The New T/C Compass

TC Compass

Thompson/Center recently introduced a new centerfire rifle called the Compass. The Compass is a bolt-action rifle that was created “for serious hunters on a budget.” The line consists of ten different calibers.


The Compass rifle uses a three lug bolt design. The bolt handle lift moves only 60˚ to improve scope clearance and increase cycling time. Thompson/Center uses a three position safety that appears large enough to easily manipulate, but not so large as to be accidentally engaged.


T/C uses a single stage trigger that is user adjustable for pull weight. The trigger can be adjusted from 3.5 to 5.0 pounds. T/C states the trigger is crisp with a “minimum of overtravel.”


Barrel lengths on the rifles vary between 22″ – 24″ depending on caliber. Standard calibers get the shorter lengths while the Magnums get the longer length. The company uses 5R rifling in all of the barrels, and they are free floated. Also common to all of the barrels is that they are threaded and come with a thread protecting cap.

According to T/C the barrels are “threaded…for suppressor” lending further evidence to my statements regarding sound suppressors becoming mainstream. Of course, this rifle is just one of several new hunting guns that have a threaded barrel. Two different thread patterns are used and are determined by caliber.


T/C went with a detachable, rotary style magazine for the new Compass rifles. The magazines fit flush to the stock.


  • 204 Ruger
  • 223 Rem/5.56 NATO
  • 22-250 Rem
  • 243 Win
  • 270 Win
  • 7mm-08
  • 7mm Rem Mag
  • 308 Win
  • 30-06 Sprg
  • 300 Win Mag

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  • Edeco

    GJ going 3-lug. 22-24″ barrels; yawn. They ought to use a T/C Contender-style trigger guard. It’d be kind of silly, retro, but low-hanging-fruit for brand recognition.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Just another ruger axis and savage American.

    5r rifling does seem like a nice touch though

    • Griz

      Nothing wrong with multiple companies competiting for customers. Lower prices, improved quality and more innovation. Hope the spare mags are less than $40.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Competition is good, they just seem a little late to the game, Remington was too late as it was, mossberg gets a pass because people at my store actually buy a lot of them.

        • Swarf

          In your opinion, should they be?

          • Twilight sparkle

            Should they be what?

          • Swarf

            Buying a lot of Mossbergs.

            I guess I should clarify whether you’re talking about the new(ish) line they have out.

            I’m interested in one because of the mag interchangeability, but I haven’t heard a lot of feedback on whether they are worthwhile rifles.

          • Twilight sparkle

            It depends on the version you’re interested in, don’t get anything with a scope already mounted unless you like to vortex crossfire version it’s an okay set up as is. Be sure to feel the recoil pad, some people would find it weird. If you like it than it’s certainly worth it. I haven’t heard any real complaints about them, the general consensus is better than I expected.

  • iksnilol

    Was hoping there’d be a literal compass in the stock.

    • Edeco

      Maybe it comes magnetized so that if you float it on still water, like on a styrofoam cooler lid…

      • iksnilol

        So… if it is magnetized, could they call it a beta version of a coil gun?

    • Robert Powell

      A compass in the stock and this thing that tells time?

      • iksnilol


        All of the yes to that :=)

  • Mark

    If they chambered not only old standby cartridges, but also some newer cartridges (6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, 26 Nosler, 28 Nosler), they would garner some enthusiastic niche markets and position themselves as innovative. Instead, it is just another humdrum product introduction. (yawn)

  • The Rifleman

    It’s pictured with a scope. Does it come with one? What’s price for this rifle?

  • Goody

    A 3 lug bolt increases cycling time, hey?

  • Adam D.

    No word on barrel treatment?
    Chrome, nitride?

  • John Daniels

    I’m more than a little surprised that there are no 6.5mm offerings in the cartridge selection list, but I’m pleased by everything else I read. Specifically the 60* three lug bolt, and threaded barrels across the entire product line.

    • John Daniels

      My message to TC via their Facebook page:

      “The new Compass rifle line looks extremely promising, but the decision not to put any of the popular 6.5mm cartridges in the line-up is a huge mistake.

      Over the next 10 years, 6.5 Creedmore, .260 Remington, or 6,5x47mm Lapua will settle at the top and begin to replace all the other comparable short action cartridges between 6mm and 7,6mm.

      I’d seriously consider picking at least one of the three and adding that to the list of chamber offerings.”