Thompson/Center’s Humble Beginnings


A man, a garage, and the idea for a firearm–for Thompson/Center, such meager beginnings proved to be the foundation for a most unique gun company.

TC Contender“For Kenneth Thompson, a New York toolmaker, the end of WWII marked the birth of his own firm. From his Long Island garage, he shipped molds and tooling for the investment casting industry. His products proved as good as his business sense … but swings in demand for investment casting tools interrupted production. Thompson decided to sell a consumer product. A firearm came to mind.”—Wayne van Zwoll, from the chapter “Thoompson/Center: Beyond the Hinge,” in our Gun Digest Shooter’s Guide to Rifles.


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