Thompson Center Hawken

I was walking by my bar the other day and I looked up and noticed a little rust near the Lock on a T/C Hawken rifle hanging on the wall. Since I had to take it down to clean, I decided to take a few pics.

Back in 2000 I was surfing some online traders and noticed a guy was selling a Thompson Rifle Flintlock kit. It was in 54 calibre and the price was right. I contacted the seller and he told me that his wife bought him the kit in 1970 or 1971, (I don’t recall) and he never got around to building it. Since I’m always looking for a project, I closed the deal and a week later the kit arrived. I built the kit. Took it out and test fired a few rounds. And put it up on the wall.

Thompson Center Hawken

My plan was to hunt some deer with it but that never really happened. My primary blackpowder hunting rifle is a Thompson Center Renegade Rifle in 50 calibre that I built in the late 1980’s. And from there I graduated to a 50 calibre inline barrel for my Mossberg 500 shotgun. So, for years this has been hanging on my wall untouched.

As I write this, I’m thinking to myself that I need to drag out all the BP firearms and have a “dirty day” at the range.

Thompson Center Renegade Built in 1980’s.


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Freeze is our resident All-American hunter, shooter, gunsmith and military surplus collector. When he is not processing his own game or running the smoker, he focuses on Com-Bloc weapons and Black Powder Shooting.
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  • Freeze is an old black powder shooter from way back. I have encouraged him to start sharing more about it.


  • Mikial

    I shot my first black powder gun in 1975. A TC Hawken .50. I was always a big fan of the Mountain Man era of American history . . . John Colter, John Johnston (known to people who only go to movies and don’t read as Jeremiah Johnson), Hugh Glass and so many others. Such a rich period in American history, and so few know anything about it. I used to live in Utah and went to the Blacksmith Fork Rendezvous every year. Blacksmith Fork was named so because one of the mountain men who was a blacksmith would be at the rendezvous every year to work, and then would bury his anvil in the bank of the river to keep it safe since there was no way he could pack it around all year, and then dig it up for the rendezvous the coming year. Wonderful history and a seriously fun time each year living up in the mountains with a bunch of drunken maniacs for a week each year.

    • Freeze

      Funny you mention Rendezvous. I grew up about 50 miles from Friendship Indiana (home of the NMLRA) and attended their spring and fall events annually. It was always a great time and in the 1980’s before the internet, I learned a lot of things from the “old timers”. I often tell Marky the story of being beat by a 12 year old girl during a black powder skeet shoot. Great memories and super fun times.

      • Mikial

        Good stuff, and I can believe it! I knew people in the small towns of Cache Valley, UT (so named because it was a common cache site for trappers to hide their furs until they could sell them) who took their kids out of school for Rendezvous. A couple of those kids could really throw a tomahawk (one of my favorite Rendezvous pastimes).