March 1998

Thompson/Center Encore Our Choice In A .223 Rem. Single Shot Pistol

The Encore was more accurate than the Thompson/Center Contender and more reliable than the Magnum Research Lone Eagle.

No one has carried the concept of single platform\multiple calibers farther than manufacturers of single shot handguns. Such pistols are designed to fire different calibers by changing a part or an assembly. Consequently, the shooter doesnít have to buy a whole new gun every time he or she wants to try a new cartridge.

The three entries in this shootout are prime examples of the multiple caliber concept. Magnum Researchís Lone Eagle is available in 15 centerfire calibers and has a rotating breech that field artillery veterans may find familiar. Its caliber is changed by installing a different barreled-action on the pistolís grip assembly. Thompson/Centerís Encore and Contender are both...

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