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Gary Stevens has just called and informed me that Bill Mains was found deceased in his motorhome this morning in Bandera Texas.

Bill was a good friend and a fine man.

Bill loved his work and he loved having people watch him work.

He will be missed by all that ever passed his way.

They say we are only on this earth for a visit, Bill's was way to short.

Rob Taylor
 

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I enjoyed chatting with him at the Pa. State Shoots and to watch him work his magic.

R.I.P....Condolences to his family.

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Tragic News...Mr Bill Mains may you Rest in Peace...
Great Engraver...Fabulous Man..Lucky to call Him a Friend..He will be Missed.

My Condolences to His Entire Family at this Time of Sadness, Bart Reynolds
 

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bill was my friend. i can't thank him enough for all help and encouragement when i started as a mobil vendor. i remember nights at the cal state shoot very late with just a couple of people still working on vendors row at that time of night. i would look over and there was bill with his head down working at his craft. the knowlege he passed on to me and many others is what made him so special to many of the younger vendors and helped raise the quality of the work that was available on vendors row.

i remember one saturady night at the golden west grand when just about everyone was in at the casino for the awards dinner. some group of people was breaking into the motorhomes and travel trailers while everyone was in town. bill saw what was happening and called me. i was still working further up on vendors row. bill came up the hill armed i came down the hill armed and we caught the would be burglers and held them for the police.

many evening drinks, meals togeather, and long talks over the years. he will be missed. a very sad day indeed. doug hubbart gunsmith/colorado custom cases
 

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A sad day.It won't be the same at the Dollar.I always enjoyed talking to him and watching him work.He will be missed.


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Loss of a true artist, and more artistry. He was one of the best. RIP.
 

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The loss of a true craftsman and gentleman. May he RIP.
 

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Rest in Peace Bill.

a true craftsman on the Mt Rushmore of engravers imho..

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He helped me find his signature on my 4E. I will never forget his kindness and patience. What a true gentleman.

Mr. Bill Mains, RIP.
 

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A loss to the shooting community, indeed. Bill was a great artist who trained many years ago as an engraver in Lancaster, PA. His abilities were a gift and rare talent; a gentleman and friend to all who had the pleasure of making his acquaintance. A sad day.......
 

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I spent many hours watching Bill engrave. He always had time for others I will cherish the work he did for me almost as much I as cherished his friendship R.I.P.
 

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I spent many hours watching Bill engrave. He always had time for others I will cherish the work he did for me almost as much I as cherished his friendship R.I.P.
 
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