Get­ting Right On Tar­get

Mark Camoc­cio con­cludes his re­view of the new Bro­cock Com­patto Tar­get ri­fle

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Last month, we took de­liv­ery of the brand new Com­patto Tar­get, a spe­cial model from Bro­cock aimed specif­i­cally at hunter field tar­get shoot­ing. It largely fol­lows the for­mat and pro­file of the stan­dard Com­patto, but comes pre-fit­ted with the highly re­garded Huma-Air reg­u­la­tor. It’s an ex­cit­ing con­cept for sure, and this month we’ll get hands-on to see how it per­forms where it mat­ters.

PREPA­RA­TION

Charg­ing the Com­patto Tar­get is very straight­for­ward, and utilises the push-probe sys­tem, which is ar­guably the quick­est, but still re­quires some care in the rou­tine adopted. First, twist the valve cover at the front of the cylin­der to ex­pose the in­let valve, then fully insert the fill­ing adap­tor from the air line. I would al­ways rec­om­mend us­ing Best Fit­tings, Quick Cou­plers now be­cause they make charg­ing pneu­mat­ics, es­pe­cially sev­eral dif­fer­ent makes, very sim­ple and has­sle free. The adap­tor sup­plied from the man­u­fac­turer is sim­ply screwed onto a cou­pler, us­ing a Doughty seal, and there­after, the adap­tor just needs to be plugged into the bay­o­net Forster­style end on the air­line. Set up a num­ber of adap­tors in this way, and a quick change over is done in a sec­ond; plug-in, plug out – with not a dam­aged thread in sight. The Com­patto Tar­get needs 200bar of fill pres­sure, and with this on board, re­move the probe, close the valve cover, and we’re nearly ready for ac­tion.

I can’t help think­ing that a com­pe­ti­tion ri­fle is prob­a­bly best as a sin­gle-shot, but this Com­patto Tar­get comes with the stan­dard ten-shot ro­tary magazine sys­tem as used in the stan­dard model. The magazine has a nice solid feel to it, but there is a fair bit of play be­tween the mag’ and its slot within the breech block.

We now need to load up the magazine, so first pull back the cock­ing bolt to the rear, slide the magazine free of the ac­tion from the left, and then drop pel­lets nose first into each cham­ber, gen­tly seat­ing each one with the fin­ger be­fore ro­tat­ing the drum to ‘catch’ its next spring-loaded po­si­tion. With the mag’ full, slide it back into the breech block from the left side and close the bolt. This in­dexes the first shot. Sub­se­quent cy­cling of the bolt will cock the ham­mer and in­dex the magazine each time.

Be­fore the ac­tion can start, it’s worth spend­ing time ad­just­ing that butt pad. It only takes a sec­ond to slacken the large Allen bolt at the rear; then the pad can be slid up or down on its axis, ide­ally with a small amount of re­sis­tance, so it will hold its de­sired po­si­tion, be­fore we fi­nally tighten it in place. Take the time to set it gen­tly in one po­si­tion, then see how the scope lines up with the gun mounted. Make ad­just­ments to the pad, a lit­tle at a time, and when the set­ting is bang on, and the head falls into place nat­u­rally on the stock with­out strain­ing, you know you’re get­ting close. Once all this hap­pens, and a full sight pic­ture is eas­ily achieved through the scope, tighten the bolt, and ev­ery­thing will be locked into place

RANGE TIME

My ini­tial aim was to sight-in the scope, an MTC Viper Pro that came with the test ri­fle. With this com­pleted, it was time for some se­ri­ous group­ing, and with this in

mind, I moved straight to 35 yards, to push the Com­patto Tar­get that lit­tle bit more. It is im­por­tant to adopt a pos­i­tive boltac­tion when cock­ing be­cause the sys­tem will re­volve the magazine yet not cock the ham­mer, if done very gen­tly, which isn’t ideal. Be pos­i­tive and all works well.

The stock feels great, I have to say. Of course, per­sonal shape will dic­tate just how ef­fec­tive it all feels, but my large hands were im­me­di­ately at home. The fore end might look like it comes up a lit­tle short, but in the aim, I didn’t touch the cylin­der ei­ther, which is all you need to know.

Ini­tial re­sults were rea­son­able, but I did no­tice the oc­ca­sional flyer, that ru­ined some oth­er­wise re­ally good groups. No such prob­lem with my stan­dard Com­patto on a pre­vi­ous test, so maybe I was just un­lucky with the magazine. As it stood, We­b­ley Ac­cu­pells man­aged a lit­tle un­der three- qau­rter-inch best groups, and Air Arms Di­abolo Field and Sovereigns both posted sub half-inch - a level of ac­cu­racy that would please in most cir­cum­stances, ad­mit­tedly, but those oc­ca­sional fly­ers were bug­ging me. It sud­denly dawned on me, though, that there’s suf­fi­cient clear­ance within the breech block cut out, to sin­gle feed this model, so that’s what I did. A rev­e­la­tion, in fact; no more fly­ers, and in­stead, some deadly ac­cu­rate group­ings. Sovereigns re­duced to sub quar­ter-inch, cen­tre-to- cen­tre over 35 yards, and just a quar­ter inch cen­tre to cen­tre over 40 yards – sim­ply su­perb, and off a bean­bag to test po­ten­tial fully, and rel­a­tively easy to come by. Rowan En­gi­neer­ing also make a sin­gle-shot loader for this model, and with this fit­ted, I repli­cated my best groups all round. It’s a su­per-neat and safe op­tion too. A sweet two-stage trig­ger helps of course.

Next stop, the chrono­graph, and with Bro­cock fit­ting their Com­patto range with a three-level power ad­juster, I was keen to check these lev­els to start. High power clocks in at around 11.5 ft.lbs., medium came in around 9.7 ft.lbs., and switch to low, and you can ex­pect around 6.6 ft.lbs. These fig­ures are a lit­tle higher than the early Com­patto I tested, but the prin­ci­ple works re­ally well, bring­ing great ver­sa­til­ity.

COM­PAR­I­SON

OK, it’s time to see how ef­fec­tive that Huma reg­u­la­tor is, and how it com­pares with the stan­dard model. Over the chrono’, us­ing Air Arms Di­abolo Fields, I clocked a text book av­er­age ve­loc­ity of 789fps, with a to­tal vari­a­tion of 16fps. Not quite the sin­gle fig­ures hinted at, but in a real-world ‘pel­lets from the tin’ sce­nario, you’ll never no­tice a to­tal spread of 16fps, be­lieve me! In terms of shot count, I hit 86, be­fore ve­loc­i­ties went dra­mat­i­cally south, and whilst that’s lower than the fac­tory claim, again in the real world, it’s plenty.

Glanc­ing back at my shot statis­tics from the stan­dard Com­patto test, I man­aged 80 shots within 17fps with the stan­dard Sling­shot ac­tion, so I have to con­clude that I have ex­pe­ri­enced lit­tle dis­cernible dif­fer­ence on test. That said, this Tar­get model shoots par­tic­u­larly well sin­gle-loaded, and that for me, would be the way to go; in­cred­i­ble ac­cu­racy and great con­sis­tency, to the point where I’d def­i­nitely feel happy com­pet­ing with it.

FOOT­NOTE

As pre­vi­ously men­tioned, it should be noted that Huma-Air reg­u­la­tors are not avail­able from Bro­cock as a retro fit for ex­ist­ing Com­pat­tos. How­ever, ex­ist­ing Com­patto own­ers can still con­tact Huma di­rectly, and

Shoot­ing the Com­patto Tar­get is a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

The Com­patto Tar­get per­formed well over the chrono­graph

Of course, this model is equally at home in the field

Just ro­tate the valve cover to ex­pose the in­let

Note the three- stage power ad­juster, just be­hind the mag

Us­ing Best Fit­tings Quick Cou­plers, makes life easy

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