Thompson Center Arms

since 1967
New Hampshire, Massachusetts

  • Warren Center developed an unusual break-action, single-shot pistol
    – in his basement workshop in RochesterNew Hampshire 
  • 1965 Warren Center joined the K.W. Thompson Tool Company
  • 1967 Warren Center’s Contender pistol introduced
  • 1968 name was changed to Thompson/Center Arms Company
  • 1970 introduced Warren Center’s Hawken-styled black powder muzzle-loader rifle
  • 1983 Encore was released
    – uses a different trigger mechanism
    – larger and stronger frame
    – over 86 cartridges
  • 1992 United States v. Thompson/Center Arms Co
    – Court ruled in the the rifle conversion kit did not constitute a short-barreled rifle under the National Firearms Act of 1934
  • 1996  major factory fire at the Thompson/Center factory
    – destroyed all tooling and parts for Scout & Patriot pistols & the Seneca rifle
    – they were all discontinued
  • January 4, 2007, Thompson/Center was purchased by Smith & Wesson
  •  December 8, 2010 manufacturing was moved to Springfield, Massachusetts

Thompson Center Arms
2100 Roosevelt Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104

(866) 730-1614

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