Brocock delivers, the Regulated Compatto fans asked for
An amazing 12fpe rifle for Hunter Field Target and target shooting in general.
A few years back, Brocock joined the Daystate and MTC Optics family. Most fans of the older Brocock airgun line had their opinions what Brocock’s future would hold, and to be blunt, many were worried that the Brocock brand would see itself playing second fiddle to the more mature and polished Daystate lineup. The past two years, Brocock has been cementing itself as a force to be reckoned with, bringing features and build quality normally seen only on more expensive, super premium offerings from Daystate or her competition.
The Brocock Compatto Target is a great example of this. The Compatto out of the gates has taken advantage of being part of the Daystate/MTC family by utilizing the Harper Sling Shot valve system as a tool to improve efficiency and consistency. The Compatto Target takes this setup to the next level, by including a factory installed HUMA PCP Regulator into the mix, further increasing both efficiency and consistency.
What exactly does a regulator do for PCPs?
A PCP regulator sits between your PCP Airgun’s air cylinder (or tank) and valve. The regulator acts as it’s name suggests, taking the changing pressure of your air cylinder, and ‘regulating’ it to a specific value. On an un-regulated PCP airgun, each time you shoot, you release air from your air cylinder through the valve. Each release lowers pressure in the air cylinder. This in turn means that each time you fire, your valve is meeting a slightly lower pressure. (3000psi on a full fill, then a little less, maybe 2960psi on a second shot, and so on). Most PCP air guns are designed to take this into effect when it comes to how your valve is designed. This is why for some rifles, you will see velocity (FPS) rise a bit when first shooting after a full air fill, then eventually start dropping off as the cylinder pressure drops.
A regulator changes this. With a regulator, you typically set it to whatever pressure your airgun is most effecient or effective at for your needs. So long as your air cylinder has a higher pressure than what your regulator is set to, it will regulate what your valve has access to. If, for instance, let us assume you fill your airgun to 3000psi, and have installed a regulator set at 1800psi. Until such time as the pressure in your air cylinder is below that of your regulator, your regulator will limit the pressure your valve has access to. In this example, it would limit those shots to 1800psi of pressure. This allows the airgun to be tuned and optimized such that it can run most efficiently at whatever pressure the regulator is set to.
Those of you who have used compressed air tools before will probably “get” this right away. Another example is how on your faucet those annoying low flow faucet heads limit water pressure. In essence, they work as a regulator as well.
Ok, but why is this a good thing?
According to the developers of this regulator, HUMA-AIR, they expect people to get under a 1% variance when using the Compatto Target with Huma Regulator and Slingshot Valve. For target shooters, this is going to be a great addition, bringing a level of consistency usually reserved for the super premium price range of airguns. For small game hunting and plinking, you are looking over 100 shots out of the rifle, in and of itself an impressive feat considering how light weight the Compatto is.
For an early review of the Compatto Target Rifle, please see the review below.