T/C Compass

Thompson Center Arms introduced the T/C Compass bolt-action rifle. It will be available in 10 calibers and reportedly won’t break the bank. MSRP is $399 and as of this writing, Centerfire Guns has them listed on their website for $357 (though the guns are not available at this time).

T/C Compass Rifle

T/C Compass Rifle

The T/C Compass is packed with high-end features including: 5R rifling, detachable 5-round rotary magazine that is flush with the rifle and provides smooth feeding, 3-position safety with bolt lock that provides a positive tactile feel and easy access, and adjustable trigger that offers a crisp release for precision shooting. The sample I handled at SHOT appeared well made though the attention to detail regarding the finish is about what you’d expect for a gun in this priced range—utilitarian.

Compass Magazine

Compass Magazine

One thing that struck me is how large a diameter the action is. It’s pretty beefy, but it contains a full-diameter bolt body with bolt head baffles to keep gas out of your face in the unlikely event of a cartridge failure. It’s threaded for a brake or suppressor and should make a fine entry level gun for those who know and like the T/C brand, or who are just looking for another option in value-priced, American made, bolt-action centerfire rifles.

 

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Scott Mayer

Scott Mayer

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Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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  • JWaits85

    Really exited for this gun. I would love to see a comparison to the venture, as i feel the price difference isnt that far from things like savage axis or ruger american, so i am wondering why they did this unless the venture just wasnt competitive enough with these rifles? To me, just from feel and weight, the venture was well worth the extra 60-90 dollars.

    • I’m looking forward to seeing some tests and performance comparisons myself!

      Marky

    • Scott Mayer

      I just reached out to my contact at T/C for a comment and will let you know what he says though I would point out that the MSRP price difference is $138.

      • JWaits85

        I meant the venture real world price vs american and savage real world price.

        • Scott Mayer

          Here is the response from T/C’s Director of Marketing Communications

          “Scott,
          With the onset of the Salvage Axis and Ruger American at a value price point, the company felt that we needed to have a product that would compete in that market place. The Compass, like the Venture, still boast MOA accuracy, has a crisp, adjustable single-stage trigger, detachable rotary box magazine, free float barrel, 5R riling along with additional feature such as the
          60° Bolt Lift for scope clearance and threaded barrel for compensators, muzzle breaks and suppressors. All and all, a great value for the money!”