Thompson/Center Arms Is Back

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Thompson/Center Arms is back in business, although we’ll have to wait a while to see the first firearms produced. And, the brand is back with a familiar face in the driver’s seat.

In an announcement on April 30, Gregg Ritz, former owner of Thompson/Center, said he had re-acquired the Massachusetts-based gunmaker. Ritz previously sold Thompson/Center to Smith & Wesson in 2007. S&W announced its plans to sell the brand in 2021, and subsequently ended production. Now, Ritz is back in charge.

Thompson/Center has been based in New England since the 1960s. It came to prominence with its early Contender single-shot pistol designs, then sold traditional black powder rifles that proved popular as the mountain man movie craze hit cinemas in the 1980s. More recently, the company made bank off a series of single-shot firearms that easily swapped rifle barrels for shotgun barrels, including the capability to go from a muzzleloader design to a centerfire. Its recent budget-friendly bolt actions were also considered excellent value for money in the pre-COVID years.

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The rebuilt management team says they will build on the company’s heritage of successful designs and also innovate with new ones. The company’s new website carries the following notice:

Thompson/Center Arms has been a cornerstone of the firearms industry since 1967. With a diverse range of products catering to hunters, shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts, Thompson/Center Arms has earned a reputation for excellence. Thompson/Center Arms looks to build upon its legacy while embracing the future with a renewed commitment to American made quality, innovation, and unmatched customer satisfaction.

That’s followed by a promise to launch a new product line in 2025.

“Thompson/Center Arms holds a special place in the hearts of hunters and shooters worldwide, and we are committed to honoring the past while driving inventiveness and growth,” said Gregg Ritz in a press release announcing the acquisition. “With the support of our dedicated team and loyal customers, I am confident that Thompson/Center Arms will continue to thrive in the years to come.”

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