This week, I got to engrave a Rock Island Armory 1911 for a friend in Willcox, AZ. His last name is Wikked, so I called the project the Wikked 1911.
I engraved 3 sides of the slide, sights, slide stop, and safety. Here are the project highlights.
After my client approved the design, I set the RIA 1911 on my workbench. The two most difficult things about engraving complex designs are (1) designing to specification so everything will be engraved in the proper place by the CNC router and (2) squaring the object to be engraved so that the design is cut in the object straight. It’s both an art and a science. It’s meticulous checking and rechecking before hitting that green button because, once an object is cut into, there is no taking it back.
The first side came out perfect. After two more sides, and some add-ons, this order would be complete.
I used masking tape to block the surfaces I did not want to be engraved and to prevent bleeding from the laser down the right and left sides of the slide. Made sure the slide was square. Made sure again, and then hit the green button.
Everything was going great until about halfway down the top of the slide. Come to find out, there was an issue with the coating on some RIA 1911 models, including the one I was working on. The laser released some built-up cosmoline (I think) in the factory coating and ruined the engraving by blurring it. No new cut can undo what happened. One advantage of light engraving is the opportunity to recoat, if you know-how, and recut the design. I was able to match the color, recoat, and complete the engraving on the top of the slide.
I prepped and engraved the slide-stop and safety with a pattern that matched the slide.
When my client saw his firearm, he decided he liked my coating better than the factory coating and asked for it all the way around. No problem. I recoated and reapplied the engravings. The overall project was a success. Be sure to ask me about custom, artistic engraving for your stuff–or just plain text if that’s what you want. Here are some things we can provide related to this project:
- Artistic engraving designs for handguns and rifles
- Firearm cleaning
- Some refinishing work
- Acrylic Enamel or Duracoat Coating
- Mobile light engraving (for those who don’t want their firearms to leave the house)
- Any-angle engraving to cut any side of your firearm
- Custom design work for both those who want patterns I already have available and those who want to go extra with a one-of-a-kind scroll.
- Deep engraved C/O numbers, initials, emblems, or even crypto wallet keys.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Here are some pictures of the finished product.
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