Thompson Center Arms has single-handedly repopularized single shot
rifles and pistols. Starting with their original Thompson Center
Contender Pistol, invented by Warren Center and manufactured by Thompson
Investment Casting, the company expanded and grew for several years.
The original TC Contender is no longer produced. It was replaced by the
larger Thompson Center Encore and new G2 Contender. Handgun Hunting was
the original focus of these guns... and they have out-sold all
challengers by a mile. The amazing success of Thompson Center Arms in
recent years has been in full length rifle, muzzle loader, and shotgun
versions of the TC Encore.
It's easy to take something that works so well for granted but,
Thompson Center Arms is the only gun maker in the history of the world
to succeed with a mass produced switch-barrel firearm. By simply removing the forend and pivot pin, you can change
your Encore to a barrel chambered for a different rifle cartridge. Or,
change to a muzzle loader or shotgun barrel. These barrels don't have to
be individually fitted to your TC Encore frame either. Every Thompson
Center Encore barrel fits on every Thompson Center Encore frame right
off the shelf with no modifications. And they will match accuracy shot
for shot with the best mass production fixed barrel rifles, too.
We at E. Arthur Brown Company became involved with Thompson
Center Arms back in the 1980's. Beginning with the TC Contender, our
founder Eben Brown started shooting handgun metallic silhouette (IHMSA)
with a 10" Thompson Center Contender pistol chambered for 357 Maximum. A
love of single shots developed into a lifetime career. We had a
fledgling mail order business selling accessories when the TC Contender
inspired us to go into manufacturing our own single shot... the BF
Ultimate Silhouette Falling Block Pistol.
The BF Pistol went on to eventually dominate the International
Championships of IHMSA Silhouette, year after year.
Our experience at designing and building long range, world champion
single shots gives us a unique perspective from which we can highly
recommend the Thompson Center Encore.