Make: Thompson Center Arms
Model: Contender (Generation 1, G1)
Serial Number: 362866
Year of Manufacture: 1990 (http://www.handgunhunt.com/tech/t1/index.html)
Caliber: .35 Remington, 17 HMR & 10mm Auto
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. / 35 REM / SUPER 14” and "10mm AUTO / THOMPSON / CENTER ARMS / ROCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE 17 H.M.R." respectively, the flanks of the frame have a muscular crouched panther, the top of the frame has the serial number, the butt of the pistol grip has a "TC" logo. The factory box is serialized to the pistol.
Barrel Length: 14”
Sights / Optics: The front sights are blades, pinned to sight bases that are serrated and fixed to the barrel. The rear sights are target profile square notched leafs with a rear serrated faces, on bases that are adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece oil-finished walnut set. The beavertail forend has ambidextrous contours, showing scattered compression marks, without major damages. The pistol grip has a black TC cap, there are some chip losses on the butt near the plate. The other surfaces show scrape and light ding marks, the rubberized back strap has some gouges. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The .17 HMR barrel's bore is light gray with a few spots of frosting, it is in need of a thorough cleaning. The other bores are bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: The 10mm Auto barrel has a few small scuffs and light dings, in Fine condition. The .35 Remington barrel has spots of surface erosion and a few scrapes, in Good Plus condition. The .17HMR barrel has heavier scabs of erosion and scuffing, it rates in Good condition The frame has rubbing from the forend on the flanks, there are a few shallow marks on the underside lever. The screw heads are lightly tooled. The markings are crisp. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer lets you switch between centerfire, safe and rimfire, the middle position provides a hammer block safety. The pistol is designed to take different barrel lengths and calibers (one .35 Remington and one 10mm barrel are present). We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The pistol comes with its original factory cardboard box sleeve, showing some scrapes and roughing from storage. The box is in Fine condition. Its inner foam formed pieces are also present, showing some oil staining and some small losses on the interior, in Fine condition. One .35 Remington, one 17 H.M.R. & one 10mm Auto barrel are provided with sights, the .35 Remington comes with its original box, which shows a few rouging marks from storage, in Fine condition. A limited warranty card is present, along with a small Allen wrench, in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: Thompson Center Contender pistols are highly versatile, they shoot accurately and can switch from centerfire to rimfire with the flip of a switch. With the two barrels, you'll be able to take medium game without having to haul a rifle or shotgun around. The 10mm barrel is going to do well for target practice, it will gain some velocity with the 14" barrel. We see Thompson Center pistols come through all the time but rarely with their original box. Please see our pictures and good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This single shot pistol CAN be sold California as a DROS or PPT at our shop in Simi Valley.
LSB#: 170131LD26 Make: Thompson Center Arms Model: Contender (Generation 1, G1) Serial Number: 362866 Year of Manufacture: 1990 (http://www.handgunhunt.com/t
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