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Prepping the Compatto!

Posted by on March 2, 2016

I’ll be leaving at the end of the week for a few hunts spread over a dozen days all around the great state of Texas. I’ll be doing hunts for a black buck, hogs, predators, and rabbits using several new rifles. The gun I’ve selected for my small game hunt is the Brocock Compatto, a compact little hunting rig that had me hooked from the first time I saw it a few months back when visiting Daystate over in the UK. Anybody that knows me, knows that I have a fondness for carbines and short barreled rifles, at the same time I am not willing to compromise on performance to get the reduced dimensions. My shooting experience with this rifle indicates I’m on the trail of a great small game hunting rig.

This little rifle has it all going for it; accuracy, 30 fpe energy (adjustable power), a great trigger, a smooth bolt action cocking mechanism. The semi bullpup configuration allows a longer barrel while reducing the LOA.

This little rifle has it all going for it; accuracy, 30 fpe energy (adjustable power), a great trigger, a smooth bolt action cocking mechanism. The semi bullpup configuration allows a longer barrel while reducing the LOA.

I find the stock on the rifle ergonomic and compact, the rifle weighs 5.9 lbs and has an overall length of 34″ including the Lothar Walther barrel replete with the Hugget moderator. I found that the rifle facilitated a good cheek-weld and sight alignment, comfortable positioning of the trigger finger, it’s easy to get at the safety, and I can easily cock the rifle while staying on target. I guess if I had to be picky, the only aspect I’m not completely sold on is the positioning of the Picatinny mount accessory rail, as it happens to sit right where I like to position my hand on the forestock. Having said this, it doesn’t really bother me and it’s a minor complaint.

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I do like the fit and ergonomics of this semi-bullpup design. I could see this becoming my favorite squirrel rifle this season!

I’ll post an in depth review on my website and a video on the American Airgun Hunter YouTube channel after my upcoming hunt, and will include detailed results shooting over the chronograph for velocity and shot count. For now I will say that the shot to shot consistency with this rifle is very good, it generates about 29 fpe, and gets 30-35 usable shots. Another nice feature is that the gun has an adjustable power setting in three steps, allowing the hunter to prioritize power or shot count.

The accuracy at 25 and 50 yards is very good, and I frequently shot ragged one hole 5 shot groups at 25 yards, and groups easily covered by a dime at 50 yards.  The 10 shot rotary magazine worked flawlessly, and I think this is an exceptionally smooth functioning gun!

From a qualitative perspective, I’ve spent a lot of time shooting steel spinners at varying distances offhand, sometimes off sticks, standing sitting, kneeling, and prone. The gun is one of the most shootable rifles I’ve ever gotten my hands on. I cannot wait to get it out hunting!

I wanted to share this initial experience from my work up of the gun. I’ll be posting some results to share how it worked on cottontails, the big Texas jackrabbits, and maybe we’ll manage to call up a raccoon or fox. Hope you all have a great week, and can make time to get out and do some shooting!

One Response to Prepping the Compatto!

  1. RidgeRunner

    Thank you Jim!

    I have been waiting impatiently for someone to tell me a little bit about this air rifle since I first heard about it some months back. This little gem is sounding more and more like what I am looking for to deal with these squirrels.

    I will be looking forward to your in depth review.

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