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).
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.
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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