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Old 02-10-2020, 01:56 PM
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Mr Bob Day

I have a opportunity to buy one of his bullseye 45 pistols. And was hoping to get some info.
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Old 02-10-2020, 03:43 PM
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I think he made an accurate .45, I never heard anything bad about his guns. He is best known for a .22lr conversion.
IIRC, he was killed in an airplane crash before 1980, so any gun you look at would be several years since it was built. Also guns that old may not be easy to mount an optical sight on, due to some of the iron sights of the day.9
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:56 PM
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This is it.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:31 PM
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You don't say what the price they are asking. It might be a fine target gun.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:37 PM
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If I had a line on a Bob Day gun I'd buy it. He was a master.
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Old 02-10-2020, 07:35 PM
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Bob Day was the the head armorer for the Air Force's pistol team. He built bullseye competition guns almost exclusively. Once out of the Air Force, he set up shop and even made his own .22 conversion unit.

His bullseye guns are straight up tack drivers.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:11 PM
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gun writer Charles Petty thought very highly of him as he was on the air force pistol team
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:01 AM
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Neat old Bullseye pistol. Bob Day was one of the masters IMHO. I have an old "Gun Digest Book of Pistolsmithing" from 1980. Chapter 14 is about how Bob Day goes about accurizing a Series 70 Colt for a customer. Very interesting to see how gunsmiths went about building very accurate pistols before oversize frames, slides, barrels, etc. were common.

I have an old Clark gun, and would be very tempted if I came across one accurized by Bob Day...
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:30 AM
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The bullseye guns by the old masters are becoming collectible by some. Day was truly a master. If you get it, you'll have the best of all worlds...a collectible pistol that's also a shooting machine. Only use mid-range semi-wadcutters in that.
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Old 02-11-2020, 05:40 AM
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And no MIM!

That pistol is in beautiful condition! I wouldn’t hesitate and take a chance of loosing that Colt.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:16 AM
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Thank you all.I purchased the pistol last night and it's on it's way to me.This all started with my clark heavy long slide 38 wad cutter. I have 6 other 1911.But there nothing like the old masters.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:00 PM
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Here's a Bob Day customized National Match with his conversion unit.





The pistol dates to 1972 and to this day, it is the most accurate centerfire I have ever owned. Sub 2" at 50 yards with pretty much every load I have yet to put through it, including steel and aluminum case.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:44 PM
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Beautiful pistol.
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:34 PM
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Man. It just clicked. Bob Day who owned the Powderhorn in San Antonio before he died in a plane crash. His other love was flying. I remember Bob from the shop. His son David still has the shop. He's not a gunsmith though. More on the business side. Good people. Even though I live about 3 hours away now I'll make pilgrimages back there to buy, sell, and trade. Mostly trade. It's a sickness.

I saw a S&W 28 that David had bought from a customer. It was one his dad had converted to a .45. You wouldn't have known it wasn't a stock .357 to look at it exterior wise. But it was tuned. I asked how much and David said it wasn't for sale. It was one of the guns his dad had built and he bought it to keep.

Sorry, I can't help with any info on the gun, but thanks for reminding me of Mr. Day. What can you say, he was a master at his craft. He was also a friendly, open person and down to earth.
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Old 02-11-2020, 05:44 PM
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I have an old "Gun Digest Book of Pistolsmithing" from 1980. Chapter 14 is about how Bob Day goes about accurizing a Series 70 Colt for a customer.
I've re-read that chapter many times. There was almost no 1911 aftermarket then; Day welded and filed to get GI bits to fit the way he wanted. And he wasn't much for cosmetics, other than what customers specifically requested. His main market was competition guns, and if you couldn't score with a Bob Day 1911, it wasn't the gun's fault...
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Old 02-12-2020, 06:55 AM
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Interesting side note.The clip has a signature on it Bob Day.Do you think he did it ? Or just a way someone else marked it.
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:00 AM
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Thank you for your help.I received it friday and shot saturday.Amazing.Here are a couple pictures along with my clark 38 speical again thank you
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