The Brocock Bantam Sniper HR with a 500cc tank.
Introducing the Brocock Bantam Sniper HR with a 500cc air cylinder for maximum shot count and extreme durability. This option of a 500cc aluminium bottle for the Bantam Sniper adds a bit to the weight and is highly recommended for the hunters out there that might traverse rough terrain and risk damaging their rifle in the process.
The Brocock Bantam Sniper comes with 2 high pressure bottle options, the HiLite in 480cc and the standard in 500cc. The Hi-Lite 480cc air tank is a carbon wrapped bottle that weighs 402 grams while the aluminium 500cc tank weighs 816 grams. While looking at these weights you may think them negligible, but at the end of an extended rifle you may well notice the weight difference. The carbon bottle can easily be damaged as it has a significantly soft exterior that once damaged, even slightly, will render the bottle unsafe. The scratches that an aluminium bottle can easily withstand while hunting can seriously damage a carbon wrapped bottle.
The Brocock Bantam Sniper HR explained.
The Brocock Bantam Sniper HR is fitted with a Huma Regulator and so we have the abbreviation of HR. Like the Brocock Compatto, the Brocock Bantam Sniper HR is fitted with a Sling-shot Hammer (aka Inertia Hammer) that in itself provides a very flat parabolic curve when doing a Pellet Decay Test. Add to this a separate regulator and you have an over-kill that produces variances of around 1% in air pressure. This equates to reduced extreme spreads in some pellets giving you a lower Standard Deviation to which we all aspire to achieving when testing any air rifle.
The Brocock Bantam Sniper has the air bottle as part of the stock extension and so you generally hold the air cylinder when taking aim and firing the air rifle. This makes the fore end of the stock significantly wider than the Compatto that uses a 150 cc narrow cylinder. This wider fore-end may not suit those with small hands or light frame and in that case, I would recommend looking at the Brocock Compatto Sniper. The Compatto Sniper is basically very similar in the breech construction with the major differences being the air cylinders used on each air rifle.
I have found the Brocock Bantam Sniper very accurate, much like its smaller Compatto cousin, only now you have more than 3 times the air volume that equates to a higher shot count. These new Brocock Bantam Sniper HR models also sport a larger shroud that looks more in keeping with the compactness of the MKII Sniper. It is also stronger being thicker and will reduce barrel harmonics to some degree I feel.
Brocock Bantam Sniper HR Summary.
The Brocock Bantam Sniper is fitted with 2 gauges, the lower one showing the air cylinder (aka air bottle) contents pressure while the gauge above shows the Huma Regulator setting. The Huma regulator can be adjusted without pulling the air rifle apart.
Note that the Compatto Sniper only utilises the air cylinder contents as it has only the one gauge.
When filling a PCP air rifle from a Compressor you will notice the bottle getting warm. However, if you fill it too rapidly it will get hot and this is something you need to guard against. If you find the bottle getting very warm, stop filling for 15 minutes or so, and then resume. The contents gauge will show a reduction in air pressure as the bottle cools, so do not go looking for leaks. Over-pressuring the cylinder to compensate for pressure reduction when the cylinder cools is not recommended past 10 Bar.
On all PCP air rifles you need to also guard against moisture as this will not do your regulator and non-return valves any favours at all. When storing your Bantam Sniper HR do so with some residual air pressure still in the tank, do not empty it. All in all, this Brocock Bantam Sniper HR will serve you well in longevity, accuracy and reliability providing you take some precautions and follow a basic maintenance regime.