In this first of two parts I’m going to introduce you to this new little carbine by doing a “walk-around” and “kick the tires” so to speak. Next installment, I’ll get into the “test drive”.
Brocock is a British manufacturer that has been in business since 1989. They were known for their high quality, realistic revolvers that fired a pellet from a pressurized, self-contained cartridge. They were basically a niche player in the British airgun scene and not well known or widely available outside of that country. Their guns were so well made and resembled the real firearms so closely that some of their products were being converted into firearms. To put a stop to that, Brocock airguns and cartridges were outlawed in Great Britain in 2004. A company almost put out of business by the government because of a few rotten apples… could never happen in the U.S. right? Luckily, Brocock had also been making PCP guns and were able to stay afloat. Last year the Diana group out of Germany purchased Brocock. Diana also owns Daystate now so this move provides Brocock with access to share designs, technology and processes as well as expanding their market exposure outside of Great Britain.
My sample arrived in a long cardboard box securely inside another shipping box. I knew the G6 was a carbine and wondered what extra things might be accompanying the airgun in that large box. Alas, no extra goodies other than a Foster female quick connect adapter and paperwork was in the box. It just goes to show you how well our friends at www.airgunsofarizona.com package their products to protect them in route to the customer.
Once I opened the lid and removed the top piece of 1” thick foam I was able to gaze upon this little 6-shot rotary magazine fed gem. I wondered for a moment about the color selection for the Minelli designed stock. I’m sure Brocock did their due diligence with market research, etc. when they made the choice of forest green (which is really more olive green) for their “soft touch” stock treatment. It could be they were just attempting to make their product stand out among the crowd; or perhaps the green is the natural color of the material used in the “soft touch” coating. For the purist, Brocock also offers a model stocked in walnut as the model Contour S6.
Removing the G6 from the box, you immediately get a feel for its lightweight nimbleness. The ambidextrous skeletonized stock keeps the weight down while the “soft touch” overlay gives the shooter a comfortable, slightly sticky tactile feel. This is enhanced by a checkering-like treatment on the forearm and grip. The trigger is a wide metal unit surrounded by a plastic trigger guard having access holes to allow adjustment of the trigger pull and first stage length of pull. Notably absent was a pressure gauge to indicate how much air remains in the reservoir and no apparent manual safety (confirmed upon reading the instructions accompanying the gun).
My attention then turned to the Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40mmAO Extended Focus Range (EFR) scope mounted on the gun. It is a great looking scope with an adjustable objective lens for handling parallax. It should prove to be a great pairing with the G6.
The Lothar-Walther barrel is capped by a permanently affixed Milbro Huggett suppressor. This gun is made for the U.S. market where there are very few restrictions on airgun power and my understanding is that it is capable of up to 23fpe. Even so, in my experience with Huggett suppressors, I expect this to be a very quiet shooter and viable for urban backyard shooting/pest control.
As the saying goes: good things come in small packages, and I’m expecting good things from this attractive little package! I can hardly wait to get outside with it! Stay tuned for part two next month.