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Compact Hunting Rifles: Stepping Out With The Brocock Concept Elite

Posted by on November 30, 2014

OK, so it’s no big secrete amongst those that know me, I’ve got a thing for compact hunting rigs. Set me up with a selection of the premium PCP rifles, and my natural tendency is to gravitate towards the lightest, shortest, yet always full performance gun in the collection.

After the recent AOA sponsored EBR I headed out with a small group of friends to shoot pest birds, and while my hunting companions carried and FX Royale, a Kalibr Cricket, and a RAW 1000….. I opted for the diminutive Brocock Concept Elite S6 .22, and didn’t have a minutes regret. The gun provided consistent accuracy out to 75 yards (and further at times), adequate power to drop doves and pigeons at those ranges, and suprising shot count considfering the smallish air reservoir.

The Concept Elite S6 is a compact and all around hunting rig that does everything a full size rifle will.

The Concept Elite S6 is a compact and all around hunting rig that does everything a full size rifle will.

So I’ll tell you what the gun is, but first a quick work on what it isn’t. It is not the ultra-compact Specialist, which is a gun I really like that was recently discontinued. The specialist gave up everything that added weight; the stock was a cut away pistol grip affair that used a light weight wood (painted black), had a very small diameter air tube, didn’t have an air gauge or a shroud, and as a result was quite lout without an added moderator. It was however the most ergonomic compact full power gun I’ve ever shot.

The number of birds on this shoot was incredible,,, and the Concept did a great job at 75 yards... some were further.

The number of birds on this shoot was incredible,,, and the Concept did a great job at 75 yards… some were further.

These three frames show a dove exploding under a well placed chest shot.

These three frames show a dove exploding under a well placed chest shot.

Now enter the Concept Elite; it has an air gauge, a larger diameter air tube, a modest shroud) and a beautiful hardwood thumbhole stock. It is still very compact. but the weight has crept up significantly (though still under most full sized guns). Where the specialist was a work-a-day hunting tool the Concept Elite is something of a looker. The stock is first and foremost ergonomic, but the wood is finely figured, the styling very sleek, the checkering generous and finely cut, and the trigger very nice. The Concept Elite uses the same revolver type cylinder magazine as used on the Specialist, which is easy to load and in my experience on both guns exceedingly reliable.

I worked my way along the border of the trees surrounding the feed lots and pens shooting birds out of the trees offhand, off the fences and roof tops off sticks, and out in the middle of the fields resting on the trucks rooftop, and found the gun shootable from virtually every position including some quite awkward ones as I worked to thread my way between fences, buildings, troughs, and cows.

We walked away with an excellent bag of birds, this was just a small portion of the mornings take.

We walked away with an excellent bag of birds, this was just a small portion of the mornings take.

I’m going to get the gun on the range with a bunch of pellets for some quantitative shooting for groups and over the chony. I also plan to use it for some squirrel hunting next weekend when I get back home and will give a follow up on performance in the brutal Minnesota winter squirrel woods!

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I hope all of you are enjoying the winter hunting season. I’m sorry I’ve been late with my postings but this time of year is crazy for me as I get a lot of my materials for articles in (Predator Xtreme, FurFishGame, Airgun Shooter, and Airgun Hobbyist) videos, and the American Airgunner program in a four month window, so please stay with me and I’ll get back on track soon. If there are any guns, gear, or hunts you’d like me to cover in an upcoming blog post, just let me know.

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