In 1970, Thompson/Center entered the Black Powder market with the introduction of their first muzzleloading rifle, the Hawken™. Muzzleloading interest at that time was minimal. The market needed an innovative, quality rifle that could not only be shot, but could be purchased at a reasonable price. Original or antique rifles were selling for high prices and most collectors opted not to fire these pieces. The T/C Hawken™ was the first of many muzzleloader types for Thompson Center.
Presently, Thompson Center produces an extensive line of single shot pistols and rifles, plus a full line of muzzleloading rifles and “black powder” accessories.