

H&N Baracuda Power (21.14 Gr x 5.50mm)

Power LevelsHighMediumLow
Standard Deviation 6.8 Ft8.5 FtFAIL
Highest Speed870.3 F/S803.2 F/SFAIL
Lowest Speed844.2 F/S779.9FAIL
Extreme Spread26.1 Ft23.3 FtFAIL
Average Speed859.3 F/S788.5 F/SFAIL
Energy24.04 Fpe20.24 FpeFAIL

I would NOT recommend H&N Baracuda Power for use on LOW Power in the Brocock Compatto. They are a copper coated pellet and the manufacturer’s recommendations are a minimum power level of 12 Fpe (16 Joules). However, when we tested them in the Compatto we got very erratic results that stopped our testing in Low Power before we really got started.

 

JSB Exact Jumbo (15.90 Gr x 5.52mm)

Power LevelsHighMediumLow
Standard Deviation3.3 Ft6.3 Ft5.2 Ft
Highest Speed843.1 F/S794.4 F/S728.8 F/S
Lowest Speed834.2 F/S773.6 F/S712.9 F/S
Extreme Spread8.9 Ft20.7 Ft15.8 Ft
Average Speed837.7 F/S784.7 F/S723.4 F/S
Energy24.78 Fpe21.75 Fpe18.48 Fpe

 

H&N Baracuda Hunter (18.21 Gr x 5.50mm)

Power LevelsHighMediumLow
Standard Deviation4.65.28.0 Ft
Highest Speed797.8769.4660.9 F/S
Lowest Speed784.7754.2 635.7 F/S
Extreme Spread13.215.225.2 Ft
Average Speed790.8760.5651.1 F/S
Energy25.2923.3917.15 Fpe

 

 

H&N Hornet (16.00 Gr x 5.50mm)

Power LevelsHigh Medium Low
Standard Deviation7.0 Ft6.3 Ft1.3 Ft
Highest Speed830.6 F/S785.9 F/S725.8 F/S
Lowest Speed 811.5 F/S768.4 F/S721.8 F/S
Extreme Spread19.1 Ft17.5 Ft4.0 Ft
Average Speed822 F/S773.2 F/S724.1 F/S
Energy24.01 Fpe21.15 Fpe18.63 Fpe

 

 

H&N Hunter Extreme (19.09 Gr x 5.50mm)

Power LevelsHighMediumLow
Standard Deviation7.6 Ft10.9 Ft2.1 Ft
Highest Speed802.5 F/S706.0 F/S685.6 F/S
Lowest Speed780.5 F/S676.2 F/S 679.3 F/S
Extreme Spread21.9 Ft29.7 Ft6.2 Ft
Average Speed793.2 F/S692.2 F/S682.6 F/S
Energy26.68 Fpe20.32 Fpe19.76 Fpe

 

JSB Ultra Shock Heavy (25.4 Gr x 5.52mm)

Power LevelsHighMediumLow
Standard Deviation4.1 Ft4.5 Ft3.8 Ft
Highest Speed657 F/S640.4 F/S570.9 F/S
Lowest Speed646.3 F/S628.1 F/S559.2 F/S
Extreme Spread10.7 Ft12.2 Ft11.6 Ft
Average Speed651.9 F/S634.1 F/S566.4 F/S
Energy23.97 Fpe22.68 Fpe18.10 Fpe

 

JSB Exact Jumbo Monster (25.4 Gr x 5.52mm)

Power Levels HighMediumLow
Standard Deviation3.5 Ft2.9 FtFail
Highest Speed670.6 F/S659.2 F/SFail
Lowest Speed662.5 F/S650.5 F/SFail
Extreme Spread8.0 Ft8.6 FtFail
Average Speed 666.3 F/S652.9 F/SFail
Energy25.05 Fpe24.05 FpeFail

The JSB Exact Jumbo Monster while being the same size and weight (but not shape) as the JSB Ultra Shock Heavy just did not perform as the target testifies on low power. Remember, this is but ONE rifle straight out of the box, no barrel leading or beading in, no modifications or tuning and operating on 200 Bar and not the 240 Bar that Brocock now recommends for FAC Compatto PCP.

I used 200 Bar in this 3-part article as most of the filling systems that rely on Scuba bottles have the 232 Bar K valve that will only refill a 200 Bar rifle a few times and will not manage the 240 Bar limit. That said, I will be doing a test using 240 Bar as the recommended pressure and be comparing it with these results. This will allow you guys who are sitting on the fence so to speak, to make up your minds whether it is worth forking out the extra money for a 300 Bar Scuba bottle or HP Compressor for the extra performance that it will give you.

If I were to test the Compattos on 240 Bar, then many of you would cry ‘foul’ as I may have sold you a 232 Bar unit. At least this way with 200 Bar filling stations you can obtain accurate information and those of you who have budgeted for 300 Bar systems will soon get the chronographed results that you can expect from a 240 Bar fill.

 

 

H&N Baracuda Green (12.35 Gr x 5.50mm)

Power LevelsHighMediumLow
Standard Deviation7.2 Ft2.9 Ft6.2 Ft
Highest Speed916.3 F/S876.6 F/S780.8 F/S
Lowest Speed897.2 F/S868.1 F/S763.7 F/S
Extreme Spread19.1 Ft8.5 Ft17.0 Ft
Average Speed904.55 F/S872.3 F/S770.9 F/S
Energy22.44 Fpe20.87 Fpe16.30 Fpe

This H&N Baracuda Green Pellet is one of the lightest pellets in .22 calibre that I stock and as of now, has a very limited following. When looking at the targets you will notice that these pellets shoot a bit high at 25 metres yet group pretty well out of the box.

Those of you into tuning, I will be testing the Huma Regulator in a Compatto in the coming months and I am sure that this pellet will excel itself in accuracy and shot count. Those of you into target work, I think that should you weigh, sort, inspect and divide weights of these pellets, then try them lubed and un-lubed, you may well be on a winning combination in my view. I am working on an article (multi-part) on Pellet Selection for Tuning.

 

Brocock Compatto Review: Low Power Pellet Decay Test.

 

Shots 1-10

Shots 11-20

Standard Deviation2.2 Ft2.9 Ft
Highest Speed707.2 F/S703.3 F/S
Lowest Speed698.3 F/S 693.9 F/S
Extreme Spread8.8 Ft9.4 Ft
Average Speed702.4 F/S 699.5 F/S
Energy19.87 Fpe19.70 Fpe

The first target shows the first 10 shots from a 200 Bar fill and the second target shows shots 11-20 as we do the Pellet Decay Test here. The vertical and horizontal lines going through the Bull are used with the reticle cross hairs as finding the Bull after numerous shots becomes difficult when the Bull is obliterated.

 

Shots 21-30

Shots 31-40

Standard Deviation7.4 Ft9.5 Ft
Highest Speed696.1 F/S681.5 F/S
Lowest Speed675.5 F/S652.3 F/S
Extreme Spread20.5 Ft29.2 Ft
Average Speed687.0 F/S 666.6 F/S
Energy19.00 Fpe 17.89 Fpe

The LEFT target above shows shots 21-30 while the RIGHT target shows sots 31-40. As can be seen from the targets the groups are not that bad for low power considering that one would use this power mode for close up vermin control or just plinking. Whatever, this is LOW power that is not necessarily used when competition shooting though one could do with some selective tuning and practise in this mode.

 

Compatto PCP Pellet Decay Test.

Shots 41-50 in this last target shows a reasonable group but it has passed the Decay point and so finishes the Pellet Decay Test.

The Pellet Decay Test is a testing sequence where either I or Peter shoot a full air fill (only 200 Bar in this case) using the best performing pellet until the group drops 3 or more pellets out of the RED circle. This Decay Test is not an accepted air rifle test, it is a test that we felt demonstrated the usable shot placement that one could expect to get from a full fill.

I use only 10 shots per target so one can see the gradual decline in either the group or the pellet drop as the cylinder pressure drops.

When analysing this Brocock Compatto Review, in the Chronograph results I feel that not enough emphasis is put on the Standard Deviation / Extreme Spread. The Standard Deviation is a formula derived to show the mean average between each shot. I will cover this in an article on Pellet Tuning that I am currently writing. What IS IMPORTANT is the Extreme Spread as this tells you the separation distance between the fastest pellet and the slowest pellet.

Those of you new to this, if you measured the distance that the slowest and fastest pellets had traveled, you would find in this case on the right here, that the fastest pellet had in fact traveled 38.7 feet further in 1 second that the slowest pellet.

Standard Deviation12.4 Ft
Highest Speed658.5 F/S
Lowest Speed619.8 F/S
Extreme Spread38.7 Ft
Average Speed637.1 F/S
Energy16.34 Fpe

Note that the average energy of this Compatto PCP is 16.34 Foot Pounds (Fpe) and that equates to the power of many spring powered air rifles. The power and accuracy compare favourably with the Weihrauch HW100TK at a cost of about 25% less.

 

Brocock Compatto Review Shot Count Graph

The Brocock Compatto in .22 calibre with a Sling Shot Hammer fired in all 3 Modes: High in Green, Medium in Blue and Low Power in Red.

Brocock Compatto Review Extreme Spread Graph

As can be seen from the Graph image above, as the air pressure drops, so does the consistency of pellets while achieving close to the same feet per second. The ideal pellet will have a minimal Standard Deviation (SD) of less than 2.5 as that works quite well. On one occasion we have seen an SD of 0.0 with an Extreme Spread of 8” here over 10 shots. Effectively the pellets are travelling at the same speed with all 10 shots travelling very close to the same distance in 1 second. While very rare, having seen it I know it can be achieved with certain rifles if you put in the due diligence that is required when tuning.

Brocock Compatto Review:  Shot Count.

In a Brocock Compatto, any increase in power comes at a high cost in shot count as the cylinder is only 150cc. To achieve this shot-count the Brocock is fitted with an Inertia Hammer, aka Sling Shot Hammer that is not only effective as a hammer, but it also regulates the firing air charge efficiently.

In my view, an accurate Compatto PCP air rifle is a better choice than a more powerful rifle that lacks accuracy. In hunting I put accuracy above power and that is where you guys need to be going with your guns. Tune them so that they are accurate, then armed with this knowledge that you can hit what you are aiming at you can go hunting with effect.

You guys that are into vermin control I would seriously suggest that you take a good look at a Brocock Compatto PCP with its selectable power range. With vermin control you must be setup for multiple shooting environments, from open paddocks, bush, around houses and in warehouse and sheds. This fluid shooting environment requires different pellets as well as different power settings, hence the Brocock Compatto. With the Compattos’ short overall length, ladder frame stock of polymer construction you have a working tool of considerable durability and ease of handling.

If you are not into hunting, then a look at the targets from High Power down to Medium Power and that will show you that this Compatto PCP air rifle has the DNA required to be used competitively. With the adjustable power you also have the ability to practice in a confined place or just plink without going through copious amounts of air or putting holes in shed walls etc. The Compatto is available in .177, .22 and .25 calibres and as can be seen from this Brocock Compatto Review, this air rifle is fairly pellet consistent and will benefit from tuning and correct pellet management and selection.

Author

Ian McIntosh

Brocock Bantam

Brocock Bantam PCP from Gunroom, Part 1 of 2.

Brocock Bantam PCP now available in all calibres.

The Brocock Bantam follows closely in the footsteps of the Brocock Compatto PCP air rifle with several added features, with the most prominent being an adjustable Cheek plate, and a larger cylinder and hence a better shot count. By using a larger cylinder on the Brocock Bantam the power output has been increased on several models, most notably the .25cal that is now fitted with a solid hammer and is rated at 40 Fpe.

The Bantam HiLite Soft-touch.

Brocock has released the 480cc air cylinder as a carbon wrapped version that is lighter than the 500cc model that we bring in by 100 grams. Sporting the Brocock Compatto logo on the side of the action, one can see the Compatto DNA has influenced this design markedly.

The first thing we noticed about the Brocock Bantam HiLite is the apparent slight shift in weight towards the shoulder, a wider fore-end grip and what feels like a lighter gun than the Brocock Compatto, when in fact the weights are fairly close. The Compatto weighs in at 3.17 Kgs and theBrocock HiLite at 2.9 Kgs plus scope, mounts and accessories.

Below you will see the Brocock Bantam HiLite fitted with an MTC Viper Connect scope on a Soft-touch stock. The stock is NOT synthetic but actually, a wood stock coated with a rubber compound that actually feels soft to touch and makes carrying and shooting this a dream.

Bantam HiLite Soft-Touch

Brocock Bantam HiLite Soft-touch viewed on the right right side.

 HiLite Soft-touch

Brocock Bantam PCP HiLite Soft-touch viewed on the left side.

The Brocock Bantam HiLite Soft-touch also sports the fill gauge on the left side of the stock making it quicker and easier to use; safer too for those clowns that insist on sticking their heads directly over the barrel of their PCP Air Rifle with gauges mounted at the end of their cylinders. The filler on the Brocock Bantam is directly under the fore-grip just forward of the trigger guard and is accessed by removing a magnetic cover. The probe under this is a typical Foster fitting, however, accessing this easily is best done using the extended sleeve provided with the air rifle as your fingers will have trouble releasing the fitting when full.

The Brocock Bantam PCP air rifles come with an adjustable check rest on all models coming into Australia and an adjustable butt pad, making these rifles extremely comfortable to shoot. The low weight of the Brocock Bantams is immediately evident when you pick one up, thanks again to some unique engineering in both the frame and stocks. They also use the same 10 shot magazine that comes with the Compatto.

The HiLite in Beech.

Those guys of you out there who are not into synthetics or soft-touch rifle stocks will be pleased to know that Brocock Bantam also has the HiLite in Beech. Weight is the same as the soft-touch with the only differences being the feel and of course the aesthetics.

Both the Beech and the Bantam PCP HiLite stocks are still subject to marking and denting through careless handling whereas the Brocock Compatto with the synthetic stock can withstand abuse with less visible damage. Repairing the Beech stock in the event of scratching or denting it is much like any other rifle stock and a quick search of YouTube will give you a wealth of information. The Soft-touch Brocock Bantam stock is slightly more complicated and I shall follow up shortly with repairing this rubberised finish for those of you unfortunate enough to damage one.

Bantam with Beech Stock

Brocock Bantam HiLite Beech Stock right side.

HiLite in Beech

Brocock Bantam HiLite Beech Stock viewed left side.

Brocock Bantam PCP 500cc Model.

This Brocock Bantam below is fitted with a Beech stock and a 500cc cylinder making it fractionally cheaper than the carbon wrapped bottle that is marginally smaller in capacity. Having recently sold one in .177 cal FAC that produced several hundred shots per fill you begin to appreciate the Sling-Shot hammer fitted to these Brococks.

Bantam with 500cc Cylinder

Brocock Bantam 500cc Beech Stock viewed right side.

Bantam 500cc Beech Stock left side.

Brocock Bantam 500cc Beech Stock viewed left side.

This Bantam PCP 500cc model featured above is in stock in .25 cal with a solid hammer delivering 40Fpe and in .22 cal delivering 30+Fpe with a slingshot hammer. You need to bear in mind that the models of Brocock that we import are FAC rated and take a charge of 240 Bar and not 200 Bar as printed in the literature that comes with them.

I can, of course, supply you with a Bantam PCP 500cc model with a soft-touch stock should you be chasing a .25 cal PCP Air Rifle. As this Bantam 500cc model is around $200+ cheaper than the Bantam PCP HiLite models I will also hold a limited number of .177 and .22 in this configuration. The Soft-touch features below.

Brocock Bantam 500ccc Soft-touch

Brocock Bantam 500cc Soft-touch right side.

Soft-touch Bantam 500cc

Brocock Bantam 500cc Soft-touch viewed left side.

While Brocock also makes a 400cc version as above, these will only be imported as a special order and that will also apply to those of you chasing a 12Fpe Bantam or Compatto in a similar configuration.

Note that the Brocock Bantams and Compattos in FAC come out at 18Fpe in .177 calibre and then you still have the option of dialling the power down to Medium or Low. What power you get then will depend largely on your selection of pellet as the power tends to vary a bit gun to gun through this selector. Should you buy a .177 in 18Fpe and definitely want the option of shooting in <12Fpe competition and still have the available 18Fpe for hunting in high mode, let me know at the time of purchase and I will adjust and set up the rifle specifically for you – no cost.

Brocock Bantam Summary.

The Brocock Bantam PCP air rifles will suit those of you into hunting as they not only have the power and accuracy, but the ergonomics of this PCP allows for comfortable carrying over extended periods of time. Put that together with the lightweight and semi bullpup configuration of the Bantam mounted with one of the MTC Scopes and you have a very versatile package that is competitively priced.

Tuning the Brocock Bantam air rifle for accuracy will be covered in future articles as I will show you what options you have and the effects of adjusting the slingshot hammer. I am also developing a Special Edition Brocock Bantam model that will be available as a fully tuned PCP package complete with pellet test results, an MTC scope and hard-case that comes ready to compete or hunt with.

Mk IV PCP Compressor

PCP Electric Compressors for your pneumatic air rifles.

PCP Electric  Compressors for filling your pneumatic air rifles are steadily gaining traction among air rifle enthusiasts Australia wide. With the prices that are lower than Carbon wrapped Scuba bottles in some cases, it is a no-brainer to opt for an electric high-pressure compressor for your PCP.

In this article I will lay bare the pros and cons associated with buying one of the Chinese compressors and what I would expect you to get from the experience. I will discuss only one model here, but you can apply most of what I will show you to other small PCP electric compressors. Note: when I talk about small PCP Chinese compressors, I am referring to the units that you can buy direct from China for under $500 – believe it or not, the freight costs more than the compressors.

High Pressure Hand Pump

Hand Pump

Hand Pumps and Scuba Bottles.

Going back a few years, if you had a PCP (aka Pre-Charged-Pneumatic air rifle), you had to charge the air rifle reservoir with either a hand stirrup pump costing $300 – $450 or decant the air from a Scuba bottle.

The hand pump was and still is the hard way of doing anything, I even get a sweat looking at one. Constant use of the Hand Pump and you will find you have muscles where you would least expect them. The leading hand pump several years ago was the Hills pump out of the UK, but it has recently been eclipsed by Chinese hand pumps at as low as 1/6th the price of the British unit. Of course, there are those of you who will say, “I would prefer to buy British as they are better than the Chinese models”. Well that is debatable, but if I had to revert to a hand pump, I would rather buy 6 units for the same money as 1 UK hand pump. Having worked on both the British and Chinese hand pumps, I will say this, there is very little to choose between them now.

Next option was the Scuba bottle in either 232 Bar or 300 Bar. The 232 Bar is the most accessible Scuba bottle second hand and priced anywhere from $50 upwards. The problem with these 232 Bar tanks is that most PCP air rifles now run on 240 Bar and hence you don’t have the pressure to fill one to capacity. The 300 Bar tanks are a lot more suitable, offering quite a few fills dependent on volume but these bottles cost a heap more than the 232 bottles do. Still, neither of the above perform better than our PCP electric Compressor by Mark IV.

Cons:

  • Bottom line guys, you cannot put more air pressure into your PCP than is in the Scuba bottle,
  • you are tied to the mercy of a Dive Shop for filling,
  • many dive shops do not have the capacity to fill to 300 Bar,
  • there are not too many dive shops out in the country,
  • there are the costs of filling and having the bottle tested regularly,
  • the aluminium and steel scuba bottles are heavy while the carbon wrapped bottles are light but very expensive.

Pros:

  • The Scuba bottles are very portable and suitable for trips to your club or to go hunting.

High Pressure (HP) PCP Electric Compressors, are they really the answer?

As PCP air rifles require air pressures ranging from 200 Bar (2,940 psi) to 300 Bar (4,410 psi) you need a 3 or 4 stage compressor to attain that degree of air pressure. That is where we get the term High Pressure Compressor from when discussing filling Scuba bottles or PCP air rifles.

For this article I am staying with the Chinese PCP Electric Compressors pictured and am in no way referring to the likes of (say) Bauer High Pressure Compressors as the two are worlds apart in performance, cost, duty cycle and longevity. Having owned a Dive Shop for years when I lived in Port Hedland, I owned 2 Bauer HP Compressors for filling Scuba bottles where we filled hundreds of bottles a month in the heat and humidity. I have a fair idea what I am about with HP Compressors as we apply them to PCP air rifles.

Cons:

  • With the PCP electric compressors you need 240 volts and that is not always going to be available when hunting or when visiting small bush shooting clubs,
  • You need at least 20 but preferably 40 litres of cool clean water to cool the compressor,
  • These Chinese units do not have a very high duty cycle, in fact I would NOT recommend running one continuously for more than 30 minutes,
  • The water trap is hardly what I would call a trap, having an absorbent filter no bigger than a tampon, (did I say that?….)
  • You cannot walk away and just leave the compressor running (as I will explain later).

The Pros:

  • No driving to and from a dive shop getting your Scuba bottle filled, you can now fill at home,
  • Running costs are negligible,
  • Fairly portable providing you can source 240 volts and water,
  • Cheap.

Buying from China direct.

Those of you who want one of these Chinese PCP Electric Compressors can buy direct, paying anything from $460 to $700 depending where you source one from. The gamble you take is warranty, as there are NO compressor agents in Australia that I know of and given the nett price of the compressors (excluding freight), finding someone who can repair it for less than a new one would be difficult. I wish you luck.

I am bringing them in with bulk buys, marketing to my PCP customers of Gunroom only as I am not making a profit and only providing a service by supporting customers that support me. The compressors cost me $460 landed here, I then must pay 10% GST, $20 for synthetic oil, pull the compressor down and do 3 modifications and then test them. The $50 that I put on each compressor taking the retail to $580 including GST, barely covers my time making the modifications and on top of that, I must warranty the units. So, you see I am hard pressed risk wise with warranty and so this compressor is only available in a package price with a rifle or direct to a customer who has purchased one of my air rifles previously.

PCP Compressor strip-down

Modifying a PCP E;ectric Compressor

PCP Compressor

PCP Air Rifle Compressor

To understand warranty with regards to firearms and the like, we only get the faulty parts replaced and must pay the freight (chargeable to the customer) and do the labour at our cost. Yup, that is correct, we need to factor in our anticipated labour costs into the margin.

Running these PCP Electric Compressors.

I have said this already, but I cannot stress it enough, do NOT run the compressor for more than 30 minutes at a time. You must also dip your hand into the water tank and check the temperature regularly as these PCP compressors will get quite warm and become less efficient in hot weather.

With the humidity we get in places like Queensland, regular draining of both drain points is highly recommended while running the compressor. I leave these drains open when I have finished using my compressor to allow complete draining of moisture.

Do NOT attempt to fill a Scuba bottle with one of these small PCP compressors, they are not made for it. What I do, is I fill the rifle to be tested and that takes anywhere from 40 to 90 seconds depending on the residual air in the PCP if any, the outside air temperature, humidity, water temperature and air surrounding the compressor. I fill/top up the gun and then switch the compressed air valve over to my 300 Bar Scuba bottle which I run for 10 to 15 minutes or until the water starts getting hot. I do not allow the compressor to get over 75 degrees in head temperature: this is visible on the temp gauge beside the lifting handle.

Brocock Huma Regulators

Huma Regulators

After filling around 10 PCPs over 2-3 days and adding 10-15 minutes of run time onto my 300 Bar tank, it is then full and can be used for quick fills should the need arise. I mainly use the 300 Bar tank to supply air at a regulated 240 bar air supply via a Huma regulator (inset) and a 2.5 metre whip lead plugged directly into a PCP for pellet testing at a set pressure for tuning air rifles.

So, should you buy one of the Chinese PCP Electric Compressors for your PCP air rifle, I feel you will be very pleased with the purchase providing you follow my tips and try not to re-invent the wheel with the unit.

I have recorded the following fill times for your interest:

  • Kral Puncher Mega & Maxi filled to 200 Bar from empty took 95 seconds, and from 50 Bar to 200 Bar took 45 seconds.
  • Kral Puncher Knight from empty to 250 Bar took 140 seconds.
  • Weihrauch HW110 from empty to 200 Bar took 58 seconds.

    Kral Puncher Mega

    Kral Puncher Mega available in .177, .22 and .25 cal

Running the compressor on concrete in the glaring heat of the day will provide longer fill times, while running in cool to wintry conditions will reduce filling times. Remember to keep an eye on the water temperature as this also affects the fill times. Do not walk away from the compressor while it is running as the water pump is only a fish pond centrifugal plastic unit and sure as shooting it will malfunction if you are not there to keep an eye on it.

Some guys are putting in ice to cool the water, well, if you do this you risk very chilly water hitting a very hot head and prompting damage to occur. I am not saying don’t put ice in the water to cool it, that’s ok in moderation like everything, but knowing some of the clowns that I know, they will overstep the mark for sure… Keep the water cool but making it cold on a sweltering day is not recommended. I can also supply a temperature gauge for the tank water should you want one.

As the air filter is basically non-existent, I am hopeful of sourcing a larger unit that can be retro fitted to the compressor for better filtration. Long whip leads, Foster fittings, BSPP adaptors and fittings are available ex-stock to suit these PCP Electric Compressors.

Author

Ian McIntosh

Brocock Bantam

Brocock Bantam PCP from Gunroom, Part 2 of 2.

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.

Brocock Bantam CF

Brocock Bantam CF Model in ‘soft touch’ synthetic.

Bantam CF

Brocock Bantam CF

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.

Bantam CF in Beech

Brocock Bantam CF in Beech

Bantam CF Beech Stock

Bantam CF in Beech with a MTC Viper Connect

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.

Bantam 400 Facing Left

Bantam 400 ‘soft touch’ synthetic.

Brocock Bantam 400 synthetic

Brocock Bantam 400.

The Bantam 400 in wood below looking much like the Bantam CF model with the exception of the air cylinder.

Bantam 400 with Beech Stock

Beech Stock On A Bantam 400

Brocock Bantam 400 Beech

Bantam 400

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.

Bantam 500 Facing Left

Brocock’s Bantam 500

Bantam 500 synthetic

Right side view of the Bantam 500

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.

Bantam 500 with Beech Stock

Bantam 500 in Beech

Bantam 500 Beech

MTC Viper Connect on a Bantam 500

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.

Author

Ian McIntosh