How To Hire A Firearm Hand Engraver
So you want an engraved firearm. What are the options an enthusiast can pursue to obtain an engraved firearm? This is the question this site attempts to address.
Your Engraving Options
As a consumer or collector you have many options. You can: purchase a factory engraved firearm or you can have a firearm custom engraved.
Purchase a Factory Engraved Firearm
There are three types of factory engraved firearms you can purchase:
- Used Factory Engraved Firearms: These are firearms that are on the secondary market and have been owned by a shooter or collector after the initial dealer sale. These firearms can be worth a lot of money due to collectability or worthless due to factors such as abuse or lack of popularity. The best places to find these firearms are places such as gunbroker, brick-and-mortar gun stores, and gunshows. Be sure that you know what you are buying. Ask if there is a factory letter proving it was factory engraved. Make sure that the firearm has the appropriate amount of wear for the price you are paying.
- New Factory Engraved Firearms Available at Dealer: These firearms are engraved by the factory, either in house or contracted out to freelance engravers. They can be a standard pattern offered by the factory or a limited edition run. These firearms a usually sold as “New In Box” or “Unfired”. Pros of purchasing in this manner are no lead time and good condition (as compared to used). The things one should watch out or are laser engraving vs machine engraving vs hand engraving.
- Custom Ordered Factory Engraving: One option is to place a custom order for a factory engraved pistol. This allows you to pick from a menu of options to build a gun that is almost custom. Why almost custom? Most factories will allow you to pick from a set of options for style, finish, etc. Most, however, no longer will do a truly custom firearm. Pros include getting to make a lot of the decisions and a firearm that will have order paperwork saying it was built for you. Cons include high cost, long wait times and section from a menu of items rather than a truly custom firearm.
Purchase a Non-Factory Engraved Firearm
- Used Engraved Guns: There are many sources for engraved firearms. Please see the Used Factory Engraved Section above. The concerns are the same, they just aren’t factory engraved.
The Custom Engraved Gun
There are several very well qualified engravers in the United States that can engrave a truly custom firearm. The rest of this website is dedicated to helping you step through this process if it is the route you choose. Many people say I can’t afford that or I don’t know how to start. Keep reading the pages on this site to get the information you need to move foreward.