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Picked this up along with an extra barrel in .45 Colt. The Contender was always a great interest to me, now I own one.

This pistol sports a 14'', .223 Rem bull barrel with a 2.5-8x28 LER Nikon Monarch on top. First detractor was that the crosshairs had a 10 degree list to starboard, so I had to straighten that out.

The Gripper's rubber looked like it had a coating of mildew, requiring soap, water and a hard brush.

The gun wiped down fairly well, showing only but a couple of handling marks. The bore looks real nice and shiny. I think it'll clean up nice.
 

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Nice addition! I am kind of surprised that the bluing is good since the rubber grips were a bit hairy.
 

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Nice addition! I am kind of surprised that the bluing is good since the rubber grips were a bit hairy.
Bluing on the frame and .223 barrel, is pretty much rust free. There are a few handling marks on the barrel and some noticeable edge wear. Action locks up like a bank vault door. Not too bad for a 30+ y.o. shooter.

The Pachmayr Gripper stock shone had the ergonomic feel of a dried out potato. The compound surface degraded significantly as compared to the matching forend's appearance. Scrubbing with Purple Power and a squirt of tire black helped a little. Now it feels like a potato with a touch of Turtle Wax thrown in.

The rubbery Pachmayr compound is too dense and hard to isolate vibration to the hand. This is one where I'd like to stuff a Raging Bull grip onto. Maybe a Hogue rubber grip off a Ruger Alaskan would suffice.

Years gone by, I spent a day at the range shooting a borrowed Contender, shod with Pachmayr Presentation grips. The .30/30 carbine loads I shot really put the hurt on me. The Pachmayr compound is better suited on a wheelbarrow handle.
 

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Those red stripe RB grips are phenomenal. Hogue needs to go to school on those.
 
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Hogue Tamer grips on my Alaskan are up there for comfort & recoil isolation, but I'm getting tired of seeing black rubber.

The Gripper tried to address recoil isolation with an air chamber just under the spine of the grip, but the rubbery stuff doesn't have enough flexibility to make it work well.

Taurus has made a variety of superior ergo revolver grips. At least they work for me.

With this older Contender, current grip selection has its limitations.
 

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While messing with the .44 Mag barrel, I nearly got a nosebleed from looking at the elevated sights. I don't know what the previous shooter was trying to achieve with the added height he gave the front sight.

I got rid of the extra part, then lowered the rear sight a bit.

The rust at the muzzle was replaced with some cold bluing. Not as shiny as it once was, but it should work okay.

The gun weighed in at 5 lbs.-3.8 ozs., wearing the 14'', .223 barrel and scope. With the 14'', .44 mag barrel with iron sights, weight dropped to 4 lbs.- 0.7 ozs.

Trigger is set at 2 lbs.
 

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Just think, that gun sat in it's box for 39 years just waiting on you to acquire it. Beautiful gun, congrats !
 

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Just think, that gun sat in it's box for 39 years just waiting on you to acquire it. Beautiful gun, congrats !
Actually I confess, this was no unboxing. It came wrapped with part of a dish towel inside of a Simpson's paper rug. No papers. No this one isn't perfect and the spare barrel still needs attention. I'll try to get both barrels to shoot straight and far, but like the rest of my guns, they'll all belong to new owners within the next decade. At least they'll all be fully functional & oily.

With used gun purchases, I get lucky once and awhile. The real gamble is always not knowing how the gun was treated by previous owners.

Trying to find that elusive Contender (the one that didn't rattle like a castenette)has been at the top of my wish list for the last three gun shows. I've always wanted a decent Contender for long range pistol shooting and .223 REM and .44 MAG are two calibers of ammo I have aplenty. Now all I need is a three week shooting sabbatical.
 

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Front sight blade has been tampered with. A small portion of its rear has been ground off and the front had a heavy hit at one time. Whether the top had been ground on is also a question to ponder.

To try and salvage the sight was my goal. A replacement sight hood is another item to consider.

I scratched a line or two then went at it with the dreaded Dremel abrasive cutting wheel. After filing on it a little bit, then dipped it into a bottle of cold blue. This little trim job gives a sharper image.

Now I need to locate a sight hood with a proper fit to shade the blade. The hood off of a '94 is too small in diameter, but it could serve duty in a pinch.
 

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Thats the gun that got me staretd into relaoding!
had a Contender in 30 herrit and 35 herritt.
quickly installed the pachmayer fore end and grips on it and loved the weapon then.
ended up getting a 22 LR octagon barrel and a 22 magnum barrel as well for it.
more fun that a barrel of monkeys.
the main thing was for hunting with the herritt barrels however, and of course a 4 X scope on each.
enjoy!
 
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Excellent work Lohman! Very fine pistol rejuvenated but still with period patina. Agree that front sight looks like someone was obsessed with LEGO blocks and erector sets. Like the hood.

My dad has a Contender he bought back in the late ‘70s and has 10 or so barrels he loads for. Seems like classic single shot elegance tries to break through the modern barriers of “tactical” this and that and, hopefully, will continue to do so.
 
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I would remove the thumb assist from the hammer ! You will note that the set screw has already damaged the surface of the hammer . The hammers on those , open bow type, with a thumb piece will break where the set screw dug into the hammer. Since your hammer is already dameged you migh be on the look out for a replacement or send it back to TC to get the hammer replaced. I speak from a long history with TC Contenders, had my first one in 1969 and have owned many since that time. Good luck on your gun because they are fun and addictive, can't own just one !!
 
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