Interchangeable Platforms

Boasting a legacy that began with the original Contender® pistol in 1967, Thompson/Center is the leading gunmaker producing switch-barrel firearms and versatile shooting platforms. Offering more variety than competitors, T/C’s interchangeable platforms give shooters unprecedented options to create their ideal gun.

One Platform. Endless Possibilities. Technology Leader. Industry Pioneer.

With an extensive list of Encore® and Encore Pro Hunter interchangeable barrels, frames and accessories, the Encore interchangeable platform is the most versatile single-shot firearm on the planet. Available in over 17 cartridges from 204 Ruger to 500 S&W Mag, the Encore platform is always interchangeable and always ready for the hunt.

G2 Contender®

The first Contender® became popular among handgun hunters due to its unique design offering improved accuracy, a strong break-open action and a unique interchangeable barrel system. The second generation G2 Contender® takes these features to the next level, creating a handgun that’s reliable, accurate and made for the hunt.

Problem Solver

When faced with challenges, some hunters pack up and a call it a day—but not Thompson/Center hunters. With the Encore Pro Hunter, you’re only two screws and a hinge pin from changing barrels, helping you to adapt to nature’s challenges quickly by modifying your firearm accordingly.

Interchangeable components. Consistent accuracy.

All Thompson/Center interchangeable firearms are designed with accuracy in mind. Since all parts for the Encore Pro Hunter and the original Encore® are compatible regardless of finish, you can always deliver an accurate shot that you can count on.

Handgun Hunting

When it comes to handgun hunting, Thompson/Center continues to lead the market. Since 1967 with the original Contender, T/C has produced some of the most reliable and accurate hunting handguns on the market.


Break down your firearm, store it and take your trophy back to camp. 

The Perfect Gun in 3 Steps

From a world-class magnum muzzleloader to a compact big bore centerfire brush gun, building your dream combination is easy:

  1. Pick a frame and stock assembly that suits your needs.
  2. Choose a barrel.
  3. Select a forend that matches the contour of the barrel you chose.


Pack Light. Drag Out Heavy.

You made the shot and now you need two hands to handle the deer. When it’s time to take your kill back to camp, break down your interchangeable firearm for easy storage and transport in small, compact cases.

User Friendly in the Field

Even on a hunt, the G2 Contender and Encore will allow you to change barrels quickly. Remove the forend on the Contender, tap out the hinge pin to switch. With the Encore, simply remove two screws and the hinge pin to change calibers quickly.

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