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Inlay gold coin in stock-Tacky or Classy

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by bushmaster1313, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I have toyed with the idea of inlaying a small gold coin into one of the cheeks at the head of a gunstock.

    Does this sound tacky or classy?

    Anyone have a picture of something like this?
  2. Crash_Test_Dhimmi

    Crash_Test_Dhimmi Well-Known Member

    I dont know about Gold, but I know british soldiers would put penny's, with the queens head face up, inlaid in the butt stocks of lee enfields for good luck.
  3. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    My dad has a SA Colt with small gold Mexican coins and gold bull horns and ruby red eyes made from some kind of shell. They look plenty tacky but back in the 20's they must have been the cats meow.
  4. JEB

    JEB Well-Known Member

    IMHO it depends on what coin you're using and what gun you're putting them on.
  5. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Small gold U.S. coin, eagle side up in the head of an Ithaca Model 37 on the right cheek
  6. bobelk99

    bobelk99 Well-Known Member

    This is a 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' thing.

    I vote no, but I have seen some expensive guns with such.
  7. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    Another no vote. I hate to find a really nice classic gun that someone has "customized" in such a way that they have ruined its collector value or done something that is just too personal for others to want. Kinda like refinishing an AR in pink Durakote.:barf:.
  8. Avenger29

    Avenger29 Well-Known Member

    I vote tacky, but you have to take it in the context of I don't like engraving, gold inlaying, or anything like that on a gun.

    A deep, glossy blue, beautiful, polished wood, and the occasional small manufacturer's medallion are about as "fancy" as I ever care to see on a gun.
  9. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    My Grandpa-in-Law(?) left me a sporterized Enfield and a Silver Dollar, I inlaid the silver dollar in the stock. I don't care if some internet fashion consultant thinks it's tacky.
  10. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I put a coin on the stock to get an idea of how it would look.

    It looks terrible!

    I think the person who put his grandfather's silver dollar into his grandfather's gun is a genius!

    Can we get a picture?
  11. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a waste of gold, to me. That crap is up to over $1,100 an ounce, meaning the smallest size of Eagle is worth over $110!
  12. owlhoot

    owlhoot Well-Known Member

    It is your gun and your gold coin. Screw what anybody else thinks. If it pleases you, that is all that is necessary. Bear in mind that the past couple of generations have proved beyond a doubt that they have no taste. Otherwise, how do you account for the wide popularity of rap and hip-hop, baggy pants, oversize tops, ball caps worn sideways, tatoos that cover 20 percent of total skin surface, piercings, and painted gun finishes. So, just as nobody should give a flip what I think, you shouldn't give a flip what the forum thinks. Go for it if you like the idea.
  13. rocky branch

    rocky branch Well-Known Member

  14. Mr. Bojangles

    Mr. Bojangles Well-Known Member

    I think, if done well, it could look really nice. It's a breath of fresh air to see some truly customized stuff at the range instead of the typical ar with cheap plastic hanging off the rails.
  15. ArkieVol

    ArkieVol Well-Known Member


    It's not a gold coin but it is gold and it's inlaid in a gun stock. It was done as a presentation piece.

    My son graduated from the police academy the same year I retired from the PD ('95) so, for his academy graduation present, I cased two unfired S&W's that were factory engraved with the PD name and logo. I also had a 14K replica of his badge inlaid in the pao ferro stock of one gun, included my uniform coat badge, and had a dated presentation plaque engraved for the top of the case.

    He's never carried the gun but, even if he had, it wouldn't look bad but this was more for sentiment that decoration. The guns are S&W 9mm models 5946 & 3953. Not a great photo of it but you get the idea.

  16. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    I think such an addition would look better if it were symmetrical, i.e., inlay an identical coin into both sides of the stock, near the butt where your cheek will not contact it while shooting.
  17. DeepSouth

    DeepSouth Well-Known Member

    I have seen several guns with a NRA or NWTF coin in the stock.
    Something like this.

  18. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Totally up to you. A matter of personal taste. I wouldn't alter a rare or valuable gun but on a gun you use, if you like the idea then do it. You don't have to please anyone other than yourself.

    I have a couple of guns that have been personalized. This 1911 has an emblem of my design scrimshawed on the fake ivory stock with a small diamond mounted below it. Sparkles in the sunlight and I like it.


    These are genuine ivory stocks with a Medieval chess piece scrimshawed on the left side.


    Colt Official Police that a previous owner inlaid the stocks with bits of ivory and engraved the date 1937. Pretty ugly but it must have had some meaning to him.


    Someone enlaid an ivory diamond in the stock of this Remington. Again, who knows why?

  19. Gunfighter123

    Gunfighter123 Well-Known Member

    There are hundreds/thousands of Winchester lever rifles that came with factory medallions {sp?} set in the stock.

    I've seen bunches of WW2 guns with inlays of the owners rank , unit , awards , etc.
    Also , AK47s with USSR badges etc. in the stock.

    I don't have many { two I think } firearms with inlays ---- IF DONE RIGHT some are both functional and beautiful.
  20. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Tacky. Don't do it, you'll regret it.

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