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mr. bggs
May 28, 2011, 11:39 AM
hey guys been thinking about getting one of my 1911's engraved... what do you guys think about engraving. good,bad, otherwise. would you do it? this wont be a carry gun so its a non-issue really. just for fun mainly. stumbled on this when looking at photos.
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt166/tsman2006/fullyengravedcolt1911.jpg

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Cherokee
May 28, 2011, 11:50 AM
That gun has too much for me. I like a lot less coverage for my eyes. Its a personal thing so do what you like.

788Ham
May 28, 2011, 01:21 PM
TOO MUCH ! Looks like a tattoo gone bad.

ForumSurfer
May 28, 2011, 01:28 PM
I just don't like too much scroll work. I'd be hapier with that particular 1911 with a really nicely done blued finish. I'd only want engraving for me if it displayed my son's birthday and/or name so that I could pass it to him one day.

However, I've seen a few that I liked along with some nicely done revolvers. I've even seen some laser cut glocks that I liked.

But if you like that sort of thing, you don' need our approval. :neener:

Greg528iT
May 28, 2011, 01:38 PM
It's your gun, do what you like.

I'm not a fan of scroll work.

Strahley
May 28, 2011, 01:58 PM
That looks ugly and tacky as hell. Please don't ruin a perfectly fine 1911 by doing that. That's like buying a mint 1969 Camaro and putting neon lights, a spoiler, and a body kit on it :(

elano
May 28, 2011, 02:05 PM
Well i think it lOoks awesome!

Strahley
May 28, 2011, 02:08 PM
Well I think you need your eyes checked

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 28, 2011, 02:28 PM
Honestly?

I think it looks absolutely terrible.
I would rather spend all the money put into the engraving to purchase cases of .45 ammo, something that is useful. The way that gun is, the only thing it is good for is a paper weight -- i.e., something to just sit and look at. It might as well just be sitting in a glass case inside a museum.

I was just looking at it and wondering if there were some spaces where they could do a lot more really fine engraving! The plain screws ruin the whole thing.

Hey, if you like it, what's the difference what others think? :uhoh: Like they say, different strokes for different folks.

SharpsDressedMan
May 28, 2011, 02:41 PM
My wife's Super .38. Not too little, not too much.:) http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05257.jpg

Heretic
May 28, 2011, 02:57 PM
I'd be afraid to shoot them, for fear of messin' em up. A little curl here and there, yea but DAMN.

Strahley
May 28, 2011, 02:59 PM
I'd be afraid to shoot them because the gun might become self aware, realize what somebody had done to it, and end up shooting me in the face in retaliation

ForumSurfer
May 28, 2011, 03:03 PM
Now post #10...I love that one. The grips are spectacular!

Now I want a 38 super...I've got to run out and stock up on ammo, so hopefully they won't have any available for lay away :/

Lonestar49
May 28, 2011, 04:42 PM
...

Barbecue gun.. ?

I mean, both pictured guns are beautiful "works of art" IMHO


Ls

mr. bggs
May 28, 2011, 05:15 PM
i think they are nice too. i mean i have guns for carry and guns for the range, but this guy would strictly be a show gun "bbq gun". it seems like all the renaissance guns ive seen like hi powers and things like that are worth alot with the full coverage engraving on them. idk. im too broke to do it anyway. just dreaming and thought id see what my fellow gun enthusiasts thought. oh and post 10- that looks fu*&^%g sweet to me man. i like how its got here name in the slide. jmo.

Creature
May 28, 2011, 05:20 PM
I actually like it.

...however I do think the pattern is just a tad too "tight".

If it were my choice and it was to be an "all over" engraving, I would go for more of a "looser" pattern like this:

http://www.dwharris.com/thumb/pages/1911_jpg.htm

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 28, 2011, 05:24 PM
I actually like it.

...however I do think the pattern is just a tad too "tight".

If it were my choice and it was to be an "all over" engraving, I would go for more of a "looser" pattern like this:

http://www.dwharris.com/thumb/pages/1911_jpg.htm
I agree, it looks more classy and a bit less tacky, IMO!

Now, I wonder if they could do my saxophone like that!

SharpsDressedMan
May 28, 2011, 05:47 PM
Here's mine, although the grips shown now belong to someone else, and my gun has plain ivory on it. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05335.jpg

mr. bggs
May 29, 2011, 03:48 PM
i love that one sharpdressedman, thats a very nice looking gun. i bet it looks great with plain ivory on it also. thanks for the pics.-bggs

Girodin
May 29, 2011, 03:59 PM
Not really my style. I do think the 38 super looks a lot better than the first gun, which is a little busy for my tastes. The thing is that what's cool or good looking is totally a matter of opinion so if you like it go for it.

InkEd
May 30, 2011, 01:34 AM
The .38super is the only one out of the group that looks good.

usmarine0352_2005
May 30, 2011, 01:37 AM
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Personally never saw an engraved pistol I like.




I am more of a plain jane kind of guy. Sometimes a little engraving on a rifle/shotgun is nice.

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Apocalypse-Now
May 30, 2011, 03:56 AM
they're beautiful works of art, but they're mantle pieces/safe queens. not shooters (to me anyway). :)

MarkDozier
May 30, 2011, 07:26 AM
Dang Sharps. I would nevr shoot that pistol. I could never get passed looking at the grips.

Y'all look at this months Americian Rifleman. It has a wonderfully engraved 1911 on the cover.

SharpsDressedMan
May 30, 2011, 02:29 PM
Mine started out as a used, stock 1971 series 70 Colt, then I slowly had it modified (grip safety, ambi safety, commander hammer, etc). Accurate Plating did the sights, trigger job, jewelling, and barrel fitting. Then it got sent to a friend (J.R. French, Irving TX) who engraved it and had it blued. A slow progression, but it started as a shooting pistol, and it still gets carried on special occasions, and works its way in to the yearly lineup to the range.

ShawneeSlim
May 31, 2011, 09:38 PM
All of them look good I think. Not something I'd want to carry or put a lot of rounds thorough though.

Here is one my dad gave me when I retired from the Navy.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc292/ronrobb/PISTOLS/Auto%20Ordnance%20M1911A1/IMG_0784.jpg

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc292/ronrobb/PISTOLS/Auto%20Ordnance%20M1911A1/IMG_0785.jpg

skoro
June 1, 2011, 02:34 PM
what do you guys think about engraving.

Strictly a matter of personal taste. If it appeals to you, by all means go for it.

Nushif
June 1, 2011, 03:13 PM
Never seen an engraved gun I liked. If someone ever made a gun with a small serial number, small caliber markings and that's it ... that'd be my idea of pretty.

ursus100
June 1, 2011, 04:34 PM
hey guys been thinking about getting one of my 1911's engraved... what do you guys think about engraving. good,bad, otherwise. would you do it?

If you like engraving and know somebody whose work you've seen and like, go for it. For me, I wouldn't do it. Although I can admire the quality and artistry of the scrollwork, I think all the stuff detracts from the gun rather than improves it, but obviously it is a matter of personal preference.

ForumSurfer
June 1, 2011, 04:51 PM
Sharps, I love that 1911 but let the grip owner keep the grips. I looked at them, and the shading of the engraving makes the woman look like she is covered in a layer of body fur...I had cold chills for a moment. :neener:

SharpsDressedMan
June 1, 2011, 05:24 PM
Those grips are synthetic ivory, and were by Sid Ryan. I think it is hard to get a "shadow" effect when doing scrimshaw, but I looked at them again in the photo, and I see what you mean! :D

ForumSurfer
June 1, 2011, 05:27 PM
I looked at them again in the photo, and I see what you mean!

Yeah, I didn't want to offend you in case that was a significant other who posed for your grips...but you gotta admit she looks furry. :)

rscalzo
June 1, 2011, 06:12 PM
Your gun, your decision. I look at my guns as tools of the job (at one time) so nothing fancy for me. If I can't justify the change by increasing the performance, I don't do it.

But like some of the custom bikes seen on some of these TV shows, utility isn't the aim of the build. Eye appeal is I'd say.

SleazyRider
June 1, 2011, 06:20 PM
Reminds me of a good looking woman who ruins it all by putting a tattoo on her neck. How does one improve the aesthetics of a rose?

SharpsDressedMan
June 1, 2011, 08:16 PM
Skeeter Skelton, Elmer Keith, John Wayne, countless Texas Rangers, and maybe even Teddy Roosevelt carried an engraved gun on occasion. I guess I can, and feel like I'm in good company.:D

Sniderman
June 1, 2011, 09:20 PM
Beautifull examples of the range of engraving art!

Uhhh,, Do you guys REALLY mean not all Women are furry? Jeez, my friends are RIGHT! I DO have to get out and meet more women! :eek:

Nushif
June 1, 2011, 09:21 PM
Reminds me of a good looking woman who ruins it all by putting a tattoo on her neck.

Now that one we have to disagree on ... how do you improve the aesthetics of a rose? You put Beretta proofmarks for her DOB behind her ear and give her all the ink she wants. 8)

I mentioned this in another thread. I actually really love the idea of engraving, or making firarms look customized, but that design we see on all the guns here in this thread has got to eb the only design in existence. Have you truly ever seen a "modern" design? Or maybe something less like it belongs on a singe action revolver? You can't tell me gun engravers can't see beyond this one style of art.

Frozen North
June 1, 2011, 09:45 PM
Engraving is like a tattoo. It is irreversible and the looks depend entirely upon the taste of the owner. Unlike a tattoo, you can sell a gun. The new owner of the engraved pistol will rarely dig the piece because it is not their own design.

If you have a gun engraved, do it because you love the look. If you do it because you think your friends will like it, you are wasting your money. It is one way to make something that was mass produced unique, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I am nearing the status of "tattooed freak". Some of my ink makes people scratch their head and think "***?". I like it, and I get new work done at least once a year. I don't get tattooed to impress others, I do it for myself. The same rings true for guns. If you like it, DO IT.

SharpsDressedMan
June 1, 2011, 10:45 PM
Here's a modern and unique style, on a CZ 30th Anniversary issue, for those that get bored wit the old scroll stuff. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/CZ7530AA3.jpg

squarles67
June 1, 2011, 10:47 PM
I like them when tastefully done (my taste of course:D), more is not always better IMHO. That first picture is a bit much for me.

It seems the older I get the more I like them...

If you like it go for it.....but you got to post pictures

Nushif
June 1, 2011, 10:51 PM
Love the look of that CZ. Finally some nice engraving.

kozak6
June 1, 2011, 10:54 PM
I'm not a terribly big fan of engraving.

Engraving like in the first picture is best suited for a display only piece, imho.

Modest engraving is ok, though. That .38 super is tolerable. Or less would be fine too.

I hate gold plated anything. It always looks tacky, and especially after it starts to wear through.

squarles67
June 1, 2011, 10:57 PM
I'm not big on the inlays or the gold plated parts.

Sharps, who did the work on that 38 Super on the first page? I really like that one and I already have a bright stainless Colt 38 Super......

duns
June 1, 2011, 11:09 PM
I rather like engraving but the pattern in the original post is not to my taste. Maybe that pattern would have been good on a smaller area but I don't like it over the entire gun. All the other designs posted were way better to my eyes.

I would not have a working gun engraved but if I could afford it, I would not mind having an engraved display gun. I do like the idea of a BBQ gun but don't get invited to those sorts of BBQs sadly!

MattTheHat
June 2, 2011, 04:42 PM
How does one improve the aesthetics of a rose?

Like this:
http://www.heirloomprecision.com/zfoto/photos/Ted_Yost/2008_Signature_Grade_Colt_Stainless_Series_70_1_of_5/SG_Colt_Stainless_Series_70_18.jpg

That's a signature grade 70 Series by Ted Yost. I believe the engraving on that one was done by J.R. French.


-Matt

Buckshot Bill
June 3, 2011, 05:04 PM
Well, the engraving on the first pistol looks well done, but that's overkill times 10.:eek:
I can appreciate subtle, quality tattoos, but that first pistol reminds me of the tattoo freak that has his head/face area loaded up with tats because he ran out of skin everywhere else.
My wife's favorite saying is "everything in moderation"--I'd say this is a perfect example of what she's referring to.

SleazyRider
June 3, 2011, 08:43 PM
Like this:
http://www.heirloomprecision.com/zfoto/photos/Ted_Yost/2008_Signature_Grade_Colt_Stainless_Series_70_1_of_5/SG_Colt_Stainless_Series_70_18.jpg

That's a signature grade 70 Series by Ted Yost. I believe the engraving on that one was done by J.R. French.


-Matt
I stand corrected! That's shweeet!

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