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Jerry,Sad news! Bill Davis has Passed away, this morning I believe. No details as yet. He was a great PPC Champion ,innovator, Business man ,team mate, and friend. The PPC World has lost another great one, as has the firearms industry. I suspect Bill and Jim Collins have scheduled a match soon and will again match each other shot for shot as always, along with all the other PPC shooters invited to the match.
So sorry to reply so late but I've only just joined the forum. I was very sorry to hear of Bill's passing as he made my PPC revolver in 1979 when it was the Cake Davis company. I had a stainless, slab-sided barrel with a Davis rib and double-action only. He didn't have grades then, just a few options, I still have the catalogue he sent me. I was a member of Marylebone Rifle and Pistol Club which started the Heron International 1500 in 1984. Bill came over in 1987 and then you and Marc Cobb came over in 1988. It was also sad to realise that Jim Collins of the Alabama State Troopers had passed away. I got the revolver 5 years before we got to shoot PPC but I was always trying to get a Match together. I found out about PPC through the American Rifleman and at that time (1978) the big name seemed to be Jim Collins. He was my inspiration and I seem to remember a Federal Cartridge advert in the American Rifleman when he shot 1500-126x. Unfortunately we can't shoot pistols over here any more so I am left with memories. Bill came down to our Club in '87 and spent the evening regaling us with stories of the matches he'd been to. He was a real gentleman.
When did Jim Collins pass away? One of our Club members who was a policeman went to the Nationals one year and had his photo taken with him.
Best wishes from the UK.
Hon. Secretary, Marylebone Rifle & Pistol Club
Jerry,Pete great hearing from you! I'm sorry I'm not sure of the date of Jim Collins passing but it's been four or five years now I suspect. During our lifetime we meet many people, and some of those effect or lives in a way hard to express. Through PPC competition I have met some of the finest people I will ever meet, who have made a lasting impression on me. Jim Collins was certainly one of them. Through Bill Davis I became friends with Jim and I will always remember his encouragement about my shooting. You folks at the Heron 1500 were great hosts to Marc and I in 1988 and I will always remember that great trip and all our UK friends. JPE
Thanks for the information on the passing of Jim Collins. It never ceases to amaze me how the bad guys seem to live so long and the good guys like Bill and Jim are taken from us far too soon. Bill came down to our Club in London when he was over here in '87 and it was before the ban on indoor smoking over here. He certainly did like cigars. He told us about some of the matches he'd been to but my abiding memory of him was his comment "If I see one more goddam castle, I'm gonna to throw up!".
Pete typically the single action notch was not removed, only the hammer bobbed. JPJerry,
The gun I bought off Bill in 1979 was double-action only with a bobbed hammer. Did he remove the single-action sear? I still have the paperwork where he recommended 2.7 grains of Bullseye behind a 148 grain HBWC. I stuck to that load religiously until we had to hand our guns back in 1997. The last time I used it was at a PPC competition in Belgium. They had a Ransom rest so I chucked it up and it put 6 rounds downrange (50 yards). They would all have been in the X-ring on a B-27 after almost 20 years and hundreds of competitions.
Now over here they shoot 1500 but with lever-action rifles and telescopic sights. I tried it once with my winchester and open sights but it definitely wasn't the same. That was the last time I shot the Match.