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How about a change of pace?

After all the political/social talk of the past couple of weeks, I think it's time for something a little different - for you AND for me.

Now regular readers will know that I don't think much of the 1911 pistol as a practical defensive gun, but I do like to take one to the range every so often just for fun. I do that with a lot of guns I'd never carry, like the Czech CZ-52 in 7.62x25 (can you say BIG fireball?) It's not as though I avoid the things entirely, just that I relate to the 1911 the same way that Matthew Quigley related to the Colt revolver:

I am, however, a big fan of quality engraving, particularly that of
Weldon Lister. He sent me this picture some time back, and I think today is a good day to share. Look closely - you'll see engraving in areas where you normally don't, and it's all of the same uniform quality.


Weldon is one of the best, and it's a pleasure to show you what he's capable of doing!

-=[ Grant ]=-

One word: wow.

Over the last year or so I've become acquainted with the work of engraver
Weldon Lister. It started when one of my clients sent a gun to him to be engraved, and we've been corresponding off-and-on since. Every so often he sends me pictures of his work, some of which I've posted on this site's Facebook page. I find his style quite attractive, as he understands how engraving should match the style of the gun being engraved, and particularly appreciate his deft handling of color and tone.

He recently sent me pictures of this gun, but I didn't get the story behind it until it was featured as the Gun Of The Week on the Blue Book of Gun Values website:

Head over to the Blue Book of Gun Values site to see more and read the whole story. It's fascinating.

-=[ Grant ]=-