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.

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