Let’s Take A First Look At The Barra 1100z PCP Air Rifle

The Barra 1100z PCP air rifle was first announced at the 2022 SHOT Show. It’s an unregulated, magazine-fed PCP with a sidelever action and shrouded barrel.

Available in .177 and .22 calibers, the 1100z has a choice of stocks. Both are of the same physical design, however one is in black, the other in a “veil camo” pattern. There’s a useful adjustable comb feature that’s a big practical benefit in achieving consistent accuracy in the field.

Barra 1100z PCP air rifle

Unusually, HAM readers were offered some detailed performance characteristics from the manufacturer’s testing back in March.

This test data indicated a fairly flat shot curve for the .22 caliber gun. It also hinted at the potential for some interesting tunes that could be undertaken with the gun, courtesy of the adjustable hammer spring that’s accessed from the rear of the action.

Barra 1100z PCP air rifle

Now Hard Air Magazine has a regular production gun in-house. We’ll be giving it the comprehensive HAM test review treatment in the near future. However, here’s a first look at the gun. It’s selling at an attractive Street Price of $270 for the black-stock model.

Barra says that peak power can exceed 36 Ft/Lbs for the .22 caliber model. Given the test data supplied to HAM previously, this looks possible with a very heavy pellet.

For testing, we mounted a Leapers UTG SWAT 3-12 x 44 AO scope. This is a popular optic at around $180 and very suitable for use with the Barra 1100z PCP air rifle. It’s bundled with Medium Height Weaver rings and we used those, too.

Barra 1100z PCP air rifle

There’s a short Weaver rail under the stock’s forend. We used that to mount a bipod (the UTG Rubber Armored QD bipod). As an alternative we used it to attach a sling swivel for use in conjunction with the rear sling mount molded-in to the rear of the synthetic stock.

The magazine indicates the number of shots remaining through a side window. This is a useful touch that will be appreciated by many users.

Happily, the Barra 100z is filled using a “standard” quick disconnect fitting. The pressure gauge is also placed in the underside of the stock. HAM applauds this positioning as it makes it unnecessary to “look down the barrel” to see the remaining HPA pressure in the gun.

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UTG 3-12×44 AO SWAT Accushot Rifle Scope, EZ-TAP, Illuminated Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 30mm Tube, See-Thru Weaver Rings