Welcome to Mike Bellm's TCs!
We make the Thompson Center break open guns work for YOU, the one pulling the trigger!
When good just isn't good enough...........
Or, as John Wayne said: "Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.”
Stupid may sound harsh, highly arrogant and offensive even, but what else do you call doing the same things over and over with the same poor results? Realistically there is a lot of stupid going on in the shooting world that we can't fix, but we can sure fix lack of knowledge so YOU can shoot the T/Cs Smart!
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This site is the result of over 35 years of custom barrel work focused on the Thompson Center interchangeable barrel systems AND the individual shooters like you using them, starting with the Contender and following on through in greater detail with the Encore, Pro Hunter, and Endeavor firearms.
Due to normal manufacturing tolerances of each component part, it is highly unrealistic to think that one of millions of barrels, one of hundreds of thousands of frames, and millions of rounds of ammunition both factory and handloaded can all be combined at random and be expected to work to your satisfaction every time, or even work at all.
It is a testament to the system as a whole that it works as often as it does. But if you think it will work every time, you are living in a dream world. You have a choice. Take advantage of the work we have done to enable you to make the guns work for you, or take the inevitable losses.
Much of this site is about enabling you to understand and fix these main weak links in the chain:
Loose fit at the hinge and barrel lockup
Headspace, either too much or too little. What you can do about it
Marginal strength of the factory hammer spring
Heavy and/or rough trigger
Forends that bind the barrel as it heats up
Thompson Center and many of the aftermarket custom shops do not appear to understand these systems themselves, but with a little thinking on your part you certainly can and must if you expect the guns to work for YOU!
It does YOU no good at all if you send a barrel back to the maker, and the maker says it is "in spec" , offers the lame statement "meets our standards", or shoots a certain size group for them, but then does not enable YOU to do the same or even have the gun function for YOU!
This is where my 35 years of custom work represented on this site comes into play and ALSO explains the role of the chamber throat and custom barrel work options performed by me, Mike Bellm.
Take some time studying and thinking about some of the very simple concepts presented, and you like thousands of others will get fantastic performance from these wonderful interchangeable barrel systems.
Go to the top of the menu list and start your journey to the best performance from your TC Encore, Pro Hunter, Endeavor, Contender, and G2 guns.
Note: Contact Kurt Michael Bellm for all parts orders.
Mike Bellm for barrel machine work, and advanced technical support
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All custom products on this site were developed by me, Mike Bellm, over the last 34 years serving TC shooters. The information and procedures presented here were developed by me in cooperation with and with the support of fellow shooters and others in the trade. Except where noted and credit is given for the direct source of information, I claim copyright to all materials presented herein, and as the originator of the intellectual property on this site as it is presented, I further claim all intellectual property rights.
The information presented on this site is to enable you to make your TC guns work for you, not to enrich you by plagiarizing for resale. You are encouraged to use information from this site to support your sales and service of TC firearms, on forums, blogs, written materials, video, and digital reproductions on the condition Mike Bellm is given credit as the source.
Any unauthorized use of this material is prohibited. Any doubt, please be courteous and ask.
Contender, G2, and Encore, Pro Hunter, and Endeavor are registered trademarks of the K.W. Thompson Tool Company doing business as Thompson/Center Arms Co., now a Smith & Wesson company.