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Ever had a gun personally engraved?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Redlg155, Mar 7, 2012.

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  1. Redlg155

    Redlg155 Member

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    I've toyed with the idea of having one of my guns personally engraved with my initials or patriotic/meaningful statement. Part of the reason is to keep me from selling off guns as I often view them as tools. I would also like to be able to pass one to my son some day with perhaps a personal inscription on it.

    Will it affect resale value value,yes. No one really wants to buy a gun inscribed "Larrry" on it.
     
  2. Bubbles

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    We haven't done it on any of ours, but we've done them for others, including some presentation and award guns.
     
  3. AlexanderA

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    Don't do it to a collector gun. It would destroy the collector value.
     
  4. X-Rap

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    Over the years I have seen some horrendous electric pencil jobs done on some fine weapons and also a few that were well done and for those I feel a sense of sadness when I think of the circumstances that forced the owner to part with it.
    I have never done it for myself but I have a son at the USAFA and when he graduates in 14 he will be getting a pistol with his name, rank, class/motto as well as the AF insignia. He and my oldest have also gotten knives engraved with similar info as well as a verse from the Bible. If I can get the one back from my oldest I will have 1-89 Cav 10th Mtn. Div. OIF engaved on it as well.
    I think there can be great sentimental value depending on what it commemerates and who it is from so I am all for it but I wouldn't do it to everything.
     
  5. JohnnyK

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    I got an AR lower for my son with his name and b-day for the serial number... I ordered it from Specialized Tactical and can't wait to get it so I can put it together...
     
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    I had my pre-agreement Smith & Wesson model 629 .44 magnum with three-inch barrel engraved around the unfluted cylinder with a wolf standing around.
     
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    One thing to consider about personalizing a weapon is resale value is likely to be lower.
     
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    Well, there's always the possibility that another larry will make you an offer you can't refuse.

    I get firearms fairly often with electric pencil SSNs, names or - to me - random numbers engraved and wish to hell they had at least had them done professionally.

    I think a personally important statement would be better than a name given the overly personalized aspect of the name being there but really, if it's about dissuading a future you from selling it then maybe your son's name?
     
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    I've thought about doing a highly quality engraving on my Pre-27 down the road. Nothing personal, just really neat scroll work and professionally done. Would that lower the value?
     
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    I've had one gun inscribed with personalized stuff. I realize it took the gun off the market, and lowered its value. But it also made it a gun to keep forever, and enjoy. Its a Ruger bird's head grip Vaquero in 45lc, customized. I don't think I'd do too many but I really enjoy the fact that I did this one. It turned out great. Everybody should do one of their guns.
     
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    I dunno. One of the best guns I ever owned, some jerk named Pietro had his name and initials engraved all over it.
     
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    You refer to the presumed previous owner, Pietro, as a jerk. That pretty much sums up why not to "personalized" engrave a gun.
     
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    I'm a sucker for sentimental things like engraving on firearms giving it a personal feel. It's even better if you know the story behind it.

    I had an antique kitchen clock with names and dates written on the back in pencil. I've always assumed it was given as a wedding present each generation.

    I always feel an artistically engraved gun is worth a little more if it's well done, it means someone liked the gun enough to spend the cash to dress it up a little. Sticking to traditional scroll work and things like that will help with the resale price, although somebody somewhere would love a marvel comic inspired 1911, you would just have to be VERY patient if u resell it cuz it would take awhile.

    At the end of the day it's yours and u can embellish it as u wish, starting a tradition is a very good reason.
     
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    When my wife bought me this SAA some years ago, she suggested I get it engraved. I was happy to get it done, and am very happy with it. I don't care about the resale cause my kids will have to worry about that. My initials are on the butt.
     

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    JohnnyK has it right there! Perfect and I'm stealing it. Make the serial number the birthday!
     
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    You can certainly do what ever you like to your weapons but if any would qualify as "collector weapons" then that goes out the window.
     
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    Ive always wanted to but then it comes down to the expensive nd time consuming shipping overnight and then ffls. Also I can never decide on who to use and if I can find someone to do it by hand or computer controlled and I don't think I want a cut and pasted scroll work on my gun that dozens of others have the same.
     
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    Instead of engraving something on to the gun maybe consider getting a customized presentation case with the personalized inscription engraved on a plaque on the box lid. I did this for a custom. Revolver for my brother and it turned out really nice. Another way would be to have a similar inscription placed on a set of custom grips.
     
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    A few years back, I bought an engraved 'weapon'.
    The previous owner had the name Shauna engraved on the slide of a stainless Bauer 25.
    It was professionally done in a style similar to the manufacturer's name, so it looks decent.
    Due to the engraving, I got it for about 60% of it's normal price.

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    I don't know why but I kinda like the idea of a gun named Shauna. Maybe because the Shauna I knew in my younger days was a "real pistol". :)
     
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    Had this M10 done a few years ago. Same guy is currently engraving a 1911 for me. He asked if I wanted my name or initials on it and after some thought decided not to do it. Resale value was a consideration. I will never sell either gun but someday my wife will.


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  23. sniper762

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    centimental value of something like a personalized gun has far more family ereloom value than its resale value

    just imagine telling your child " this was your greatgrandmother's gun given to her by her husband for their 4th anniversary"
     
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    Never have, I've often thought I'd like to though

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    I had this USAF emblem done to my AR lower;
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