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Monday, November 27, 2006

Tech Force Contender 49
A new spring rifle!

by Tex Force

Scoped with a Tech Force 4x32, the new Tech Force 49 is a beautiful air rifle.

Are you looking for something new and different? If so, Compasseco has just brought out their new Tech Force Contender 49, a completely new spring-piston breakbarrel air rifle. Just in time for Christmas, this new rifle is lightweight, accurate and easy to cock. It's one of those guns you'll love to shoot all day and never tire you out!

Read all about it!
Compasseco has several new articles up on their website, with a review of this one, too. The article compares the gun to the Beeman R7, but you could buy three TF 49s for the price of one R7 and have money left over for a scope. The R7 is a fine gun, but the new TF49 deserves a close look, too.

This is a "big" little air rifle
What I mean by that is the dimensions are adult-sized, at 45" overall, but the weight is a mere 6 lbs., so this is an airgun you can carry a long time without getting tired. It's physically larger than the R7, but it's lighter and just as trim.

A surprisingly good trigger
I was surprised when I first saw the gun, because nothing had prepared me for what to expect. It looks like an average breakbarrel, but one with a better finish than Chinese guns have had in the past. Then, I saw the trigger. The Tech Force Contender-Series airguns have improved features, and this trigger is one of them. It is plastic instead of the rolled sheetmetal usually found. When you shoot the rifle, you'll see how easy and crisp it feels. It's a two-stage unit with a light first stage and a positive second. The pull-weight measured about 3.9 lbs. to 4 lbs. on my rifle, and the release was always crisp with no felt creep.

Scoping the gun
The rifle comes without sights, so a scope is needed. I installed a Tech Force 4x32 Heavy-Duty Hunting Scope, which suits the size of the rifle perfectly. It's clean and easy to use, and it doesn't stretch the budget too much, either!

Prep the barrel before you shoot
The barrel is long, at nearly 19". It's finely rifled, but after reading the Compasseco article, I cleaned my barrel with J-B Non-Embedding Bore Cleaning Compound. In fact, it's a good idea to clean all new barrels that way, because they all have rust and metal burrs that need removing, unless the barrel was handmade. Sure enough, the brush met with resistance at first but smoothed out toward the middle of the cleaning. Following that, I cleaned every bit of compound from the bore, leaving a clean dry surface. Then, I was ready to shoot!

Easy to cock, a dream to shoot!
The rifle is extremely easy to cock! I measured just 17 lbs. of force to fully cock the piston. Cocking automatically sets the safety, which is a button on the left side of the receiver, just above the trigger. Load the gun, close the barrel and push in the safety until it clicks off. You're ready to fire the gun! A word of caution during loading: always restrain the barrel of any breakbarrel rifle by holding the muzzle with your other hand as you load. If the sear slipped and the rifle fired, your hand on the barrel would stop it from closing on your fingers.

As mentioned, the trigger is very crisp. Shooters will enjoy it! The firing behavior is quick and solid, with no vibration or buzzing after the shot. It feels like the action of a finely tuned rifle, but that's just how it came from the box! Accuracy was in the 1" range for five shots with good pellets at 25 yards.

If you're looking for a neat new breakbarrel, the TF49 might be the gun you want.


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