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Advice Calling All Left Handed Brocock Compatto Users.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Mike Watkins, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Mike Watkins

    Mike Watkins Woodgate Mike.

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    Hi, I’ve been looking at buying a Compatto and have found out that Brocock don’t make a left handed version, ie the cocking lever being on the left? However, after reading some forum comments it seems that I might find it better to stay with the lever on right side rather than a left one. Not having used a semi bull pup before (I currently have a LH BSA Ultramax) I hadn’t thought about it being more comfortable leaving the trigger hand on the pistol grip and cocking the gun with the right hand. What say you semi bull pup users, especially Compatto owners, if you could, would you prefer a left lever or is it okay on the right. What about the cheek, is it comfortable? Also, what’s your opinion of Compatto? On a scale of 1 to 10? Cheers, Mike.
     
  2. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    B*llocks tbqfh. The cocking bolt is on the RHS as this is where it should be for right-handed shooters. It would be on the LHS if it was "better" located here for RH use. IMO the left-hander's "I prefer the bolt on the wrong facking side" argument is, most of the time just a cop-out for people trying to justify making do with guns that don't fit them properly.

    The only exception I'd add is if you shoot off a bipod most of the time; since you can cycle the bolt with your weak hand as it's not required to support the front of the rifle. While I can't comment on the Compatto specifically I do own a number / have had plently of experience of non-LH rifles (either fully RH or RH actions in ambi or LH stocks) and (bipod situation not withstanding) having the cocking lever on the RHS is a bloody pain in the arse. Granted in a semi bullpup the centre of balance is further back but still, having to support that mass at the pistol grip is far from ideal and will tire you out quickly.

    I'd highly recommend you spend your money on a rifle from a manufacturer who can actually be arsed to make a product that fits you properly. Wouldn't have a Brocock at the best of times anyway; especially if it didn't fit me properly ;)
     
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  3. ibo7

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    It's personal preference as I'm left handed but actually prefer the bolt/cocking lever on the right side as that's what I'm now accustomed to.
    I have the Kral NP02 which is ambi stock but cocking lever is on the left side so it should, in theory, suit me better but I'm still getting used to it.

    I can only suggest shouldering one in a shop and see how it feels.
     
  4. Mike Watkins

    Mike Watkins Woodgate Mike.

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    Thanks for that cloverleaf, you’ve knocked some sense back into me! I know when using any borrowed RH’d rifle how uncomfortable they are to use so the Compatto surely won’t be any different. I’m also getting quite a few negative vibes about the Brocock so with those, and the fact they don’t make a LH version, I think I’ll give it a miss. Any recommendations??
     
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  5. Mike Watkins

    Mike Watkins Woodgate Mike.

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    Thanks for your thoughts. Both my PCP’s have LH bolts so for me I’d have adjust to a RH bolt, which I think I’ve all but decided not to go for. Cheers, Mike.
     
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    In that case I don't think the Brocock is for you. I just don't understand why companies cut out about 10% of customers by not making left handed versions of their rifles let alone charging us an extra £50-80 for a LH stock, if they even offer the option.
     
  7. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    lol - good stuff :)

    Tbh my recommendations are limited - what sort of gun are you after? Tbh I'm not fan of bullpups and my knowledge and experience in this area is limited. From the traditional manufacturers Air Arms, BSA and Daystate all offer properly LH rifles. Of these I'd take Air Arms every time; you already have a BSA (not that I'd recommend one although also have a LH Ultra myself) and wouldn't touch Daystate with a barge pole. Steyr do LH stuff which is nice, but also expensive and perhaps not to your taste. Not sure what FX offer; I think some but not all of their models are offered in LH. Probably best to take a look at the other thread on LH bullpups for a better idea ;)
     
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    With all due respect to Cloverleaf many of us own reliable, accurate Compattos. True, many rifles have had to be returned to the makers for work which should not have been necessary but which have been returned as they should be and served us very well. In my opinion the Compatto was a new rifle from a maker with a tainted reputation and Brocock's ownership by Daystate did not help. CL's aversion to both brands is well known on this forum. If you were to consider a Compatto I would recommend buying a used, fettled one rather than new. As you know the rifle is a dedicated right-handed semi-bullpup (the first of it's kind) but your cheek won't touch the rifle anywhere near the bolt. It will be better for you than a right-handed bullpup where your cheek may rest uncomfortably againt the bolt or loading lever. When they are good they can be very good. I give my .177 version 9/10.
     
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    Yes I agree, love mine.
     
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    Yep agree with the above, other than a leaking fill valve which was put right by Brocock in around a week the Compatto is spot on, I was taking rats with headshots at 30 yds with my night vision last Friday night.
     
  11. PW1

    PW1 Shooting the breeze.

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    I have a Compatto and it is spot on, but I would definitely not recommend buying one, if you did go for one only buy new as you can send it back and get a refund if it turns out crap. If you want to check out Brococks famous customer service give them a ring :D

    Regards
    Peter
     
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