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Post by ajwakeboarder » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:28 pm

Howdy folks,
A friend of mine messaged me today. She’s looking to surprise her husband with a custom 1911 with copper inlay for their 7th anniversary. Apparently anniversaries have themes or something. Anyway, she doesn’t know a lot about guns so she asked me to ask around. I don’t really have any experience with custom guns, so I’m turning you you fine people. She lives in the DFW area. If anyone has any recommendation on who can do that kind of work, I’d appreciate it.
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Post by DocV » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:39 pm

How far away is their anniversary? My custom 1911 gunsmith has a one year backlog. My custom Colts took over three years to complete.
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Post by flechero » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:14 pm

Considering time and cost of custom 1911's maybe she could buy a "semi custom" (wilson, guncrafter, baer, etc.) and have an engraver do a custom inlay job.

https://www.southerncustomengraving.com/index.html

Not endorsing this one but it was the first I looked at that had inlay work pictured and does custom work. (they also do precious metal inlay work.


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Post by jb2012 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:16 pm

She might be better off buying a nice production model, and having a silversmith/engraver customize it the way she likes. They would be able to inlay copper and engrave anything she might want while saving lots of time.

ETA: looks like Flechero beat me to it

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Post by AndyC » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:20 pm

What Doc said - custom stuff is going to take time (or be at a substantial premium).

I don't know of any firearm-specific engravers who have less than a year's wait-time (I'm obviously excluding laser-engravers, who could laser out the metal but you'd need someone else to inlay the copper).

I'd suggest contacting Andrew McFarlane at ADM Gun in Southlake - he's a skilled all-around 'smith/gunmaker/engraver: www.admgun.com
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Post by Lena » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:44 pm

I was given my duty revolver when I left a 2-1/2" S&W 66 they had my initials and dates engraved in it by a place in Dallas called "Things Engraved" said done in 1 visit & pick up the next day, I still have it.
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Post by RPBrown » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:32 am

I would get a Wilson Combat or Les Baer and have custom engraving done. Not cheap though.
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Post by RoyGBiv » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:43 am

How about a stock gun with copper inlay grip panels?

https://www.ravenwoodgrips.com/listing/ ... aid-flower
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Post by Rob72 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:54 pm

RoyGBiv wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:43 am
How about a stock gun with copper inlay grip panels?

https://www.ravenwoodgrips.com/listing/ ... aid-flower
For a lady that doesn't know much about guns, I would say this would be the best option. A copper inlay on any handgun is not going to wear well, unless it is strictly a showcase piece.

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Post by ajwakeboarder » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:42 pm

Thanks ya'll. After talking to her further, it seems she may have underestimated the cost of such a pistol. I'll let her know about the custom grips though. That may be doable. Ya'll are the best!!! :tiphat:
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Post by C-dub » Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:44 pm

ajwakeboarder wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:28 pm
Howdy folks,
A friend of mine messaged me today. She’s looking to surprise her husband with a custom 1911 with copper inlay for their 7th anniversary. Apparently anniversaries have themes or something. Anyway, she doesn’t know a lot about guns so she asked me to ask around. I don’t really have any experience with custom guns, so I’m turning you you fine people. She lives in the DFW area. If anyone has any recommendation on who can do that kind of work, I’d appreciate it.
Not really themes, but there are traditional gifts according to the year.
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Post by G.A. Heath » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:59 pm

I can recommend only one company for engraving, because I have known the man who owns since he was in high school, That would be Tyler Gun Works in Friona Texas. Last I knew he had a contest going for 10 engravers, his company is also responsible for the first engraved new production Colt Python currently up for Auction on Gun Broker (proceeds to support the NRA Whittington Center. He is also associated with Republic Forge who does build custom 1911s over in New Mexico (They used to be a Texas Company). The only problem is I don't have a clue what kind of wait time he has, or Republic Forge for that matter.
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Post by dhoobler » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:12 pm

I would caution against copper inlay on a steel gun. Copper + steel + electrolyte (sweat) = galvanic corrosion.
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