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Hawk
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Wilson Brothers X-99

Postby Hawk » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:57 pm

Jow2Crow started a thread about early Ken Beck Era Widows. I've posted this before I think, but here it goes, again.
Here's a Wilson Brothers X-99 that was shipped August 17, 1966. 68" long, 36 @28.
Walnut Riser trimmed with Rosewood. The previous owner(s) shot it barebow for it had no screw holes in her.
She did need some major TLC from Toby. Had him put a Matte Finish on her because if you look at Gloss Finish too hard, it will leave a mark.
Janice of Lost Nation Archery made up some 3 bundle, 12 strand B50 Strings that are Brown, Tan, and White to match the bow's colors.
Have read that Wilson Brothers made appox. 25,000 bows, about half were target type bows, but only about 5.6% or 1400 bows were LH.
To find a LH with no holes... I feel really blessed.
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Re: Wilson X-99

Postby Hawk » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:02 pm

Since some would say I ruined the Bows value, I went ahead and put my name on her. Toby left the original specs and the original slightly yellowed finish.
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Re: Reference Marks

Postby Hawk » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:22 pm

If you saw earlier posts about freestyle division (sights), the early sight brackets were screwed directly into the face or back of the sight widow area depending on shape or design of the bow's sight window.
I read that NFAA officials went nuts when Bowyers,
(Have seen this on Pearson Bows as well) put these multiple overlays on the Widow Face that could be used as reference marks if you were so inclined and a consistent enough to work out a system.
Shooting Instinctive (Barebow) class you had to cover these marks up with a strip of dark tape so you didn't have a reference.
Sincerely,
Hawk
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Joe2Crow
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Re: Wilson Brothers X-99

Postby Joe2Crow » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:10 pm

Nice looking bow, Hawk. I have seen lots of the old Wilson brothers widows but have never actually held one in my hands. How do they shoot compared to the Beck and later bows? It seems like even the hunting weight bows usually had white glass on the back of the limbs.

Hawk
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Re: Wilson Brothers X-99

Postby Hawk » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:30 pm

They are excellent bows for their time. Their narrower limbs gave you just a little more performance than the average bow of the day. The mass of the riser helps with consistency. But being Dacron strung, she has a little hum and vibration when she shoots. Not bad, but it brings back memories of my early days.
She seems to like a 1716, but still needs some work.
But day in and out, I prefer a newer models.
I know guys that go nuts and ogle and swoon over old Grayling Bears, Pearsons, Wings etc. Some even have racks & racks full of them and swear that they cannot be beat.
But those bows were cranked out by the hundreds each week for years.
I've said that if they sold a few and got any new modern stickbow, with a modern string.... Well, everyone has an opinion.
Sincerely,
Hawk

Scooter Trash
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Re: Wilson Brothers X-99

Postby Scooter Trash » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:08 am

Hawk,
As for "ruining" the "value", The way I look at it is, It's your bow you can do anything you want to it.
I don't consider the value lowered because you put your name on it. If for some reason you ever decided to sell it, it could be refinished and taken off.
Nice bow.

Hawk
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Re: Wilson Brothers X-99

Postby Hawk » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:15 am

Thanks Scooter,
She came back from Toby looking like new!
Found her at the Footed Shaft in 2017. When it shipped out in August 66, I was 7 years old. I didn't start shooting until about age 11 or 12.
You hold it and wonder how many owned her and how many ribbons, medals, trophies she might have had a hand in winning.
Sincerely,
Hawk

James Calamaris
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Re: Wilson Brothers X-99

Postby James Calamaris » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:09 pm

Hawk, who cares what the experts think, that bow is beautiful and a trophy!!!! Uncle Jim


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