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Monday, June 26, 2006

Tech Force 97 now on sale!

by Tex Force

You've been cruising this site, trying to make up your mind about several powerful spring rifles. I'd like to help you by giving you a closer look at the Tech Force 97 (second rifle down). I mentioned this rifle in my October 17, 2005, blog - "A quick look at Tech Force 97, 99 & 78 rifles." Today, I'll take a much closer look to help you decide if this should be your next rifle.

Compasseco designed the TF 97
While all Tech Force airguns are made in China, Compasseco wrote the specifications for the TF 97, and they worked with the Chinese factory for many months and through several prototypes before they had the rifle they wanted. Tech Force is a trademarked brand of Compasseco, and they aren't about to put their name on an air rifle unless it does everything they say it can! If you're interested in this gun, you can get a good sense of it by reading Tom Gaylord's article - "The Tech Force 97: Compasseco’s flagship spring rifle gets a workout." However, I'm going to tell you some things Gaylord didn't touch on in that article.

Spring guns need a break-in
Spring guns usually don't begin working the way they should until 500-1,000 rounds have gone through them. They need a break-in period for all the mechanical parts to settle in and begin working together. This is especially true for both the trigger and the barrel.

When you first start shooting a 97, the trigger feels stiff and sluggish. After 50 shots, it starts to smooth out. After 100 shots, it starts working much better - in terms of a lighter pull that's also crisper. If you observe closely, you can feel this happening. But that's NOTHING! After 1,000 shots, the trigger will feel so much better than it did at first that you won't remember it. As the shot count climbs, the trigger keeps getting better. Somewhere after 4,000 to 6,000 shots, it stops improving. By that time, you'll be shooting such a different gun that you won't remember it was ever anything but good. There is no need to disassemble the gun or to put anything on the trigger for this to happen. Just keep shooting the gun. It takes care of itself.

The barrel
When the gun is new, it will not group as well as after 500 shots. However, there is something you can do about it. Run a brass brush loaded with JB Non-Embedding Bore Cleaning Compound through the barrel 35 times in both directions, then clean the bore thoroughly to remove all traces of the paste. This is the same stuff that benchrest shooters use in their expensive target rifles to improve accuracy. After that, your rifle should group as tight as it's ever going to, which will be noticeably tighter than when it was new. If you don't want to do this procedure, shooting the gun 2,000 times accomplishes the same thing.

It's on sale right now!
You can save a whopping $20 right now on the TF 97 in the special sale Compasseco is having. When you order, remember to buy several tins of Chinese domed pellets. The TF 97 likes them!


  • Tex,
    Do the chinese Domed pellets come in a pack of 2000 for $8.00 or are they sold at $8.00 a tin of 200?


    By Blogger sav300, at 11:35 AM, June 26, 2006  

  • sav300,

    Well, I made a BIG mistake! I thought the pellets I recommended were the better-grade domed pellets, but it turns out they really are 2,000 for $8. And they are best suited to melting into fishing sinkers. Get the Match pellets that are $6.95 per 500.

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this!


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 12:27 PM, June 26, 2006  

  • sav300,

    Well, it turns out I made a BIG mistake. The pellets I recommended really ARE $8/2,000 and are best suited to melting down for fishing sinkers.

    Get the Match pellets at $6.95/500.

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 12:28 PM, June 26, 2006  

  • I'm trying to decide between a TF99 and a TF97. I have 3 questions:

    1. Are the velocity figures in the Compasseco site accurate?

    2. How do I evaluate cocking effort between these two rifles?

    3. Do I have to use an "air rifle" scope, or will anything do?

    Thanks in advance.

    By Blogger Old Fart, at 4:54 PM, July 12, 2006  

  • Old Fart,

    1. Read Tom Gaylord's report on the TF 97 on this site. He got the same results I get when I tested both rifles.

    2. You evaluate the cocking effort by placing the end of the cocking lever in the center of a spring bathroom scale and pressing down until the gun is cocked. The 97 cocks easier.

    3. An air rifle scope with adjustable parallax will focus MUCH closer than a firearm scope. Also, the airgun scope will probably be tougher. These rifles both kick, so that's something you want.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 5:35 AM, July 13, 2006  

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