A very accurate, powerful, fast action hunting rig. I’m getting this gun prepared to go hunting this season. Step one, some initial trigger time and basic paper punching at 35 and 50 yards.
I have a lot of guns that cycle across my desk to, and to be honest I like most of them. It’s not that I think they would all fit in to my own collection, I have very specific things that I want in a gun that I recognize are subjective. Thats why I’ll say what I think about a gun and why, but will never tell someone they should buy one gun over another…. so much of it is individual choice. But I can comment on the tangible attributes of a rifle. When I evaluate a hunting rifle, I try to place myself in the mindset of the targeted customer segment. Is this a gun designed for a new shooter, a long-time shooter, somebody that needs a gun for close range pest control, or larger game at greater distances? Is this a rifle designed to appeal to a segment with specific pricing requirements, such as budget or entry level guns, etc.?
In preparing to take this rifle out hunting, I was particularly interested in assessing accuracy, ergonomics, power, reliability, adjustability, cocking action, trigger, reliability, and reliable magazine feeding, ease of field carry…. this is what I look for in any rifle that I’ll take on the hunt.
Based on my experience with Brocock rifles, the bar was set pretty high for the Commander XR. I think Brocock makes some of the best hunting rifles on the market, and I have said many times that the Compatto and Bantam are two of my all-time favorites…. they tick all the boxes above for me when it comes to a small/medium game rifle. So, I set out to test the Commander XR for an upcoming hunt, with a certain expectation that the rifle had to live up to.
I shot the Commander off of an attached bipod rested on a small folding table, without a rear support, at 35 yards to check zero of the factory installed scope (BTW: the MTC Cobra F1 FFP scopeis), and put my first 3 shots into a single hole. It was high and about 2” to the left, so I made the adjustments and left it shooting high. I then moved the target to 50 yards and proceeded to shoot 30 pellets with the JSB Exact King Heavy Diabolo 33.95 gr pellets and 33 with the JSB Hades Diablo 26.5 gr pellet. The gun gave me 40 or so shots before dropping into the yellow, but I was refilling the tank after ever three magazines cycled.
I found this air rifle very shootable, it fit me perfectly the trigger and the cocking action were both smooth as silk, and I felt like I could have gone the whole day dropping pellets into the kill zone of a squirrel. I was getting velocities around 930 fps with the Exacts, and 870 fps with the hades, which is an energy around the 54 fpe mark.
My next step is some long-range shooting, and this may be the rifle I take out on my squirrel opener in Michigan before heading off for some major hunts in Texas later next month. So, I seem to be falling in love with this rifle, and if things keep going the way we’re currently headed, I’m going to be writing the check to add this one to my private collection!