Thompson Center had two new rifles to show us at SHOT Show this year. One is an entry level bolt-action center-fire gun that makes some big promises, and the other is a totally modern twist on the muzzle loader.
The new Thompson Center Compass is loaded with features and comes in at a budget price. T/C guaranties sub MOA 3 shot groups out of this rifle. The Compass comes in a multitude of calibers from 204 Ruger up to 300 Win Mag, with 8 more chamberings in between. Other features of the new Compass are:
- Free Floated Barrel
- 3 Position Safety
- 60 Degrees Bolt Lift for Scope Clearance
- Threaded Muzzle
- 5 or 4 Round Rotary Magazine
- 3.5-5 lbs Adjustable Trigger
The biggest feature of the Thompson Center Compass is the price. These will all (yes all–caliber does not matter) carry an MSRP of $399. Sub MOA guaranty with a threaded barrel for under under $400? We hope to have one of these in for testing soon, but this sounds like a winner.
The other new release from Thompson Center is the Strike Muzzle Loader. T/C is known for there traditional and modern in-line black powder rifles. The new Strike is about as modern as it gets in the muzzle loading segment and it is striker fired. Here are some specs on the new Strike:
- Simple One Screw Takedown
- 24″ Barrel with 1:28 Twist
- Stealth Striker System
- Match Grade Trigger 3 lb Pull
- Adaptive Breech for Different Primers
Striker fired muzzle loaders are a pretty new thing. They do work a little different than a striker fired pistol. Instead the slide or recoil cocking the striker, on the Strike you cock with a lever on the tang. It is very quiet and relatively easy to manipulate. If you don’t get your shot off, it is simple to decock for safety. The Thompson Center Strike carries an MSRP starting at $499. It will be available in black or G2 Camo synthetic, or walnut stocks.