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BROCOCK
Current manufacturer/importer located in Redditch, Worcestershire, England with an engineering company located in Birmingham, England. Due to the legal issues in the UK with selling Air Cartridge System Rifles and Pistols, Brocock discontinued manufacture of ACS arms. Limited current importation and distributiony by Airguns of Arizona located in Gilbert, AZ. Brocock was formed in 1989. Some of Brocock´s airguns are manufactured (under contract to specifications) by other manufacturers including Cuno Melcher (ME Sportwaffen), Weihrauch Sport, A. Uberti & C., and Pietta. Dealer and consumer direct sales. Beginning in 2010, Brocock Airguns started manufacturing the AimX line of precharged pistols and light rifles. The AimX line focuses on bringing top value in quality and price for an English made airgun. Models include the Atomic and Grand Prix Model PCP pistols and light hunting PCP rifles the Concept, Contour and Enigma Models. Brocock started (2008) working on design and manufacture of a PCP rifle named the Brocock Enigma Model and a BBC rifle named the Brocock Independent Model. All pre-2008 production Brocock air pistols and rifles use the dedicated BACS (Brocock Air Cartridge System). This unique system based on the .38 BAC uses a compressed air cartridge which contains a sophisticated valve system which when filled with air and loaded with a pellet, enables these airguns to feel, function, and look like real breech loading firearms.
Brocock was formed by the Silcock brothers (hence the name) to buy the liquidated Saxby and Palmer company in 1989. Brocock manufactured an air cartridge system whose roots go back to a British patent of 1872 used in a Giffard gas gun. The modern form, initially known as a 'TAC' (Tandem Air Cartridge, so called because of the twin sealing arrangement either end of the valve stem) later became 'BACS' (Brocock Air Cartridge System). An air cartridge is a manganese bronze, cartridge-like case that holds air pressure at around 2,700 psi. A spring loaded exhaust valve is opened by the gun’s firing pin striking a button located where a primer would be found in a firearm cartridge. The valve opens and the escaping air propels a pellet from a screw-on nosecone.
Air cartridges can be individually charged with a 'Slim Jim' scissor pump. This rather strenuous step, requiring up to six or eight pumps per cartridge, can be avoided by using various devices to charge cartridges quickly and in bulk from SCUBA tanks.
Brocock manufactured the Safari, Predator and Fox rifles in Birmingham but also imported guns especially designed for air cartridges only from Cuno Melcher (ME Sportwaffen), Weihrauch Sport, Aldo Uberti, Pietta, and Armi San Marco. The latter three converted some of their replica antique firearm designs into air cartridge airguns.
All air cartridge guns were built so as to make conversion into a firearm very difficult. On early Saxby and Palmer revolvers this included pinning the barrel to prevent its exchange and deleting a portion of the forward end of the cylinder. Pinning the barrels became standard but, during the mid 1990s, the unattractive deletion of the forward end of the cylinders was replaced with machining the spaces between the individual chambers.
Despite the safeguards against conversion, there were a very limited number of cases where criminals using sophisticated machining equipment managed to turn some of these airguns into firearms. Such conversions often were dangerous and these criminals reportedly sometimes lost body parts or their lives when converted guns exploded.
American airgunners take warning! As of January 2004, the manufacture, importation, sale or transfer of all air cartridge guns was banned by the government of the United Kingdom. Existing UK owners were given three months in which to apply for a highly restricted Section 1 firearms certificate should they wish continue owning their guns, or to hand them to a police station for destruction without compensation. These guns can’t be traded in the UK, or even exported, and thus have no commercial value in the UK.
Brocock is still selling their CO2 and blank firing guns which were unaffected by the 2004 ban. Attempts are being made to have air cartridge guns manufactured outside of the UK and to import them directly into the USA, but development or continued success of such a program seems unlikely.
The authors and publisher wish to thank Mr. Tim Saunders for his assistance with this section of the Blue Book of Airguns.

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