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Old 11-22-2010, 06:27 PM
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I've had this gun for a long time. I've been thinking about selling it and I'm not sure what it even is Anyone know?

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It looks like a 3rd generation Contender with a rifle scope. The tell is the rimfire centerfire selector on the hammer. The first gen had a screw up under the spur, the second had a push button and the third had the knob on top. The G2 was next in line but is easily distinguished buy the beefed up frame minus the Cougar etching, similar in apperance to the Encore. I prefer the older ones as the triggers are easily user adjustable. The G2 triggers can not be tuned as easily.
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It looks like a 3rd generation Contender with a rifle scope. The tell is the rimfire centerfire selector on the hammer. The first gen had a screw up under the spur, the second had a push button and the third had the knob on top. The G2 was next in line but is easily distinguished buy the beefed up frame, similar in apperance to the Encore. I prefer the older ones as the triggers are easily user adjustable. The G2 triggers can not be tuned as easily.
I forgot to put the serial number range 3184xx
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Contenders are well made, accurate, and have great triggers, and the older ones offered shorter barrels and were lighter, while the newer Encores are huge! I had an old .45/.410 with lightweight 10" barrel and it was a ton of fun and I can't believe I sold it, but I don't have much desire for the new ones that are nearly two feet long.
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I have a 1st Gen with Super 14 barrels in .22lr, .223, 30-30, 45/.410, and 44Mag. The 30-30 was my last purchase and with a scope on a rest I am getting 1/2" groups at 50 yds.
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