Mike Harrison is a master engraver from Escondido California.
Interested in getting a kimber 1911 engraved with just a name
Well Eric, I hate to make things complicated but there are a number of considerations. First of all I’m in Escondido California, about 30 miles north of San Diego. If you are not local, then there is a concern for the following costs…
1)SHIPPING COSTS, through Fed X which will be about $20 to $30,
2)HANDLING COSTS, for an FFL dealer to send the gun for you through Fed X… $ ??
3)HANDLING COSTS, for an FFL dealer to receive it at my end from Fed X, about $20 to $35
Then for my work, depending of the type of lettering you want and how many actual letters in your name, I would estimate less that $100.
When I’m done, we have to go through the reverse process of shipping and the associated costs that I’ve mentioned above, just to get the gun legally back to you.
Unfortunately there are some pretty stringent rules by the Federal government when it comes to shipping firearms around the country, and we don’t want to find ourselves out of compliance.
Don’t despair though, there is a much cheaper way out. Find a “Trophy Shop” in your local area. Check to see if they have a good pantograph machine, and they can do the lettering for less than $25. It won’t look quite the same as a hand cut lettering job but most people can’t really see the difference anyway unless some one shows them what to look for.
However…Look at a sample of what they are capable of doing BEFORE YOU HAVE THEM DO YOUR GUN, you may not like what you see. (better to see a bad job on a piece of scrap than on your favorite pistol).
If you are still interested after all of that, I’d be glad to talk with you
Regards, Mike Harrison
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