Here is the simplest way to describe the SSK-50. Consider it in every way as you would have "the original." The exception is that it is made of stronger materials and to more consistent specifications, with state-of-the-art CNC technology.
Manufactured by SSK Firearms in PA, they have revived this legendary platform from the dead, and this is the best news for the single-shot community in decades. David Fricke of SSK was first introduced to the single-shot world 45 years ago, and he is the driving force behind the revival of this platform that was discontinued roughly 17 years ago. He also has a passion for the wildcat calibers created by his friend and mentor, JD Jones.
Since this frame includes the latest revisions of "the original," all G1 barrels, current production G2, MGM, Bullberry, and SSK barrels will work on these frames.
100% Crossover Compatibility: meaning that all original barrels, stock sets, grip sets, and accessories will work perfectly on this new frame. Any chambering that worked well on "the original" will work as well or better on this frame.
The SSK-50 boasts a Stainless Steel frame with a black nitride-finished trigger guard, black oxide-finished hammer, and trigger to create a stunning package. The trigger is as good, if not better than "the original" famous trigger that we hear about all the time.
4 frame options are available:
4) Fleur de Lis
Unlike standard offerings that we have been accustomed to where the frames are designated at the factory and shipped with the appropriate stock or grip set. These frames are not designated and therefore can be used for either pistol or rifle just like an AR lower checking the "other" box on page 2 of the 4473! If a full firearm is shipped then that would designate either handgun or long gun box being checked on the 4473.
Lifetime factory warranty.
NOTE: The SSK-50 is produced to the nominal geometry specifications of the last iteration of the Thompson Center Contender with extreme precision and low variation.
A new benchmark for frame consistency has been established.
56 years of Contender barrel production from at least 8 manufacturers has led to an evolution in barrel geometry and variation that cannot be compensated for in a fixed design.
Although customers report very high percentages of frame/barrel fit success with the SSK-50, there may be some barrels that are so far out of Thompson Center’s specifications that they may not function with the SSK-50.
If you are currently an FFL and would like to become a distributor for the SSK-50, go here to fill out the Dealer Agreement.