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I have a Browning Double Automatic from about 1956 that had a recoil pad added by Gil Hebard Guns in Knoxville, IL. I have added a deer barrel to this gun and have been thinking about the gun's history while using it this week in Ohio's deer gun season. I had a bunch of time to ponder about the gun because in about 10 hours in the tree stand I saw no deer. At some points I have to admit I became a tree hugger as the winds got gusty. I would love to hear about Mr. Hebard and his shop if anyone has info on him or his work.
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Yeah, he ran a decent size a mail-order business, primarily pistol-related stuff. He used to cater a lot to the bullseye pistol community...bought a few things from him at one point or another. Smith & Wesson dealer also, if I recall.
 

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I bought a few S&W's from him back in the 60's and 70's when I had a FFL. I am sure I bought some pistol accessories for IPSC too. Good people to deal with.

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Gil is in his mid-80's now and has no children. Unknown what will happen
to the business when he passes. Gil is a real gentlemen and was a nationally
ranked pistol competitor during the 50's to mid 70's.
 
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