Thinking about engraving my 1911

Thinking about engraving my 1911

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    Thinking about engraving my 1911

    So anyone know a good engraver? I know I would have to get the stainless steal redone but I've always wanted to do it.
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    I can strongly recommend Bruce Shaw. Look him up on the web; I shot with him for many years. Bruce was a multiple national championship shooter, but his engravings, especially wildlife, is superb. I don't know what he charges, but his work is detailed beyond belief! I will try to add a pict:

    Bruce Shaw
    P.O. Box 545
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950

    Bruce received his art training at Cal-State University at Los Angeles and is a graduate mechanical engineer. He started engraving in 1978 and has been engraving full time since 1984.

    He specializes in knives and pistols with native American designs as well as game animals with American scroll borders.

    Sorry, the pictures didn't show up!
    Last edited by swiftyjuan; September 28th, 2006 at 01:00 AM.
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    please dont bastardize a 1911. pretty please.

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    Get Wooden Grips...

    and then you can notch them yourself...

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    Nothing wrong with engraving as long as it's done tastefully:

    This entire pistol was built from a box-stock Series 70 Commander by Kent Singletary, the lead gunsmith for Robar. Unfortunately, Kent no longer does engraving.

    Go to for the Firearms Engravers Guild web-site.
    You may find someone local to you in your state you can work with.
    A similar engraving job will run anywhere between $700.00-$2,000.00; so shop around.
    "He who makes things with his hands is a laborer, he who makes things with his hands and his head is a craftsman, he who makes things with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist."

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    I agree with Mark some engraving is nice.

    That is a great looking gun Mark

    im sure everyone is tired of these pics But

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    Not quite a 1911,..but beautifully engraved nonetheless. Work done by Master Engraver Kenny Majors.

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