Thompson Center Reintroduces G2 Contenders

 Thompson Center, a high-end division of Smith & Wesson, has reintroduced their G2 rifle and handguns. The G2 system sets itself apart by being modular and allowing the user to change barrels, fore-ends, grips, etc. The base rifle is chambered in .30-30 and the handgun is avaialble in .22LR and .357 Magnum. Seven difference calibers are available (From 17 HMR to 30-30) on the rifle, and 11 are available for the handgun (going from 17HMR to .410/45 Colt). All components maintain interchangeability with G2s of yore.

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Full Press Release Below:

Thompson/Center Reintroduces G2 Contender in Complete Rifle and Complete Pistol Systems

SPRINGFIELD, MA— Thompson/Center Arms makes it easier than ever for sportsmen and women to experience the versatility and performance of an interchangeable firearms platform through the reintroduction of the venerable G2 Contender. Now, T/C enthusiasts can take home a G2 Contender rifle or pistol as part of a complete rifle or complete pistol system.

Utilizing the longtime choice of serious hunters around the world, the G2 Contender, the complete rifle and complete pistol systems easily transition from plinking to big-game hunting. Chambered in .30-30 Win. (Complete Rifle System) as well as .22LR and .357 Magnum (Complete Pistol Systems), the new T/C G2 Contender rifle and pistol come complete with barrel, stock and forend. As needs arise, hunters and shooters have the freedom to customize their G2 Contender complete rifle with barrels in blued or stainless and in seven different calibers ranging from 17 HMR to 30-30 Win. An additional 11 different calibers from 17 HMR to 45 Colt/410 Bore are available as an accessory barrel to compliment the G2 Contender complete pistol.

“The versatility of the G2 Contender has always been at the heart of its popularity and we have definitely preserved that for hunters and shooters who depend on these rifle and pistol platforms in a host of different hunting situations,” said Thompson/Center Brand Manager Danielle Sanville. “But what the G2 Contender complete rifle and complete pistol systems do is make it easier for hunters and shooters who prefer something chambered in a proven, all-around caliber that is ready to go right out of the box while also having the option of further customization down the road.”

The components of the T/C G2 Contender Complete Rifle and Complete Pistol maintain their compatibility with previous G2 Contender models. The G2 Contender frame will accept all Contender barrels and their corresponding forends (except the Herrett forend). Blued and stainless barrels are also interchangeable. As sportsmen and women have come to expect from T/C’s interchangeable firearm platforms, sights and optics mounted onto barrels stay sighted in and ready to perform when returned to the firearm.

The interchangeable, single-shot T/C G2 Contender Complete Rifle and Complete Pistol are made in the U.S.A. of the highest-quality materials to deliver unparalleled versatility and performance.

T/C G2 Contender Complete Rifle Specifications
Caliber: .30-30 Win.
Barrel Length: 23 inches

Overall Length: 36.75 inches
Weight: 5.5 lbs.
Sights: None
Length of Pull: 14 inches
Rate of Twist: 1:10
Finish/Stock: Blued/Walnut

T/C G2 Contender Complete Pistol Specifications
Calibers: .22LR and .357 Magnum
Barrel Length: 12 inches
Overall Length: 15.5 inches
Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Sights: Adjustable
Rate of Twist: 1:15 (.22LR), 1:14 (.357 Magnum)
Finish/Stock: Blued/Walnut

For more information on the Thompson/Center G2 Contender or to locate the nearest Thompson/Center authorized dealer, call (800) 331-0852 or go online to

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company’s firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. As an industry leading manufacturer of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, the company’s accessories division produces innovative, top quality products under Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., including Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, and Hooyman™ Premium Tree Saws. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Zebra Dun

    I. Want. One. >salivating madly<

    • allannon

      Dad’s got a Contender, and I’ve been lusting over one for nearly a decade now.

  • PeterK

    Coooooool. I would love to have one of these.

  • Blake

    Something I always thought that’s been overlooked with single-shots like these:

    Like a bolt- or levergun, the action does not move or release any gas during firing, so they are particularly good candidates for a suppressor. Put a large can on there & use heavy subsonic .410 shotgun loads, & you can hunt rabbits without scaring them away. A subsonic 45 Colt 360gr hard-cast lead load will get the job done on pretty much anything short of a bull moose you want to harvest with it too.

    • tincankilla

      i just watched an episode of the X-Files where the cancer man sets up a G2 with a integrally suppressed barrel and a night scope. Now I know the rifle! For the curious, the episode is “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man”.

      • gunsandrockets

        I think I know the episode you are talking about. Wasn’t it a revolver?

  • RealitiCzech

    I keep telling myself my next gun needs to be a Thompson of some sort. With the folding stocks available, you can have an absurdly accurate, ridiculously short, long-range rifle that takes up less space than a bullpup.

  • Cymond

    Please educate me: what’s the advantage of the Contender vs the newer Encore?

    • xyrth

      Frame size, for handling pressure. .223/.45-70 is about as big as Contender’s go (44k CUP IIRC), Encore’s for bigger rounds.

  • HenryV

    I was worried that TC was moving away from these guns. They are rare here in the UK. I have always liked them but they are a bit too specialist for me at this stage in my shooting career. May be in a few years time I will be able to get an Encore or G2. Good news.

  • xyrth

    I really hope this bring barrel pricing back to reality on these.