Back in the late 1970s, 89s and 90s, PPC competition was very popular. The fine gunsmith Bill Davis made some of the finest revolvers for PPC ever constructed. His works of art still surface every now and then…here is one…

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  1. mike messier – Thanks for your question – Yes, that was Bill Davis design. Another shooter at the range has a blued Bill Davis, and he uses it to test the accuracy of factory ammo at 50 yards. Just pop the front sight knob to 50 and good to go.

  2. nice it sure looks heavy , i seen you shooting it yesterday and was going to ask you how much it weighs , and i never got back to ya i like those sights very simple .thanks .

  3. Dan – I have never weighed it all these years, because I don't want to know. After shooting the Davis, everything else seems light as a feather. Those sights were perfect for PPC. The thing is a blast from the past.

  4. Axbent-That's great to hear – PPC should be popular – it is Bullseye shooting into a more practical format. If you are a good PPC shooter – you are a good shooter ready for any pistol use. My take is that it died out because of all the "run and gun" type of competitions that came along with more spectator and TV appeal. That's why Camp Perry won't sell on TV – highest difficulty challenge but spectators go to sleep and no prize money…Thanks for your posts – 

  5. Man, I'd love to own that revolver. Its a fine gun with a wonderful aesthetic! Does anyone know of other revolvers that may have a similar look that might be easier to find? Because I've unfortunately had no luck in finding one of these.

  6. Anbulce-Bill Davis revolvers show up on occasion at gun shows. Or a gun shop can help locate one for you. As for other guns like the Davis, the sport of Bianchi Cup includes some principles of PPC (like the Barricade stage). There are Bianchi Cup revolvers made by other gunsmiths that look very much like Davis revolvers. Some of these may reach the used gun market as well. Again, a gun shop may help. Thanks for the post and best regards…

  7. Service Pistol match, which is heavily based on the PPC course of fire, is shot at nearly every pistol club in Australia. Revolvers like this are still common here.

  8. TehBr0-Thanks for posting…We love to hear from the shooting friends in Australia…and not many here in the States knows that Service Pistol (PPC) is popular where you are… It's good to know, and nothing wrong with revolvers – they are making a comeback here in interest. Revolvers are still the simplest reliability there is, and they are the original long stroke double action for safety against accidental discharge. Best Regards to ya…

  9. Great video, my friend! I'm a huge fan of PPC revolvers like this and others from Dan Wesson and CT Brian. Very few people have them and even fewer do videos with them, which is a shame since this style of revolver is just about as cool as it gets.

  10. TheOnlyHellGod-Like you say, PPC revolvers are not well distributed and I always get interest and questions when I go to the range with it, even amongst range staff. I found my old ammo board and should do a video on that in use at the range someday…we're lucky that our sport and industry of shooting is so interesting and rich in subject matter…Have a great day..

  11. I am one of the few people who have watched this video that actually has shot one of these. Grew up shooting one actually, my old man was a cop here in Maine in the early 80's he got into PPC and other compititon handgun events and acquired his Bill Davis custom gun. It is a treat to shoot and it was a bigger treat to watch him shoot it and put all six rounds almost into the same hole. Cool vid dude.

  12. MrAwsomeshot-Thanks for posting your experiences with the Bill Davis revolvers. Your dad did some great shooting with it. I never scored enough 10s or Xs to hit it big in PPC, but I did manage a couple of first place trophies in some smaller matches. It was a fun time when there were other divisions such as Distinguished using snubbies. Good shootin' to ya… Maine – the home of Col. Lawrence Chamberlain whose actions at the Little Round Top prevented defeat at Gettysberg…

  13. brought back happy memories.  .The gun that you showed was probably made mostly by Kerry Freeman, Bill's Head Gunsmith.
    I was the Controller of the G&B Davis Corporation, d.b.a. The Davis Company, from Aug. 1984 until Oct. 1987.   The company was a combiination of the George F Cake Co. of Berkeley, CA., , suppliers and wholesalers of Police and Law Enforcement Equipment, and the Bill Davis Service Center of Sacramento, CA., which ran a gunsmithing factory.  We also had retail stores in Sacramento, Berkeley, Seattle and San Diego, and owned SpeedFeed and ElektroLok.
    The police wholesale business moved to Hayward, and was run by Gil Davis, while the Gunsmithing part of the business was run by Bill Davis.
    Bill was a cheerful, pleasant character.  His office was filled with more trophies than I've seen anywhere.  He was a delight to work for.  In his early days he was a police officer in Sacramento, then he moved the California Highway Patrol, where he eventually ran the training school at the Police Academy.   As a gunsmith there was none to touch him.   He had a staff of about eight extremely talented gunsmiths, picked from the best.  The Head Gunsmith was Kerry Freeman.  Their main work was in repair and maintenance of firearms for the local law enforcement agencies, but what set them apart from other gunsmiths was their custom work.   They would build special editions, engraved with city logos, or commemorate editions.  They were tuned specially and in beautiful oak presentation boxes.  A lot of them carried personal inscriptions for men who were retiring from the force.   Apart from the special editions, they also designed and built custom firearms, and, in that, they reminded me a lot of the Red Jacket company, whicht became so famous from the television series.  In fact the owner of the Red Jacket Co. reminds me a lot of Bill Davis.
    Apart from firearms, Bill was a great inventor.  I remember when, after repairing so many shotgun stocks from officers using them for anything from clubs to tire irons, he got the idea of a plastic stock, which was unbreakable and would last the life of the gun and then some.  With a hollow cavity inside the stock he could carry extra rounds of ammunition, instead of having the rounds rolling around under the dashboard of the police car.  He was looking for a name for it, and I suggested "Six in the Butt", with a cartoon of a police officer holding his butt and yelling.  I thought that an advert like that would make the stock the talk of the police industry.  But eventually he settled on Speed Feed, and floated it as a separate company.
    He also looked for a way to make the storage of shotguns safer inside a patrol car.  Officers had the nasty reputation of accidentally shooting out their tires from time to time, so he came up with an electronic locking device, which would lock the shotgun in an upright position, with the lock worked by a solenoid so that you couldn't remove the shotgun without the ignition turned on.   It meant that officers could run out of their cars chasing a suspect without having to worry that someone would steal their shotgun while they were away from the car.   He called it the ElectroLok, and it's now become a standard item on patrol cars all over the country.
    He set up a small workshop in Sacramento and bought a plastic injection moulding machine to make the Speedfeed stocks.  Unfortunately, the machine turned out ten years supply of stocks in the first month, and then became idle, so we sold the machine to a plastics company on the agreement that they would produce stocks for us whenever needed.
    In 1987 they split the company into several smaller companies, and sold the Police Equipment Supply part, which has previously been the George F Cake Co., to the Pacific Armory, while Bill continued with just his gunsmithing shop in Sacramento.
    I haven't seen Bill for many years now.  If he's still around he would be in his nineties.

  14. aftbrookes- I have a Bill Davis gun built in I believe the early 1980's- Stamped on the barrel is " Airwolf" Do you know where I could find out any info on it ?

  15. PPC is alive and well. I have been competing since 1998. Just shot the Mid South Regional in Memphis, TN this past week and headed to Charleston, SC in two weeks. The National Police Championship has been moved from Jackson, MS to Albuquerque, NM and will be in September as always.

  16. I have a chance to buy a PPC ready smith and wesson but there are no competitions around upstate NY I know of.  I love the 38 special round and shoot a lot out of my model 36.  Think I will buy the model 15 Smith and Wessons for now at least.  Keep the videos coming.

  17. Is that basket weave holster a custom item? I have a belt almost identical to your rig, but I've yet to find a drop/swivel holster that will house my Clark Custom bull barrel. Safariland makes a kydex like one, but I'm a sucker for beautiful leather styles such as this.

  18. Had  one  just  like  that    and  competed  many  times  in PPI   PP2  and  1500    and  even  some times  won  that  was  until  they  restricted  the  use  of  hands  here   in   the    U.K.   

  19. I was  on the Hanford Nuclear Site's Patrol  pistol team in the early 80's. I used a Bill Davis gun on a Model 10 frame for PPC competition in WA. The pistol was capable of better accuracy than I could give it. Wonderful pistol. Went to DOE national competition at Pinellas, FL in 1984 Silky smooth action. I must have put 10,000 rounds of factory 148 gr HBWCs through it. It finally went out of time, and spat lead. Accuracy went to sh*t. Sold it to our armorer for a song. He fixed it, and went on to beat my brains out  on  the range with it. Live and learn. Should'a kept it.

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