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Thompson/Center Arms Recalls The T/C Compass Bolt-Action Rifle

Thompson/Center Arm Compass rifle

IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE Here is the full release from Thompson/Center Arms: Thompson/Center Arm Compass rifle SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 21, 2016 — Thompson/Center Arms has identified a condition that may exist in Compass rifles. We have determined that there may be some instances, depending on the height and position of the rifle and other factors, where a chambered round may fire if the firearm is dropped with the safety in the fire position. Safety is paramount to us, so we are taking this measure to further enhance performance and to meet our customer expectations, with the goal of reducing the chance of an accidental discharge should the rifle be dropped.

This recall applies to all COMPASS rifles manufactured by Thompson/Center Arms prior to September 16, 2016.


Because the safety of our customers is our utmost concern, we ask that you stop using your rifle until corrective action can be taken.

To facilitate the inspection and repair of your rifle, please contact Thompson/Center at 855-512-5935 to receive instructions and a pre-paid shipping label for the return of your rifle to Thompson/Center. Thompson/Center will repair the rifle at no cost to you, and return it to you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Additional information will be available shortly on our website at In the meantime, if you have any questions about this recall, please contact Thompson/Center at 855-512-5935.

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Comments (3)

  1. Doesn’t anybody remember the safeties on the Mauser and Springfield rifles? They both blocked the strikers with a solid chunk of steel, you could hammer on the end of the bolt and you couldn’t make them fire. A lot more solid then blocking the trigger.

  2. While one likes to believe that engaging the safety on any firearm renders an added margin of safety in the prevention of a negligent discharge, the practical aspects of gun safety should remind us to always treat any and all firearms as if they are loaded and ready to fire. The revelation that this rifle may fire with the safety off, should the piece be dropped, comes as no great shock to those of us who have been handling firearms for a long time. Thus it is incumbent on all of us to be constantly aware of what we are doing and where the muzzle is pointing when we are handling our guns. If we have been using firearms for a long time, and we haven’t yet experienced a negligent discharge, we are exceedingly fortunate, but we likely will have that unnerving experience…..Even the late and great Jeff Cooper is known to have shot a hole in the wall of his home while handling his M1911.

  3. Thompson had a recall several years ago.
    Also they don’t test fire because I asked them when our store had a 7mm that would not chamber a round. A lady there took my call to send it back.
    The guns may look good but I don’t think quality control is very good.

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