The following is a list of things to do and opinions on why to do them before you go on a trip of a lifetime.
In comparison to a true humanitarian crisis, the “Great Frame Shortage of 2019” may not be that big of a deal, but in our world it feels like a HUGE DEAL. We are working with T/C to get Encore frames back into production ASAP. We are still taking Encore frame orders, but please know that we do not have a confirmed ship date from T/C yet. We do have G2 frames in stock and ready to ship!
We have been able to continue to offer 2018 pricing on factory barrels for the last several months because we were able to lock in our 2018 prices for the first several orders of 2019.
March Newsletter From HausOfArms
50th Anniversary G2 Contenders
We are steadily receiving shipments of the 50th Anniversary G2 Contenders, and we have already shipped two dozen to happy customers. We expect to receive our next shipment in April.
350 Legend Barrels From Match Grade Machine
We are expecting our first shipment of 350 Legend Barrels for all platforms by the end of March. We still have a few pre-sale barrels left, but we don’t expect them to last. If you are considering a 350 Legend barrel, we would suggest ordering asap.
350 Legend Scopes And Ammo
Leupold plans to release 350 Legend Scopes by early summer. These will be CDS scopes specifically designed for the 350 Legend. We plan to stock a few of these scopes. (We also plan to stock them for the 450 Bushmaster).
We hope to stock Winchester’s 350 Legend Ammo as soon as it’s available.
HausOfArms Soft Pistol Cases
We have a few of our HausOfArms pistol cases left, and we plan to order more. These cases come in 24 and 27 inch options, and they will fit a scoped pistol in all platforms.
16.5” Threaded 6.5 Creedmoor Dimension Barrels By Bellm
As always, we strive to offer new custom items on a regular basis. We sent a few of our 6.5 Creedmoor Dimension barrels to Mike Bellm to have them cut down and threaded. Mike cut them down to 16.5” and added a 5/8-24 thread with a cap. These barrels are a perfect fit for a small blind!
T/C Shooters Challenge
Our friend, John Tasker, runs the T/C Shooters Facebook group. He has started a monthly shooting challenge, and there will be prizes for the winners! Check it out!
A Note From Marty
Many of you are already aware of the blatant attack on our 1A and 2A rights by Facebook. They have recently shut down multiple T/C enthusiast groups with zero recourse. While we plan to continue to use the HausOfArms Facebook page for as long as possible, we are also encouraging our followers to join us on MeWe. MeWe is a 2A friendly site, and we are asking everyone to join in case our Facebook page is shut down.
February Newsletter From HausOfArms
Introducing The 350 Legend By Match Grade Machine
At SHOT Show, Winchester introduced their newest ammo: 350 Legend. There has been a lot of buzz and excitement about the possibilities that the 350 Legend can offer. Dylan from Match Grade Machine came home from SHOT Show and got to work designing a 350 Legend barrel for both the Encore and Contender. We are offering them as a pre-sale item right now, and we should have them by the end of March. We are offering them for the Encore and Contender in both blued and stainless. They will be 20” long, threaded with a cap, and 1:16 twist.
The 350 Legend WILL NEVER Replace the 357 Rem Max
As many of you know, the HausOfArms Crew LOVES the 357 Rem Max. We all own one, and we all love them for different reasons: lack of recoil, versatility, accuracy...we could go on all day about the 357 Rem Max. Here’s the deal, the 357 Rem Max isn’t an accessible barrel for everyone because not everyone reloads and not everyone can afford to buy reloads, but the 357 Rem Max has a loyal following and will ALWAYS have a loyal following. This is where the 350 Legend comes in. It has many of the same qualities as the 357 Rem Max, AND the price point and accessibility of the ammunition makes it accessible to ALL.
What Match Grade Machine Says About The 350 Legend
The 350 Legend is perfect for the states that are restricted to 1.8" straight wall case for hunting. Winchester had youth, women, and those of us that are recoil sensitive in mind during development. This case is designed to compete with cartridges like the 450 Bushmaster and the 460 S&W, but without the recoil. New case features include an overall length of 1.71", a slightly rebated rim that is the same diameter as the 223 Remington, multiple SKU’s of factory loaded ammunition, plus the benefit of reloadability with a plentiful supply of 35 caliber bullets. This blazing round will have great muzzle velocity combined with proper hunting bullets that will allow you to reach out to 300 yards and beyond with confidence. There’s no doubt that the 350 Legend will be a great addition to your Encore or Contender barrel collection. See it in action: https://winchester.com/350-Legend#video
Ballistics From Winchester
MeWe: A Gun Friendly Social Media Platform
While we intend to continue to utilize the HausOfArms Facebook Page, we are well aware that many similar pages and groups are being deleted without reason or recourse. You may have noticed that the All T/C Contenders All The Time and the T/C Addiction groups have been deleted. Facebook permanently deleted these groups because they made someone feel “unsafe”. We are choosing to be proactive, and we are asking our followers to join us on MeWe. You can find our page here: https://mewe.com/p/hausofarms. While you are at it, please be sure to join Justin VanDee’s new group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/395097161056641/.
As of right now, we haven’t received anymore of the 50th Anniversary Contenders, but we expect to start receiving regular weekly shipments of them! The first one that we received went to a legend in the T/C community. Bob Bryarly has been a champion and advocate for Thompson Center for decades, and we were honored to be able to fulfill his order.
Our first shipment of 2019 T/C Catalogs arrived this week! We will be adding one to every HausOfArms order that goes out the door while supplies last. We can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks about them.
Shoot Straight and Be Safe,
Marty and The HausOfArms Crew
SHOT Show 2019
We decided to do something a little different with this newsletter update. Marty and Emily both wrote separate reviews and didn’t discuss them with each other until after each was written. You may notice some recurring themes in both reviews, but you will also notice the difference in perspectives for a SHOT veteran and a SHOT newbie. Enjoy!
50th Anniversary Contenders
WE FINALLY HAVE THE UPDATE THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY G2 CONTENDERS ARE IN PRODUCTION AND WILL BEGIN SHIPPING THIS MONTH! IF YOU’VE BEEN CONSIDERING PURCHASING ONE, DO NOT WAIT. THERE WILL BE A VERY LIMITED NUMBER MADE!
We Love Our T/CR22s!
We still have a few T/CR22s in stock that are ready to ship! We have custom Revolution laminate stock sets and barrels that will fit both the T/CR22 and the Ruger 10/22, and we are now offering the option of having your factory Magpul stock dipped in any of our custom hydro dip colors! This is a fun round to shoot, and it is a great value for the accuracy and quality that you get!
Match Grade Machine Barrels
Each month, we continue to sell out of the popular calibers, and we appreciate Match Grade Machine working hard to keep our shelves stocked. The 357 Rem Max, 300 Blackout, and 444 Marlin seem to fly off the shelves faster than we can get them in. We will be offering the 450 Bushmaster, 460 S&W, and the 300 Win Mag with built in brakes and dove tails. We currently have the 300 Win Mags in stock, and we will have the other two in stock by the end of January. Check out our YouTube video showing our new barrel upgrades.
We have an exciting new sale to offer for the Dimension platform! Last month, we told you that we were able to obtain the remaining 6.5 Creedmoor barrels for the Dimension platform. We were also able to get a good deal on Bridge Mounts and B Bolts, and we are passing the savings on to our customers. We are offering 2 different 6.5 Creedmoor Dimension Bundles: for $325 you get a 6.5 Dimension Creedmoor Barrel, a Bridge Mount, and B Bolt, OR for $390 you get a 6.5 Dimension Creedmoor Barrel, a Bridge Mount, a B Bolt, AND a Dimension Infinity Camo Stockset! This sale will run while supplies last.
New Promo Items!
You may have noticed some new swag items on our weekly Facebook giveaways. We were given the opportunity to offer a limited run of HausOfArms exclusive Thompson Center swag items. We’ve got brand new T/C backpacks, T/C bottle openers, and T/C camp mugs to offer for our weekly giveaways, so be sure to follow HausOfArms on Facebook for your chance to win!
***Please note that these promo items are giveaway items only. We can’t sell them.***
Last week, we mailed out thank you gifts to our Top 10 customers of 2018. We also need to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers who helped make 2018 a record year for HausOfArms! We truly couldn’t do this without each and every one of you! Thank you for making us your source for Thompson Center!
Marty and the HausOfArms Crew
The HOA Hush Puppy
We gather inspiration for our bi-annual theme guns from a variety of places. It is our goal to make them surprising and interesting. Some are character driven, some are imitations of moments in history, or others are renditions of previously popular gun designs. True, there really is nothing new under the sun, but our goal is still originality, and our motivation is to spark creativity in the minds and hands of the shooters we serve.
The December 2018 HausOfArms project gun is hopefully a little bit of “all of the above”. One my most favorite of the most interesting standouts of all T/C pistols to me has been the “super short” barrel jobs. I’ve enjoyed browsing them in all calibers from ridiculous .44 Mag all the way down to miniscule 22 Shorts and 17 Mach 2s. So the goal was to create a highly desirable hat tip to these that would also act as a suppressor host and plinking companion. I think we’ve achieved exactly that with the help of our friends.
As always the foundation for our project is a frame any shooter would be proud of, and in this case it’s the blue G2 jeweled by Ken Kelly at Mag-Na-Port. Maybe you’ve seen the stainless jeweled frames before, but guys, I’m telling you, the blue jeweled frames are the kind of bling the dark knight would be proud of. That’s right, it’s the Batman of T/C frames. The dark-as-sin combo of matte and gloss is a theme we would continue with a heavy gloss blue MGM 22 Long Rifle Match barrel 7” in length and threaded to rimfire specs wearing a shortened picatinny scope base. The compact nature of this pistola lends itself perfectly to being topped with a Leupold Delta Point Pro and silenced with my Silencerco Spectre II muffler. The grip set is our ambi G2 from Revolution Stocks in the Purple Haze custom colorway. To soup things up even further the folks over there were very gracious to do a special fit on forend length right up to the shoulder of the threads on the muzzle. It is a striking piece.
Believe me when I say it is startlingly quiet. Laughable even both with subsonic and supersonic ammunition. But the Hush Puppy is no more silent than it is accurate thanks to the combo of the MGM barrel and a 1lb 15oz enhanced trigger. Zeroed at 25 yards the impact of CCI Quiet 22 (750fps) is just ¼” off from the Wolf Match .22. And even with the unmagnified reflex optic it is boringly simple to stack one round on top of another.
There really is no limit to what any of us can achieve when it comes to the versatility of these T/C platforms. Well, maybe one... Funding.
A First Look at the T/C LRR
Originally when T/C announced their entry into the autoloading .22 and Long Range Precision line of firearms I experienced a sort of knee jerk reflex as my eyes rolled to the back of my head, and I muttered something about “just another ‘me too’” gun from T/C. BUT... But, that’s not really fair though is it? T/C entered into the auto-loading .22 arena years and years ago with the Classic R-55 which was an outstanding rifle save for its price point both for the unit itself and aftermarket magazines. Had it been easier to get into the hands of recreational .22 shooters maybe it would’ve taken off and been around longer. And you know what? The T/CR22 is fantastic. It just is. The little 10/22 clone is feature-rich especially for factory 10/22 style offerings and the price-to-value ratio is way up there. Tons of high points and I can’t sing its praises enough. Mine is several hundred rounds in suppressed and loud and I have yet to clean it with my only beef being the sloppy trigger. But I just treat it like a dirty 2-stage and am on my way. Enough, we’re not even talking about the T/CR22 right now!
When it comes to bolt guns, it’s not like T/C hasn’t been trying to gain more foothold in this area for over a decade with the introduction of the Icon, the more affordable Venture, the interchangeable Dimension (my personal favorite) and the wildly popular Compass. So it only makes sense, if we’re moving in this direction at least in part, why NOT enlist the expertise of the S&W Performance Center to launch the LRR.
*By the way, LRR stands for “LONG-RANGE-RIFLE” if you’re into keeping track of the “name it what it is” acronym labeling mantra over at T/C these days.
So just real quick, as at the time of writing this piece I’ve only had one range trip to begin getting acquainted with the LRR, let’s take a brief walk through the standout points of the rifle itself. The T/C LRR is an interesting combination of simple and complex both in appearance and features. But even at that, it just is what it is. A straightforward shooter built solid and with proven accuracy offerings from the factory. The 2-way adjustable stock feels more like a 6-way stock, the bolt locks tight but smooth and the 20 MOA integrated picatinny rail gives you the framework for mounting a solid optic/ring combo to dial it in from deep.
There are a few “not reinventing the wheel” features on this (much like the T/CR22) that I like such as the M-LOK slots on the front of the chassis which both saves weight and allows for seamless integration of accessories, the included Caldwell adjustable bipod (remember S&W owns Battenfeld Tech which came with existing names like Caldwell) and integration of Accuracy International magazines to feed the beast. For the record I would’ve preferred DPMS style AR-10 mags but it’s sort of a potato/potahto choice in the accuracy world and the AI mags give it the feel of a pro “boutique” quality firearm… so does the price point of additional AI magazines.
The LRR trigger is a 2 stage in the sense it has the internal spring-loaded plunger a la Savage AccuTrigger style and claims adjustability from 2.5-3.5 pounds pull weight. While I wish on the bottom side we saw something more like 1-1.5lb minimum, the trigger is crisp, clean, short and is very satisfactory for what it is: An end user customizable trigger designed for a balance of optimum usability and accuracy.
I know what you’re thinking: “How does the 11.5 pound rifle shoot? HOW. DOES. IT. SHOOT?!?!?!?!” We ordered the 6.5 Creedmoor model sporting the FDE colored chassis with the 24” 5R button rifled and generously fluted barrel (25.5” with the installed brake). I topped it with a 30mm one piece mount from American Defense Manufacturing combined with a Leupold VX-3i CDS 20x optic. The goal was to set it up in a way in which the periphery equipment would not be blamed for any potential malfeasance at the range.
I used some existing 6.5 Creed handloads to get it on paper after bore sighting shooting 2 rounds at each setting to ensure adjustment coming properly. Each of these pairs running a 140 grain Hornady ELD-X projectile would be nearly touching which proved to be an early encouragement. With spitting rain, heavy gusting horizontal winds, an antsy 6 year old and dusk threatening my shooting light, I managed to print a single sub-MOA 5 shot group using factory Hornady 140 Grain ELD-X ammunition claiming 2700fps on the box. If we were to be generous to the shooter and removed a 5th shot flyer we’d be looking at a 4 shot lucky clover measuring 11/16” diameter from opposite centers. Not bad for the first time out. I’ve got some fresh boxes of Hornady Match 147 grain ELD-X rounds begging for some attention and can’t wait to test accuracy at 200 meters and beyond. And all this with factory ammo as we haven’t even begun to consider dialing in hand loads yet.
Overall it’s important to understand the value of this rifle especially for what it is. You’re looking at a $1200 MSRP entry level precision rifle in a market that routinely sees competitor rifles falling in at 2x-4x the cost of this setup. It has a very smooth and mild recoil response making it comfortable to shoot all day, a bolt that glides easily and feeds and ejects rounds with gusto, and a comfortable chassis and platform you can customize to your personal frame. Wanna hunt with it? Sure, if you’re in a stationary spot and don’t have to lug it over mountains. Want to compete with it? By all means. Want to punch paper and ring steel by yourself at the range? I think you’d be tickled with the capabilities.
Maybe it is possible after all for T/C to continue looking to the future while staying faithful to the platforms that got us here? I know this curmudgeon wouldn’t complain if we began seeing some S&W Performance Center influence start to creep into the Encore and Contender world.
A guy can dream can’t he?
Speaking Of T/CR22s…
We have T/CR22s in stock that are ready to ship! We also have custom Revolution laminate stock sets and barrels that will fit both the T/CR22 and the Ruger 10/22. This is a fun round to shoot, and it is 100% customizable to your taste. T/C is also offering a rebate on the T/CR22s through the end of the year!
In the Spring we joked about the 50th Anniversary Contenders being 51st Anniversary Contenders. It seemed funny at the time. Much to our dismay, this may be our reality. We have been told that the stocksets had to be returned to the manufacturer twice because they didn’t meet specifications. We appreciate the attention to detail and the commitment to quality, but we know that this is not the news that many of you were hoping for.
Now time for the good news…Danielle Sanville from Thompson Center has let us know that the first shipment of 10 is expected to ship by the close of 2018. We are hopeful that this will happen!
Match Grade Machine Barrels
Our partnership with Match Grade Machine continues to flourish, and in turn, our customers get to reap the benefits. In addition to the MGM barrels that we have stocked for the last year, we added many new calibers in 2018. These calibers include the highly anticipated .410 and 28 gauge shotgun barrels in all platforms, and the 45 cal muzzleloader barrels in both rifle and pistol for all platforms.
Each month, we continue to sell out of the popular calibers, and we appreciate Match Grade Machine working hard to keep our shelves stocked. The 357 Rem Max, 300 Blackout, 450 Bushmaster, and 444 Marlin tend to fly off the shelves faster than we can get them in. We are also now offering the 460 S&W and the 300 Win Mag with built in brakes.
While many distributors have stopped stocking the Dimension platform, we are committed to continuing to offer as much as possible for as long as possible. We are happy to report that we have secured all the remaining 6.5 Creedmoor barrels for the Dimension platform. If you’ve wanted to add to your Dimension lineup or start your Dimension collection, don’t wait!
As you are reading this, I am on a hog hunt in Texas with Eric and James. This is our second year going on this hunt at Pavur Outdoors in Seymour, TX, and it has been another fantastic trip. We’ve all three had success sleighing beasts and filling the freezer. You can’t beat that!
PRICE DROP ON SELECT ITEMS AT HAUSOFARMS!
T/C Gray Soft Rifle Case T/C MuzzCharger T/C Black Soft Rifle Case
T/C Combo Tool T/C Encore T-Handle Ramrod 1 Piece Scope Mounts
Solid Walnut Display Case
THE NEW THOMPSON CENTER LONG RANGE RIFLE
Chambered in .243 Win., .308 Win., and 6.5 Creedmoor, the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle also includes a 20 MOA picatinny-style rail and 5R rifled, fluted barrel for enhanced accuracy. Built for the precision shooter, featuring an adjustable cheek piece and butt plate for a custom fit and built-in Magpul® M-LOK® slots for quick, easy mounting of accessories. The rifle features a threaded barrel with muzzle brake, and a Performance Center trigger that’s adjustable from 2.5 to 3.5 pounds for precise tuning.
PLEASE CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION
$10 OFF SELECT ITEMS AT HAUSOFARMS!
Use Offer Code: 10OFF
MATCH GRADE MACHINE/HAUSOFARMS BARRELS
Encore: 6.5 PRC, 300 Blackout, 450 Bushmaster, 22 Hornet, 224 Valkyrie, 30-30 Win, 357 Rem Max, 6.5 Creedmoor, 45-70 Govt, 460 S&W, 454 Casull, 45 cal Muzzleloader,
444 Marlin, 6mm Creedmoor, .410 Shotgun
Contender: 22 Hornet, 300 Blackout, 357 Rem Max
G2 Specific: 444 Marlin, 224 Valkyrie, 45 cal Muzzleloader
ENCORE REVOLUTION STOCKSETS
Encore Stocksets in two of our most popular colors: Coffee and Woodland Camo!
G1 CONTENDER REVOLUTION BUCKSKIN STOCKSETS
G1 Contender Revolution Buckskin Stocksets!
ALL CRUSHER LOOP AND AMBI GRIP SETS
ALL Crusher Loop and Ambi Grip Sets. This includes the Encore, G2, and Contender platforms in all stocked colors.
ALL OEM ENCORE GRIP SETS
ALL OEM ENCORE GRIP SETS in our custom colors!
ALL CUSTOM DIPPED STOCKSETS
Katahdin Dipped Stocksets ProHunter Dipped Stocksets Custom Colored Stocksets
Encore Kryptec Telescopic Stocksets G1 Contender Kryptec Telescopic Stocksets
G1 Contender Choate Vista Camo Stocksets G2 Contender Kryptec Telescopic Stocksets
G2 Contender Choate Vista Camo Stocksets
GET YOUR T/CR22 FOR $249 AFTER T/C REBATE!
Stock up for Christmas! We think everyone should have their own T/CR22, and we have lowered the price on them AGAIN for our BLACK FRIDAY SALE! T/C is also offering a $50 REBATE on the T/CR22! After the rebate, that brings the final cost down to $249!!! We're also offering extra magazines, bull barrels, and laminate stocksets for the T/CR22, and they are offered at a discount when ordered together.
A NOTE FROM MARTY
We all liked the new T/CR22 so much that we decided to offer fully customized T/CR22 bundles at discounted prices. These will make fantastic Christmas gifts for any age shooter (SHHHH! Don’t ruin the surprise for my grandkids)!
BLACK FRIDAY STARTS NOW AT HAUSOFARMS!
Stock up for Christmas! We think everyone should have their own T/CR22, and we have lowered the price on them AGAIN for our BLACK FRIDAY SALE! T/C is also offering a $50 REBATE on the T/CR22! After the rebate, that brings the final cost down to $249!!! We're also offering extra magazines for the T/CR22, and they are offered at a discount when ordered together.
We are pleased to announce that we are now stocking laminate stocksets and barrels that are compatible with both the T/CR22 and the Ruger 10/22. We are stocking the Yukon stockset in Coffee and the Trailblazer stockset in Bone Gray in both Right Hand and Left Hand configurations. As always, you can order the special order color options in the Trailblazer or Yukon stocksets as well. We are also offering Stainless Steel and Blued barrels in 16.5", 18" and 20" options.
This offer is only available while supplies last.
MATCH GRADE MACHINE/HAUSOFARMS BARRELS ON SALE!
We are offering a $10 discount on ALL in stock MGM Barrels while supplies last!
We have the following MGM barrels in stock:
Encore: 6.5 PRC, 300 Blackout, 450 Marlin, 22 Hornet, 224 Valkyrie, 30-30, 357 Rem Max, 44 Mag, 6.5 Creedmoor, 45-70, 460 S&W, 454 Casull, 45 cal Muzzleloader, 444 Bushmaster, 6mm Creedmoor, .410 Shotgun
Contender: 22 Hornet, 300 Blackout, 357 Rem Max, 44 Mag
ENCORE REVOLUTION STOCKSETS ON SALE!
We are offering a $10 discount on Encore Stocksets in two of our most popular colors: Coffee and Woodland Camo!
Use Offer Code: 10OFF
This offer is only available on Encore Coffee and Woodland Camo while supplies last!
G1 CONTENDER REVOLUTION BUCKSKIN STOCKSETS ON SALE!
We are offering a $10 discount on our G1 Contender Revolution Buckskin Stocksets!
This offer is only available on G1 Contender Buckskin Stocksets while supplies last!
ALL JUNIOR LAMINATE BUTTSTOCKS ON SALE!
We are offering a $10 discount on all in stock Junior Laminate Buttstocks in the Encore, G2, and Contender platforms!
This offer is only available on in stock Junior Laminate Buttstocks while supplies last!
ALL CRUSHER LOOP AND AMBI GRIP SETS ON SALE!
We are offering a $10 discount on ALL Crusher Loop and Ambi Grip Sets. This includes the Encore, G2, and Contender platforms in all stocked colors.
This offer is only available on stocked colors while supplies last.
ALL OEM ENCORE GRIP SETS ON SALE!
We are offering a $10 discount on ALL OEM ENCORE GRIP SETS in our custom colors!
This offer is only available on in stock colors while supplies last.
ALL CUSTOM DIPPED STOCKSETS ON SALE!
We are offering a $10 discount on ALL of our customer dipped stocksets. This includes:
Katahdin Dipped Stocksets
ProHunter Dipped Stocksets
Custom Colored Stocksets
Encore Kryptec Telescopic Stocksets
G1 Contender Kryptec Telescopic Stocksets
G1 Contender Choate Vista Camo Stocksets
G2 Contender Kryptec Telescopic Stocksets
This offer is only available on in stock dipped stocksets while supplies last.
This is a special week for the HausOfArms family. Our family is growing by two as Eric and his two daughters welcome Krystal and her son into our family. While we will still be taking orders on HausofArms.com, we will not be answering the phone on Friday, October 19th.