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For the Contender fans here

#1 Post by Bill in Oregon » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:30 am

SSK -- J.D. Jones' company -- is now owned by Lehigh Defense, and among their new projects is to re-create the original Thompson/Center Contender frame using better steel and CNC precision machining. Delivery will begin in May.
I have had a number of Contenders and barrel sets over the years, and had a lot of fun with them. I am getting the itch again, maybe this time a rifle in some 6.5 wildcat. 8)

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#2 Post by GunnyMack » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:17 pm

Hey that's exciting! I wonder if they will step and become a custom shop like Fox River ? I'd like to get a 1:48 50 cal muzzle loader barrel for my Encore again.
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#3 Post by jnyork » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:05 pm

The "original" TC Contender frames were somewhat difficult to open and TC soon modified them by changing the location of the pivot pin. Wonder which model this will be?

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#4 Post by Booger Bill » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:19 pm

I own a first or second year contender. Came in .45 colt & .410. It also came with a wooden company presentation case. I later added a .256 win mag barrel and scope. The butt has a silver presentation plate (un engraved). Think I bought it used/unfired about 1970. Any idea what it would bring? Also have dies and cases in .256 mag. I have a holster rig for it too.

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#5 Post by AJMD429 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:52 pm

I have two frames - one for 'rifle' and one for 'pistol' - the only 'rifle' setup I have is for 17 Hornet, but both Contenders have the BEST TRIGGERS I'VE EVER SEEN on any production gun, in terms of 'target-grade' style.
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#6 Post by jhrosier » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:17 pm

Very good news, indeeed !

i shot Contenders in NRA Hunter's Pistol back in the day.
I will buy another, just because, when I can.
I still have 3 of my original 4 frames and a dozen barrels in various calibers.
I just hope that the new ones will be compatible with the originals.
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#7 Post by Bill in Oregon » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:26 am

JN: This is the "easy open" version with the pin moved to make it easier to pop the barrel open. It also ships as neither a pistol or a rifle, so it will be your choice.
I have never had a Contender as a rifle. If anyone else here knows Bobby Tomek in shiner, TX, he has a bunch of these, super accurate and set up for shooting feral hogs.

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#8 Post by jnyork » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:35 am

OK, thanks Bill. :)

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#9 Post by marlinman93 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:09 pm

Like so many others I got into the Contenders years go and had a couple frames and over a dozen barrels. I really enjoyed shooting them all, but eventually I moved on and sold the whole kaboodle as a package. Probably not something I'd do today if I still had the whole lot.
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#10 Post by piller » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:06 pm

I got into shooting centerfire later in life than most. Never had a T/C. Getting one of the new ones with both rifle and pistol hardware and the calibers I would like does sound fun.
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#11 Post by Hobie » Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:31 pm

Our shop put 5 on order and all are sold awaiting delivery. It is interesting how the darn frames reproduce in the safe.
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#12 Post by marlinman93 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:04 pm

Hobie wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:31 pm
Our shop put 5 on order and all are sold awaiting delivery. It is interesting how the darn frames reproduce in the safe.
Never had that problem. It was barrels that kept multiplying here.
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#13 Post by 3leggedturtle » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:09 pm

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#14 Post by David » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:44 pm

Bill in Oregon wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:30 am
SSK -- J.D. Jones' company -- is now owned by Lehigh Defense, and among their new projects is to re-create the original Thompson/Center Contender frame using better steel and CNC precision machining. Delivery will begin in May.
I have had a number of Contenders and barrel sets over the years, and had a lot of fun with them. I am getting the itch again, maybe this time a rifle in some 6.5 wildcat. 8)

https://www.hausofarms.com/OVERVIEW-OF- ... _2659.html
wow I just assumed SSK was long gone, I think I was 40 years ago I purchased a 45-70 barrel before Thompson made them with the hand SSK engraved in it.
Sure wish I still had it.

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#15 Post by 3leggedturtle » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:48 pm

3leggedturtle wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:09 pm
piller wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:06 pm
I got into shooting centerfire later in life than most. Never had a T/C. Getting one of the new ones with both rifle and pistol hardware and the calibers I would like does sound fun.
You need 2 frames as dedicated pistols and 2 frames as dedicated carbines. Also when you buy 22lr barrels get 2 of'em that way you can scope one and open sights on the other, you won't have to decide on sights or scope. Trust me :mrgreen: you'll save alot of time switching back and forth! Todd/3leg
30/30 Winchester: Not accurate enough fer varmints, barely adequate for small deer; BUT In a 10" to 14" barrelled pistol; is good for moose/elk to 200 yards; ground squirrels to 300 metres

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#16 Post by historicfirearms » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:57 pm

I had placed one on order back in October but they kept pushing back the delivery date. When the May delivery promise came out I asked for my money back. When they do finally get production started, I will buy a new frame. I always wanted a flatside stainless frame. Glad to see they are trying to make a go of it and wish them the best of luck.

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#17 Post by guido4198 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:15 am

This is interesting to me. In 1980 I read a magazine article about J.D.’s SSK Contender barrels. I contacted him, and wound up going to his home to pick up a 14” bbl’d Contender in his .375JDJ caliber. Iron sights.
LOVED IT. Worked up some great shooting loads and a year later took it to Africa for a “ handguns only” hunting trip.
When my vision deteriorated to the point that iron sighted handguns weren’t much of an option, I sold it. (JD put a scope on it for me using his “ TSOB” mount and a Bausch & Lomb EER scope. I hated shooting a handgun with scope.) Still... I remain hugely impressed with J.D.’s creations.

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#18 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:39 am

Historic: I wish they would let Contender lovers know what issues they are facing to get these frames in production. I would prepay if that would help.

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#19 Post by David » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:56 am

guido4198 wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:15 am
This is interesting to me. In 1980 I read a magazine article about J.D.’s SSK Contender barrels. I contacted him, and wound up going to his home to pick up a 14” bbl’d Contender in his .375JDJ caliber. Iron sights.
LOVED IT. Worked up some great shooting loads and a year later took it to Africa for a “ handguns only” hunting trip.
When my vision deteriorated to the point that iron sighted handguns weren’t much of an option, I sold it. (JD put a scope on it for me using his “ TSOB” mount and a Bausch & Lomb EER scope. I hated shooting a handgun with scope.) Still... I remain hugely impressed with J.D.’s creations.
I went out to PA they had a fancy Chicken, Pig, Turkey, Ram Iron targets and they weren't to entirely happy when the chick flew over the bunker.
Where I live shooting is hard, so I built a range at my brother who lives in boohoo Egypt, I made a texas star, plate swing, competition bar and then converted a old school trampoline into target holder with more AR500 plates for longer range. Got out to 120 I think I got enough room for 140 yards and then I'm sort of stuck since I'm in a old bowl of a river basin. I would like a contender again I have to look at this.

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#20 Post by mikld » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:25 am

It was mentioned above that the frames are shipped either "rifle or pistol". But when I bought my Contender, frame only, in CA I had to specify rifle or pistol and caliber. I argued with the counter clerk but if I wanted the Contender I had to choose, so my Contender is officially a 22 single shot rifle...
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#21 Post by missionary5155 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:48 am

I think it was 1982 when we bought our first Frame and two 7 TCU barrels .. one was 10" and the other14" Very accurate caliber !
Now we have more barrels and always looking for another. My favorites are the 414 Suppermag. Looking to get a 445 SM some day.
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#22 Post by AJMD429 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:49 am

mikld wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:25 am
It was mentioned above that the frames are shipped either "rifle or pistol". But when I bought my Contender, frame only, in CA I had to specify rifle or pistol and caliber. I argued with the counter clerk but if I wanted the Contender I had to choose, so my Contender is officially a 22 single shot rifle...
I had to do that when I bought some AR lowers. Specifying 'handgun' is best I think because legally you can put long barrels on a handgun and as long as the barrel is 'rifle' length you can also put on a shoulder stock. Putting on a pistol stock or barrel on a 'rifle' gets you in trouble.
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#23 Post by piller » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:06 pm

Does all that make you understand why some folks are annoyed with the process? OK, drift over. I am still wanting a Contender. I haven't made a decision on the caliber yet.
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