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Thompson/Center’s Humble Beginnings

A man, a garage, and the idea for a firearm–for Thompson/Center, such meager beginnings proved to be the foundation for a most unique gun company. “For Kenneth Thompson, a New York toolmaker, the end of WWII marked the birth of his own firm. From his Long Island garage, he shipped molds and tooling for...

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Former Thompson/Center Employees Form New Gun Manufacturer

  Rochester, New York, lost about 200 manufacturing jobs last year when gun maker Thompson/Center Arms was relocated to Massachusetts by its parent company, Smith & Wesson. Now, some former T/C employees have formed a startup business, LHR Sporting Arms, LLC, and plan to manufacturer long-guns for hunters and target shooters. As Foster’s Daily...