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Old 01-03-2013, 11:13 AM
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Are we about to see the demise of the T/C Contender? Is production of this historic little handgun about to cease? With no information coming forth from the Smith & Wesson people, even to the Thompson Centre Association, which in the past have always had a very close relationship with the manufacturer, prior to the purchase by S&W.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:41 PM
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Hate to see that happen. Best handgun made IMO. although i don't like the G2.

Is Foxridge still around?
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:29 PM
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I hope not. I'm just getting warmed up to my first T/C and having a lot of fun doing it.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:26 PM
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The TCA core has probably known of this for some time and are all trying to secure the last Contender produced. Meanwhile the average member knows nothing. Sad to see the Contender go but handgun silhouette ranges have stopped holding matches and silhouette is what drew people to the Contender.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:07 AM
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Hate to see this happen also, a great pistol to have. I sure like mine.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:54 AM
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When the Encore was released, with its sturdier action, I figured the Contender was not long for this world. I was surprised when they even came out with the G2.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:38 AM
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The Encore platform is too heavy for hunting (except Pds) it is welsuited to a rifle barrel as the weight doesn't matter there. The larger cartridges that the Encore can take are not an advantage in a 10-12 pistol.

Sus, thanks for the heads up. I'll just have to buy another T/c frame Contender (not G2). If I can find a used one with all this Obama gun scare $$$$.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:15 PM
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I'm hoping we haven't seen the end of the T/C Contender. I have four grip frames for Contenders and four for the Encores, but none of the G2's. I have many barrels for both models, including several rifle barrels and a 50 caliber muzzle loader barrel. My favorite barrel is a 14" 308 Winchester barrel. It has a removable muzzlebrake. I have two 45-70 barrels, one with a brake and one without. I've never shot any silhouette matches, but I've killed both deer and elk with the Encore. Most of the barrels I own have scopes, the only one's without scope are the two 410 barrels I have.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:29 PM
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Has anything good come from the Smith's purchase of T/C, or Rem's purchase of Marlin for that matter? It seems like two of the best gun manufacturers (T/C and Marlin) have just been screwed up by these developments.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:23 PM
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IMO your not missing anything with the lack of G2s. they have terrible non-adjustable triggers. But they did solve the difficult to open 'thing' on the contender by newbies. i remember coming on a guy that had just blown a hole in the sky while trying to shoot a whitetail, he had a Contender (non-G2). He was cussing, I thought it was about the deer he missed. Nope, he was cussing 'cause he couldn't open the action. I waited the obligatory 5 minutes and asked if he wanted me to try. BINGO, one finger movement and it opened. Just a knack, but that scared off a large number of hunters from using it.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:47 PM
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I found that even the older Contenders were not difficult to open, after having the action and any older barrel refitted with the new pivot point and locking lugs.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:00 AM
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I have 19 barrels, nine are for the Encore grip frames and ten are for the Contender grip frames . I have had trouble with only one opening hard and that problem was solved so it no longer happens. It was so long ago I can't remember what I did to fix the problem, the barrel was a 22lr barrel that has since been re-chambered to 22K Hornet. I shoot the 308 Barrel often and have had a 375 Winchester barrel for two years and have never shot it. The muzzle brake makes a big difference in shooting the 45-70 barrels, the one without a brake is a bit shorter than the other and the recoil is noticeably more. These guns are not fast, but they are fun...
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:13 AM
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Hate to see that happen. Best handgun made IMO. although i don't like the G2.

Is Foxridge still around?
Nope Harry. Fox Ridge has gone. Report in this issue of One Good Shot. Sadly I had only one visit there but was so impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff. Similalry the staff in the factory. They all made a contribution to some fine guns and enjoyed talking about it.

I don't know , but I believe i am the sole member in the UK of the TCA. I'm not a 'collector' but just enjoy shooting my Encores, which I chose because of the restriction on pistol ownership here so the Encore frame gave me plenty of scope with rifle calibres.

It would be a tragedy if the Contender was to go out of production, even the G2. In my view there is probably no better handgun or carbine to start a youngster on and have them appreciate the safe handling of firearms. With no safety catch and a hammer they really do have to think when handling the gun and preparing to take a shot. The super 'junior' calibres available as well, add to the scene and then as they grow up they can simply add a few barrels along the way, also stocks of course interchanging from handgun to carbine to full rifle.
I'm not holding my breath, but I hope S&W see sense and continue to produce it.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:34 AM
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I submitted a redesign last year which used the Contender barrels, had a screw in hinge pin, a simpler debreaching system, interchangeable firing pin/percussion nipple, and a double action trigger. I was informed that there is not enough interest in a Contender type of pistol to introduce a redesign.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:18 AM
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That's probably the truth of it, Swampdoc. The Contender is insanely cool...but only to a very small niche market of shooters/hunters. Most of the friends I've offered to let shoot one of mine have politely declined. Now, when I had an extension added to my 44 barrel and added a longer forearm and buttstock, making it into a very short little carbine...EVERYBODY wants to shoot it! Folks seem to like the idea of a true "hand" gun; one they can hold in their hand. Or, they want a rifle/carbine. To the rank and file, the notion of a pistol you have to shoot from a rest, with those fussy, long eye-relief scopes, just isn't fun or interesting.

From a purely practical standpoint, it's kinda hard to argue with 'em.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:00 AM
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Once you've tried just about everything else.....The Contender becomes VERY cool!
I just got into them since I sold an AR, now I have a 223, 30-30, and my new favorite...357 maximum.
Along with reloading, this will keep me occupied for many years.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:34 AM
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See, now I've never tried an AR or AK...the only semi-auto rifle I've ever owned is a 30 Carbine. I got my first Contender nearly 20 years ago and have 4 barrels, now. My favorite will always be the first wildcat I ever bought...the 6.5JDJ. I wouldn't mind a 357Max in a 14" Contender, though!
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:19 AM
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I want to try a barrel in 25-06, and I would settle for 30-06. I sure like my 308Win, but a muzzle brake is needed on these calibers. The 45-70 barrel I have with a brake on it is just over 16" long, sure makes a sweet rifle.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:23 PM
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I want to try a barrel in 25-06, and I would settle for 30-06. I sure like my 308Win, but a muzzle brake is needed on these calibers. The 45-70 barrel I have with a brake on it is just over 16" long, sure makes a sweet rifle.

Nite Ryder,

You can't attach a 25-'06, 30-'06 or 308 Winchester to a Contender frame...they are all too powerful. For those cartridges, you would need a T/C Encore frame.

You can attach and shoot a 45/70 from a Contender. I hope you have large, strong hands.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:04 AM
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Nite Ryder,

You can't attach a 25-'06, 30-'06 or 308 Winchester to a Contender frame...they are all too powerful. For those cartridges, you would need a T/C Encore frame.

You can attach and shoot a 45/70 from a Contender. I hope you have large, strong hands.
Yes, I know that, and just thought it would be understood by most of the people on here that know anything about Contenders and Encores. I already own several Encore frames. Strong hands are not needed to shoot the 45-70 or the 308 Win, but so far I have no experience with 25-06 or 30-06 so I don't know about the recoil of those two. Surprisingly, the 308 Win does not recoil all that much and the 45-70 is quite manageable with light weight bullets, I've never used 405 grain bullets and don't intend to.
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