02-06-2010, 02:55 AM
Join Date: Feb 2008
FWIW, you might have gotten a quicker (and more) response(s), had you posted this in the Single Shot Rifle section.
I'm sorry that I can't help with your SN info, regarding exact DOM - for that you would have to speak directly to T/C's Customer Service Dept.
The TCR 83 (Thompson/Center Rifle) was one of the first of T/Cs rifle designs, built to be light and handy but deliver good accuracy for its relatively small size.
As the name indicates, the TCR 83 was introduced in 1983, and was built until 1987.
It is basically a break-open single-shot rifle with interchangeable barrels, allowing the use of several calibers in a single rifle.
The break-open action (like most of T/Cs single-shot designs) has a lever mounted on top the tang to unlock the weapon for loading.
The stock is of polished walnut with a straight-comb and a pistol grip wrist. The pistol grip wrist is checkered, while the fore-end is grooved for a better hold.
Though the TCR 83 normally had a standard trigger, a set trigger could be had upon request.
The island-mounted rear sight was a folding leaf, and the rifle is drilled and tapped for a scope mount - available once only from T/C, but now also from others like Leupold & Weaver.
The barrel is medium-weight and 23 inches long.
Along with the TCR 83, the TCR 83 Aristocrat was built until 1986 - this was a deluxe version with a stock and fore-end of select walnut, a raised cheekpiece on the stock, checkering instead of grooves on the fore-end, and a standard double-set trigger.
In 1987, the TCR 87 Hunter replaced the TCR 83 - the Hunter was an 'improved' TCR 83, and did not have iron sights unless requested by the buyer.
The barrel could be a medium-weight or heavy-weight barrel. Sling swivels were added.
A deluxe version, the TCR 87 Hunter Deluxe, was also built at the time.
Production of the TCR 87 Hunter stopped in 1995.
Non-magnum TCR's, were NOT recommended that magnum barrels be installed, w/o the factory magnum upgrade to the locking parts - designated by an "M" stamped on the bottom/outside of the action body after the upgrade.
Magnum barrels installed on non-upgraded receivers tend to pop open upon firing.
While the TCR was in production, multiple barrel chambering, contour & finish variations were available through T/C's Custom Shop - Fox Ridge Outfitters.
Different contoured barrels required a different/additional forend.
A factory fire destroyed the building containing all TCR plans/tooling, leading to the discontinuance of the line.
TCR 83 chamberings:
7mm Remington Magnum
TCR 87 Chambrings:
.22 Hornet (Heavy Barrel)
.222 Remington (Medium Barrel)
.222 Remington (Heavy Barrel)
.223 (Medium Barrel)
.223 (Heavy Barrel)
.22-250 (Medium Barrel)
.22-250 (Heavy Barrel)
.243 (Medium Barrel)
.243 (Heavy Barrel)
7mm-08 (Medium Barrel)
7mm-08 (Heavy Barrel)
.308 (Medium Barrel)
.308 (Heavy Barrel)
.30-06 (Medium Barrel)
.30-06 (Heavy Barrel)
.32-40 (Medium Barrel)
.32-40 (Heavy Barrel)
.375H&H (Medium Barrel)
.375H&H (Heavy Barrel)
.416 Remington (Medium Barrel)
.416 Remington (Heavy Barrel)
12 Gauge 3" Shot
Last edited by Rangr44; 02-06-2010 at 03:01 AM.