Thompson/Center 6.5mm Compass & More—SHOT Show 2017

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Thompson/Center (T/C) has a long tradition of catering to the outdoor and sporting markets with its innovative and affordable firearms and gear. New this year is an addition to the popular Compass line in 6.5 Creedmoor. The Compass has made a name for itself by offering guaranteed MOA performance at a $399 MSRP. The bolt-action rifle is light and handy and well-designed. And, now it is tapping into the popularity of the 6.5 Creedmoor long-range cartridge.

The Thompson/Center Compass is not available in the exciting 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. Image courtesy of manufacturer.


  • Chambering: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Barrel: 22 inches
  • OA Length: 41 inches
  • Weight: 7.25 pounds
  • Stock: Black composite
  • Sights: None, bases included
  • Action: Bolt-action
  • Finish: Blued
  • Capacity: 5+1
  • MSRP: $399

The Compass features a three-position safety that offers a lot of flexibility.


The Compass is really impressive, particularly for the price point. I learned that it has some really great features, such as 5R rifling for accuracy, a threaded barrel (standard), three-position safety, and bases for optics included. The action is smooth, and I am particularly excited about the new 6.5 Creedmoor chambering.

Price & Availability

The Compass line is available now in a range of chamberings, and its price point is an MSRP of $399 (which means you can find it cheaper here on Check it out if you like guns that don’t cost a lot and shoot really well. I know I do.

To learn more, visit

To purchase a Compass on, click this link:

About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website,

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  • walter morris February 4, 2017, 10:15 am

    i have never heard of 5R rifling until i bought an used t/c venture in .204. can someone tell me what it means and the advantage of 5R rifling or disadvantage? because the primers were sticking out a little on the fired brass i took this rifle to a gunsmith and had it converted to a 20 Practical caliber so that i can use .223 brass for my T/C. i am still trying to develop load data for this rifle find that it shoots really good with some loads.

  • DrThunder88 February 2, 2017, 1:10 pm

    I like that Clay had the TC rep demonstrate the Compass’ safety. Is that to demonstrate that the recent, massive recall on the Compasses because of their safeties is behind them?

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