Eye Candy — By Scott Mayer

Exceptional gun engraving is nothing less than pure art on steel canvas. For many hunters, it tells their story and adds a soul to their guns. Sadly, most American gun owners never get a chance to see really good gun engraving. Most of what we see is either stamped or cut by a machine and, more often than not, simply should have never been applied in the first place.

 

At the recent Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the privilege of seeing some of the best engraving by Peter Hofer. His work is some of the finest, resembling pen and ink drawings, sometimes spiced up with precious stones or colorful enamels. The guns pictured here include a set of “biggest and smallest” double rifles–one chambered for the diminutive .17 HMR and the other for the behemoth 4-Bore. See if you can tell which guns they are from the engraving.

 

–Scott Mayer

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Scott Mayer

Scott Mayer

Writer at John1911
Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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  • Brennen Munro

    I am always amazed at the detail and artistry the top engravers create on their canvas. Knowing that these are not only works of art, but also functioning firearms just adds to their beauty for me. It is as if the artist captures some of the spirit of the natural world that hunters and those who spend time outdoors are exposed to, and are reminded of when they look at their rifle or shotgun. We have come a long way from documenting our hunts on a cave wall.
    Munro

    • That is probably the best explanation of firearms engraving I have ever read.

      –Marky