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Shootist Convention Comes to Davenport

The wild west will come to the Quad Cities this week. The National Congress of Old West Shootists (NCOWS) will hold its annual convention in Davenport Thursday through Sunday. 

The convention's organizer, John Hoker, works at a print shop in Dewitt by day, but when he's dressed in period clothing, complete with an 1873 Winchester rifle, he calls himself "Bear Tooth Billy."  
The convention includes a ladies tea and a western action shootout at the Davenport Guns and Shooting Club. On Saturday, there will be a seminar on the Winchester rifle.


Many of the historic firearms are still in working condition.

Other seminars will include "Gambling in the Old West," "Life and Times of Buffalo Bill" and "Colorful Women." 

Hoker expects more than 200 people will attend this year's convention of the National Congress of Old West Shootists at the Hotel Davenport and Convention Center.