New to this forum, I am looking for information on production dates and s/n for the early TCR 83 rifle.
I checked at the THOMPSON CENTER site and found nothing,maybe I was looking in the wrong place. any info would help.
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
Thanks for the help
Ok I have in fact run across one in 223 cal. with a four digit s/n so I will assume it is first year production. It includes the box and paperwork,has been fired but kept in excellent shape.Any idea of a range for value.
Not trying to being a jerk, just playing by the rules here - in the "Stickys", per the moderator, faucettb:
"What is my gun worth?
Often folks that join our forum do so to find out what their rifle/pistol or shotgun may be worth and their first question is I've got a nice 1954 Winchester 94 in 30-30 caliber and I would like to know what it's worth. This is probably a question that you should do some research on in places that sell guns like you have rather than on the shooting forum.
Most of us here including the moderators are not folks that evaluate or appraise guns. Though we may own similar guns they may have been purchased over the past 30 to 50 years or the day before yesterday from the fella next door for 50 bucks. I know few folks that wouldn't like to get a bargain. I'd also like to point out that firearms may be worth more in some parts of the country than in others.
Our members and moderators can help you with proper loading techniques, bullet selection, disassembly, assembly and some minor repairs, but appraisals are not something we do on a day to day basis. We would be glad to discuss hunting, shooting and reloading, but please seek out qualified appraisers to value your firearm.
I'm going to give several gun sales websites that you can go to along with a gun appraisal site on the West Coast that can give you a real world evaluation of what your gun might be worth. Keep in mind that for an accurate appraisal you're really need to have your rifle looked at by someone whom does this for a living. Just a description of your firearm and even a photo is not really enough to give us the ability to give you an idea of it's actual value. Another place to check is The Blue Book of Gun Values Available at most gun stores and some libraries."
I'm a little confused by your description of the problem you're having with your TCR-83 safety, tikybear.
FWIW, releasing a TCR-83/87 safety from "safe" to "fire" takes two separate movements - One safety button is pushed & held "in", then the other safety button moved to "off" while the first button is still being held.
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