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I haven't heard much about T/C lately so what is the latest info on them? I guess they are still not producing them.
Does S&W still own them and is just sitting on them waiting on someone to make an offer?

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Not just dead, but really most sincerely dead. That SSK clone appears to have left the room as well.


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Originally Posted by se3388
I haven't heard much about T/C lately so what is the latest info on them? I guess they are still not producing them.
Does S&W still own them and is just sitting on them waiting on someone to make an offer?

Steve............

When I read your post, I emailed them asking that question. I own a couple of their actions and really like them. I expect the public answer will be something like, "Thanks for your interest. We are currently not in production." or something like that, but you never know.

I asked if they had plans to start manufacturing again. If they had any nibbles from buyers about TC. etc.

Pappy, it's a shame about SSK. My importer would handle them if they were available. frown


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The following is what I have 'heard' on the net, so it's gotta be true, right. I believe it was the guy from Haus of Arms who teamed up with SSK to make their version and as Pappy said that effort has went away also. The Owner of Haus of Arms I believe has moved to Cabool, Mo. I wish S&W would start back manufacturing T/C stuff even if on a periodic basis. Surely T/C was making even a small profit for them.


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Originally Posted by se3388
The following is what I have 'heard' on the net, so it's gotta be true, right. I believe it was the guy from Haus of Arms who teamed up with SSK to make their version and as Pappy said that effort has went away also. The Owner of Haus of Arms I believe has moved to Cabool, Mo. I wish S&W would start back manufacturing T/C stuff even if on a periodic basis. Surely T/C was making even a small profit for them.


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Yes, a small run would be nice. Making enough money for it to be worth their time just isn't there, I guess. SSK still has a page listing it, but it says "out of stock".


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The following is what I have 'heard' on the net, so it's gotta be true, right. I believe it was the guy from Haus of Arms who teamed up with SSK to make their version and as Pappy said that effort has went away also. The Owner of Haus of Arms I believe has moved to Cabool, Mo. I wish S&W would start back manufacturing T/C stuff even if on a periodic basis. Surely T/C was making even a small profit for them.


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I had a good chat with Marty one day on another matter. He was very helpful.

When the current crop of Tupperware rifles began, I thought it was gonna go hard on the switch-barrel business since you could get an entire rifle for about the price of a good barrel. Even TC joined in with their own versions and seemed to abandon that concept. Too bad.


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The T/C Dimension switch barrel bolt rifle wasn't much to look at but, according to those I know who shot one, really shot well. They also offered left hand versions.


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True it seems SSK production of Contender frames is dead. However they still have stock on at least one important part:
https://www.sskfirearms.com/trigger-guard-70-1.html

On more than a few contenders, ep those used with higher power cartridges, those 2 "horns" that stick up become a problem. Those are the arms that engage/release the locking bolt on the barrel. Over time, too many hot loads the arms can become work softened and the tips begin to bend. When that happens the action becomes hard to open after firing and a bit unsafe maybe. The SSK part is a dead drop in and can save a fine older frame from the trash. I almost want to buy a spare just so that I have one laying around.

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Originally Posted by se3388
The following is what I have 'heard' on the net, so it's gotta be true, right. I believe it was the guy from Haus of Arms who teamed up with SSK to make their version and as Pappy said that effort has went away also. The Owner of Haus of Arms I believe has moved to Cabool, Mo. I wish S&W would start back manufacturing T/C stuff even if on a periodic basis. Surely T/C was making even a small profit for them.


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If S&W, with everything already in hand, doesn’t see a profit there, then it’s likely there isn't one, or not enough to justify the effort. Imagine then the possibilities for someone else trying to salvage the dregs. When Ruger bought the Marlin trademark and the parts and machinery, it’d deteriorated past redemption, so they had to start fresh. Actually that was a good thing for Marlin fans, as the new ones have been described by more than one reviewer as the best ones ever made. Naturally the price of the new ones reflects that, but better spendy than crappy.

Like Savage 99s, there’s probably enough used TC guns, barrels, and parts out there to keep the faithful in business.


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its a real shame in America that we can no longer buy new T.C. guns like the Contenders ,Encores ,barrels ,parts and those great muskets . Smith and Wesson did not do us any favors in ruining this great American gun company ! i sure wish someone could somehow buy and start manufacturing T.C. guns again !


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IMO S&W bought out T/C to eventually shut it down. After all they were their competitors. T/C’s we’re cheaper and along with the interchangeable barrels their versatility was unmatched. If they sell T/C to someone else they have competition again. I have shot T/C’s since 1979. Still have 2 Contenders, The Original and a G2 and an Encore along with several barrels. Got a 308 Win. being made at MGM now. Hope to take an Elk with it in a couple of years. I had hope that SSK would get the SSK-50 frame off and in production but the jury is still out on that one. Oh well we can only hope….🤔

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Got my first one in about 1968. 45/410, 38 special, 22 long rifle. Total cost then was about $125. Can remember buying barrels, dealer cost, about $40 in 1975.
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Originally Posted by Railman
IMO S&W bought out T/C to eventually shut it down. After all they were their competitors. T/C’s we’re cheaper and along with the interchangeable barrels their versatility was unmatched. If they sell T/C to someone else they have competition again.

S&W approached Greg Ritz (then owner of T/C) about making the proprietary R10 rifle barrels for a S&W contract they had for the US Military. I don't know the specifics and how it got to that point, but Greg sold the entire operation to S&W...and walked away a very rich man.

S&W got what it wanted, and within a couple years, shut down T/C manufactured products.

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