Thompson/Center Arms Dimension Rifle Review
Part 2 - What's In The Boxes
November 25, 2012

Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle Review

In this part of the Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle review, I show all the items that come with a complete rifle.  I also show the items you get when you purchase another barrel and bolt which allows you to shoot another caliber in another series.  I also show the bridge mount that allows the option to install a scope which can stay with your barrel if you choose to shoot that configuration when swapping barrels.

 


Complete Rifle

The .308 Win Dimension Rifle came boxed as shown below.

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Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle Review

The end of the box had a sticker with all the key information about this particular rifle such as:

  • Manufacturer: Thompson/Center Arms
  • Model Name: Dimension 22" BL/CMP 308 WIN Rifle
  • Item No: 8404
  • Caliber: 308 WIN
  • Barrel Length: 22"
  • Serial Number: JAA8682

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All the items were packed inside the box as shown below.  Clearly there is no hard case, but I don't feel that is an issue because I would rather them keep the price down and let me purchase my own case.  Most likely the case I purchase will have some extra room for alternate barrels, bolts and magazines (within reason).

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Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle Review

This next photo shows all the items removed from the box which were:

  • Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle
  • Bolt
  • Magazine
  • V-Block Wrench
  • Takedown Torque Wrench
  • Torx Wrench (for scope mounts)
  • Allen Wrench (for trigger pull adjustment)
  • Gun Lock
  • Quick Start Guide Booklet and DVD
  • Safety & Instruction Manual
  • Registration Card
  • Yellow Warning Card
  • Thompson/Center window sticker

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Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle Review

In this next set of photos, I removed the advertising paraphernalia and installed the bolt.  These photos help me document the "as received" condition of the Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle and also give you a good overview of the rifle.

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Additional Barrel, Magazine & Magazine Adapter

When you purchase another caliber, the barrel, magazine and magazine adapter all come packaged as shown below.  For this review, I chose to get my second caliber in Series A and in .223 Remington.

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Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle Review

I removed the molded package so you can better see the components.  If you want to read the text on the cardboard backing, you will need to click on the photos to bring up a high resolution photo.

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The photo below shows the back of the cardboard backer.

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The actual components in the package were the:

  • Barrel
  • Barrel Nut
  • Magazine
  • Magazine Adapter (Housing)

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Additional Bolt

The Series A bolt comes packaged as shown below.  Based on the packaging, it is clear that T/C is planning for a left handed version of the Dimension rifle in the future.

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These next two photos give you a look at the configuration of the A Series bolt.

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The photo below shows the back of the cardboard backer.

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Scope Bridge Mount

The scope bridge mount is used to attach to the rear of the barrel and rear of the receiver.  When you remove the barrel, you would keep the forward portion of this mount attached to the barrel, thus keeping your scope with the barrel.  The mount comes packaged as shown below.

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When you remove the components from the packaging, you see you have the following components.

  • Bridge Mount
  • Forward Mount Side Plate (left)
  • Two screws for the forward mount
  • Rear Receiver Mount (right)
  • Two screws for the rear receiver mount
  • Two filler screws
  • Allen Wrench
  • Instruction Manual

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Thompson/Center Dimension Rifle Review

These next two photos will allow you to see the other date on the cardboard backer that comes in the packaging.

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First Impressions

My first impression of the rifle was how light weight it felt.  Next I noticed the generous area in the forend to ensure all barrels are fully floated.  It seemed to shoulder well and the non-traditional look of the butt stock had a good feel.  I let a couple of other people look at it while I was picking it up at the gun store and they had similar impressions.  Last, I quickly found out that there is a certain way that you must install the bolt to keep from scratching the stock.  The rifle appeared to be in perfect condition, just like you would expect from a new rifle.

For more detailed photos and commentary, make sure you check out the other parts of this review and feel free to leave comments on my Reader's Comments page.  The following links are provided to help you see other parts of this review. 


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