T/C Encore Upgrades Part 2: Match Grade Machine

As my quest for a custom Thompson Center Encore pistol continues, let’s take a look at Match Grade Machine (MGM), another Utah-based company with a reputation for class and precision. Similar to other makers in the Encore realm, MGM offers a plethora of chamber offerings and unique options.

I was able to talk briefly with MGM owner Dylan Sip over email about his team and their work. “Our focus here at MGM is only to provide the best barrel for the T/C enthusiasts. We by far have the most options as far as caliber and blank selection, contours, barrel fluting, and rigid scope mounting systems.

And he’s not kidding. When you use the MGM barrel builder, the caliber and chambering options are impressive. Plus ordering up a customized barrel is about as easy as ordering a new holster. Pick your options and hit go.


Barrel blanks waiting to be called up for MGM magic.

For my build, I’m considering a 12″ barrel with a full length forend. Of course, this pistol is going to need a threaded barrel for the obligatory suppressor – it’s called being polite. So in that same vain, I’m leaning towards a full bull barrel to match the outer diameter of most rimfire silencers.


Match Grade Machine @ TFB

MGM Barrel Lengths And Pricing:

  • 6.5″ – 13″ $250 for Chrome Moly Blued Finish
    $275 for Stainless Steel Finish
  • 13.125″ – 15.875″ $300 for Chrome Moly Blued Finish
    $325 for Stainless Steel Finish
  • 16.25″ – 27″ $370 for Chrome Moly Blued Finish
    $395 for Stainless Steel Finish
Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB

MGM EncOre Chamber Options:

(Too many to list here.)


Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Barrel Profile And Fluting:

  • Full Bull – 1″
  • Heavy Factory .810
  • Taper Factory .725
Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Fluting Options:

  • Six Flutes
  • Eight Flutes (full bull only)
  • Spiral
  • Octagon
  • Interrupted
  • Barbed wire
  • Diamond
Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Match Grade Machine Encore @ TFB

Match Grade Machine @ TFB


Match Grade Machine @ TFB


Match Grade Machine @ TFB

Depending on selected options, delivery times range from 4-6 weeks.

What barrel and options am I leaning towards? No idea. For now I’m content to keep building guns “virtually”.

Unlike most other barrel makers, we built the entire thing in house, using a Fadal VMC 15 machining center. You can’t make a top quality barrel if you are using inferior parts. The underlug, extractors, and locking bolts must fit perfectly in order to achieve a consistent and solid lockup on the frame. Because the Encore rifle is already at an accuracy disadvantage being two pieces, it is imperative that the lockup be the same every time you close the gun. We achieve this by machining our parts out of solid aircraft grade steel. Because we build the parts ourselves, we are able to keep closer watch on the process making adjustments where needed. That allows us to hold tighter tolerances than if we hired the work out.


Match Grade Machine – http://matchgrademachine.com
2410 West 350 North Bld 2
Hurricane, Utah 84737 U.S.A

Phone: 435-628-0071
Fax: 435-674-7196


MGM on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Match-Grade-Machine


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  • iksnilol

    I liked the one that looked like an old timey cannon.

    Hope they fire black powder loads outta it.

    • thedonn007

      Yea, you beat me by a few minutes. That cannon / blunderbuss looking pistol is pretty sweet.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      I’ve seen guns referred to as “hand cannons”, but this is ridiculous!

    • In higher resolution it is marked “577” so I’m guessing .577 Nitro Express unless someone made a shorter wildcat based off that cartridge.

      • JustAHologram

        .577 Snider or .577 tyrannosaur

        • The Tyrannosaur is rimless, unlike the rounds pictured above. They also appear to be longer than the Snider cartridge.

          • JustAHologram

            Perhaps something akin to a moon clip for one cartridge

    • Paul White

      I want one in 45-70 so badly. I have 0 practical use for it. I’m not sure my range would even allow it. But I want it.

      • JustAHologram

        Just make sure no sign explicitly forbids it and play dumb when asked

    • DIR911911 .

      .22 short 🙂

    • Ryfyle

      I too desire the old flintlock pistol look.

  • Roy G Bunting

    That 30-06 would look awesome with a stock…

  • Amanofdragons

    What about SSK industries?

  • I now strongly desire a single shot .470 Nitro Express rifle because reasons. Affordable reasons. Reasons that may dip into my Pardini fund.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Love my Encore! I’ve got two barrels from MGM, a 10″ 10mm and an 8″ .45acp/.45super. Also have a factory T/C .223 barrel.

    Been meaning to get a .45-70 barrel. Guess I’m going to have to inquire about that old-timey cannon looking barrel.

  • wetcorps

    Why the barbed wire tho? This is strangely tacky for such a classy gun.