Brocock shooters guide

[ Brocock PP guide ] [ Equipment ] [ Maintenance, mods and special gear ]

last change : 20050604 (text revised, pictures added)




There are certain absolute mimimum levels of equipment needed to shoot PP (as defined by the rules).
They are:
  • a pistol
  • a belt
  • a secure holster that covers the trigger guard of your pistol
...not very much!
To compete effectively you will also need a way to hold magazines ready for rapid reloads (many people make do with a coat pocket or simple belt pouch). So for the Brocock shooters I would advise:
  • >50 TACs
  • wide, two part belt (easier load carrying - it all gets very heavy after a while)
  • suitable holster
  • 6 or more speedloader pouches
  • 6 or more speedloaders (of the 'jetloader' type)
  • a pouch for spent cartridges (if the range floor is dirty etc)



Orion 6, 6 inch barrel.

Tawnado, 3.5 inch barrel, 4 inch shroud.

Combat, 2.5 inch barrel.

Taurus, 6 inch barrel. Note the weaver rail for a red-dot sight (removed at present).

Reminton New Model Army, 8 inch barrel. Single action only.

In general, any of Brocock's revolvers will do, with the exception of the ultra cheap 'Magnum' type (only five shot and with a very heavy trigger) and the various western/ black powder replicas (which are single action only and tend to have fixed cylinders).
Several of the pictured guns have been modified to speed things up, first (and easiest) by addition of a trigger shoe (the wide trigger is much easier on your index finger, esp. after a long days shooting!), second by trimming part of the frame for easier cartridge ejection (this is only necessary of some of the Brococks, where one of the cartridges fouls the frame during ejection is the cylinder alignment is right). If you have a 'Target Trophy' you may also want to alter the supplied grips (they can also catch ejecting cartridges).


Cartridges (TACs)

air cartridge

Image shows a pair of TACs, tandem air cartridges (or BACs Brocock air cartridges). Bottom one has been modified for easier loading (note the shape of the ridge on the nose of the cartridge).


Holsters and belts

shooting rig

General holsters can be obtained from a multitude of suppliers, however these will be slow, 'straight draw' types. The best place to get competition holsters is Price Western Leather (a UK company!) or Brownells in the US. Competition holsters will be of the 'breakfront' (clamshell) type, with a minimum length of draw.

shooting rig

shooting rig

shooting rig

shooting rig



As you can imagine, the only time you should be loading six  TACs one at a time is when you are at the starting line. At any other time you need to be fast . Thus speedloaders.
These are all designed to load a full cylinder of cartridges at once. There are two basic types:
  • HKS 'twisties'
  • sprung loaded 'jetloaders'
HKS units are more compact, but during speed reloading the revolver's cylinder must be held still with one hand while the other operates the speedloader release (a metal knob requiring a quarter turn).
Jetloaders are my personal preference, during speed reloading a 'trigger' on the loader activates on touching the cylinder pivot - literally firing the cartridges into the cylinder. Jetloaders are slightly quicker than HKS, but have an odd disadvantage. With certain speedloader holders it is possible to trigger the jetloader's spring yet still lock the jetleader into it's holder . . . thus when you go to reload it sprays cartridges all over the floor! This can be avoided with a little care.



Air (gas, gas, gas!)

Unless you are a masochist (or a body builder, much the same in my book), you should get a ramcharger. This is a device designed to fill a TAC from a diving cylinder, rather than using muscle power (via a 'slimjim' or a styrup pump). For a full scale PP comp this is essential - a slimjim requires ~6 pumps per cartridge - that's about a thousand strokes. How steady would your aim be after all that?

ram charger

The ram charger is the red thing on the left hand side. It's a very simple device built from a modified Lee reloading press. From my experience a bottle pressure of between 200 and 250 bar gives the best results. Above 250bar you will start to have problems firing some TACs (especially if your firing pin is worn), below 200bar and you start to loose the advantage of a Brocock - power.


Snap caps

All the Brococks have a floating firing pin, ie one that is supported by a small spring. Unfortunatly this means that you cannot practice ("dry firing") without a live cartridge in the chamber - to do so will damage the spring. The solution to this is the snap cap. This is a fake bullet with a spring loaded plunger where the spool sits (the primer on a 'real steel' round). This will allow you to practice without the (significant) effeort of loading up cartridges. As yet I don't have any of these handy devices - after the pistol ban such things have been very difficult to get in the UK. Your best bet is a company like Brownells, in the US (about $15 for 6). I'm not sure how excited HM Customs will get if you mail order them...

UPDATE 27-Oct-2002: I've been told that 38 special snapcaps don't actually fit Brocock revolvers without some modification. I'll let you know when mine arrive....

UPDATE 15-Nov-2002: The snapcaps are a close fit, just need a bit of sanding to fit easily.



20050604 1st iteration complete.
20030415 started writing 'holster' section.
20021208 added snapcap before/after image.