Once open, a single pellet can be placed into the breech end of the barrel. The barrel can then be swung back up and gently closed to lock the action. As noted before, opening the action of the Model 89 places the rifle on "safe" automatically. Once the safety paddle is pushed forward, the trigger can be pulled.
For testing, we tried the Model 89 out with a selection of three types of .177-cal. pellets from Gamo and Tech Force. The rifle performed well during testing, and accuracy was good. There were no malfunctions, and the rifle handled and balanced well. One thing noted during testing was that the safety lever had some play in both positions, without a particularly positive stop for each setting. It did function correctly, however.
Considering its modest retail price ($190 for just the rifle and $270 for the combo with the 3-12x 44 mm scope and rings), the Tech Force Contender Series Model 89 certainly offers a great deal of air rifle for the money. For those who may not have access to a range for practice with a conventional rifle or simply enjoy plinking, the Model 89 offers a lot of performance for a relatively modest sum of money.
Importer: Compasseco Inc.; (800) 726-1696; Compasseco.com
Caliber: .177 (tested), .22
Action Type: Spring-piston, single-shot, break-action air rifle
Receiver: Blued steel
Barrel: 18", blue
Rifling: 12-groove, 1:10" RH twist
Sights: Fully adjustable square-notch rear, ramp front
Trigger Pull: Single-stage, 3 lbs., 8 ozs.
Stock: Length of pull 15", 13¾"; drop at heel, 1¾"; drop at comb, 1¾"
Overall Length: 46"
Weight: 7 lbs., 12 ozs.
Accessories: Owner's manual
Suggested Retail Price: $270
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