Full barrel length rail for Thompson Contender barrel anyone?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by mikle76, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. mikle76

    mikle76 Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Autauga County, Alabama
    Anybody know or heard of a gunsmith that can do it? Using the existing screw holes on a barrel should be enough but I have not found such an animal in my no-gunsmithing type searches. With every AR in the country now having rails from one end of the gun to the other for the versatility they offer it seems strange to not have the option on a simple single shot.
    Why you ask?... In my state handguns with open sights only are allowed for Turkey but during deer season I would like to add a scope or red dot. The rail (and clamp on iron sights ) give me that level of versatility in one barrel for the changing season. I obviously could buy an extra barrels but they are dang near $300.
  2. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Member

    Feb 1, 2014
    Middle Tn
    My barrels have factory sights installed. My 357 hotshot barrel has a full length vent-rib and shoots surprisingly well for what it is. If you want to bag a bird, just watch eBay for a simple barrel with irons. I have nearly bought some barrels just messing around throwing around $150 bids. I think my hotshot barrel was won on a $175 bid. For Turkey I would be seriously looking for a 22mag, 222, 223, or 17hmr 10" barrel with sights. Plenty thump to poke through feathers, but your not going to destroy much meat on the bird.
  3. dickydalton

    dickydalton Member

    Oct 6, 2012
  4. someguy2800

    someguy2800 Member

    Sep 16, 2015
    Brainerd Minnesota
    SSK builds lots of them that way. I don't know what it costs but I've seen lots of 2nd hand contender barrels from them with full ribs.

    There is no need to buy an extra barrel to switch from iron sights to a scope on a contender. The iron sights on a contender use the same screw spacing as the scope bases so you would just take the rear sight off for deer season and put a scope base on like this. Easy peasy.

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