S&W 500 magnum engraved


May 24, 2006, 06:35 PM
All the engraving & polishing was done by hand. No electric or air tools were used. Sorry, but It's a tough one to take pics of.
I'm not quite done with the polishing, but I thought I'd share a pic or 2.
The pics just don't do her justice.




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Giolli Joker
May 24, 2006, 07:38 PM

Deer Hunter
May 24, 2006, 07:57 PM
Gives me yet another reason not to shoot the 500 smith. It's just too dang pretty!

Great job on the engraving. It looks amazing. I think the value of that gun went up by a couple grand after that job.

Standing Wolf
May 24, 2006, 11:33 PM
Mighty pretty, Jeff!

May 25, 2006, 07:33 AM
Great job, Jeff. Why would it make a difference if air or some other method used if the job came out the same? Aesthetics?

May 25, 2006, 08:25 AM
Thanks guys.

BigG, the reason I say everything by hand is the fact that nowadays, everyone wants it cheap. They polish everything with machines and round off sharp corners or round the factory lettering. Give a guy a gun and a buffing wheel and he can turn a thing of beauty into a pile of crap very quickly and cheaply. I'm sure you've seen some of these guns at shows before. The guns that the owner said " I polished it myself " and you stand there looking at it thinking " Ohhhh, I can tell ".
The engraving is another can of worms. Nobody wants to pay an artist an hourly wage to hand cut the materials needed to produce a work of art.
So, in todays word, people go the cheap route and have the gun etched or chemicaly engraved. They try to achieve something of beauty, a piece of art if you will, but it's just not the same.
There's well over 30 hours of art work on the above pictured gun. That's not even including the many hours of polishing I've done.
The engraver that I used did it all by hand and has been engraving guns since 1955.
Could I have sent it in to Smith for a etched engraving and saved me hundreds of dollars... You betcha. But I have what I feel is much more a work of art.
As a matter of fact, the engraver has done several guns for a blind man in New York over the years. I think it's wonderful that even a blind person could feel the engraving and understand the quality of the time and art involved.
That's all, I hope this all makes sense.
Maybe I'm just GUNKWAZY.


May 25, 2006, 08:59 AM
Oh yeah, and thank you much, Jeff, for the explanation. I have been slowly exercising my natural desire for engraved firearms and just commissioned my first job, a Model 29 8 3/8" which will be engraved just for me. My other couple engraved guns are factory jobs that were basically production jobs, although nice. I always wanted to have some custom decorated firearms and now I'm getting there. I will post pix when I get it back around the end of August.

Jeff, I've seen the polishing jobs by ham-handed hobbyists with waves in the metal, dished screwholes, oblong round surfaces, and defaced lettering. No thanks, man! I've even seen factory new 1911s by a firm that will remain nameless (Sprgfld Armry) with waves in the slide like the ocean.

BTW, aesthetically, S&W laser engraving makes me hurl. But I have seen the air tool stuff and it looks damn good. I saw a Browning Renaissance (I believe) High Power that was full coverage and satin gold plated. The carving looked electic etched and didn't justify the big dinero the guy was offering it for. The Belgian Brownings from the 60s and before had some nice tasteful hand engraving, imho, but that High Power was not in the same league.

Best regards, bud! :D

May 25, 2006, 01:56 PM
2 words for you:



what's it like to shoot with those (very stylish) wood grips?

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