At the heart of its buddy-bottle action and indicated by its twin air gauges, the Commander incorporates a Huma regulator that integrates with its patented Slingshot Hammer and valve system to precisely meter air release and thus eradicate the ‘power curve’ usually associated with un-regulated PCPs. Bearing testimony to the resulting air efficiency, the Commander is capable of a power output up to 40 ft/lbs, with shot-counts in excess of 500 per charge according to configuration and calibre (.177, .22 and .25 barrels are available). Two steel buddy-bottle options provide air capacities of 400 or 500cc, while the super-lightweight HiLite variant comes equipped with a 480cc carbon- fibre bottle.
To maximise handling and target acquisition, the Commander features an ergonomic drop-down pistol grip and retractable stock that allows for speedy length-of-pull adjustment, while on ‘export’ models, the butt can also be folded via a quick-release mechanism to make it even more compact, further facilitating carriage and storage. It’s also available in both synthetic and Cerakote finishes.
In keeping with its tactical looks, the Commander sports a number of practical features, from its Picatinny scope and accessory rails (with a tri-plate accessory rail option), through its in-guard manual safety catch and on-the-fly power adjuster, to its fast-throw side-bolt – the latter allowing quick cycling of the 10-shot, removable rotary magazine. A single-shot tray is supplied for more deliberate loading, however.
Further hi-tech features come in the shape of a full-length barrel shroud cum reflex silencer and ported muzzle brake – all designed to maximise all the accuracy on offer from the Commander’s Lothar Walther barrel, regulated action and totally recoil-free firing cycle.