Hand Engraved Colt 1911

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Layne Zuelke, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. Layne Zuelke

    Layne Zuelke Member

    Dec 2, 2018
    Thought I would post a few photos of the latest project off the bench. Each year the Firearms Engravers Guild of America picks 3 FEGA Masters to collaborate on a new gun to be auctioned at the following years convention. This year I was chosen to design and engrave the scroll on this Colt 1911 MKIV. Brian Powley inlaid the gold borders and Barry Hands added a few of his signature gold leaves in the blank panels. Well over 200 hours went into the engraving of this one before it was finally blued by John Powers of Powers Metal Work. His blue was the icing on the cake. It's been a heck of a ride but someone will own a stunning new Colt after the show next week.
    If you happen to be in Vegas for SHOT show, be sure and pay a visit to the Firearms Engravers Guild of America section of the Beinfeld Antique Arms show at the Westgate on the 25-27th to see it in person. It will be auctioned off at our annual awards banquet on Sat night 26th.

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  2. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Beautiful piece of true art and craftsmanship.
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  3. bobo3020

    bobo3020 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    Stunning! Awesome work.
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  4. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
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  5. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
  6. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jun 24, 2018
    Putting my tongue back in my mouth....
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  7. Guy Montag

    Guy Montag Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2014
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    Absolute sweetness Layne, thanks for sharing your work, hats off to all you guys for your artistry and execution!
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  8. kwkid55

    kwkid55 Member

    Nov 14, 2018
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  9. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    That's uh,
    that's uh,
    well it's uh,
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  10. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2018
    Ya, what he said!

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  11. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    That is amazing work!
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  12. Coolsound

    Coolsound Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2018
    That is a gorgeous gun. Very nice work...
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  13. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Wow! That is freakin cool. Dead sexy. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    Beautiful work. I couldn't own something like that, but I can appreciate it from afar. :)
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  15. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Impeccable craftsmanship! I am speechless!
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  16. ZArugby

    ZArugby Kickin back a little Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2016
    Amazing work!
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  17. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    Tastefully and carefully executed - a great example of the art.
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  18. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    @Layne Zuelke , I must compliment you on the masterful use of your newly purchased TTT speed engraver
    TACS Terrible Tools is always happy to provide you with the finest instruments for your works of art !
    If we can be of further service- send CASH

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  19. toms84ss

    toms84ss New Member

    Nov 25, 2018
    Absolutely gorgeous.

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