TC Hawken Discontinued

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cjbrown_2000

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It's been rumored that Thompson Center stopped making their Hawken rifles. I called their customer service today and the operator confirmed that they discontinued the Hawken.

My .50 cal flinter shoots low and way to the left. I tried everything, including moving the front and rear sights to the extreme (at the same time) and the problem continues. TC said they will replace if "covered under warranty"...whatever that means. If not covered, then I am SOL because parts are not available. TC operator said I would need to go to an after market barrel.

How many years have they made this rifle? It used to be the commercial manufactured king and now it's dead.

Just thought I would give everyone a heads-up.
 

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As true Marksmanship declines, the modern MLers with their scopes make them easier to shoot. This is probably why they've changed as the market has. I, like most of us here are the opposite though. We like traditional guns and we know how to shoot them!
 
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I think a huge factor is that virtually no one was buying new ones. Who could possibly continue to build a model if no one was buying it?

Every time someone here on the site talked about buying new, every single poster told them not to do it, and to buy used instead to save money.

Much as I hate to see the TC Hawken gone, we've messed our own nest. I'm not pointing fingers, because I'm as guilty as everyone else. I've never bought a new one, and I've don't know anyone who has.
 

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I am happy I have a Hawken. It is a shame they are discontinued. It would be nice to have a brand new one, but the old guy I bought mine from took very good care of it and it came to me in very good condition, for about 1/3 the price of a new one.
It is my favorite rifle in my "arsenal".

Perhaps it will be brought back by T/C in the future or someone will buy the rights to make them.
 

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I've never bought a new one, and I've don't know anyone who has.
I bought two brand new TC Hawken rifles. You know me sorta, I guess. :grin:
The first one in the 1970's (cap kit) and the flintlock about 5 years ago.
I have many more used ones, however! :hmm:
 

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Glad I have mine. I passed it on to my 15 year old son this year and now he is hooked. Im guilty of buying used, but when a co-worker asks $100 bucks for it, and it has never been shot, you buy it!

Now I shoot my GPR right along side him, dang him and his youthful eyes.
 
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They started making in the early 1970s. I bought mine new then. Still have it. As does the Seneca, sans barrel, my wife uses with a replacement Douglas barrel.
Things change.
 

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I bought a new T/C Hawken around 1982 and still regret letting it go. :v:
 

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I would sell all of my other guns before I sold my Hawken. Just something about the design and feel of it that I absolutely love.
 

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Cynthia,
Some of us "old Guys" have started taking exception the the term and have begun saying we are a "little more mature". However my wife continues to question my maturity. :idunno:
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Papa said:
Cynthia,
Some of us "old Guys" have started taking exception the the term and have begun saying we are a "little more mature". However my wife continues to question my maturity. :idunno:
Mark
My wife calls us geezers, and it's name my pards and I have grown to cherish. Not everyone around here makes it to true geezerhood in her eyes. You have to work at it, and earn the right. I have, and I'm darned proud of it! :grin:
 
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cynthialee said:
I would sell all of my other guns before I sold my Hawken. Just something about the design and feel of it that I absolutely love.
You like what you like, that is fine.
But, I see the TC 'not-really-a-hawken' rifle as a gateway ml that helped many people get started in this avocation. It also was significant in growing the popularity of ml'ing and reenacting.
But, that time is past, there are other factory made guns out there to give one a choice.
But, what it did was spawn the cottage industries of many craftsmen who now make more period correct rifles for us all.
I'm sure there are models of hand made rifles you could and would love even more than the TC.
Like the TC, and others, the time has come to grow with the avocation and preservation of history.
 

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Only thing I could see I would like to change on the thing is to shorten the lop by about a half an inch. Other than being just a hair too far for my finger to touch the front of the triger gaurd comfortably it feels perfect.
Now I would love to have a hand made custom hunting rifle of similar design, but that really isn't in the cards at the time being.
:)
 

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BrownBear said:
I think a huge factor is that virtually no one was buying new ones. Who could possibly continue to build a model if no one was buying it?

Every time someone here on the site talked about buying new, every single poster told them not to do it, and to buy used instead to save money.

Much as I hate to see the TC Hawken gone, we've messed our own nest. I'm not pointing fingers, because I'm as guilty as everyone else. I've never bought a new one, and I've don't know anyone who has.
The price of T/C Hawkens anymore did just as much to hurt their sales. Midways prices are a little high but they are asking $780 for a percussion and $860 for a flint. Not too much more than that and you can get a semi-custom gun. These are only offered in .50 caliber now which turns some away. Like you pointed out, if someone is just starting out and they can get a used T/C for $300, they can buy a lot of powder, ball, patches and flints/caps with that extra $500!
 

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I did. Still have it. Ain't goin to sell. 1973. A real charmer. Lots of game.
 
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Doesn't suprise me, for what their asking price is.
The Hawken never fit me good any how, they stopped building my favorite the Renegade long ago.
 

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With slimming and trimming they work! Prefered the Renegade kit(1982)
Rip T/C Hawken
 

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I`m sorry to hear they are no longer being made, but I always thought they were overpriced when you could buy a similar gun for alot less money.
I seriously considered buying one back around 1980 when I was looking for my first muzzleloader for deer hunting but bought a CVA Mountain Rifle instead and never regreted it a bit. The only reason I own a Thompson Center Hawken now is because I found a used one in almost new condition last fall for $175. My old Mountain Rifle can outshoot it any day of the week though.
 

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