HausOfArms April 2023

Hello, friends, and Happy Spring! We want to highlight our current inventory and especially point out the ramp-up of SSK-50/Contender inventory. This is not by accident. Although we don't have an exact date for shipment on the frames, we know it's very close. 






We have a healthy supply of stocksets in most colors, rifle and pistol. Be sure to check out all the listings on The Wood Haus tab of the site. If there's something you're looking for that is showing out of stock, be sure to put your name and email on the waiting list so you can be notified as soon as it's back in stock. 

We asked for your input on Facebook for a new laminate color. You overwhelmingly chose Maroon/Pepper. We decided to order that one for the SSK-50/Contender platform with checkering. We also ordered it in Smoke with checkering since that is one of our most popular laminates. 

Check them out in the links below:


Have you heard about the new cartridge introduced at Show Show in January? It's called the 360 Buckhammer, and we have barrels on order for the SSK-50/Contender and Encore. They should be here in a few weeks. Stay tuned on our FB page for the announcement of its arrival.


Our introduction of the Hawke Optic line has been a huge success. You can see them here. We're excited to take a new Hawke Frontier Scope to mount on Mutt for our trip to SA (see below). We're also taking a set of range-finding binos. The glass on both those optics is super sharp.


We are excited to share that we will be taking our second trip to South Africa to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. Our bucket list items include a sable, nyala, blue wildebeest and whatever else the bush has to offer.  We will also be doing a Part 2 video of our hunt. What does that mean to you? Any orders placed between May 4 and May 15, will be shipped the week of the 15th.


As mentioned at the very beginning of this newsletter, although we don't have a ship date yet, we're expecting the frames to be delivered very soon, based on updates we receive on a weekly basis. It's our hope that they will be ready to ship once we return from South Africa. We appreciate your patience and want you to know it will be worth the wait!

Stay safe and shoot straight,

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The Ides of March 2023

Happy March, friends! It came in like a Lion for us so we're looking forward to the Lamb at the end of the month! Spring is trying to break forth but winter still wants to rear its ugly head. Enough of the weather. Let's move on to the good stuff.

You may or may not have seen Dave Fricke's (SSK Firearms) post on their Facebook page on February 26, 2023. In case you missed it, we want to share it with you here:

SSK Firearms
First batch of 20 receivers are going to heat treat tomorrow. Heat treat, glass bead, flat wheel grind, assembly should take 2.5 weeks. We should be at 50 units/week for a while while we refine the production flow.

There you have it, friends. Straight from the manufacturer. If you have any questions about the process of distribution, please refer to the February newsletter where it is outlined in detail.

Below are clickable links to the various barrels and some of the stock sets currently in inventory.







That's all, folks. As new information regarding the SSK-50 becomes available, we will keep you apprised.

Be safe and shoot straight,

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HausOfArms February 2023 Newsletter

Happy February!

We want to take this opportunity before things get absolutely crazy to share the protocol for contacting those that have placed orders for the SSK-50 and those on the waiting list. We published this in the Fall publication of One Good Shot but some may have not had the opportunity to see or read it.

1) Orders in place will be filled first by order date and number. The initial price at time of order will be honored. 
2) If a customer with an order in place wants to add a frame, he will be allowed to do so after the initial 373 orders are filled so starting with number 374 and so on. Those new orders will be at the "new" price which has not yet been finalized. 
3) We will then start the call back list.
4) When the factory announces the first shipment to HausOfArms, we will begin the arduous task of contacting ONLY that number of customers. 
We  will ask the following with each call:
a) payment if not already made 
b) current FFL copy
c) whether you would like to add an additional frame. We are adding this option as a reward for patience but after existing orders so as to not jump in front of anyone else with a placed order, and only one frame may be added.


5) With each shipment moving forward, we will be contacting that number of customers for that number of frames being shipped until all the initial orders are executed. 
6) As we start through the call back list, new pricing will apply. The same method will be applied to initiate the phone calls based on confirmed units shipped by SSK.
7) We have several requests of YOU as we navigate this process:

We will be doing our best to inventory up on all accessory parts such as barrels and stock/gripsets to be ready for your requests. Thank you for helping us make this a smooth and efficient process. 



To see all our walnut/laminate options, be sure to visit THE WOOD HAUS. We have a pretty good inventory of Contender and G2 sets in both rifle and pistol. Encore pistol sets should be arriving soon, but we have a good supply of rifle sets.

Also, be sure to keep an eye on THE COLLECTORS CORNER. We add items to this category as we receive trade-ins.


Hawke was highly recommended to us by our customers, and there was a local account manager in our area that came to meet with us. To say we were impressed, would be an understatement. Our first shipment arrives Friday so expect to see the new listings on the site next week. We'll also be doing a facebook post. These optics will not replace Burris but be an enhancement to what we currently offer our customers.


As you may or may not be aware, the ATF recently ruled on stabilizing braces. You may have noticed that we are no longer offering pistol braces on our site. If you have one and have concern about it, check out this 98 page document here.

Our agent has assured us that since the intent of the crusher loop is NOT to be shouldered, that it does not fall under this new ruling--does not meet the first criteria which states, "(1)  For purposes of this definition, the term designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder” shall include a weapon that is equipped with an accessory, component, or other rearward attachment (e.g., a stabilizing brace”) that provides surface area that allows the weapon to be fired from the shoulder, provided other factors, as described in paragraph (2), indicate that the weapon is designed, made, and intended to be fired from the shoulder."

He also said that this ruling is directed at firearms that are not single shot/break action, but we wanted you to be informed.

I hope this finds you well and preparing for the next hunting season.

As always, be safe and shoot straight,

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Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year! It's always great to start fresh each year, and what better way than sending our amazing customers the first newsletter in 2023! We have lots to share so let's get to it.

Let me say again, how much we appreciate you! We're coming up on the 2nd anniversary of T/C closing and yet you keep us going strong.





Brakes are available for all calibers. You can add it to your barrel purchase for a $5 savings! There are also a few new dies on the shelves.


On a positive note, an incremental step of progress has been achieved. now has about 35 new listings. In what category you might ask? Well, I take this as a step of progress toward the overall SSK-50 project. PARTS, PARTS and PARTS! On our website under the SSK Firearms tab, we have created a new category called "SSK-50/G1 CONTENDER (EASY OPEN ONLY) RECEIVER COMPONENTS." Under that category you will find 7 subcategories:








Yes, this is exactly what it looks like. All the internal components for the SSK-50 frames AND for your G1 Contender "EASY OPEN FRAMES."  It is very important to understand that these parts were not made for the older style contenders before the easy open revision which began at serial number 195xxx. 


You may have noticed a change on our website that orders $75 and over will receive free shipping. With the addition of so many small parts, this was a necessary business decision, especially with rising shipping costs due to fuel prices. Most of our competitors require a $100 minimum.
Stay safe and shoot straight,


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And the winner is...

Secret Santa 2022

We are so pleased to announce that Secret Santa has made his selection, and the winner is Chason Williams. He is pictured below with his family. Here is what his grandmother had to say about Chason: "Chason's baby sister Scarlet has many health issues. The family has had to pass up on many trips and parties to avoid exposing her to viruses and colds. In spite of all of this he continues to adore her and has been a big help watching over her. It is awesome the way he cares for her and plays with her in addition to his little brother Rhett. The past 18 months have been a real challenge and it would be nice to see him receive a reward from Santa!"

Congratulations, Chason!!! We hope you enjoy your Hot Shot 22LR.


Visit the site here to see all the barrels available and on sale.


Customer Appreciation Week began this morning on our facebook page. Here is the link so you can participate if you're not already following us. There will be giveaways every day this week escalating toward the grand finale on Friday! You won't want to miss it.

Be safe. Shoot straight. Happy New Year!


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Secret Santa 2022!!!

It's that time of year when we introduce our Secret Santa project! This one is a little different than the previous years so we want to outline the application process and make it super easy to participate.

The Thompson Center Hot Shot (TC3400) is a miniature Encore rifle in .22LR designed specifically for children to learn to shoot as well as gun safety. It was a great concept but was unfortunately discontinued in early 2013. This one that Secret Santa is giving away is brand new in the box and comes with a soft case.

Here are the guidelines for this year:

1) Children 4-8 may participate with the help of a parent or grandparent.
2) The parent or grandparent will be filling out the application located here on behalf of the child.
3) Completed entries must be received no later than midnight CT December 22.
4) The winner will be announced via facebook and email on December 23.

We're excited to see those applications come rolling in and know that Secret Santa will choose the best recipient!


Beginning Monday, December 26 and continuing through Friday, December 30 we will be doing our annual customer appreciation week. Stay tuned for lots of fun and great HausOfArms swag to our very worthy customers. If you're not already following us on Facebook, you'll want to do that to be able to participate. Here's the link to that page here.


Check out this beauty perfectly blinged out by the master, Ken Kelly of Mag-na-port, and just in time for Christmas. At the time of this writing it's still available on the site and can be bought by itself.


We are completely restocked on Encore Junior Buttstocks. If you've been waiting for those, go to the site and search 'junior.' That's the easiest way to find what you're looking for.

The highlight and purpose of this newsletter is the Secret Santa announcement. We want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Be safe and shoot straight,

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Happy Fall Y'all

Dear friends,

Happy Fall from the HausOfArms crew! We want to highlight a few new barrels we have in inventory as well as a couple of sale items.

Be safe and shoot straight,











Nothing new to share at this point from the factory, but hang in there. It's getting soooo close.

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HausOfArms August 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We hope your summer has been an enjoyable time for you and your family. We had our ATF visit yesterday for our new license and are nearly completely settled at our Missouri location. Next up will be displaying our mounts all around the shop. We will be picking up the buffalo from Colorado soon, and Ruth's whitetail should be ready in December during the pig hunt. We've been using our night vision in the evenings to see all the incredible white tail on this property. The range is set up and has already been put to use. We're excited about the fall hunting season!

We'll highlight the many MGM and SSK barrels that are currently on the shelf as well as the close-out of our Junior Buttstocks (only available as special order in the future). Before anyone asks, the SSK-50 project is progressing. I won't be making any announcements but will allow the SSK team to do that. It's been a very long process, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

We appreciate each and every one of you. You have made HausOfArms what it is today. It is our honor and privilege to serve you.

Be safe and shoot straight!



These are marked down to $80 while supplies last. Click here to see what is available.







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Dog Days of Summer 2022

Dear friends of HausOfArms,

The following article is what I submitted to our TCA for the next publication. It's perfect for this newsletter as well.

"Since 2002 we have moved every 5 years--so 5 MOVES total. Each time, at the time of the move, we said this was to be our last move! Those moves sequentially look like this. 2002 from our 45-acre farm in Warrenton to a glorious 200-acre farm in Martinsburg, MO. The older kids were gone off to college (with one still at home) and this farm was worth the move. We actually had to give the college kids directions the first time they came home from college. In 2007 we moved from the glorious farm, sensing the crash, back into the town of Warrenton and built the "last" house I would build on a nice 3-acre lake lot. Life was good and the kids were all close so no need to move ever again, right?! In 2009 Eric moved to Greeley, Colorado, and started a new job there, so the 10-year Colorado experiment was his fault. After multiple trips to Colorado, Emily and James decided they wanted to move to the beautiful state of Colorado and invited us to join them. So in 2012 we did, and that move was their fault. We moved on election day 2012 and learned while driving that Colorado switched from a traditionally red state to a deep blue state overnight including magazine limits, red flag laws, background checks, and a real attitude. We moved to Greeley close to Eric and his family, and Emily and James and their girls moved to Parker (about an hour south) as that's where their jobs landed them. HausofArms was just ready to take off at this point, and we operated it from the basement of that subdivision house. It's fair to say that Greeley was a great place to live, not too small, not too big but a little "stinky" depending on how the wind blew. In 2017 at the invitation of Emily and James, we left Greeley and moved back out into the country in Elizabeth southeast of Denver out on the prairie. We attacked another large building project to convert a good-sized pole barn into HausofArms space as well as a barndominium. That project was one of our most fun projects EVER. Working with my wife of 44 plus years is a passion. Seems we are at our best when involved in any project. Certainly, this was our last project! We had everything we needed there and even started a retirement strategy whereby each year we would take the RV around the country and be gone more. Three years into that plan here we are again, but this time just a slight detour before hitting the road again.

I will say this. After five moves over a twenty-year period, we have purged most of what we really don't need. It is a very freeing experience and I would recommend it even if you're not moving.

This is probably a good time to summarize our 10 years in Colorado. We discovered that perception and reality are two very different things. Often times when on the phone with customers when they heard me say we lived in Colorado the ooooo's and aaah's started, adjectives like beautiful, great hunting, elk hunts, prairie dog hunts, mountains, etc..... Yes, it is a beautiful place TO VISIT and hunting is great if you can find a place to hunt. Hunting is an industry in Colorado. Outfitters have a significant percentage of the farms and ranches tied up in the best elk and mule deer hunting units. Prairie dogs are protected in many areas, and public hunting lands are too overcrowded for my taste. Even in a rural red county where we lived, shooting is largely prohibited by local homeowners associations. and if you feed the turkey and deer, there is a good chance the conservation department will pay you a visit as they did us. Red flag laws make being a self-employed internet gun dealer an uncomfortable livelihood to be in. We are social people, and not being able to meet neighbors and be friendly due to fear, isn't a place where we wanted to reside. Way too many Californians have moved to Colorado and brought their political beliefs with them.

We are from Missouri and are midwest people and our common beliefs are as such. Thus a return home to Missouri was a philosophically easy move to make. The actual move took 10 weeks, 6 trips across Kansas making the 800-mile one-way trip. Currently, we now reside on a farm in south central Missouri, with Emily and James and their twins. We are again rebuilding our HausofArms facility. We have bush-hogged more than 30 acres of pasture, have 3 cows, food plots planned, hunting blinds planned as well as a shooting range. Certainly back home again! I'll close with this short story. After several weeks now of interacting with our new community, one of the girls made this comment, "Why is everyone so nice here?" What a great observation.

Hopefully, this is our last move, but we have learned to never say never. Thanks for your patience during this transition."

We may be short on frames, but we have many barrels and a good selection of stock sets on the shelves. Below is a link to the various categories.




We've acquired a few TC barrels from one of our distributors. Here are the links:

Check out The Wood Haus for some stock sets and grip sets that have arrived!


We continue to get updates from the factory on the progress.  Yes, it's going to happen. Please continue to be patient, and we do appreciate your patience.


Thank you for your patience during our move. We're still getting organized but have continued to get all our products neat and orderly.

We want to offer you another sitewide 5% discount with the coupon code 5OFF. This sale is for an undisclosed amount of time, so don't wait!

That's all folks.

Be safe and shoot straight,


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HausOfArms Moving Sale!!!

What the what? HausOfArms is moving??? Let us explain.

For those that are new to HausOfArms, we'll start from the beginning. For you veterans, please bear with us.

HausOfArms humbly began in Warrenton, Missouri, April 2009, after Marty was laid off from a 30+ year electrical career. It started as a hobby selling used T/C parts purchased from Gunbroker. He quickly learned that having an FFL would give him the keys to the T/C kingdom to be able to buy from distributors.

In 2011, he launched the website, and that's when things really started to grow. Shout out to Marty because when he began this venture he could barely send an email. True story.

Moving to Colorado in 2012 opened up a bigger space to run the business from the basement of our home in Greeley, but moving to Elizabeth in 2017, doubled our space and allowed us to carry a lot more inventory.

Marty & Ruth were both born and raised in the St Louis area. We lived our entire lives in Missouri before moving to Colorado 10 years ago. Well, now we're headed back to south central Missouri. We'll be closer to our youngest daughter's family, our brothers, Marty's mom, and other extended family. We will be further from Eric in Greeley, but intend to visit often.

Now for the good stuff. 

EVERYTHING ON THE SITE IS ON SALE UNTIL WE GET MOVED!!! must have a coupon code. You'll put the items in your cart and then add the codes. They can be used together.

For everything other than SSK barrels, use the code 5OFF, and you'll receive 5% off of those purchases.

For SSK barrels, use the code SSK10, and you'll receive 10% off on those.

There is no limit to how many times you can use the codes until we turn them off.

Happy shopping, friends,

The HausOfArms Crew
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Happy New Year 2022


We have noticed so many new customers lately that we thought it might be a good idea to not only say welcome, but give an introduction of who we are. It was a hard decision to close our eBay store, but it feels like folks are finding our home site!

Here are some bullet points to tell you a little about us. Even if you’ve been with us a while, there may be some things you didn’t know.

*HausOfArms started in 2009 as a hobby after Marty was laid off from the electrical trade following a 30+ year career. This involved buying T/C deals on Gunbroker or eBay and selling the parts. We applied for and received our first Federal Firearms License.

*In 2011, we launched the HausOfArms website. There were those that tried to encourage us to sell everything, but Marty was convinced that he wanted to stick to the T/C niche.

*The move from Missouri to Colorado in 2012 brought more change and expansion. Our move in 2017 to our current location enlarged our space by 50%, allowing us to keep more inventory.

Thankfully, over the years we’ve connected with some amazing industry partners that have helped us to expand the niche without relying on T/C or Smith & Wesson. In May, when S&W announced the closure of T/C, we knew without a doubt the one-shot community would survive because of these amazing partners.

That’s pretty much it, but as you know, so much more went into making it what it is today. We thank you for being part of that growth.


We had a great response to our 2nd Annual Secret Santa with nearly 40 entries. It was a hard decision for our Secret Santa, but the letter presented by Mr. Nathaniel Carr was chosen. Below is a picture of the firearm for this special young man.


*Encore Prohunter

*Weathershield frame with Eric's 3 lb trigger

*SSK SS 16 1/4" 6.5 Creedmoor barrel--threaded muzzle, 6 hole TSOB base

*Black PH rifle forend

*Sharps grip to Magpul telescopic buttstock

*Burris Droptine 4.5-14x42 scope with zee rings

*HausOfArms ammo wallet

*T/C soft case


Secret Santa even threw in a custom hunting knife. Congratulations, Nathaniel!



Many of you took advantage of the huge collection we posted last month. There are still a few barrels left, but that’s about it. The frames sold out in an hour, which is such an indication of what a great action the Encore/Prohunter and Contenders/G2 are and they are still in great demand!

Keep an eye on this tab. We hope to be adding more soon.


Currently in stock:

HausofArms/MGM 450 Bushmaster 20" SS FULL Contour Barrels w/Adaptors and Threads and 6 hole base

SSK Hunter Encore Prohunter SS Heavy Contour 20" 6mmTCU Rifle Barrel w/6 Hole Base


After the Shot Show was canceled last year, we’re looking forward to not only attending but showcasing nine builds at the SSK Firearms booth with six SSK-50 frames and three Encores. If you’re attending, please come by and visit us. We just might have a little something for you. Also, if you know any dealers attending, we'll be signing them up for the SSK-50s.

The booth is located at the Venetian Expo Level 1, Booth #42597. 


This was posted on the SSK Firearms Facebook Page and we also shared it on our page. For those not on social media, we wanted to share it here as well:

We are pleased to announce that we sold Lehigh Defense to Bill Wilson the founder of Wilson Combat. Now that Lehigh's future is secure we can focus our efforts on taking SSK to the next level. We know that we have a lot of work ahead us, but we are up for the challenge.

That's it for now. Thank you for enduring this very lengthy update.

Stay safe and shoot straight,

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Happy Thanksgiving 2021 from HausOfArms

Happy Thanksgiving from the HausOfArms crew from our home to yours!!!


We are beyond excited to share this update with you from SSK Firearms regarding the SSK-50!
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"I think we are finally at a point of confidence where we can comment on this. I have been hesitant to make any commitments for the last two years as I have learned a long time ago that until you have something sitting on the shelf, you better not make a promise. Currently, we have purchased the tooling and have contracted three separate casting companies to make the frame. Two seem to have the capability and we will have First Articles from one in a week and the other the first week of January. I anticipate production in February and shipments by the end of February. It has been a long, painful, and expensive process. We are committed to the project and resolve to do it right."


We still have a few SKUs of T/C barrels. You can check those out here.

The MGM barrels seem to come in and go out almost as quickly. We are continuing to get new orders every few weeks. We are thankful for our partner vendors that keep our shelves stocked. Check out what is currently available here.

SSK Firearms has just received a huge pallet (nearly 2000) of barrel blanks so we are looking forward to lots of new calibers on the shelves. You can see the current inventory here.


We have been a seller on eBay for as long as HausOfArms has existed. We've used it as a gateway to invite customers to visit our home site. We've fought an uphill battle with their policies and most recently have been at war since July of this year. We thought at that time that we had turned a corner with a reversal of a decision in our favor. If it had not, we had determined then to no longer sell on that platform.

In the past few days, this has again reared its ugly head. Effective December 1, 2021, we will no longer sell on eBay. This is the note that we added to all our listings as of today: Effective December 1, 2021, we will be closing this store. The policies represented here are inconsistent and unfriendly to our type of business. You can still get great products and customer service at a lower price at Haus Of Arms dot com. We look forward to serving you there.

PLEASE NOTE: is still very much alive and well and will continue to offer the same products and services that our customers have become accustomed to.

Again, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving,

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August 2021 Update

We almost missed August, but here's an update from the HausOfArms crew.


If you follow us on Facebook, you've already learned about the new tab on the site, "The Wood Haus." In an effort to keep our shelves full, we are diversifying and adding new laminate providers. The rifle stocksets (with the exception of Birch) are discounted $10 when you purchase the rifle forend with the buttstock.

New colors for Contender:
Smoke (formerly Bone Gray)
Java (formerly Coffee)
Hunter Camo (formerly Woodland Camo)

New colors for Encore:
Smoke (formerly Bone Gray)
Java (formerly Coffee)
Hunter Camo (formerly Woodland Camo)

Look for some amazing features in the Walnut in the very near future. 

We also have new stock of Encore pistol sets in Crusher and Ambi. If you've been waiting for these to arrive, don't wait too long to order. They're moving fast.


We're happy to announce that we once again have a supply of MGM custom barrels in the following calibers (all stainless):


Here's a sampling of what we still have available:

All remaining T/C barrels are in the Used/Sale Section on the site.


We have a good supply of optics in stock to fit most any need. You can see them all here.


Maybe that headline should read "or lack thereof." It's been 16 weeks since the announcement by S/W that they were no longer supporting T/C and would be putting it up for sale. To date, we have received no further information regarding the sale. As always, we will keep you informed as we have information.


We're expecting a positive announcement soon but are still working toward an approved casting sample. Stay tuned...


I had already canceled my plans to attend since the two vendors I would be spending time with also decided to cancel. Recently, the entire convention was canceled. Next month we should know more about whether Shot Show 2022 will be a reality. 

I don't know about you, but I will be very thankful for 2020 2.0 to come to a close. This has been a trying time for many, and I'm sure we are all looking forward to some semblance of normalcy in our world.

Have a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend.

Shoot straight,

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July 2021 Update

Dear friends of HausOfArms,

Just wanted to give you an update on what we currently have available in case you've missed any of the new products. Also, we were able to acquire several barrels from one of our suppliers that were previously out of stock. We've just about bought them out, so once again, when they're gone they're gone. We're providing links to make the connection a little easier. As always, you can call to place an order.

It goes without saying that we appreciate our customer base more than we can possibly express. Thank you for being a part of the single-shot community. We are deep and wide and will persevere through the uncertainty with Thompson Center thanks to our many business partners. Just know that we are diligently working to add to that list of business partners.

Our newest offering is the Flip Grips from our friends at Lehigh Defense LLC/SSK Firearms. Eric also demonstrates the use of these in this YouTube video.


These are the T/C barrels we recently acquired that are currently in stock as of this writing (Encore unless noted G2):

On a personal note, I will be attending the NRA Convention in Houston over Labor Day weekend, September 3-5. You can find me at the Lehigh Defense/SSK Firearms booth. Come by and say hi if you're in the area. 

Be safe and shoot straight,

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June 2021 Newsletter

We wanted to highlight our barrel inventory this month with clickable links to make it easy if it's something you're looking for. We know with so many listings on our site, sometimes it's hard to locate. Below is everything currently available as of this writing. 
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May 2021 Update from HausOfArms

Dear friends and customers, We wanted to get this info into your hands as soon as possible. What does this mean for HausOfArms and the T/C community? We believe it's good news and plan to move full speed ahead. Feel free to reach out with any
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Merry Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas from HausOfArms Secret Santa If you follow our FB page (and we hope you do), you know that we mentioned a Secret Santa project for one very deserving youth 14 or under. We promised to share those details this week. Secret
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Happy Thanksgiving from HausOfArms

In the previous newsletter, I asked if 2020 was the new normal. incredible is it that there are only weeks left in this crazy year?! We wanted to take the opportunity to give you a quick update. We attempted to do so 2 times
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Is 2020 the New Normal?

IS 2020 THE NEW NORMAL? Here are just a few notes to myself looking forward to 2024: 1) Stock up on primers, ammo and reloading supplies. 2) Add lots of AR's and carry guns, really doesn't matter which ones, they all bring beyond
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Early July Update

Lots of great announcements from your HausofArms staff.  FIRST THE ELEPHANT! I spoke with Lehigh Defense this evening (6/29/20), they are making progress on the  SSK-50 frames , finally. As I understand it, the first batch of
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Early June Update

KEEPING IT BRIEF. SSK-50 frames are progressing, inspection samples have been received...
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HausOfArms EPIC African Safari

As promised, we wanted to share this amazing video that was filmed and edited by Benchmark Visual for Coppermoon Hunting Safaris. We cannot express to you enough the amazing trip we had. It truly was EPIC! If you're subscribed to our
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HausOfArms April Review "Where Do I Begin"


As I write this newsletter, I have just finished previewing the 28 minute promotional video, done by our hosts at Coppermoon Hunting Safari and Benchmark Visual. In this video they captured perfectly the essence of our trip to South Africa--a remarkable story! 5 1/2 months ago Ruth and I were approached by a friend of ours, Ryan Kadavy of Top Shelf Adventures, saying he had recommended us to be part of a video promotion for a new outfitter and new ranch in South Africa called COPPERMOON. They needed a couple to help create a promotional video for them, physically fit, both shooters and hunters, in the shooting/hunting industry, connected on all forms of social media and in our age group, 60 plus! Say what?! Who gets an opportunity like this? How fast can I say WE ARE IN!

In typical fashion we pulled out all the stops to gather valuable knowledge from our customers and friends in the industry that had already done this trip--guys like Alex Holman, Gary Reeder, JD Jones, Mike Cyrus, William Smith, Mark Hampton, Ken Kelly and others. With Ruth all over the travel details as well as what was required to travel with firearms and ammunition internationally, my focus became the actual firearms, calibers and platforms to be used. It is important to note that our earliest decisions were based on the anticipated delivery of the new SSK-50 frames that had just been introduced. With delivery scheduled for late December, there was just enough time to get the pistols and rifles built in time for permits, have SSK build the barrels, then get the loads worked up, sighted in and prepped for the trip. We also discovered that our government really doesn't like for us to travel abroad with OUR OWN suppressors. We are an FFL and SOT, but that didn't matter. That solution came from our PH, Denver Gowar. Although SA gun laws are more complex, we were surprised to find suppressors aren't regulated there. They can be bought over the counter with no delay. I got the specs to Denver and problem solved, realizing, of course, that I'd be leaving them there when we were done. This is when "THE PLAN" began to break down. Difficulties between S&W, Thompson Investment Castings and Lehigh Defense/SSK delayed delivery of MY frames till April. Don't our friends in NH and MA, that we spend so much time promoting, realize how important this is, not only to us, but to the entire SINGLE SHOT COMMUNITY? Our friends at Lehigh Defense(LD) and SSK firearms certainly did, with Brian(SSK) already making 4 Contender barrels for us, LD jumping through hoops with bullets, brass, dies, and load data. They were instrumental in the success of this trip! I spent 30 plus years being the guy that created "THE PLAN" to execute large electrical installations and I had a saying, always have a plan but your ultimate success is most often determined by adjustments to that plan. With no SSK-50 frames to be had, I started collecting an assortment of G1 Contender and G2 Contender frames that we as a family had collected (remember the barrels are in process), deciding on the Leupold optics and gear, clothing, boots, and everything else needed. The following is a list of firearms and loads we chose:

375JDJ Contender rifle, 20" threaded SS SSK barrel w/TSOB base, 3-9x40 Leupold Freedom scope, RH TH Revolution laminate, 250gr Lehigh Defense Controlled Fracture bullets

375JDJ Contender pistol, 14" SS Full Vent Rib SSK barrel, Leupold 2.5-8X32 VX-3i scope, Crusher Loop laminate, 185gr Lehigh Defense Controlled Fracture bullets

309JDJ Contender rifle, 20" SS SSK barrel with TSOB base, Leupold 3-9x40 Freedom scope, RH TH revolution Laminate, 152gr Lehigh Defense Controlled Chaos bullets

6.5JDJ Contender rifle, 20" SS SSK barrel with TSOB base, Leupold 3-9x40 Freedom scope, Upgraded M4 telescopic RIP dipped stockset, 110 gr Lehigh Defense Controlled Chaos bullets

LARRY, yes, we name our guns. This 6.5JDK Contender pistol with an SSK Blue 12" barrel autographed "Larry Kelly" made by JD Jones for his friend, an old Nikon pistol scope that didn't survive the trip, all set up as a tribute to Ken Kelly's Dad by Eric. 110gr Lehigh Defense bullets with the loads worked up for me by JD Jones personally. Thanks, JD


The only Encore in the group, named THE MUTT because Eric says it's the ugliest gun he has ever assembled, 2 tone RIP Cerakoted Weathershield frame, 1 lb 15ounce trigger job by Eric, 24" blue MGM barrel chambered in 6.5 x 284 Norma by Mike Bellm and threaded, Leupold VX-3i 6.5-20x50 CDS scope, Birch RH TH Revolution laminate, Marty's handloads developed over 3 years with Dennis using the Hornady 143gr ELDX bullet perfectly tuned to the Leupold CDS dial scope. Ugly yes, BUT this dog can hunt.


While all this was coming together we had multiple opportunities to communicate with our Professional Hunter (PH), Denver Gowar. An absolutely engaging 22 year old young man, heavy accent, and as we found out, a brilliant hunter and now friend. As he was trying to get to know us, our abilities, our physical fitness, and our firearms he had some questions that bring us back to the title of this story, ONE GOOD SHOT.

Why single shots? Most everybody uses bolt guns. Why handguns? Nobody uses them. What are all those JDJ rounds for? What distances are they good for? Bullets? What are those Lehigh Defense bullets anyway? What is a BOG POD Death Grip? Everybody uses some form of sticks. These African plains animals are tough, most often requiring quick follow up shots, Initially, THE MUTT wasn't on our list as we were told shot distances of 200-250 yds max. Denver asked if I had a long range rifle perhaps we could have some fun with it so I'm thinking Baboons? Jackals? Bush Pigs at night? Ok I'll bring it. So an accidental adjustment to the plan changed history for us. I also started explaining the history of the single shot firearms we represent with ONE GOOD SHOT being the motto. If I've done my job up front, and deliver the goods at the right time and place, then we only need "ONE GOOD SHOT".


1) Marty, Ruth and Eric all capable shooters.

2) Bog Pod Death Grip, essentially a very sturdy adjustable height tripod with a vise mounted on top. Denver now says it’s the most reliable, sturdy shooting platform he has ever seen.

3) Leupold CDS Dial VX-3i 6.5-20x50 scope 30mm tube combined with Marty’s developed handloads using Hornady 143gr ELDX bullets, perfectly tuned to the dial thus taking elevation completely out of any shooting solution by simply turning the dial to the desired elevation.

4) ANY of our single shot rifles and pistols that have been assembled precisely, and accurized to the max.

At this point I will forego the detail of each successful animal taken but will refer you at the end of the article of where to go to read each in detail. The following is a summary of the animals harvested, distances and firearms used:

Red Hartebeast - 380 yds-Marty - THE MUTT OGS

Impala - 300 yds-Marty - THE MUTT OGS

Black Wildebeest - 326 yds-Marty - THE MUTT OGS

Blesbuck -165 yds-Ruth - THE MUTT OGS

Warthog - 40 yds-Marty - 375JDJ Pistol OGS

Duiker - 273 yds-Marty - THE MUTT OGS

ELAND - 350 yds-Marty - THE MUTT OGS

Springbuck - 240 yds-Eric - THE MUTT OGS

KUDU - 597 yds-Eric - THE MUTT OGS

Gemsbuck - 260 yds-Ruth - THE MUTT OGS

Springbuck - 425 yds-Marty - THE MUTT OGS

Black Wildebeest - 400/440 yds-Eric - THE MUTT

Warthog - 250/250 yds-Eric - 375JDJ Rifle

Bushbuck - 236 yds-Eric - 375JDJ Rifle

KUDU - 221 yds-Marty - 375JDJ Pistol -300 yds-375JDJ Rifle-Marty - 25 yds-375JDJ Pistol-Eric

Steenbuck -155 yds-Ruth - 375JDJ Rifle

Ruth and I were there the full 10 days and Eric the last 6 days of the hunt. As you can imagine, we got after it!

Ruth's Gemsbuck

Eric's Bushbuck

Marty's Kudu

You may also notice that it took 3 shots to finish off my pistol KUDU, here is an excerpt from Eric's Final Day Blog Post as he reflects on that KUDU :

"That said, I realize this wasn't just his bull. I insisted he take the first shot. Actually demanded it because I knew he had it in him, and I was honored to take the final shot. But this wasn't just his bull or my bull or our bull. This incredible Kudu is the product of all pistol hunters before us, the entire community we hunt with and for and support, and all who helped push us into this first of a lifetime hunt. We are blessed, and we know it."

To read the whole story as a daily journal, click here for the HausofArms Blog and enjoy. There are about 17 posts so be sure to start with the prequel, "Everything Before the Hunt."

As soon as the promotional video is posted to YouTube, we will send out a newsletter blast with the link. You won't be disappointed. You can follow Coppermoon's Facebook page here and their Instagram page here.

Wow, also looks like THE MUTT has attained legendary status in South Africa. This cannot be debated. Our hosts see hunters from all over the world and "they all say they can shoot," but and I quote, "We have never seen a family, a system and a gun that DID NOT miss a single shot attempted at a trophy animal!" So what I am about to say will make no sense to some and be applauded by others, WE LEFT THE SYSTEM THERE. The Bog Pod, THE MUTT, the ammo, the Leupold scope, the suppressors, all stayed in SA and are in process of being transferred to our PH Denver Gowar. This means we can simply show up for our scheduled hunt, use THE SYSTEM with no hassle of traveling with firearms and ammo. BUT this also means any of YOU can do the same. Just tell Denver you are friends of HausofArms when you book your hunt. Can't be any easier than that.

As long as this writeup is there really are no words to describe this experience for my family. We have been truly blessed. The only question now is when do we go back?


While we were in South Africa early March I think, I got word that Danielle Sanville, T/C Brand Manager, and potentially some additional staff had been let go, and as of this writing, have not been replaced (4/20/20). What does this mean for the future of the T/C brand? Who knows. We also know that as of last November the S&W CEO had been removed by the board and then it was announced that S&W was to be split away from AOB, American Outdoor Brands. The obvious question I asked at that time was what happens to T/C? The only answer I could get was that T/C stays with S&W. The end of their fiscal year is 4/30/20 so soon there will be a much clearer picture. It is a messy divorce because S&W makes the frames and barrels while Battenfeld (BTI) distributes all the parts and pieces, with the T/C Brand being a major piece of the pie for them. So I guess we will see what happens. Personally, I will say that for us it can only get better.


I've already explained in detail what not having these frames has meant to me personally, so for a minute, indulge me to get philosophical with you. When you are in the middle of a battle there are probably two things you can be sure of:

1) You aren't sure exactly when it will be over

2) You know that whatever it takes you will prevail!

December came and went and so did April, and the battle has raged on but at last it seems the new boundaries have been defined successfully. Lehigh Defense/SSK is a friend and an ally! Wow, that was deep! 

1) A new casting foundry has been employed

2) Inspection samples are due to LD by end April

3) If that step is successful, production begins with 400 units (first order) then headed to LD

4) Once those are received at LD, they will need to machine, heat treat, assemble and engrave

5) Mid-summer?

6) Be patient, as I said a minute ago, we will prevail. The resolve of LD/SSK will win the day.


A follow up phase to the SSK-50 Frame project not only has begun but is well under way. These barrels, made with Green Mountain blanks, will most likely be on the shelves here at HausofArms by the time you receive this magazine. Initially there will be 3 bore sizes, .308" fast twist 1:7, .429" 1:16 twist and .458" 1:18 twist. Barrels for Encore, Contender, pistol and rifle, all stainless. BULL, FULL and Heavy contours. As appropriate in the following chamberings:














More bore sizes will follow. Note that Brian and I have been creative in these offerings as well as creating forend solutions in advance and also changing the mounting methods to create stronger attachment for those forends. Prices will be excellent! Another example of the commitment to our community by LD/SSK.


Even one more project that was announced alongside the SSK-50 Frames and Barrels was support for the wildcat calibers. Many mainstays caliber wise for the Contender platform have faded in recent years due to the lack of support for the components necessary for them to prosper. So in conjunction with the SSK Hunter line of barrels, you will soon be able to purchase ALL the components for the 309JDJ caliber on Our plan is to add these components as we add that particular caliber to the barrel line up, AND if all goes well, an incentive based program that gives larger discounts based on the number of components you select with your barrel order. Let's let the fun begin.

Be safe, stay healthy and shoot straight. 


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