SOLD FOR: $1001
Make: Black Arrow Arms
Model: Thompson Contender Black Arrow Barrel Conversion Kit
Serial Number: NSN
Year of Manufacture: Late 80’s to Early 90’s
Caliber: 10” Arrows & .22 Blanks
Action Type: Single Shot, Arrow Barrel Conversion Kit. There is no frame. This is not a gun.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “22 BLANKS ONLY”. The right side of the lug is marked with a circled “E”. The bottom of the lug is marked with a circled “7”. The left side of the lug is marked with a circled star.
Barrel Length: 14 3/4”
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. Attached to the top of the barrel via two rings that are integral to the rail is a Nikon Monarch UCC scope with a long eye relief, a duplex reticle, and 2.5-8x magnification. The barrel shows a few light handling marks and minor operational wear and the lenses are clear. Overall, the scope rates in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are Pachmayr checkered rubber with the Pachmayr lion medallion on both sides of the pistol grip and the forearm. The grips show only light handling wear with no rips or tears and the checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips rate in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Black Alloy
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. Rifling is present in the chamber and it is sharp. The rest of the bore is smooth. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This barrel retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered little nicks into the finish. The screw heads are only lightly tool marked. The markings are crisp. Overall, this barrel rates in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: There is no way for us to test the functionality of the barrel but there is no indication that it would not function properly. As with all previously owned items, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This kit comes with the previously described scope, 12 aluminum 2512 Easton arrows, a broadhead guard, and a total of 195 blank .22 cartridges, 95 of which are power 5 and 100 of which are power 6, and paperwork including a manual. The fletching on some of the arrows is damaged. The heads are sharp and the arrows are straight. Overall, they rate in about Very Good condition. The broadhead guard is in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: Rare item alert! Due to the limited production, it is difficult to find information about these conversion kits, it is possible that as few as 30 were produced for the Thompson Contender between the late 1980s and early 1990s. Arrows are put over the inner barrel and fired by a 22 blank. This propels the arrows at around an amazing 500 fps. Don’t pass up the opportunity to own this neat and rare kit for your Contender. Please see our photos and good luck!