Thompson Contender

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Since the first Contender pistol was made in 1967, the Contender has been the choice of serious handgun hunters throughout the world. The reputation this pistol has achieved in terms of its versatiltiy, "minute of angle accuracy" and proven long range per

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.45-70 Government


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Thompson Contender Features

The Thompson Contender is a single-shot break-action target and hunting pistol whose claim to fame is in its ability to easily change calibers.  Available in multiple barrel lengths, each barrel has its own iron sights ensuring that your gun will be zeroed after you remove the barrel.  Many barrels are set up to accept optics.

Thompson Contender Ballistics

.45-70 Government Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Thompson Contender Capacity

The Thompson Contender, as a breech loader, has a capacity of 1 single round.  The Contender is available in just about every popular centerfire caliber.  This is due to the design that allows you to easily swap barrels.

Thompson Contender Ergonomics

The grip of the Thompson Contender is specially designed to offer a sturdy, stable and comfortable hold while aiming.  This gun has only two controls including the takedown lever that is integrated into the trigger guard, and the hammer.  As the barrels are rather heavy and bulky in order to safely handle the amount of pressure from the rifle cartridges this gun fires, the gun has a very front-heavy balance.

Thompson Contender Fit & Finish

The Thompson Contender has been around for decades and can currently be found with aftermarket grips to further improve the ergonomics.  This gun can be found either in a blued finish that glistens in the sun when it’s properly oiled, and it can also be found with a matte stainless steel finish.  

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How much is a Thompson Contender worth?

In 2023 a new or used Thompson Contender value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Thompson Contender and most handguns. The Price for a Thompson Contender has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2023 compared to 2022.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Thompson Contender Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $585.64 $765.84 $900.99
Excellent $540.59 $720.79 $810.89
Very Good $495.54 $720.79 $810.89
Good $450.50 $675.74 $765.84
Fair $315.35 $585.64 $720.79
Poor $225.25 $450.50 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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