Bill Ruggie who passed on Nov 26, 2016 was a great friend indeed.
When I was first attempting to assemble a collection of rifles to photograph for my book, Bill was the first collector to step up and offer his entire collection of Fred Riley guns!!!! That was a big shot for me considering it was very difficult to convince most of the gun crowd to send theirs.
Bill was a player from the beginning of the revival. He had great taste and amassed a wonderful collection of guns, knives, bags and accouterments.
His enthusiasm carried over into all his show displays, and also his term as a CLA President. Our group is a mixed and varied bunch. The makers themselves cannot be fully appreciated or validated without the other side of the coin. And there you had Bill Ruggie.