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.
“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”
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.