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#630728 05/28/23 01:21 PM
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Just reading an article that says Steve Davis of Tennessee is the acknowledged Dickson gun expert in the USA. Does anyone have any information of Steve Davis?


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I haven't contacted Steve in several years. He moved up to the UP of Michigan from Tennessee maybe a dozen years ago, where he did several repairs for me. In Tennessee, he was the US expert on Dicksons, both as an importer and gunsmith. He still worked on Dicksons in the UP and also raised a line of English Setters, one of which I have. I have since heard he has retired from gunsmithing. Steve and Dan Morgan in Vermont were the two main US gunsmiths on Dicksons. The Dickson and Son company has had a rejuvenation since J P Daeschler purchased it. He works closely with Delanay and Sons in Pennsylvania and can be contacted on his website https://www.john-dickson.com/ Liz Delaney https://www.delaneyandsons.com/ has become a chief contact for Dickson and Son in the US and is one of the movers getting the Vintagers Shoot back on its feet. JP will be attending the Vintagers this year.

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Leonard;

Would you please PM me with the contact info you have for Steve Davis.

I too have questioned what happened to Steve Davis as I remember him coming to the "Southern" some years ago with several most beautiful Dickson round actions in the back of his pick up truck. As a matter of fact I was just asking Joe Norcom (aka Joe in Charlotte) two weeks ago if he knew "what ever happened to the Dickson round action guy from Tennessee"?

I do not see any empirical evidence that we are going to see any new John Dickson & Son round action guns, do you?

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Stephen Howell

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I was in their shop last September in Dunkeld.

They told me they had tremendous demand for repair and refurbishment work as well as a solid backlog of new guns to build.

I couldn’t help but notice that Johnny from TGS and Jonathan Macgee have been waving around a new 28 bore bar-in-wood.

What makes you think there will be no more new ones?

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Sorry Clapper, but I do not know who Johnny from TGS and Jonathan Macgee are and I don't think I have seen an bar in wood John Dickson & Son round action new or old. Are you speaking of a MacNaughton perhaps? Please be so kind as to post a link to this firearm.

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Yes, apologies,
Skeleton Macnaughton. 28 bore

Jonny is the host of TGS shooting on YouTube,
And Jonathon Mcgee is a very well known shooting lifestyle photographer/videographer.

When I was in their shop the racks had mostly museum type restoration level guns.
Graham Macinlay had far more shooter level type round actions.

I’ll scrounge up the links for them.


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Yes, you are spot on about Graham; it seems that he is taken the lead in finding and selling the Dickson round action jewels.

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Stephen Howell

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Jewels are where you find them. A board member is looking forward to his new 20 bore round action I found for him. There were a fair number of Scottish guns in this collection, Dicksons, Frasers and Henrys, most were rifles but a few shotguns as well.

The same client brought is a lovely Fraser .303 double from Graham last year and he just picked up a great Fraser falling block at Bonham's.


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I’m looking forward to stopping back in his shop.
I’m headed there from Northumberland in August.
I’ll be at Dickson’s last week of August.

You ever think about rebarreling a 28bore with Damascus tubes from Peter Dyson? Would have to make ribs.


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Steve is indeed alive and well, in the UP. At least he was, when I spoke with him a few days ago.
I fully intend to spend a week or two with him and his lovely wife, and the Llewelin setters, hunting grouse this fall.

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