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    Wow, this looks like fun... PPC at the LGS

    I ran across this today. The lockup is *tight,* and the DA is sweet and light. Sales guy said I may need to use Federal primers only, or change the mainspring. Anyone know anything about Day Arms Corporation? Does the price seem reasonable? I don't need it, but it sure seems like a fun range toyName:  IMG_5955 2.jpg
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    If it's the same Day Arms of San Antonio Texas, it's probably a pretty good revolver and a decent price IMO.
    Bob Day was an armorer for the Air Force. He was best known for 1911 Bullseye guns and had a 1911 22LR conversion kit. He died in a plane crash a number of years ago.

    I see the kits on Gunbroker and eBay once in a while.

    https://www.1911forum.com/threads/mr-bob-day.1009712/

    https://www.1911forum.com/threads/gu...is-work.79041/

    https://www.pistolsmith.com/threads/...-bob-day.7343/

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    I doubt there's much "may" to the Federal primers requirement.

    If I wanted a .38 wadcutter machine, $600 seems ballpark-ish.

    https://www.gunbroker.com/All/search...=1&PageSize=48

    If you log in there's some completed auctions. One Bill Davis gun went for over $2k but that looks like a bidding war between two very determined people. Another Bill Davis Python went for $1300 which probably reduced its value because Pythons are stupid money. Another (maker unlisted) S&W went for $650. The others were in the same sub $1k band and went unsold. In general the trend skews more toward $600 rather than $2000 unless you have a unicorn. I listed a Frank Glenn piece I had a year or two ago on gunbroker with no reserve and ad space on the front page. It ultimately went for about half of what I had in it, which was about what was expected.

    The secondary market for these things is pretty small. Assuming no mechanical issues you could probably get your $600 back, but it may take awhile to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh9 View Post
    I doubt there's much "may" to the Federal primers requirement.

    If I wanted a .38 wadcutter machine, $600 seems ballpark-ish.

    https://www.gunbroker.com/All/search...=1&PageSize=48

    If you log in there's some completed auctions. One Bill Davis gun went for over $2k but that looks like a bidding war between two very determined people. Another Bill Davis Python went for $1300 which probably reduced its value because Pythons are stupid money. Another (maker unlisted) S&W went for $650. The others were in the same sub $1k band and went unsold. In general the trend skews more toward $600 rather than $2000 unless you have a unicorn. I listed a Frank Glenn piece I had a year or two ago on gunbroker with no reserve and ad space on the front page. It ultimately went for about half of what I had in it, which was about what was expected.

    The secondary market for these things is pretty small. Assuming no mechanical issues you could probably get your $600 back, but it may take awhile to do it.
    As an unimportant aside, I think I may know that particular Python. It looks *very close* to one owned by a recently deceased family friend in that geographic area. If it's the one I think it is, the buyer got a laser.
    It does surprise me that PPC revolvers trend so low in sales $.
    They are usually babied by the owners, and the Davis and Ciamillo shops (for example) did very good action tuning.
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    That looks like a gun Id buy, at a price Id be happy to pay.

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    I think the reason it is priced so low is that it is a very specialized instrument, smooth and accurate but very heavy and lightly sprung demanding Federal primers. You aren't going to tuck this one into your AIWB. And PPC is on the decline. It is a precision game, difficult to shoot well but "gonna get you killed on the street."
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    Many thanks to all for the info. I'm thinking about it. In normal times it would be a bit more tempting b/c I could just buy Federal primers. I was lucky enough to buy ~8k primers a year or so ago, and I even loaded up 1k .38 DEWCs, but all of my primers are CCI...

    Sure would love to be able to keep that sweet trigger (and detonate primers reliably). I've never fired a PPC gun but it sure seems like a gun that could help you shoot better than you actually can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogcaller View Post
    Many thanks to all for the info. I'm thinking about it. In normal times it would be a bit more tempting b/c I could just buy Federal primers. I was lucky enough to buy ~8k primers a year or so ago, and I even loaded up 1k .38 DEWCs, but all of my primers are CCI...

    Sure would love to be able to keep that sweet trigger (and detonate primers reliably). I've never fired a PPC gun but it sure seems like a gun that could help you shoot better than you actually can!

    Oh, a good PPC gun *is* all that and a bag of chips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whirlwind06 View Post
    If it's the same Day Arms of San Antonio Texas, it's probably a pretty good revolver and a decent price IMO.
    Bob Day was an armorer for the Air Force. He was best known for 1911 Bullseye guns and had a 1911 22LR conversion kit. He died in a plane crash a number of years ago.

    I see the kits on Gunbroker and eBay once in a while.

    https://www.1911forum.com/threads/mr-bob-day.1009712/

    https://www.1911forum.com/threads/gu...is-work.79041/

    https://www.pistolsmith.com/threads/...-bob-day.7343/
    Bob Day and Alex Hamilton of Ten Ring Precision (the former pistolsmithing editor for American Handgunner) were both civilian armorers for the USAF at Lackland AFB who built competition pistols for the USAF team back in the day.

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