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Written review for the BroCock Commander


Do you like your pcp’s to have a bit of a desert storm feel to them but not looking for a full on AR-15 type replica? Then maybe the BroCock Commander is going to be right up your street .... or sand dune...


With a name like that it really should be said in one of those butch movie voice over styles... you know the one....


From the initial look I’m thinking this is going to appeal to a certain individual, and one who not only likes the military feel, but has a spare £1323 U.K. lying around to satisfy that desire. At first look, I must admit to being a little unsure, but that’s not a bad thing, because usually it means it grows on me.  Let’s see if indeed it does, as always, walk around first.


This Brocock is 97 cms or 38 inches long and that is without any additional silencer if you don’t feel the shrouded barrel is quiet enough. It’s weight is pretty much balanced perfectly in the centre of the gun. As we’ve already said, this is definitely sporting a military feel to it with its sand and black colourings, rails grip and extending stock.  Starting from the front, the sand coloured shrouded barrel is topped off with a nicely machined muzzle break end, this can be unscrewed and a silencer, suppressor or moderator added to help quieten down what is already a fairly quite rifle. The choice of which would really need to be carefully chosen to try to be in keeping with the design and colour, then again I feel the whole thing would probably benefit from some Camo tape to finish off that military feel. Adding that silencer really does make this ultra quiet, but of course that adds to the overall length and using a Weihrauch item made it 110 cms or 43 1/4 inches long fully extended.


Below the barrel is the only thing that could put some people off, the quite large carbon fibre 480cc air cylinder. In sub 12 ft/lb should be good for a heck of a lot of shots. Behind this is the main body which is wrapped in what I would call plastic, I suppose this would be classed as ballistic polymer, but it is a little bit spoiled where some of the moulding still has sharp spurred edges, I was a little taken aback when Daystate have such amazing Minnelli stocks on most of their rifles.


On the underside of this is a picatinny rail for bipod or the like, and behind this is the magnetic filler cap which is very well recessed to prevent it being knocked off, but so well recessed it can be a little awkward to get off. Once removed it is a simple foster fitting, to fill and that is the extended version and is included in the box. Incorporated in this moulding and behind the filler is the trigger and safety. The safety is infront of the trigger and is a rocker from left to right. Push to the left to click into fire mode. It does have a firm feel to it and a very sure click. It is interesting that as a right handed shooter, I can push this into fire mode with my trigger finger, but I can’t put it back into safe with the trigger finger, and i found it impossible to put it into safe with my thumb either without completely removing my hand from the AR type sand coloured grip. The trigger is a two stage adjustable item and was quite a pleasure to use.


There is a nice trick to the grip, there is a storage compartment built into it, but getting into it is not a simple job and really requires a coin or key or screwdriver to open, unless of course you have finger nails like tiger claws. Keep moving back we come to the multi positional sliding sand butt stock. Simply grip the latch and slide into your preferred position, release and lock it into place. Simple and efficient. Again this carries the military feel. The only thing I found was this was not the tightest engineered thing and did have a bit of an annoying rattle to it, but that’s me, I don’t like rattles, and of course this means movement when your trying to shoot it.


Along the top and sides it is again adorned with picatinny rails for scope and toys, torches, lasers or whatever else takes your fancy. On the right hand side is the business end of this gun. The bolt action is quite short and recessed in a nicely cut out manner. The bolt is a nice chunky item and is very easy and ultra smooth in action. Infront of this is a 4 position click power adjuster, on this sub 12 ft/lb version saw a maximum of 10.1ft/lb on max setting, averaging more around the 9.8 ft/lb figure, then 9.0ft/lb, 6.3 ft/lb working down to the minimum of well, less than 4 ft/lb, I say less than, because that was how low the chrono would go. I personally feel this is a little low for a sub 12 ft/lb and would expect this to go back to Daystate for them to have a look at it an address the shortfall.


Then working our way forward a gain, we come to the dual gauges for the onboard Huma regulator and the manometer to show the maximum 200 bar fill pressure. With a Huma regulator on board I was looking for a tight FPS figure, sadly it was 42 fps, which to me is a little too big for a gun of this price and one that is fitted with a Huma regulator, maybe I’m wrong.


Time to get this kitted out with a decent scope and see what it can do at 40 meters. This .177 calibre item had its Daystate style magazine loaded up with 8.44 grain JSB’s....here goes.


At £1323 U.K. I can’t help feeling a little disappointed with this. The power level is not really upto what I would consider acceptable for a U.K. sub 12 ft/lb rifle. The spread does seem a little to wide for a regulated item. After saying that, the accuracy was pretty good, but it was hindered slightly with the wobbly extendable stock. I do think it needs an additional silencer if you were thinking of taking this out for a shot of pest control.


You should see a high shot count from that extra large tank on the front and the action is really nice and smooth. The looks....well that’s a very personal thing, but if it was my £1300 plus I would probably want to see some really nice walnut or some laminate, I realise that’s not the point here, but at £1300 it would be my point.  I suppose the problem with this Brocock is I reviewed it straight after the Kral Bullpup which is nearly a 1/3rd of the price and I was well impressed with that, so. Value for money was sort of at the front of my mind during this test.


Well, that’s it for today, please if you have one of these, let us know what your feelings and experiences are.


For now please stay safe and shoot safe, and we will see you soon.


See the review here:

https://youtu.be/q8_EG5ZrRDA

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