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Monday, October 17, 2005

A quick look at Tech Force 97, 99 & 78 rifles

by Tex Force

One of the best things about Compasseco is their Tech Force airguns and accessories. I'll go into details in future postings, but today I'd like to take a general look at three of the air rifles they offer.

A great entry into adult airgunning!
For many years, Chinese airguns came into this country with no controls on how well they were made or what features they offered. Compasseco actually started by selling Chinese spring air rifles back in the 1980s. Then, they had a better idea.

Chinese economy with American tastes & quality controls
Because Compasseco was buying so many airguns from them, the Chinese factories were interested in what their largest customer wanted. Compasseco had enough dealers and customers telling them what THEY wanted that, before long, they were starting to make changes to what the Chinese produced. At first, the changes were in the safety and cosmetic areas, but they soon extended into accuracy, power and special features that American shooters said they wanted.

It wasn't long before Compasseco began to develop their own trademarked line of airguns, built to their more demanding specifications. These were called Tech Force and they surpassed any other guns coming out of China. I could talk about a lot of models that unfolded over the years, but for today I'll just briefly touch on three important models for you - the Tech Force 97, 99 and 78 rifles.

Tech Force 97
This underlever spring rifle was an outgrowth of the Chinese QB 38 (later called the Tech Force 38), which was an improvement over the time-honored B3-1. The Tech Force 97 (second rifle down on the page) was and is more powerful than the older 38 and also a lot more accurate. Significant improvements were made to the wood stock for a more American shape, to the quality of the front sight and underlever lock, and the powerplant to be smoother and more consistent. You can read more about the TF 97 on this website in the article, The Tech Force 97.

Compasseco had hoped to compete with European air rifles with their TF97, and in many respects it does. It's sold at a price you simply cannot find in any other seriously powerful spring rifle today. But, in the end, the company wanted to take spring rifles even farther.

Tech Force 99 Magnum
The Tech Force 99 Magnum (third gun down on the page) is all Compasseco's own design. It's the spring airgun they always wanted to build. Where the 97 had grown out of an existing gun, the new 99 Magnum is based on nothing else. It is bigger, more powerful yet just as smooth as the TF 97, and it maintains the same high quality and accuracy. It is truly a magnum, yet the cocking effort is light enough for most older youths and nearly all adults to operate.

Compasseco installs a mainspring from Jim Maccari in this gun as standard. Maccari springs are standard in no other spring gun in the world, and shooters often pay upwards of a hundred dollars just to have Jim tune their rifles with one of his springs. In the 99 Magnum, you get one with the gun for almost nothing!

The TF99 is ready for a scope when you buy it (scope stop is installed), or you can use the excellent fully adjustable sights. This is a big air rifle, so if you want something that's physically smaller, I'd advise you to select a TF 97. For the ultimate in power and accuracy, the TF 99 Magnum is the best Tech Force spring rifle made.

Tech Force 78
The last rifle I'll mention is actually a whole battery of CO2 rifles called the Tech Force 78 (fifth gun down on the page). These are modern recreations of the famous Crosman 160 air rifle of the 1950s and 60s - but with a lot of modern improvements! The standard TF 78 is a sporting rifle that sells for less than half of what a vintage Crosman would bring, yet you get the same power and accuracy PLUS the famous Crosman fully adjustable trigger that only the very last 160s had. Who says the golden age of airgunning is over? It doesn't end there!

Tech Force 78T
The Tech Force 78T (sixth rifle down on the page) is a special version of the 78 that operates with a large bulk CO2 tank or Crosman's newest 88-gram disposable CO2 cartridge. This makes the rifle ideal for target use, which its adjustable trigger and superior accuracy fully support. Even though it is designated for target, this rifle is still as powerful as a sporter, so hunting is certainly possible. Read more about the 78T on this web site at A Tech Force 78T Review. Be sure to also order some Crosman AirSource 88-gram CO2 cylinders (at the bottom of the page) when you buy this rifle.

Of course, there's a lot more to say about Tech Force. We'll get to the other guns and products in another posting, but for today we have looked at three of the classics.


  • For the TF 99 Magnum , What scopes do you suggest? I'm looking for something in the 50mm ballpark. But it looks like it might be to close to load.

    By Blogger Chino, at 9:02 AM, December 23, 2005  

  • Chino,

    Well, The Tech Force 4 to 16 x 50 seems like a good one. You will need high mounts for that on the TF99. Ask Eric of Compasseco to recommend a mount for it, and also check to see that he agrees with my choice.

    Merry Christmas,


    By Blogger Tex Force, at 1:47 PM, December 23, 2005  

  • I would like to move up from my Crossman to a Tech Force 99, but I was wondering how the underlever works. I pump my rifle 7-10 times to get 800-1000fps. Does an underlever work the same way, or is it a single pull? And what does the term anti-bear trap mean?

    Ray K

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:55 AM, December 25, 2005  

  • Ray,

    Good questions! First, the Tech Force 99 is a spring-piston gun, not a pneumatic like your Crosman. You are COCKING the gun - not PUMPING it.

    When you pull the underlever down, the lever linkage is connected to the piston which retracts, compressing a large coiled mainspring. The trigger grabs the piston and that mainspring remaines compressed until you pull the trigger. When it releases, the piston flys forward, compressing air in front of it as it goes. That is what powers the pellet instead of a stored change of compressed air.

    You only pull down on the lever once to cock the gun.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 5:07 AM, December 25, 2005  

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