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WANT INFO ON A BILL DAVIS PISTOL

October 30 2010 at 10:08 AM
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RONALD MATSKO  (Login RON41)

 
I RECENTLY BOUGHT A BILL DAVIS CUSTOM PISTOL. ON THE GUN BARRELL ON ONE SIDE IT IS ENGRAVED WITH FOUR QUEENS DESERT REGIONAL AND BEHIND IT IT HAS ROADRUNNER SHOOTING AT WYLIE COYOTE. ON THE OTHER SIDE IT SAYS BILL DAVIS CUSTOM. BEHIND THE CYLINDER IT HAS THE FOUR QUEENS LOGO AND HOTEL/CASINO DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS. I WANT TO TRY AND FIND OUT AS MUCH AS I CAN ABOUT THIS GUN. WHO WAS IT BUILT FOR AND ANY OTHER HISTORY OF IT I CAN GET.

 
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Re: WANT INFO ON A BILL DAVIS PISTOL

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October 30 2010, 12:10 PM 

The Davis Company built those guns as awards for the Four Queens PPC Regional in, I believe, the late 1980's. Bill told me at the time that these guns were every bit as accurate as any of his other PPC revolvers. This one has not been fired, other than at the S&W factory and after being built at Davis.

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October 30 2010, 7:02 PM 

THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION. YOUR GUN IS BEAUTIFUL. APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION, AND BY CHANCE WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT THE VALUE WOULD BE? ALSO, HOW MANY OF THEM WERE MADE? THANKS AGAIN, RON

 
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October 30 2010, 11:03 PM 

I would guess that there were less than a dozen made, although a member of this forum worked for the Davis Company at the time and will have a better idea. As for what it is worth, I suppose the easy answer is that it is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. I would guess you would be charged at least $2500 to dulicate these revolvers.

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November 1 2010, 1:31 AM 

We built those ppc guns in 1989 (I believe) for the Four Queens Regional PPC match as awards.The gun design was by the late Kerry Freeman an outstanding gunsmith . logo,art work,etc. were the brainchild of Bill Davis and several employees and I remember working late into the night to finish the gold fill and final finish work before driving them to the Four Queens Hotel the next morning.They were likely the finest firearm awards ever given in all classes at any match.I believe we made a total of 15 guns, few have ever left the hands of the winners. Like KAC I have one too, you having one is your good fortune. They are complete ppc guns nothing was left out of the production of the guns,they shoot as well as any ppc gun ever built. I personally test fired each of them and they are excellent guns. Dennis Cerruti was the Security director for the 4 Queens hotel and he and Bill Davis were very good friends. Dennis was the driving force behind the match and made sure his match was excellent, it was! Dennis made sure everyone enjoyed themselves,including a Golf tournament,Slot tournament,fashion show,busses running to and from the Hotel every half hour,and a huge awards banquet.Sadly Dennis passed away jan.1991 and unfortunately with Dennis the 4 Queens Regional died too! Dennis and Bill worked to make that match the best and I am proud to have been part of it. JP

 
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November 1 2010, 7:01 PM 

My gun does not have the gold lettering. Did they use the same gun each year or did they use different varieties of the same gun? Mine also has a different barrell. The front of it looks more like a Browning hi-power. All of the engraving is the same as the gun in previous e-mail. I bought the gun from a dealer in Michigan and it was suppose to have belonged to the person who won it. I'm trying to get as much info on it as possible. I would like to put the gold inlay on it,but am not sure if I should. Also, the grips on this gun cover up part of the Four Queens logo. Was this the way the gun came, or did the owner change them to his preference? They look like other Bill Davis grips, but not like the ones on the gun shown above. I will receive my gun on Thursday and then i can post a picture of it. Thanks for all your help.

 
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November 2 2010, 11:47 AM 

Looking forward to the picture. Some owners actually shot these guns in matches. The gold fill in the engraving could be removed by using too much solvent when cleaning. I am not 100% sure, but I thought these were awarded one year only.

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November 3 2010, 12:56 AM 

KAC49 is correct the gun he provided picture of was made only one year and never again.The gun you discribe was built another year and was a BD Grade 3 I believe.If you can provide a picture I will give you any Info I can. JP

 
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RONALD MATSKO
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November 4 2010, 4:24 PM 

I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO UPLOAD A PICTURE TO THIS SITE. I COULD E-MAIL THEM TO YOU IF YOU WANT. I'M LOOKING FOR A PAIR OF GRIPS SAME AS IN THE FIRST PICTURE, BILL DAVIS GRIPS. ON TOP OF GUN BARREL BY FRONT SIGHT, THERE ARE 3 ALLEN SCREW. THE MIDDLE ONE IS STICKING UP. NOT SURE IF THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE THIS WAY, OR IF I SHOULD TRY TIGHTEN IT? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

 
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November 4 2010, 9:02 PM 

Go to this link http://www.speedfeedinc.com/productsmain.html and scroll down to Davis Grips. The Large ones are what this gun came with. Be warned, they are the best revolver grips ever made (not just my opinion) and you will want them for all your revolvers. The middle screw in the front sight allows the gun to be sighted for a neck hold on the B27 target at 25 yards. When adjusted correctly it should not stick up too much. I won't do it here but if you would like to know how to adjust the Davis Custom Aristocrat sight rib let me know. Also, if you put your photos on Photobucket they are easy to post. Or, email them to me.

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RONALD MATSKO
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Pics

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November 6 2010, 11:00 AM 

Here are links to some pics:
LS Bill Davis Custom

Bill Davis Custom

I inlaid the gold lettering -
Can you tell me which gun this is?
Also need a source for the grips.
Thanks, Ron

 
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November 6 2010, 9:29 PM 

Very nice. Put a set of large Davis Grips on it and it will look like the day it was awarded, which I'm sure JP will put a date on. A nice piece of PPC history.

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November 7 2010, 8:03 PM 

These guns were also made for the 4 Queens as awards 1988 I believe they were made only one year like KAC49 GUN jp

 
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November 5 2010, 12:13 PM 

Just read JP's post and it sure brought back some great memories of great matches. I participated in all of them. I got a chance to meet Bill and Dennis. Got to be good friends with Dennis and what a shock when he passed. These matches were as popular almost as the Nationals and some of the greatest awards given out including Bills guns of course. A few came back to the St.Louis area with some of our shooters. Dennis went out of his way to make the whole thing a real special event and everyone feel like they were special, from the newbie all the way to the top shooters. The banquets and events he set up something else. I went back out there some years later and made a visit to the Casino,and when I walked into the lobby and all the PPC memorbilia gone just made me feel real sad. When I talked to some of the security people and asked about their shooting program or possibility of sponsering matches again,they just laughed,wasnt in the budget. So much for great era of PPC matches on a grand scale and elegant hospitality.Too bad.Many will never realize what they missed.

 
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November 4 2010, 9:09 AM 

Hey Ron,

my Dad won one of those 4-Queen guns in '89 or '90 i can give you some more info if you need it. Most of the other guys hit most of the high marks about them... Give me a call or I'll see you at the first indoor next month..

john c poole

 
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David Bohner
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Bill Davis 4 Queens Pistol

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January 16 2017, 11:00 PM 

I acquired a Bill Davis PPC pistol given as an award for the match at the 4 Queens. It is engraved "First Place 'Western Classic' High Master". The Pistol smiths identifier on the yoke is A20. The gun does not have the Wylie Coyote/Roadrunner logo as the one pictured. Interested in finding out about this pistol and any others.

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January 18 2017, 5:55 PM 

I have to echo what JP has already said; the 4 Queens match was the most outstanding PPC event I have every attended. I was lucky to attend 3 of them. Dennis passing at his young age I hope, was not as a result of the event pressure.

It was great for the wife with stuff to do, and always will be in my memory.

It was funny when one of our shooters in Canada by the name of John Vaughn shot a 1494 in that year of 1989ish. His prize for high international shooter was John Pride's PPC video. I'm not slagging Pride's video or the value for some shooters, but..... We gave Vaughn are hard time with that one.

A buddy of mine borrowed my Windmaster that year, and won one of those first pictured guns ( I think Ex class). He has since used it for his match gun.

 
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JB
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Bill Davis Pistol

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January 18 2017, 8:19 PM 

Ditto again on great match and times.
One of our guys from this area,from McDonald Douglas (then), won several(I think) of these and is still shooting one from these matches. Still as accurate today as it was new. He is a N.R.A ref now,(Vic Buccat).Loves Remington wads.
I could not ever get used to that wind on that Vegas mountain.Still lot of fun. LOL

 
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