The Tech Force 89 Contender: Now With a Gasram!
Compasseco has been carrying their Model 89 Contender for several months now, and the gun is a good seller for them. And now, Compasseco has upgraded the TF-89 with the addition of an optional gasram for the powerplant.
Before addressing the powerplant, let's review the features of the Contender 89. First, be sure to note the attractive and functional pressed checkering on the forearm and grip area. The stock on the '89 is one of the nicer ones available on the Chinese guns today.
Next, the muzzlebrake and rear sights are metal, and fiber optic aids help the shooter stay on target.
The trigger group includes the safety immediately in front of the trigger, close at hand and easy to reach.
The Tech Force Contender 89 is a big gun, and meant for an adult. The cocking action of the gasram option powerplant is easier than the spring version, and makes this behemoth a very pleasant gun to shoot. I had no trouble whatsoever keeping my target in the field of view while using a scope, something that cannot be said of all guns in this power category.
I chronied the Tech Force Wadcutter pellets in .177 caliber, as well as some RWS Superdomes. Both patterned decently, with the Superdomes edging out the Tech Force pellets in the accuracy department. Here are some pics of the chronograph results of each pellet:
This is the Tech Force Wadcutter chronograph reading
This is the RWS Superdome chronograph reading
With the Superdome pellets, I was just over 17 fpe, and in a .177 gun, that's some pretty good power. During the testing of this gun, a foolish birdfeeder squirrel got too close, and at just over 35 yards, this TF 89 Contender, with its new gasram powerplant, put a RWS Superdome pellet all the way through him!
For taming those harder shooting breakbarrel airguns, consider the gasram powerplant. And now that the Contender 89 comes with a gasram, put it on your list of powerful rifles that are fun to shoot!