Thompson Center Contender W/ .357 Rem Maximum Barrel, Scope, MFD 1995

SOLD FOR: $1,075.00

WOA#:  WY240321KS011

Make: Thompson Center.

Model: Contender Mk. 1

Serial Number: 432207

Year of Manufacture: Jan. 1995

Caliber: .357 Remington Maximum

Action Type: Break Action, Single Shot, Hammer Fired.

Markings:  Left side of barrel is marked, “THOMPSON CENTER ARMS ROCHESTER N. H. / .357 REM MAX” The serial is under the hammer.

Barrel Length: 10”

Sights / Optics: There are tapped holes for sights. There is a Leupold 2.5-8x scope set on a mount on the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition: This pistol has a single piece capped competition style grip with a thumb rest and finger grooves. The forend is a smooth schnabel shape. There are sling studs on the forend and grip. There are scattered light scratches and pressure dents throughout. There are no chips or cracks.The grip rates in Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blued.

Finish Originality: Original.

Bore Condition: The squeeze bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore all rates at a 9/10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are only minor spots of wear. The action has light wear. The markings are clear, and the screw heads are sharp. Overall, this contender rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions as intended. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements. The lockup is tight.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Scope, soft case.

Our Assessment: The Thompson Center Contender is a highly versatile single-shot, break-action pistol or rifle platform manufactured by Thompson Center Arms. Introduced in 1967, the Contender quickly gained popularity among handgun hunters, target shooters, and enthusiasts due to its accuracy, interchangeable barrels, and customizable features. One of the key features of the Contender is its interchangeable barrel system, which allows shooters to easily swap barrels of different calibers and lengths to suit their specific shooting needs. This modular design enables the Contender to be configured as a pistol or rifle, chambered in a wide range of calibers from rimfire to magnum cartridges. Over the years, Thompson Center has offered a variety of barrel lengths, ranging from short pistol barrels to longer rifle barrels, catering to different shooting disciplines and preferences. The Contender’s accuracy and versatility have made it a popular choice for hunting, target shooting, and even silhouette competitions.

This particular Contender sports a 10” .357 Remington Maximum barrel. Paired with the attached scope, this Contender would make a great target shooter, varmint gun, or overall fun range plinker. Please see the photos for more information, and good luck on your bid! -R.E.

Thompson Center Contender W/ .357 Rem Maximum Barrel, Scope, MFD 1995
Thompson Center Contender W/ .357 Rem Maximum Barrel, Scope, MFD 1995