Make: Thompson Center Arms
Model: Contender (Generation 1, G1)
Serial Number: 220842
Year of Manufacture: 1983 (http://www.handgunhunt.com/tech/t1/index.html)
Caliber: .223 Remington & .44 Magnum
Action Type: Single Shot, Exposed Hammer, Trigger Guard Hinge-Released Top Break Pistol
Markings: The left side of the barrels are marked “THOMPSON: CENTER ARMS / ROCHESTER, N.H. / SUPER 14” with the respective calibers, the flanks of the frame have a muscular crouched panther, the top of the frame has the serial number. The soft case has the company markings.
Barrel Length: 14” (Both Barrels)
Sights / Optics: The front sights are a blade, integral to a sight base that is serrated and fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a target profile square notched leaf with a rear serrated face, on a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece oil-finished walnut set. The forend has ambidextrous contours, showing scuffs and light to moderate depth compression marks as photographed. The pistol gripped butt stock has scattered gouge and scrape marks. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus to Excellent overall condition. The included forend for the .223 barrel has a few minor marks.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: The frame is nearly free of marks, outside of a few faint scuffs. The .44 Magnum barrel has scrapes at the muzzle and a few rub wear areas on the rear sections. The .223 barrel has some wear from the forend, please see our pictures. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this lot rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer lets you switch between centerfire, safe and rimfire. The pistol is designed to take different barrel lengths and calibers (one barrel in .44 Magnum and one in .223 Remington are provided). We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: For auction is a Thompson Center frame, which currently has a .44 Magnum barrel, also with a .223 Remington barrel and extra forend. All items fit well into the included Thompson Center factory soft case. All items are in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thompson/Center_Contender "Warren Center, working in his basement shop in the 1960s, developed a unique, break-action, single-shot pistol. In 1965, Center joined the K.W. Thompson Tool Company and they introduced this design as the Thompson-Center Contender in 1967. Although they cost more than some hunting revolvers, the flexibility of being able to shoot multiple calibers by simply changing the barrel and sights and its higher accuracy made it popular with handgun hunters. As K.W. Thompson Tool began marketing Center's Contender pistol, the company name was changed to Thompson/Center Arms Company. Originally the chamberings were on the low end of the recoil spectrum such as .22 LR, .22 WMR, .22 Hornet, .38 Special, and .22 Remington Jet, but as Magnum calibers took off in the 1970s, the Contender quickly became very popular with shooting enthusiasts." With the .223 Remington and .44 Magnum barrel (which also takes .44 Special) sets, you can tackle any chore from distant target shooting and taking medium game with the larger caliber! What a cool system, everyone should have a single shot pistol in their collection's common calibers. If you live in California and are upset about all the items you can no longer own for no reason whatsoever, try out a single shot exempt item! Please see our pictures and good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R's and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS'd. This does not apply to out of state residents.
LSB#: 161121LP22 Make: Thompson Center Arms Model: Contender (Generation 1, G1) Serial Number: 220842 Year of Manufacture: 1983 (http://www.handgunhunt.com/t
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