Gun Art

I'm not going to take sides in the gun debate, but I know great art
when I see it:
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Frank J Warner
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Whatever happened to Holland & Holland and Purdy? Do they still exist? Given the laws and attitudes in UK?
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Michael Koblic
Ok for some but I'd rather see holster wear.
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I love the stuff where the case colors are left to show under the engraving...
Too much of it seems to be in a style an opera designer I once worked with called "Circus Wagon Baroque".
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Stuart Wheaton
If you look closely, particularly at the H&H shotgun with the spot case-coloring, I think you'll see that the gun was engraved first, and then colored.
It looks like they used a torch and cyanide salts, rather than a bath. It's very nice.
Yeah. They didn't know when to stop. I'd be afraid to shoot some of them, with all of that deep, German-style engraving.
I really like the etching of the boars and other animals.
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Ed Huntress
I would expect that engraving a case-hardened piece of steel would be difficult, at best.
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Well, color case-hardening is decorative and not often really a serious hardening job. It typically doesn't have any significant effect on surface hardness. The depth of carbon penetration with most methods rarely is more than a few millionths to tens of millionths of an inch. It often isn't even quenched.
The old Stevens Favorite and Crackshot receivers were offered with a very nice (for mass production) color case hardening job at one time, and that was a bit thicker, but still only less than one tenth -- not enough to mean much.
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Ed Huntress
Guns rendered useless for the most part.
I like guns that are likely to be used or carried.
Personal preference. The art part for me comes in the construction and design.
Different strokes for different folks.
Wes -- "Additionally as a security officer, I carry a gun to protect government officials but my life isn't worth protecting at home in their eyes." Dick Anthony Heller
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