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Brocock Contour

Jules Whicker gives his opinion on Brocock’s new ultra compact multi-shot air carbine – the Contour Super 6

Brocock have created their own place in the PCP marketplace by bucking the trend for bulk, weight and complexity, and designing and manufacturing guns that, whilst no less accurate, are as compact, light and straightforward as you could wish for. Within their range the Contour epitomises this approach. It measures just 27.5” from butt pad to muzzle, weighs a mere 3 lbs 14 oz, and, as we shall see, is simplicity itself to shoot.

The base Contour rifle will already be familiar to many, with its short, slender cylinder, free floated barrel and ergonomic skeletonised thumbhole stock with its integral trigger-guard. The latter is a particularly pleasing design, whose appeal is enhanced by precise laser-cut panels of “tartan” skip-line chequering on the fore-end and pistol grip, which also bears the maker’s name etched into its base. The fore-end finishes in a nicely-rounded tip, whilst the butt is fitted with a height-adjustable rubber pad.

These features, in combination with the high roll-over comb, generous thumb-hole, well-shaped pistol grip and channel for a thumb-up hold, give the shooter total control of the rifle and make for quick and natural sight alignment and target acquisition. Or so I’m told by my right-handed shooting buddy. Unfortunately, there’s no L/H option, so southpaws like me who want a Brocock PCP are best catered for by the Concept, which places a longer version of the same action in an ambidextrous sporter stock.

No sling swivels are fitted to the Contour, after all it isn’t exactly a burden to carry, but I’d be tempted to fit one into the base of the pistol grip all the same and clip on a single-point sling so as to have both hands free when crossing obstacles or doing other tasks.

Made in England

As regards the action, the precision engineering involved in its manufacture is apparent throughout, with everything slick and smooth. The cylinder and barrel have been given an even black satin finish that complements the lightly-textured black of the action block. All the markings are sharply laser etched too, from the maker’s name over the legend “Made in England”, to the serial number and a stated maximum pressure of 200 bar on the left side, and the model name and calibre on the right.

Up front, neat caps with smooth spiral grooves protect the threaded muzzle and filler valve, the latter having a QD fitting that is compatible with Daystate rifles. The barrel itself is slender, but securely anchored in the action block and shows no sign of flex in normal use. The reduced diameter does mean that an adapter is required when fitting a silencer. I’d prefer to see this included in the base price but, as the Contour is hardly a budget-stretcher, this isn’t a major minus point.

Brocock gave me one of their own-brand silencers to test with the Contour. Just over 4.5” long and tipping the scales at a mere 2oz, it has a lightweight Delrin body and muzzle cap, and uses a pair of steel baffles (washers) held between three springs of decreasing length to dampen the rifle’s report. Silencer design is a trade-off between weight/bulk and sound reduction, and Brocock’s is no exception. It does the job, and does it very tidily, but if maximum stealth is your goal, you’ll need to go for something bigger.

The new 6-shot action

Of course, the real reason for this review is because the test gun has a couple of new features that represent a significant move on from the original model. Most obviously, the Contour Super 6 is a repeater. But Brocock haven’t just added a magazine system: they’ve completely changed the way the action operates.

On the original Contour you flicked down an angular metal latch on the R/H side of the action to release the bolt, which then sprang back from the rear of the action block, at which point you gave it a further tug rearwards to cock the action, dropped a pellet into the loading trough and thumbed the bolt forward again until the latch caught it and popped up, confirming the gun was ready to fire.

Functionally, it was 100% reliable, and I’m sure would have continued to be so in repeating guise, but ergonomically it left something to be desired, both as regards the feel of the bolt latch, and in respect of the need to drop the rifle from the aim to cock the action. It was also unfamiliar, so took a little getting used to.

The new action resolves all these issues. First of all there’s a straightforward side-bolt layout, so you don’t need to learn any new moves, and you can get a firm grip on the bolt without having to lift your face off the comb. Then there’s the bolt itself. This has a stainless finish and an elongated “monkey nut” shape, with longitudinal grooves for extra grip. Like everything else on the Contour, it performs its function well yet is no bigger than it needs to be.

The bolt runs in a slot in the R/H side of the action block that has locking cut-outs at each end. To load the rifle, you simply lift the bolt handle and pull it rearwards. There’s no spring tension until you get to the last 5/8”, and once it resets the hammer the bolt runs forward again equally smoothly. You can also de-cock the action by holding the bolt to the rear as you press the trigger and allowing it to go forward under control. 

The rear locking cut-out serves as the safety catch, since with the bolt secured to the rear the rifle can’t fire, whilst the forward cut out keeps the bolt securely in place when closed, ensuring that the seating of the pellet in the barrel and the position of the loading probe behind it remain consistent from shot to shot.

The magazine system is similarly neat. The magazine itself is a diminutive alloy cylinder with 6 chambers, an O-ring that sits in a groove around its circumference to keep the pellets in place, and a pair of bearings, front and rear, on which it turns. .22-calibre magazines are anodised in an attractive “old gold” colour, whilst .177 magazines are red. Six shots may be less than most of the competition, but it is plenty for 99.9% of hunting scenarios and keeps the magazine in proportion with the rest of the gun, as well as avoiding the scope clearance problems that beset bulkier, higher-capacity designs. The magazine has no moving parts, either – so there’s nothing to break or jam.

The magazine fits easily into the rifle. The rear bearing is fixed and locates into a cup-shaped recess at the rear face of the breech cut-out, whilst the front bearing is a sprung ball that engages with a shallow horizontal groove in the front face. Thus, with the bolt locked to the rear, the magazine can simply be slid laterally in or out of the breech cut-out. As the bolt is moved forward, however, its tip centres one of the chambers, holding the magazine in place as it feeds a pellet into the breech. Once the shot has been fired, cocking the action for the next shot causes a ratchet to rise and engage with one of the “steps” in the side of the magazine, indexing the next chamber. During this phase the magazine turns rather than being lifted out of its seat because, as we have seen, the rear recess and forward groove only permit lateral movement.

Scope mounting

The design isn’t perfect, however, as you discover when you come to mount a scope, because the ratchet mechanism is housed behind a plate attached to the L/H side of the action block that occupies about 50% of its length, leaving only just enough rail at either end to attach a scope ring - but nothing like enough to achieve correct eye relief with the majority of scopes. Indeed, the only way I could use the Compact Walther 4x32 scope that came with the test gun was to mount it by a single double-strap BKL ring clamped to the forward rail section.  What’s needed is a re-design to the side plate or a dedicated add-on rail that will clamp to the front and rear rail sections and bridge the central section, giving the necessary room for manoeuvre. To be fair to Brocock, when I raised this issue with them they immediately embraced the idea of a re-design in this area, so it may no longer be an issue by the time you read this.

In the field

With the scope mounted I was able to do some field testing. The Walther 4x32 is quite a basic optic, with fixed power and parallax, but its compact dimensions are in keeping with the Contour, and it proved easy to zero as well as having a mil-dot reticle that comes in very useful when compensating for the loopy trajectory of a .22 pellet at sub-12FPE velocities.

As regards accuracy, the Contour did not disappoint, easily dropping pellets into the kill zone out to 45 yards. The trigger helps here, of course, as it’s a nice, crisp, 2-stage affair, and adjustable for both first-stage length and second-stage weight of pull. It was worth testing a variety of pellet brands, types and weights, too, as groups tightened noticeably with the right ammo.

Over the chronograph the Contour Super 6 showed good consistency with all the pellets tested, but it was noticeable that the highest energy figures were obtained with those in the 15.8-16.1 grain range. Across the board, it was apparent that the test gun had left the factory comfortably near the legal limit, with typical muzzle energy (ME) readings being in the mid to upper 10s, and peaking at 11.43. After trying out almost a dozen different pellets, Daystate FT were identified as giving the best combination of ME and accuracy, but different guns will have different preferences.

It’s worth experimenting with fill pressures too. Filling to 200 bar showed muzzle velocity (MV) rising for the first 10 shots of the fill, so I dropped the initial pressure to 180 bar and got straight onto the “plateau” in the power curve, which lasted for 20-25 shots depending on pellet type. To be honest, I’d expected to get a few more from the Contour, but in practice it was enough for most hunting trips. Moreover, the compact Contour makes a great “truck gun”, and when used as such there’s no reason you can’t keep your pump or diving cylinder to hand if you expect a busy outing. [Note: I’ve subsequently learned that Brocock have identified a way to increase the shot capacity by up to 50%, so the latest Contour may now be better in this respect too.]

In the field

As luck would have it, I had a request to sort out a load of feral pigeons and jackdaws in a cow barn on a new permission just before taking delivery of the Contour, and it proved an excellent tool for the job, being quick on the aim, fast to reload, and quite punchy enough at the sub-35-yard ranges involved to make short work of more than two dozen of the feathered freeloaders on the first outing alone.

The verdict: a great little gun… just give me a bit more room to mount a scope, and a L/H stock, and I’d have one like a shot!

Technical Specifications
Model Brocock Contour Super 6
Action Multi-shot Pre-Charged Pneumatic
Calibre 22 (tested) or .177
Stock Skeletonised thumbhole beech stock with height-adjustable butt-pad
Overall Length 27.5”
Barrel Length 12.75”
Weight 3 lb 14 oz
Trigger £485 (beech stock on test) or £525 (optional walnut stock)
Optional Extras Brocock Silencer £30
1/2” UNF Silencer adapter £9
Walther Compact 4x32 Mildot scope £45
Padded gun slip £18

All Prices Are Guides Due to the Changes in US & European Exchange Rates

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User Comments
  • I own the XL six shot version of this rifle. All I can say is what a fantastic piece of kit this is, I decided on the HW silencer and I was very please with the effectiveness of this set up. On top I put a Hawke 3 - 9 X 40, this is the perfect combination. I am a big guy, 6ft 2' tall large build and I have no trouble using this rifle, Bisley Magnums are the favourite ammo.

    Comment by: Dave Robinson     Posted on: 03 Jun 2012 at 11:03 PM

  • Bought one for my 9 year son because it looked an ideal size and weight for him. I have a BSA scorpion se and I love it. When I picked up the little Brocock to shoot it I was amaized at how it performed! Full power, very very accurate but the size of a toy!! It feels very well made and has a brilliant simplicity of design. Very addictive to shoot, I didn't want to put it down!! I fitted it with a Tasco 3/9/50 which is a big scope with great Japanese optics. The scope exagerates the small size of the gun and looks the business!! Combined with a 5" moderator fitted to the Brocock adapter the whole package feels very different from anything else I've fired. It feels so light and small but very very serious!!! Anyone who buys this little gem won't be dissapointed I'm certain.

    Comment by: Steve Graham     Posted on: 04 Jul 2012 at 01:08 AM

  • I have just bought a .177 Contour super 6 and fitted a Hogan moderator (very, very quiet) and Hawke 2-7x32 HD AO IR scope, I am very pleased with the accuracy and the way it handles, it makes an ideal hunting rifle. I can carry it about all day on a shoulder strap without noticing it is there, unlike my Weihrauch HW100 that is more than twice the weight. I am slightly disappointed with the low shot count (18 at full power) but its enough, as I couldn’t carry 18 rabbits anyway. One problem I encountered is the six shot pellet cartridge, the pellets are very loose and just slip through (yes I have the right size pellets) without being held in place with the 0-ring, addressed the problem with the supplier and waiting for a result.
    Regards, Steve.

    Comment by: Steven Watson     Posted on: 07 Jul 2012 at 09:22 PM

  • I have a concept super 6 and would be interested where to obtain a light weight silencer as descibed in your review (2 ozs!)
    Regards Mike

    Comment by: Mike Brear     Posted on: 31 Oct 2012 at 05:57 PM

  • Hi Mike,

    The answer to your question is in the article:

    "Brocock gave me one of their own-brand silencers to test with the Contour. Just over 4.5” long and tipping the scales at a mere 2oz, it has a lightweight Delrin body and muzzle cap, and uses a pair of steel baffles (washers) held between three springs of decreasing length to dampen the rifle’s report."

    They no longer make this model, however. The current version has a Delrin baffle stack in place of the springs and washers which makes it 0.5 oz heavier. It's also 0.25" longer. Very similar is the Wildcat Cub, which is also made of Delrin, weighs 3oz and is 52 long.

    Comment by: Jules     Posted on: 01 Nov 2012 at 12:09 PM

  • Sorry, the last phrase should, of course, read "5 inches" long!

    Comment by: Jules     Posted on: 01 Nov 2012 at 12:10 PM

  • Just purchased my Super 6 this weekend, so far highly delighted and impressed with the quality and accurancy. This is my first PCP rifle, always used spring type before now and the addition of a FX 3 stage pump is giving me some serious excercise when charging up!!
    Gun was supplied with a Nikko Sterling Mountmaster sight which for the time being is okay but will change this for a better one in the near future.
    Dont think that anyone will be disappointed with this rifle as it delivers the punch, is not heavy and is a quality build.
    Only change would be an option for a larger magazine for those who want it and talking of magazines, they do not like Spitfire Pointed pellets and can jam up in the rifle so stick to round heads - I prefer Premier Ultra Magnums which whilst being a bit more expensive give perfect grouping.

    Comment by: JOHN HOWARD     Posted on: 01 Apr 2013 at 08:36 PM

  • Hi guys
    Im only a teenager but am very into my shooting.
    I have been with my friend who has a bsa r10, and now would like a gun of my own . So fair I have looked at the brocock contour 177 and the air arms s410.
    Not sure which one to choose or which one would suit me most as im mainly going to be shooting rabbits and piegons. As im only young £400 is my ideal price limit so if you know of any other good 12fp air guns that would be great. Any advive you could give would be much appreciated .
    Thanks will

    Comment by: will watts     Posted on: 20 Aug 2013 at 07:26 PM

  • Hi Will,
    as you'll have found out, there's a lot of choice out there but being on a tight budget probably makes it easier! The Brococks are second to none when it comes to accuracy and are exceptionally light and compact, but the penalty for that is limited shot capacity, and the fact that there aren't quite as many good second-hand ones around as there are AA S410s. Unless having a compact rifle is really important to you, I'd look out for a nice S/H S410/S510, or even an S200 with a multi-shot kit. I'd also recommend getting a scope with a multi-stadia reticle in it such as an MTC (SCB) or Hawke (MAP) as these will help you get the best out of the inherent accuracy of a good rifle as you develop your ability to hit small targets consistently at greater ranges. Reticles like this are particularly useful with 12 FPE rifles in .22 calibre, but -at the risk of upsetting .22 fans- I still reckon .177 is a better choice in a legal-limit rifle. Hope this helps. J.W.

    Comment by: Jules     Posted on: 20 Aug 2013 at 09:22 PM

  • Hi jules thanks very much for replying to my post yourcomments are very helpfull. Ill keep my eye out on nice second hand AA then smile
    Agains many thanks
    Will

    Comment by: will watts     Posted on: 21 Aug 2013 at 09:18 AM

  • Hi Will,
    you're welcome. Best of luck with finding the right rifle and have a great time shooting it when you do.
    Jules

    Comment by: Jules     Posted on: 21 Aug 2013 at 11:48 AM

  • Hi jules
    Sorry to bother you again , but have found a nice rifle air arms s410 carbine for £300 but is 22 . Am I write in thinking this is a good deal? Am i still better of with a 177 ?It also says that it has had new seals recently fitted is this a good thing?
    Sorry for bombarding you with all these questions Many thanks
    Will

    Comment by: will watts     Posted on: 21 Aug 2013 at 04:49 PM

  • You'll be more on the ball with values in general and the condition of the particular gun(s) you're looking at than I am, but if you haven't done so already, check out Guntrader, Gun Star and the Gun Mart marketplaces to compare deals.

    There's nothing wrong with .22 either -it's still the most popular calibre, after all-, but it's a bit harder to compensate for its more curved trajectory. With the right scope, and plenty of practice, though, an accurate rifle in .22 will do as good a job as one in .177; it just takes a bit more work!

    Comment by: Jules     Posted on: 21 Aug 2013 at 07:01 PM

  • Cheers jules
    Thnx for your help

    Comment by: will watts     Posted on: 22 Aug 2013 at 10:21 AM

  • Hi
    whats the best hawke scope for shooting vermin at 20-40 yards away?
    thanks Will

    Comment by: Will     Posted on: 02 Sep 2013 at 05:37 PM

  • That's a tricky one! There are so many scopes in the Hawke range that would be suitable it's often down to your budget.

    However I'd always recommend a scope with either an adjustable objective lens or a sidewheel, so that you can keep your target or quarry in focus at all ranges.

    Variable power scopes without any form of focussing are set at one range, so you may not be able to see your target clearly without having to reduce the magnification. A 3-9 or 4-12 is a nice spec scope for vermin shooting, especially if it has a multi-aimpoint reticle..

    Have a look at the Deben website and you'll see the huge range, or better still, go to your local Deben stockist and look through a selection.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 02 Sep 2013 at 08:29 PM

  • Ok thanks alot troll hunter , your advice is very helpful . I know someone who has a spare hawke hd scope that they are willing to give me , would this do the job ? Ive looked on the Internet and the cheapest new one I found was about £43.
    Again thanks
    Will

    Comment by: will watts     Posted on: 03 Sep 2013 at 08:25 AM

  • Hi Will, I'm sure it'll be fine as it's free!

    Seriously though, if you've got the chance of a free scope you're in a good situation, you can try it and if it's not quite right you've not lost anything.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 03 Sep 2013 at 06:49 PM

  • Ok cheers
    Troll hunter

    Comment by: will     Posted on: 03 Sep 2013 at 10:01 PM

  • Hi jules
    I have just been reading a review on the s410 and noticed it does not have a regulator. Does this mean the power curve would make the gun fire differntly evey time ?
    Thanks alot
    Will again

    Comment by: will     Posted on: 05 Sep 2013 at 10:11 PM

  • Hi Will,

    Just in case Jules doesn't see this, don't worry about the lack of a regulator. Most PCPs work very well without them and produce extremely good shot to shot consistency. An unregulated PCP will have a 'power curve' but once you've worked out the optimum fill pressure, you'll have a central core of shots that vary very little from each other.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 06 Sep 2013 at 12:26 AM

  • TH,

    thanks for stepping in -much appreciated- and I couldn't have put it better myself.

    Will,

    With any gun it's vital to establish the best ammo for trajectory and group size at different ranges, and to note these down, but with PCPs you should also chronograph them across the whole pressure range (shoot/dry-fire at a ration of 1:4 if you want to conserve ammo!), noting both the starting and final pressure, and looking for the flattest part of the graph, i.e. the most uniform sequence of readings. This is your "sweet spot". It may be 20 shots long, or over 100 shots long, depending on the gun: the crucial thing is to know how long it is.

    The effective length of the sweet spot will also depend on how consistent you need your mean point of impact to be. Velocity change shows up much more at extended ranges, with groups "stringing" vertically; and as velocities fall off the mean point of impact (MPI) also gets lower. This means that the further out you go, the more crucial it is to be in the sweet spot to ensure that your rounds strike where you expect them to.

    Shorten the range, however, and the change in MPI is less marked, so provided it still remains within the kill zone of your target, you can work effectively within a slightly wider velocity range. Again, the important thing is to experiment. This may allow you to say to yourself: "I've fired X shots, so I'm at the end of my sweet spot for ranges over Y yards... but I've got Z good shots left if I keep the range shorter than this... so I'll stalk closer or have a go at a couple of the ferals in the barn, etc."

    Note too that a PCP charged to the maximum working pressure specified in the manual or stamped on the receiver will generally not deliver its highest velocities. This means you should watch the figures on the chrono carefully at the start as well as the end of the power curve, and note the pressure shown on the gauge where your sweet spot begins*. This will let you fill to a lower starting pressure, putting you right on the sweet spot from the off and giving you more fills from the charge in your main cylinder.

    *If you don't have an on-board gauge, consider repeating the first part of the test, up to the start of your sweet spot and connecting up the rifle to your main cylinder and gauge at this point to identify the optimal fill pressure.

    HTH

    Comment by: Jules     Posted on: 06 Sep 2013 at 08:44 AM

  • hi guys if you had the choice what would you go for ? hw100 , bsa r10 or the AA S410? im going to be shooting in a field mainly rabbits and pigeons?
    cheers

    Comment by: George     Posted on: 01 Oct 2013 at 07:13 PM

  • George,

    all three are very good rifles, and preferences differ, so handle all three before you decide which is best for you, and consider the S510 too (unless you're left-handed!).

    But, as you ask, my own choice would be the HW100, even though it breaks my own left-handed-rifles-only rule, as when I tried one soon after it was launched I was hugely impressed by its accuracy, consistency, precise trigger feel and steadiness in the aim. a tad heavy, perhaps, but an outstanding rifle.

    As for the S410, I can't fault it - literally - but somehow it doesn't flick the switch for me. It's pretty poor that as a reviewer I can't pin this down, I know, but it just goes to show how personal rifle choice is.

    I mention the R10 last, because,believe it or not, I've never shot one, so all I can say is that it is a handsome rifle, BSA make excellent barrels, and overall built quality is streets ahead today of what it was a few years ago.

    So try 'em all and stick with the one you want most!

    Comment by: Jules     Posted on: 02 Oct 2013 at 07:48 AM

  • Thanks jules
    Had a go with a friends r10 the other day at 50m in the garden and the grouping was the size of a rabbits head ! Very impressed with the r10 , I think thats gonner be the one to go for . Also it has a regulator so is more consistent . Thanks for your help

    Comment by: George     Posted on: 06 Oct 2013 at 10:43 PM

  • Hi guys
    Does anyone know where to get the cheapest phone scope cam mount from ? Thanks

    Comment by: will     Posted on: 13 Oct 2013 at 09:13 AM

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