Anyone know where to get a name engraved on a gun?


March 13, 2003, 12:19 AM
I've never had a gun engraved. But I'm looking to get the sideplate of a Beretta 686 engraved. Luckily, the engraving is simple: a name and a date in script. I would like to get one sideplate done with the name and the other with the date. Does anyone have any idea where I can get this done? I definitely want to get something that is good quality but I want to keep the cost of the engraving under $150. Thanks in advance.

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March 13, 2003, 12:53 AM
Find a Mom and Pop Jewelry store that does their own Machine engraving. Perhaps a range that has trophies engraved can recommend a Jewelry Store or Trophy shop that is discreet and gun friendly.

Hand Engravers area dying breed, all that I knew or worked with are dead. Far and few between, and expensive. Best to use a Factory recommended Engraver for the hand jobs.

For just name , date, presentations, machine engraving is fine.

price: did a Beretta 10 years ago, I charged about $25 back then, and that only because I made a 'special holder', fellow ended up having me do about a 10 of these for employee gifts for service awards.


March 13, 2003, 01:42 AM
Most towns even our small one have trophy shops. They all do engraving fairly cheap.

March 13, 2003, 01:54 AM
Most malls down here have a Thing's Remembered that do engraving. Of course, that requires walking through the mall with a shotgun in hand. Can you imagine the looks you'd get :evil:

March 13, 2003, 02:32 AM
You could always remove the barrel first.

I want kids. When I have my first kid I want to buy him/her a handgun and have their name and birthdate engraved on it. I would love to have a gun like that-Proud gun owner since day 1.


March 13, 2003, 10:08 AM
S&W offers a service to laser engrave handguns.

It can be a pretty fancy scroll or as plain as you wish. I think having an entire j frame done is around $75

March 13, 2003, 11:21 AM
This guy is pretty reputable over at 1911forum. Give him a call.


El Tejon
March 13, 2003, 11:24 AM
Dan, did you try Vierk's Fine Jewlery on top of the hill on South Street across the river in Lafayette, 765-447-0200?

March 13, 2003, 11:26 AM
Thanks everyone. I'm going to try looking locally to see what I can turn up. If not, then I'll go national.

El Tejon- The are on the top of my list. I'll probably give them a call next week.

Larry Ashcraft
March 13, 2003, 11:56 AM
I do this type of thing all the time, I've owned a retail awards shop for 25 years, been engraving for 33 years. As mentioned above, machine (pantograph) engraving is what you need. Find a shop that has an experienced engraver, not just some sales clerk that also engraves. You may want to call around and find a shop that has a large machine (GTX Super or Universal). I personally would stay away from Things Remembered, the one here doesn't have a clue about how to engrave anything they don't sell.

I would probably charge about $25-$30 for the type of job your describing.

John Harrison
March 13, 2003, 02:57 PM
Michael Gouse ( has done a bunch of high quality work for my father. I don't know if he does small jobs, but it can't hurt to ask.

March 13, 2003, 03:51 PM
Be cool like these people and do it yourself!

Navy joe
March 13, 2003, 03:54 PM
What, you don't have a dremel tool?

March 13, 2003, 04:28 PM
Glad you chimed in, I knew we had an experienced engraver amongst the members--had a mature moment and couldn't recall the name-sorry.

Old family owned Trophy Shops and Jlry stores --kinda dying out. Engravers, Jlrs, watchmakers (not parts changers) hard to find.

Used to get all the retirement shotguns to engrave for the local LEO Depts. Trophy shop and we would help each other out on large orders.

The gentleman whom owned the trophy shop became ill, his wife opened the shop and I did the Beretta's for his long time customer. Of course I didn't charge for this, $ went in their till. The way it was back then.

I'm guessing the 'clang' of Herme's type skittering to floor hasn't changed since I left the business? (inside joke)

Larry Ashcraft
March 13, 2003, 05:11 PM
"I'm guessing the 'clang' of Herme's type skittering to floor hasn't changed since I left the business? (inside joke)"

Don't jinx me, I haven't dumped type on the floor for a coupla years.

Actually about 99% of my engraving is done by computers now, 4 times as fast and never needs a break. But I still do jewelry, guns, rifle barrels and any odd-shaped item on the old Hermes GTX Universal. Also, we have been doing laser engraving for the last 8 years.

March 13, 2003, 07:45 PM
Firearms Engraving Guild of America. I believe it is Ask about one in your area. For just a name, the previous posters have it right. Trophy or jewelry shops are the ticket. FEGA steered me to a guy that engraved a stainless Bearcat 22 for my granddaughter last christmas. He did a great job!

March 13, 2003, 09:15 PM
Thanks for the advice! Dremel or hammer and chisel are probably out of the question :D I'll let you all know what I decide and I'll post pics once I get the whole setup finished.

March 14, 2003, 03:40 AM
Navy Joe beat me to it :D

There are tons of bits available for the Dremel, I'm sure one of them would work hehehe. I believe if you try this, you instantly become a member of WECSOG.

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