Aptly named the Safari XR, it brings a practical sand finish to its proven semi-bullpup model, while still retaining all the features that have made it such a firm favourite with airgunners, and pest-controllers in particular.
For added functionality, the new Sahara’s thumbhole polymer stock sports an adjustable cheekpiece and butt pad – while stylish moulding panels adorn the grip and forend, that also feature a Picatinny accessory rail.
Based on the Sniper XR’s action, the Sahara also benefits from a host of technical improvements. Increased power output and a shot-count of up to 460 per fill come courtesy of a Huma-Air Regulator and revised hammer that were designed specifically for the Sniper XR – and the new rifle also incorporates an onboard power adjuster that lets you meter your shots on the fly, no tools required. Its easy-to-operate sidelever runs Brocock’s new all-metal self-indexing magazine system that guarantees perfect pellet/bore alignment, offers more chambers and a flip-open gate to make loading easier – and it also loads into the breech from the right to cater for scopes with larger sidewheels.
Up top, the Sahara XR comes complete with front and rear Picatinny scope rails, that can be removed to reveal a standard 11mm if required. Accuracy comes courtesy of a high-grade German barrel secreted within the shorter sand-finished barrel shroud.
Compact and perfectly balanced, the Sahara is very pointable when in the shoulder, with handling further aided by a diminutive frame that measures just 820mm from butt to threaded muzzle. It tips the scales at a mere 3.3kg, too.
• Ergonomic sidelever operation
• Huma-Air Regulator
• Multiple power settings via onboard adjuster
• Removable self-indexing rotary magazine, with single shot tray supplied
• Magazine capacity: 13 - .177; 11 - .22; 10 - .25
• Two-stage trigger
• Resettable in-guard safety catch
• Ambidextrous polymer stock
• Adjustable cheek piece and butt pad
• Picatinny top and forend rails fitted as standard
• Barrel shroud with adaptor for second stage silencer
• Overall length 820mm (32.25in)
• Barrel length 430mm (17in)
• Weight 3.3kg (7.3lbs)
• Available calibres .177/4.5mm, .22/5.5mm, .25/6.35mm
• Power/Shots per fill sub-12 Model: 12ft/lbs (16J) / 460 shots
• FAC Model 30ft/lbs (41J) in .22; 46ft/lbs (62J) in .25