THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018
You'll definitely want a large air reservoir like this Omega Air Cylinders 75 cubic-foot, 4,500 psi tank to keep the TC-45 happy.

Thud.

That’s not a sound generally associated with airguns, now is it? However, it was precisely that noise that had the whole rifle line laughing hysterically at my local range recently. I was there lobbing large lead slugs with the Gamo TC-45 big bore air rifle. Initially, the space-age looks and shockingly quiet operation (compared to the fire and brimstone boomers) commanded full attention from the range crowd. What made them giggle was the sound of 411-grain lead slugs (would those be classified as bricks?) hitting the 100-yard berm. Thud. Imagine the sound of whacking a sofa cushion with a shoe; then you’ve about got it.

What’s the Gamo TC-45?

Two of the things I liked best about this rifle are the sleek appearance and easy handling.

The first thing you’ll notice about the TC-45 is its long and slender contemporary appearance. As the air reservoir doubles as a buttstock, there’s no bulk up front in the handguard area. In fact, the spiral-fluted guard is a bit under 1.6 inches in diameter. Forward of that is a segment of exposed barrel capped with a permanently attached sound moderator. 

The cocking lever doubles as a trigger guard, thereby keeping the overall form factor of the TC-45 slender and sleek.

As a single-shot design, the receiver is also minimalist. Even the cocking lever doubles as a trigger guard, so there are no other protrusions except the Foster fill port on the left and pressure gauge on the right, just behind the receiver. 

The trigger is two-stage and adjustable to preference. I didn’t mess with it, but if you want to, you can. Above the receiver is a 9.5-inch rail segment, placed high enough to give you proper eye positioning when using the air cylinder buttstock as a cheek rest. I mounted a Hawke Optics scope using low rings, and the height was perfect relative to my natural eye position.

The TC-45 uses a standard Modern Sporting Rifle grip so you can easily swap that out with your personal favorite grip type.

Got Air?

The 480cc carbon fiber air cylinder housed under the buttstock comb can handle up to 250 bar. That’s a hair over 3,600 pounds per square inch. As this rifle is designed to shoot a wide variety of .45 caliber projectiles (one of the reasons for its single-shot design), it likes to have lots of air at its disposal. Depending on shape and weight of your projectiles, you can get maybe five full-power shots per fill and stay consistent enough with the resulting velocity to keep on target. Bottom line: you’ll want either a compressor or reasonable capacity air cylinder to keep this beast topped off. You can pump it up by hand if you wish but you're going to burn a few billion calories. In the name of science and honest reporting, I did just that but lost 17 pounds in the process. 

The TC-45 uses a Foster connection for filling (good!). On the opposite side is a manometer to monitor tank status while filling and shooting

FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has awarded $151,000 towards outstanding junior marksmen through its CMP Scholarship Program to be used for the 2018-2019 term. A total of 279 applications were received, with 151 awarded to both junior males and females.

The $1,000 CMP Scholarships are available to graduating high school JROTC, 4-H and other junior shooting club members. Scholarship applications are only accepted if they are received completed and if the applicant is a U.S. citizen, shows good moral character, is a contributing member to society and is a scholar marksman. 

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission has unanimously passed new general hunting regulations that allow the use of big bore air rifles for harvesting whitetail deer during modern gun season. This rule change, effective immediately for the upcoming hunting season, will allow pre-charged pneumatic airguns .40 caliber and larger which produce muzzle energy greater than 400 foot-pounds to be used in hunting whitetail deer. Additionally, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission requires that the projectile used in these big bore air rifles be capable of expansion upon impact with its target.

Just over a week after the conclusion of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Fort Benning, Georgia, the USA Shooting Team has headed across the Pond to Munich, Germany for the next ISSF World Cup for Rifle and Pistol beginning Thursday.

This World Cup is crucial to the preparation of the USA Shooting Team as it is the last in the ISSF season for Rifle and Pistol athletes prior to the ISSF World Championship August 31 – September 15 in Changwon, South Korea. The World Championship is the first opportunity for countries to earn valuable quotas for the 2020 Olympic Games. (essentially a country’s ticket to participate in a given event in the Olympic Games).

The German city — a landmark of the international shooting sport circuit — will host its 28th World Cup stage since 1986. More than 800 shooters will travel to Munich (GER), representing 84 countries and piling up 1512 total starts.

The fourth stage of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series will kick off in Munich (GER) on May 22nd, taking place at the historic Olympian Schiessanlage in Hochbruck, the venue that hosted the shooting sport events at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games.

CALENDAR
June 4 - August 3
3-P Summer Camp 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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June 4 - August 4
2018 SD Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

Humboldt Sharpshooters Junior Club
Pierre, SD

Info:  dempstersc@gmail.com

Stranahan New Shooter Match 2018

Stranahan High School
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Info:  wayne.labeau@browardschools.com

2018 May Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Info:  cgreen@thecmp.org

2018 CMP May Monthly Match - Anniston

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Anniston, AL

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2018 CA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship (2 of 2)

Selma High School MJROTC
Selma, CA

Info:  mromero@selmausd.org

2018 PA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

DuBois Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
DuBois, PA

Info:  pentz22@yahoo.com

3-P Summer Clinics 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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American Legion, Dept of Virginia, North Region Championship

Warrenton Rifles
Centreville, VA

Info:  claudedavenport@gmail.com

2018 CMP May Monthly Match Camp Perry

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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Oxford High School Shoulder-to-Shoulder Rifle Match

Oxford High School Marine Corps JROTC
Oxford, MS

Info:  bahampton@oxfordsd.org

2018 Net Competitor Spring Kick-Off League - Postal Match

2018 NC Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship 2 of 3

Dalton L McMichael HS AFJROTC
Mayodan, NC

Contact: sdavis@rock.k12.nc.us

Standing Camps Summer 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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American Legion Virginia Eastern Regional Championship

King George High School NJROTC
King George, VA

Info:  fduckworth@kgcs.k12.va.us

2018 FL State 3PAR JO (2 of 2) / General Frank Laudano Memorial

Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, FL

Info:  riess.pellegrino@oursma.org

2018 June Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Info:  cgreen@thecmp.org

June 10-17
Rifle & Pistol National Championship

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

June 21-23
National Three Position Air Rifle Championships � Sporter Class

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH

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June 23-24
Texas Airgun Show and Field Target Match 2018

Arlington Sportsman's Club
11500 CR 525, Mansfield, TX 76063

Information: texasairgunshow.com

June 30
Midwest Airgun Show

June 30 - July 3
2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championships

Rogers, AR

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July 20-22
2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Rochester Brooks Gun Club
962 Honeoye Falls 6 Road
Rush, NY 14543

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August 8-14
Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

August 19
The 26th Annual Kalamazoo Michigan Airgun Show

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo Airgun Show Website

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