Thompson Center Compass 223/5.56 NATO Bolt-Action Rifle

$379.99 $399.00
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Product Description

What's in the Box

  • T/C Compass 223/5.56mm Bolt-Action Rifle
  • Detachable Box Magazine
  • Cable Lock
  • Owner's Manual

Introducing the T/C® COMPASS® - A great rifle that can match any budget. Building on a heritage of accurate, affordable firearms - from a trusted American brand. Designed to deliver today’s sport shooters and hunters with a feature-rich bolt-action rifle at an affordable price point, the T/C Compass elegantly blends American-made craftsmanship and value into a professional-grade rifle.

Firearm Features

  • 5R Rifling
  • Free-Floated Barrel
  • Weaver-Style Bases
  • 60° Bolt Lift for Scope Clearance
  • 3-Position Safety with Bolt Lock
  • Effective Recoil Pad
  • Positive, Single-Stage Trigger
  • Detachable Rotary Box Magazine
  • Pillar Bedded Action

Firearm Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Thompson Center Arms
  • Model: Compass
  • Model #: 10059
  • Caliber: 223 Remington / 5.56 NATO
  • Finish/Stock: Blued/Black Composite
  • Trigger: Adjustable
  • Barrel Length: 22"
  • Rate of Twist: 1:09
  • Capacity: 5+1 Det. Mag
  • Length of Pull: 13.5"
  • Overall Length: 41"
  • Weight: 7.25 lbs.
  • Sights: None
  • Rifling: 5R
  • Scope Included: No

Customer Comments & Questions

Customer Reviews

(5 out of 5) Fantastic
by from Beckley, WV on

Fantastic deals on great products. I am more than happy with my first experience with them here. Will definitely buy from them again. Got my order within a week of purchase and it was right before Christmas. Rifle was immaculate and so was the scope. It's a shooter too. Was busting soda can bottoms at 150+ yards within 20 rounds 2/3 shots consistently with green tips.

Quality ammo or hand loads would make this rifle an absolute tack driver. Now, I have to break out my reloading stuff and see just what it will do. In my opinion, it is definitely a MOA gun, and probably a sub MOA rifle, if you have the right ammo to feed it. It shoots the 62gr green tips about as well as they can possibly be shot, considering it's inconsistent junk ammo. It's all that I had to put through it unfortunately.

 The bolt is a little rough when cycling but it's not a problem. It's machined to be loose in the back and binds up just a little when moving forward. Just a little wiggle and you're good to go. You don't need to shoot fast if you can hit what you're aiming at. Trigger wasn't too bad. Has a small amount of movement but it's not that bad. I didn't test the pressure but it's a little heavy for me personally. A lightweight trigger spring may remedy that for me. The riser is a little high for me too, when using medium height rings on my 44mm scope. I prefer a tighter cheek weld so I have a low set on the way. It appears to have ample room to accommodate my 44mm with low rings.

 All in all I am extremely happy for the money. Getting a MOA or a sub MOA gun for 250 bucks is a no brainer. If you are worried about buying from them like I was, don't be. I spoke with them via chat and on the phone and everybody that I spoke with was top notch and extremely nice. A+

(5 out of 5) Great budget rifle
by from Texarkana, TX on

This is a great rifle for the price. The trigger wasn’t too great but after installing a set of MCARBO springs it was much better. While this gun isn’t the best bolt rifle made, it IS probably the best bolt rifle at this price point.
 I hand load and at 100 yards, I’m getting .33” 5 shot groups with 73gr Hornady ELDM, and .51” groups with 62gr Hornady BTHP’s. I’m very pleased with this rifle.

(4 out of 5) Good rifle for fun and for a kid.
by from City, OR on

Bought the 223 on a whim and it can tag a propane tank at 400 yards consistently with 55 grain reloads. Feeding rounds is not the smoothest and I have to jiggle the bolt some to get it to feed but for shooting paper this is not a problem for me. Mine came with a rebate and I feel like it was a good purchase.

(3 out of 5) This may be a .223/5.56 issue only, but I have to pass this on.
by from Dumont, CO on

I purchased a Compass in .223/5.56 in mid-march. LOP was good, free float was as claimed. Trigger wasnt good, so new springs from MCarbo were installed, they took the pull down to about 2-1/2 lbs., a nice improvement from factory. Before I mounted the scope still in the box, I gave the bore a good scrub. A lot of passes and dirty patches for a new barrel. So I started looking... Approx. 3/4 of the bore, from the crown back, have striations in the lands/grooves that can only be described as micro-threads. These are to the depth of the external threads, roughly. I do have pictures of this. Out of curiosity, MCarbo checked their rifles and found the same situation. T/C customer service was not informative, last message was ..spoke with our gunsmith, he said to shoot it, see if you have problems.

Yes, I have a lengthy e-mail trail on this. But- Ive been to several Cabelas stores T/C dealers and not run across this issue in any of the .308 or 6.5 rifles weve inspected. No one had a .22 bore rifle in stock. So be aware if looking at one of the .22 bore rifles in the Compass, there may be an issue with the barrel. Mine is still un-fired as I have more people interested in looking at it for verification. This is just an FYI about this particular caliber. Thanks, JB QVRNOX

(4 out of 5) Mag Problems
by from Rexburg, ID on

I bought this gun and took it to Front Sight for a four day Marksmanship course. Spent the week loading and shooting as if it were a single shot rifle.The Mag would mis-feed at lest two or three rounds from every magazine full. Other than the mag issue, the gun functioned ok, and is accurate.

(5 out of 5) Bought it for grand kids....but
by from Corvallis, OR on

Wow. What a rifle. I thought for $200 after rebate it would be no problem to cut it down for kids. Then I shot it. Wow. Still in its original configuration, and I'm in a quandary.

(5 out of 5) Range test
by from HOLMEN, WI on

Went to the range today with my new T/C Compass. 2 rounds to place zero at 100 yards. First 3 round group was a .390 inch, the next 3 round group was .355 and both groups were in the one inch bulls eye. My scope was set at 8 power and I was shooting my reloads, 55 grain soft points at 2690 fps. Not to bad for a gun at this price. My only grip is that the bolt and round pickup are not as smooth as I would like and the safety is very stiff. But for a cheap knock around coyote gun, I'll live with it.

(4 out of 5) TC Compass .223
by from Madras, OR on

I took the Compass 223 out today. The rifle shoots well out to 75 yards, which is where I stopped after running out of daylight. Fired 20 rounds sighting in. The magazine is plastic and rotary. No real issues, other than it seemed a tad loose and the feed ramp seems a bit too steep for my ammo. I had to jiggle the bolt as it was moved forward to assist the the nose of the bullet up the ramp. Bolt seems a tad loose on full open, not a big deal for me. Bolt lock was solid, nice. Shoots accurately. Fun little gun. Worth the money paid.

(5 out of 5) TC 223 bolt rifle
by from Madras, OR on

I have not shot it yet...but being as how it is black Friday coming up, I thought I would help out the next guy. The rifle looks and feels a little better than an Axis 2 XP, except for the bolt. The TC has an odd feeling 60 degree throw, and, not a bad thing, just different. I rate them pretty much equal bolts. Rifling looks different, shallow not a problem for me. The rifle feels hefty and of substance. Nice finish on barrel. Threaded barrel with cap. Decent recoil pad. If you are on the fence and it wont break the bank I would vote to get one in a lighter caliber. I would stop at 270 on how big a caliber I would consider in this model rifle. I got the 223 and am very satisfied with look and feel. Great gift for a kid for a first or second rifle.

(4 out of 5) Great rifle
by from Littleton, CO on

These are great rifles. I bought one in .223/5.56 to keep my first one, in 30/06 company. Haven’t had a chance to shoot it yet, but I’m hoping for great things. Mine doesn’t feed smoothly from the magazine, but may wear in over time. I am having a problem getting in the rebate website, though. A deal like that is hard to beat.

(5 out of 5) get more than what you have paid. TC compass .223/5.56
by from St Paul, MN on

Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore is my first choice online firearms store. Amazing deal. Always has smooth and easy transaction. I bought  TC compass 5.56 for coyote hunting. I put cabelas rifle scope and sight it in with federal American Eagle 5.56nato at 100 meter sub moa. I can't believe TC 5R will do that accuracy. Planning to get another one in a bigger caliber. I recommend it.

(5 out of 5) T/C Compass Low-Cost Accuracy Cant Be Beat!
by from Woodbridge, VA on

I love this little rifle that could! After sighting in at 100 yds w/ a 18x Bushnell scope my 1st 3 shot grouping with inexpensive American Eagle Tactical 55 gr 5.56 ammo was an amazing 0.609 grouping off a bipod! My second was also under 1!! So TCs MOA guarantee can be met without even using match grade ammo! I never dreamed Id have this accuracy and fun for so cheap! Sure the stock is plain and no frills, but the set up works. Future upgrades are now being limited to gun tape for the grip, a muzzle brake and lots of ammo as this is a great shooter! And another great price and smooth transaction buying through Sportsman Outdoor Superstore!

(5 out of 5) T/C Compass 5.56/223
by from Raleigh, NC on

After hours of video watching and reading many reviews I chose the T/C Compass in 5.56/223. 5.56 was the reason I decided on the Compass over the Venture. Only need one type of ammo for my AR15 and this. Dialed in the scope within 5 shots and spent the rest of the afternoon wearing out the bullseye. I highly recommend this rifle.

(4 out of 5) Great Budget Rifle
by from Bedford, OH on

This is a budget rifle that performs well! The action is smooth, the magazine feeds without issue, the threaded barrel is nice, and I was able to achieve sub-moa accuracy at 100 yards with Hornady 55gr ammunition. The downsides are that some parts are lower quality. The stock is flimsy and could at least use some extra stippling or checkered areas and the trigger has room for improvement. I found that my trigger was adjusted all the way to the lowest weight from the factory, and it was still around 4.5lbs pull. There was a little bit of creep in the trigger but it has a decent break to it. If an aftermarket option becomes available, I will likely buy a new trigger. Overall this rifle is great for the money and in 556/223 its a great range gun or coyote slayer for not a lot of cash.

(5 out of 5) Great deal for a very good basic rifle
by from Sebring, FL on

This is a budget package but the quality delivered for the price is exceptional. The rifle action is smooth and the guaranteed MOA accuracy is achievable. The trigger is surprisingly good with clean break. The Nikon scope is a no model edition, sold exclusively with packaged deals like this. Bore sighted at the factory, it required few adjustments to zero. Last five shots at the range were at 220 yards at a 10 inch plate all center hits. I choose the 556/223 format just because the ammo is cheaper than 308. But now I may wait for a 308 to come back in stock for boars. The Flambeau case is inexpensive, but it works quite well. BTW Butler Creek scope covers are 11 for the eye and 28 for the objective. Since the Nikon scope has no real model number it's tough to guess in advance.