Listening to fan feedback, the Compatto’s bigger brother ups the shot count!
When Brocock released the Compatto, it was quickly a fan favorite. That said, it did have one glaring drawback, and that was a rather low shot count. In their latest new rifle, Brocock has taken all that was good about the Compatto, then swapped out the smallish air tube for a 480cc Daystate Carbon Fiber bottle. Oh, and for those out there wishing there was a wood stock option, the Bantam comes in a gorgeous beech stock option.
Special thanks to:
Airguns of Arizona for loaning us the rifle for review. Check out their full Brocock Bantam Guide.
H&N Pellets for providing the H&N Baracuda 21.14g pellets used in this review.
TackLife for the Tacklife SLM01 Decibel meter we used in this review.
Small innovations yield huge returns
Brocock has really thought out the fill port on the Bantam. Not only does the port come with a magnetic protector, but they also ship the rifle with an innovative tool designed specifically to make it easier to attach your rifle to it’s fill source.
Small attention to details such as this are what separate the Bantam and the Brocock line in general from many of their competitors. Having large clumsy hands, I really and truly appreciate the thought that went into designing this simple ‘quality of life’ addition to the Bantam. Once you move beyond the entry level and mid range air guns, you’ll see attention to detail such as this. Personally, I appreciate any rifle that does not require a fill probe, and as such, I am glad Brocock chose to go this route with the Bantam.
The adjustable 2-stage trigger is clean and crisp. Out of the box, the break point was set to right around 2lbs. The Bantam features the same paddle safety system found on the Compatto. This style safety is my preferred style at this time, and I hope to see more airgun models using this style in the future.
Is it backyard friendly?
In a word, yes. Yes it is, considering we were pushing 32FPE out of the rifle, getting 87db was a nice surprise. The TackLife SLM01 Decibel Meter is quite the step up from the phone apps we had used for this testing in the past.
10 shot groups, 50 yards, 5-10mph crosswind. Groups varied from .75″ to 1″ CTC. Without the wind gusts, I’m sure sub 1/2″ and possibly sub 3/8″ groups at 50 yards would be achievable with the Brocock Bantam
- Overall Length: 34″
- Barrel: 18″ Lothar Walther – Choked/Crowned
- Full barrel length shroud PLUS reflex style carbon fiber moderator – 87db as tested in .22
- Scope Rail: 11mm Cantilevered Dovetail
- Weight: 6.4 lbs w/o scope or accessories (HiLite model)
- .177 140 shots @ 18FPE
- .22 71 shots @ 30FPE (as tested, 74 shots at 32FPE)
- .25 26 shots @ 40FPE
- 3 Position external power adjuster
- Slingshot Hammer on .177 and .22
- Magazine: 10 shot self indexing
- Air Source: 480cc Carbon Fiber Bottle, 240 BAR fill
- Trigger: 2 stage adjustable – 2lb pull as tested
- Stock: Beech or Soft Touch, adjustable Cheek and Butt
- Available Calibres: .177 (4.5 mm), .22 (5.5 mm) & FAC only .25 (6.35mm)
- Caliber – .22
- Stock – Semi Bullpup -Material – Beech
- Pellet tested: H&N Baracuda 21.14d
- FPS/FPE – 830FPS – 32FPE (HIGH POWER)
- Sound level: 84db – 87db
- Shout Count: 75 Shots @ High Power with a 4% spread
- Power Settings:
- High- 30FPE
- Medium – 26FPE
- Low – 20FPE
240BAR fill, Power Setting High