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Brocock Concept

I had been badgering Brocock to make this particular version of their Concept rifle for all of 2012.  The Concept is a rifle I use a lot at the shows done by the Airgun Training and Education Organisation, and a I felt a 10m Match version would fit nicely into the beginners market post-Olympics.

The 10m Concept

At the Airgun Expo at Weston Park this year I was given the rifle to test. Basically as I now compete in postal league competitions and Bell target comps, I wanted a rifle doing about 5.5 to 6ft/lbs of energy fitted with Dioptre sights and able to use lightweight match or dome head pellets. The overriding factor was that it must group well at 10 meter and 6 yards.

The rifle is a standard version of the Concept with reduced power and with a muzzle fitting to take the front sight unit. The one I was given has a red muzzle brake and trigger - but they are now available in Red / Blue /Brushed Silver /Highly Polished metal work for the ultimate in bling.

Chrono Testing

The following day I set the chronograph up to start to check shot to shot consistency, initial testing showed a shot count of 140 shots from a 200 bar fill. If we then took the best 100 or so we found a curve of 20fps, the best 60 shots came down to just 10fps, but the breech didn’t seem to like flat head pellets (I tried R10 and H&N Finale Match).

Within a couple of days I had taken the rifle to Aldersley Stadium in Wolverhampton for initial testing.  When the rifle was first used by a lot of people the handling and trigger were praised highly BUT there was a problem with pellet feed into the breech, and I had a feeling air was causing some turbulence from the muzzle fitting. I came away from Aldersley with some rifles ordered for Christmas presents for people just getting into the sport, but I knew the rifle could be better. So next day I went back to Brocock where they were disappointed at my results - fair dues - so the first question was what do we do to improve it? It was decided to change the throating between breech and barrel and I wanted the muzzle vented to get rid of turbulence.

Within 24 hours I had the changed version, and what a dramatic change!  It will now score 50 ex 50 at 10 meters off a rest. At 6 yards freehand I am scoring 48 to 50 the same as I get from my Anschütz 8002, and that has more expensive sights fitted.

Could It Be Improved?

For an off the shelf light target rifle the Brocock Concept match version will take some beating, yes it could be better but not at this price. It would benefit from a match grade stock with all the bells and whistles on, the trigger isn’t a match version but it is very useable, predictable and light, and most people do adapt to it very quickly - even those who shoot Feinwerkbau or Anschutz rifles.

The point of balance is perfect for me, being just in front of the trigger guard but again to improve it, I would add a bit of weight and if not fitting a match stock it would benefit from fitting a hamster (adjustable fore-end) to increase the depth up front.

But I am getting away from the point; this is a budget rifle designed and built for new people coming into a discipline where most people have to buy very old match rifles 20 to 30 years old at a cost of £350 or so if they can find one, or spend a grand plus for a second hand modern match rifle. This is a lot of money to get into a sport initially, especially for youngsters when as usual they get bored quickly if things don’t go their way. 

Now The Very Good News

This rifle is available at under £400 fitted with a basic sight unit, if you want something better it is worth adding approx. £100 for a better set of dioptre sights, as the better ones can have various adjustable parts to personalise the sight picture, something I would strongly recommend, as if you can’t see the target correctly how are you going to hit it? 

To finish, I would say I am having fun again, using a budget rifle for my competitions and putting in the same scores as I do with a rifle costing three times as much. Now that is value for money!  The rifle is available with a choice of dioptre sights and finishes.

My thanks to Brocock for listening to my suggestions, and putting this rifle in production.

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Brocock Concept

Brocock Concept

I had been badgering Brocock to make this particular version of their Concept rifle for all of 2012.  The Concept is a rifle I use a lot at the shows done by the Airgun Training and Education Organisation, and a I felt a 10m Match version would fit nicely into the beginners market post-Olympics.

The 10m Concept

At the Airgun Expo at Weston Park this year I was given the rifle to test. Basically as I now compete in postal league competitions and Bell target comps, I wanted a rifle doing about 5.5 to 6ft/lbs of energy fitted with Dioptre sights and able to use lightweight match or dome head pellets. The overriding factor was that it must group well at 10 meter and 6 yards.

The rifle is a standard version of the Concept with reduced power and with a muzzle fitting to take the front sight unit. The one I was given has a red muzzle brake and trigger - but they are now available in Red / Blue /Brushed Silver /Highly Polished metal work for the ultimate in bling.

Chrono Testing

The following day I set the chronograph up to start to check shot to shot consistency, initial testing showed a shot count of 140 shots from a 200 bar fill. If we then took the best 100 or so we found a curve of 20fps, the best 60 shots came down to just 10fps, but the breech didn’t seem to like flat head pellets (I tried R10 and H&N Finale Match).

Within a couple of days I had taken the rifle to Aldersley Stadium in Wolverhampton for initial testing.  When the rifle was first used by a lot of people the handling and trigger were praised highly BUT there was a problem with pellet feed into the breech, and I had a feeling air was causing some turbulence from the muzzle fitting. I came away from Aldersley with some rifles ordered for Christmas presents for people just getting into the sport, but I knew the rifle could be better. So next day I went back to Brocock where they were disappointed at my results - fair dues - so the first question was what do we do to improve it? It was decided to change the throating between breech and barrel and I wanted the muzzle vented to get rid of turbulence.

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Within 24 hours I had the changed version, and what a dramatic change!  It will now score 50 ex 50 at 10 meters off a rest. At 6 yards freehand I am scoring 48 to 50 the same as I get from my Anschütz 8002, and that has more expensive sights fitted.

Could It Be Improved?

For an off the shelf light target rifle the Brocock Concept match version will take some beating, yes it could be better but not at this price. It would benefit from a match grade stock with all the bells and whistles on, the trigger isn’t a match version but it is very useable, predictable and light, and most people do adapt to it very quickly - even those who shoot Feinwerkbau or Anschutz rifles.

The point of balance is perfect for me, being just in front of the trigger guard but again to improve it, I would add a bit of weight and if not fitting a match stock it would benefit from fitting a hamster (adjustable fore-end) to increase the depth up front.

But I am getting away from the point; this is a budget rifle designed and built for new people coming into a discipline where most people have to buy very old match rifles 20 to 30 years old at a cost of £350 or so if they can find one, or spend a grand plus for a second hand modern match rifle. This is a lot of money to get into a sport initially, especially for youngsters when as usual they get bored quickly if things don’t go their way. 

Now The Very Good News

This rifle is available at under £400 fitted with a basic sight unit, if you want something better it is worth adding approx. £100 for a better set of dioptre sights, as the better ones can have various adjustable parts to personalise the sight picture, something I would strongly recommend, as if you can’t see the target correctly how are you going to hit it? 

To finish, I would say I am having fun again, using a budget rifle for my competitions and putting in the same scores as I do with a rifle costing three times as much. Now that is value for money!  The rifle is available with a choice of dioptre sights and finishes.

My thanks to Brocock for listening to my suggestions, and putting this rifle in production.

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  • Model: : Brocock Concept 10m Match rifle
  • Type: : Single shot pre-charged pneumatic air rifle
  • Stock: Ambidextrous beech stock; also available in American walnut or beech with an adjustable butt pad
  • Overall length:: Standard is 36.75inches (934mm) the barrel adaptor adds approx. 1” (25mm) to the length
  • Weight: 5lbs 8oz (2.5kg)
  • Barrel: Barrel
  • Trigger: 2 stage and very predictable
  • Shot consistency:: The best shot count with the test gun was 60 with a spread of 10fps
  • Sights:: Basic Dioptre fitted but better quality sight units available
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