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By Ray Geren
(TF79shooter aka  ….airheaded)

It was in the spring 2002 catalogue of Compasseco airgun offerings that I first laid eyes on this air gun.  I first thought it was very unique.  It looked similar to, but not a copy of anything currently on the Chinese air gun Market.  My second thought after noting the price($179.95), was, I “HAD” to have one.

            There were a couple guys on the Chinese Only Air gun Forum talking about getting one and, wanting to be the 1st on my block, I called Compasseco (I’ve purchased from these fine folk many times) and placed my order.

            Waiting for “Big Brown” was and always will be for me, “A pain in the butt”.  This time they set a record! 3 days after ordering, my “Dragon Lady” arrived.

I took photos of the driver coming up the walk cradling her in his arms. I took photos of the box, un-opened, opened, as she came out and finally laying on the blankets I put out to receive this Beauty into my home.

            After about an hour of holding and studying her I lay her down for the night. I have found that you don’t see all or many of the flaws on first sight.  Early next morning I began a thorough inspection and quickly spotted a few things, one attributed to UPS or thin packing material.  In spite of double cardboard(Thin) and bubble pack wrapped around the bolt the round head had “Rubbed” through all this and wore a shiny spot thru the Bluing on the round bolt head!  I made no grumble about this as I might put this much wear on it in a month of natural use in this particular area, it has not gotten any worse since I first noticed it. 

My only other belly ache with this air gun was that they forgot to apply finish inside the Ventilation grooves on the forearm and there are unsightly trickles of the original stock finish here and there, a very unprofessional last touch overlooked (Though easy to fix).  I got out the cleaning gear and went to work, HMMmmmmmm, they made up for some of the small stuff here, no residue, rust, etc. in barrel or anywhere else, just a very clean unit.  The Bluing is very good. The fit and finish, I checked around the air cylinder, was close and uniform.  At the trigger housing it was again tight.  The white line spacer under the Very nice Ventilated Rubber shoulder pad is also a nice touch and the fit here was ok but not quite as nice as the rest of the rifle.  The finish on the woodwork was deep, dark, rich glossy and very smooth.  The TF79 was intended for younger shooters but it fits this adult in all respects minus one, I need to add about 5/8” Length of pull.  The Balance was flawless and it came to shoulder ready for the shot!

            Then I took more pics as she was sighted in, as she competed and during practice sessions.  I even took a self-portrait as seen here(Below) with me holding her gently on my back deck.

            Well, on the 3rd day we got down to some target work and did some pretty fair groups at 10 yards with the outside of all pellet holes in 10 shot groups easily covered with a dime!  This was shot using the “Diopter Type” rear sight which appears to be an aluminum casting.  The TF79 comes also with a full metal rear open sight suitable for shooting small game or plinking (This is an all metal sight). and it has a fine rear groove to match the interchangeable front sight (Comes with 2 inserts).  The air gun is also equipped with fine dovetail grooves machined into the receiver Ready to mount any number of scopes.  There is an extra rail that mounts on top of the receiver, over the dovetails to allow for mounting the Diopter rear sight.  I found that the Rubber eyepiece would come off fairly easily so I applied a small amount of rubber glue to the ring it fits into on the Diopter .  No more problems since.  There are also included a wrench for dumping unuse Co2 when using powerlets, a cylinder cap with QD fitting for bulk filling, a bulk tank fitting with braided flex hose and QD coupler. Note* the threads on this are made to fit “Bulk” bottles only, NOT smaller fill bottles.  Additional fittings will be needed as well as one of the various sized tanks equipped with an on off valve.  These can be had at local paintball shops for about $55 where I live.

            I haven’t chronographed the TF79 but shooting it side by side with my R6 Beeman (Which shoots at 800fps, using cpl’s) I would say it’s coming in at close to the advertised speed of 700fps (@Muzzle).

            During one of my shooting sessions I did shot count using one and two Co2 12gram powerlets (Copperhead @ Wally world) for 11.95 for 25 pack in my neck o the woods.  I got 54 shots from one with the last 5 shots dropping and using two powerlets I got 114 shots also with the last 5 showing increasing drop per shot.

To me, this is very cheap, accurate shooting!  And, a lotta fun for rainy days as I can shoot 10 yards under my back deck which is covered.

            In closing all I can say is, If you don’t have one find one, at the asking price they are a steal.  I even know several guy’s that don’t go in for Chinese products but after reading a few posts they rushed right out too and bought what was available.  If you even think you might like one and your dealer is “Out of stock”, order it, it’s well worth the wait!  If you are beginning to think I can’t say enough GOOD about this air gun, you’d be right, I can’t.

Below are pictures I took after many of the originals were lost to an ISP “ERROR”.


Self-portrait of the TF79
“Dragon Lady” & me.


The TF79 shot good groups with all
pellets tried after being zeroed in. Here you see what it did using Cheapo Maxspeeds. Bullseye=1”
diameter


In target “A” you see the initial zeroing.  1st 3 shots at 7 o clock then adjusted up too high to 10 &11 o clock then a bit more adjustment for the group of two shots at 2 o clock.  I then moved on to Target “B”, made another adjustment and fired the 3 shot group of 2 shots at 9 oclock and the lowest hit in the other group.  One more final adjustment brought me to the 3 shot group at bottom edge of “Center Bull”.

Not too shabby for new out of the box.ten shots to perfection!  The trigger is so fine on this airgun I have to say at this point in time it surpasses the Rekord trigger in my R6 and the let off is at 9oz.  (Adjustable)  You can see I used many different pellets and it spit them all out very well. The cpl’s and superdomes are a tad better than the others

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In target “A” you see the initial zeroing.  1st 3 shots at 7 o clock then adjusted up too high to 10 &11 o clock then a bit more adjustment for the group of two shots at 2 o clock.  I then moved on to Target “B”, made another adjustment and fired the 3 shot group of 2 shots at 9 oclock and the lowest hit in the other group.  One more final adjustment brought me to the 3 shot group at bottom edge of “Center Bull”.

Not too shabby for new out of the box.ten shots to perfection!  The trigger is so fine on this airgun I have to say at this point in time it surpasses the Rekord trigger in my R6 and the let off is at 9oz.  (Adjustable)  You can see I used many different pellets and it spit them all out very well. The cpl’s and superdomes are a tad better than the others.

In Target “A” you see a fine back-up group to the other cpl group fired on sheet one. I then fired the last group on target “B”, as you can see it held pretty good but was beginning to drop.  In target “C” the last 5 shots with perceptible drop with each shot.


This shot above was taken in my “Computer & Airgun Room”, as you can see it’s equipped with a bed for when I’m in the middle of a project and get tired.  Dedication or Obsession?

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There has only been one change since
this photo was taken.  There now hangs
an HW97K MK III above the TF79. Last
year due to health concerns I almost gave
up Airgunning. What you see here has
been acquired in the last year +.  From
cheap to good quality.
None of my 3 pistols are shown.
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Nothing gets thru this target backer.  It is 3
thicknesses of ”Particle board.

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