Our full review of the Brocock Commander XR
The Commander XR is an evolution of an earlier bolt action model and features a slick side lever cocking system. Whereas the bolt on older models could be a little harsh, the side lever, which is a feature on all XR models, is silky smooth. The line up was also revised in 2020 to accommodate a new design magazine that requires a magnetised flap to be opened to access the pellet chambers. Capacity was increased from 10 shots in the original magazine to 13 in .177, 11 in .22 and 10 in .25. It should be noted that, consistent with other Brocock rifles, the magazine sits proud of the breech. As a result, the scope rail is split either side of the magazine port and comprises a dovetail rail with an additional removable raised picatinny rail.
The Commander XR can be purchased either with a telescopic or folding stock. Whilst the set up is extremely solid, there is a very small amount of play which does not impact performance. Thanks to its tactical design, the Commander is a light rifle, weighing just 2.9 kgs, and compact at a maximum length of 838mm (1117mm in Magnum format). The polymer stock is available in each black or sand colour.
Consistent with many other Brocock rifles, the pistol grip can be swapped for an AR style aftermarket alternative. The two-stage trigger is adjustable for both weight and stage travel. Forward of it, in the trigger guard, is a resettable switch type safety catch – push from the left to make the rifle safe, and to the right to make the rifle live. Located on the right side, just forward of the sidelever, is a power dial which works by adjusting the transfer port. The adjustments on the 12 ft. lbs. rifle are modest, but on high power models will enable changes in roughly 20 per cent increments. Like all Brocock rifles, the Commander XR is fitted with a Huma-Air regulator as standard.
The regulator pressure is fixed on 12 ft. lbs. rifles but adjustable on high-power models – a task best left to gunsmiths. A gauge on the right side in front of the power adjuster indicates the regulator pressure and a second gauge measures fill pressure in the 480cc carbon bottle, which is filled to 250 bar via a quick fill valve on the underside of the stock accessed by pulling off a magnetised cap. Thanks to its regulated action, Brocock quotes a shot count on 12 ft. lbs. models of 380 in .177 and 420 in .22. The high powered Commander XR has a shot count of 140 (18 ft. lbs./.177), 120 (30 ft. lbs./.22) and 60 (46 ft. lbs./.25). The higher power Commander XR Magnum delivers 50 shots in .22 (46 ft. lbs.) and 45 in .25 (55 ft. lbs.). The Commander XR has a 17-inch barrel (23 inches on the Commander XR Magnum) which is shrouded and baffled.
The rifle comes with a perforated muzzle break, the purpose of which is mainly aesthetic. A ½ inch UNF thread allows an external silencer to be fitted as well.