Ballistic expert’s library to be sold

photo courtesy National Rifle Association of America William C. Davis, Jr.

Many people in Wellsboro were unaware of the presence of a world-renown ballistics expert in their midst. It is only after his passing that information is coming to light.

William C. Davis, Jr. of Wellsboro died at age 88 on March 4 of this year. He and business partner Charlie Fagg operated Tioga Engineering Company, which Davis founded in 1972 and where he worked until retiring in 2007.

Fagg approached Kasey Cox, manager of From My Shelf Books in Wellsboro, to help him sell the library of his friend and partner. While going through the books, Cox got insight into the life and renown of Davis.

While going through the boxes of books to determine their value, Cox began finding notes. Some were written on the pages of the books, all of them about firearms, ballistics and ammunition. Many are first editions, some personally and warmly inscribed by the author. Others were gifts from founders and CEOs of large firearms companies. The words “Aberdeen Proving Grounds” were frequent finds, as were thank you notes to Davis tucked among the pages. All thanked him for sharing his expert knowledge and answering questions that the writer had submitted.