New Barra 1100z PCP Air Rifle Now Available
The new Barra 1100z PCP air rifle is an interesting, value-priced PCP. It was first launched just a few weeks ago at the 2022 SHOT Show. Now it’s shipping and you can buy it directly from the Barra website.
With a starting price of just $275, the 1100z combines a claimed 35 Ft/Lbs of Muzzle Energy in .22 caliber with a sidelever action, shrouded barrel and adjustable comb. In addition, each gun is supplied complete with two 12-shot rotary magazines and two single-shot trays.
True, it’s not regulated. But at about half the price of an unregulated Marauder, that’s a combination of benefits that will likely make it attractive to a lot of potential purchasers!
The 1100z’s trigger is adjustable for pull weight, sear engagement and overtravel. There’s a manual safety included in the trigger guard.
Power adjustment is available using the hammer spring adjustment facility built-in to the rear of the compression tube. In addition, the gun can be de-gassed through the fill port.
The 1100z is a traditional-style “full length” air rifle that’s available in .177 and .22 calibers with a choice of black and camo effect reinforced polymer stocks. Camo models carry a premium of $25. The overall length is 42.25 Inches and the un-scoped weight 7.5 Lbs.
The maximum fill pressure is a hand pump-friendly 3,000 PSI, with filling being by a “standard” 1/8-Inch quick disconnect. There’s a push-on cap to keep junk out of the fitting.
HAM is pleased to note that the pressure gauge is in the underside of the stock. This means that there’s no need to “look down the barrel” to check pressure, as is the case with an unfortunately large number of PCPs. (HAM has “a thing” about end-mounted pressure gauges as a potential safety issue and we’re going to continue pushing this issue).
The stock itself has an adjustable comb so that owners can make a good cheek-weld. Combined with a ribber buttpad, this is a good feature for practical consistent accuracy downrange.
Barra explains that the forend is swelled for easy carrying and comfortable leading hand placement. This also has benefits if the gun is shot from a bag or other support.
The breech incorporates a Picatinny rail for scope mounting, while there’s a second Picatinny rail on the underside of the stock’s forend for attaching a bipod.
Barra also points-out that the rifled barrel has an aluminum air stripper that attaches with ½-20 threads, keeping it perfectly centered in the shroud. The shroud features ½-20 threads under a knurled thread protector for additional noise suppression, if required.
As you would expect, a scope and PCP-filling equipment are required and are additional-cost items.
Barra is promoting the 1100z for target shooting and small game hunting. That sounds about right!