Brocock Contour XL G6, part II

Monday, June 15, 2015

Brocock XL G6Last month I did a walk around this .22 cal. Brocock and “kicked the tires”.  In this installment I’ll share some observations from my shooting sessions.

First, I really liked the “soft touch” coating over the wood stock.  It was comfortable to the touch and gave such positive grip it made this little lightweight carbine even more pleasant to shoot.  No special instructions on care for the coating came with the airgun, but my guess is it could be cleaned with mild soap and water should it be needed.

It would be preferable to have an on-board pressure gauge; however, Brocock’s focus is on providing top value in quality and price for a British made airgun.  With import duties and costs of making this precision airgun, it must have been considered expendable to keep the price down.  This PCP will take a full 200 bar charge, but without a gauge, I never went more than 5 magazines (holding 6 pellets) without recharging the cylinder.  For the U.S. market it is set up with the Foster quick connect fill valve, but the instruction sheet described filling with a male probe.  Additionally, as these are export guns, they avoid the U.K. 12 ft-lbs. power laws and these G6s are rated up to 23 ft-lbs.  Loading was easy and pellets are retained by a rubber ‘O’ ring around the circumference of the magazine.  A large boss protrusion on the rear face and a smaller spring loaded ball on the front face prevent incorrect insertion of the magazine.  No misfires of any kind were experienced, but pay attention during shooting sessions as there is no mechanism preventing double-loading of pellets.  Trigger pull averaged a very nice 3.3 pounds right-out-of-the-box and both pull weight and length of pull is adjustable.

I used H&N Barracuda Hunter pellets (18.21gr.) and Excite Spikes (16gr.) and it digested them with excellent accuracy when I did my part.  The Nikon PROSTAFF Target EFR scope was a great pairing with the G6 and worked well without tweaking, other than adjusting the objective bell for parallax distance.  Testament to the prep my friends at Airguns of Arizona do prior to shipping products to their customers.  (www.airgunsofarizona.com)  Accompanying the G6 was a picture of the test target showing a ragged hole created by 5 shots from 23 yards.  Also included was a chronograph tape indicating an average velocity of 755fps for 6 shots using JSB Heavy pellets.  From a standing position I was consistently hitting the 1/2” kill zone of a Remington reactive crow target at 16 yards right-out-of-the-box.  The Huggett suppressor worked like a charm and this little gem could probably be used in a suburban setting without raising the ire of the neighbors if the user was so inclined (and it was legal to do so…)

Of course, no one airgun will meet all of a shooter’s criteria (I don’t know why my wife doesn’t understand this, and my need to own so many) and so here are a couple of items that I feel are necessary to mention.  Already discussed was the lack of an on-board pressure gauge.  Not a showstopper for many shooters, just nice to have; especially if you are taking the G6 afield.  I found the indexing of the rotary magazine to be a little sticky and had to play with it sometimes to get the next chamber aligned with the bolt.  It lessened during my testing so was probably just a break-in issue.  At this price point I also would like to see an extra 6 round rotary magazine included with the G6.  No manual safety – again, a cost saving measure I’m sure — but I missed not having one, partly because of the warning in the instructions that the gun can be discharged while the bolt is locked back in the open position.  The instructions indicate this would not necessarily harm the gun but there is a good chance the breech seal could be blown down the barrel.  That being the case, it is just another caution for the shooter to keep your wits about you every time you take it out shooting – good advice whenever handling any lead slinging device!

All-in-all, the G6 was a pleasure to shoot; very accurate with that Nikon scope.  A of A retails this carbine for $739.00 and Brocock warrantees them for 2 years.  Many thanks to them for lending this great little shooter to me — good things really do come in small packages.

6 Comments

  1. Matthew Helton says:

    A couple of minor clarifications from a Brocock owner (Contour Elite S6):

    RE: Safety, Locking the bolt down into the rear hold open slot will prevent the gun from discharging, in fairness, while this is a sort of safety, it is not positively retained. The manual mentions that a failure to lock the bolt in other than the closed position may result in the Breech o-ring getting blown loose (a common problem for many PCP airguns which use an internal O-ring on the ID of the breech/bore to seal – FX, Theoben, Benjamin Marauders).

    1. Gordon Smith says:

      Hi Matthew, thanks for keeping me on the straight & narrow. I was going by the instruction sheet that came with the airgun which clearly states in bold lettering “NOTE: there is no safety catch on the gun”. This was corroborated by the FAQ section of Brocock’s website where they indicated it was safe to dry fire the G6 as long as the bolt was closed. This made be believe the gun could be discharged with the bolt open and, of course, I did not test that theory with a borrowed gun. I appreciate the comments and hope you enjoyed the blog.

  2. Matthew W. Helton says:

    Love the Blog! Keep ’em coming!

    1. Gordon Smith says:

      Hi Matthew, thanks for the kudos and I’m glad you enjoy the blogs! As long as there are readers interested in airguns and airgunning we’ll keep ’em coming (I believe there is a bright future ahead with a wealth of info to share).
      -Gordon

  3. Matt says:

    The funky stock is a deal breaker for me. Was that hole to save weight or just to keep cost down?

    1. Gordon Smith says:

      Hi Matt,
      I’m sure less material means some sort of cost saving, and it definitely provides an overall weight saving. However, with the parent company being an Italian stock making company and very much into european design and style, that probably influenced the stock design the most. The special soft-touch coating over wood was actually very comfortable and durable, plus the lightweight made it a very enjoyable gun to shoot.

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