Metal Engraving
Advanced Firearms Engraving: SAA

Engraving a Single Action Army revolver with Nimschke-style scroll is a challenging and rewarding experience. Layne Zuelke will teach you the tips, tools, and techniques necessary to master this skill. You'll learn to navigate the complex convex and concave surfaces on the revolver and other tricky areas that require special attention. You will also learn the unique disassembly and prep work for SAAs, as well as the pros and cons of barrel removal. The class will familiarize experienced engravers with these tough-to-cut guns and the Nimschke scrolls and patterns used in early Colt factory engraving. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to expand their engraving skills and take their craft to the next level. Due to time constraints, gold inlay will not be covered during this course.

Students will be required to fill out a GRS Firearms Agreement and purchase and transport the specified model of gun to class. Please see linked form below, in the prerequisites information section.


Seats for this course are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, but skill verification will be required before enrollment is finalized. After enrollment, a sales representative will contact prospective students with a link to upload three photos representative of the student's work. The GRS team will review these photos and finalize enrollment as long as the student's work shows capability at a minimum level. If the student's skill is not yet at the level needed to meet the demands of the course, they will be issued a refund for their deposit.

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Course Info

Layne Zuelke
2024 Date(s)
Metal Engraving
Skill Level
Enrollment Type
Application and Approval


  • Disassembly and engraving preparation for SAA style revolvers
  • Study and engraving of Nimschke style scroll; artwork provided by the instructor. No outside artwork permitted without prior approval from instructor.
  • Creation of specialty tools
  • Engraving on complex convex and concave surfaces
  • Discussion of finish options and preparation necessary for finish

Class Project(s)

Colt SAA
Alternate Option: Uberti Single-action Cattleman


Prior Intermediate or equivalent level gun engraving course or background in gun engraving

Graver Sharpening Knowledge: Familiarity with graver sharpening eg. 105°, 120°

Other Skills Required: Experience cutting a wide variety of surfaces, both curved and flat


The legal purchase and transport to class of the specified model is required. Click here to see the linked form for model information and to fill out the firearms agreement. Completion of this form is necessary to participate in the course.

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

We reserve your seat upon receipt of course deposit. To transfer or cancel your reservation, notify GRS at least 30 days before the class start date to transfer deposit or receive a refund, less $50. Deposits are not transferrable or refundable less than 30 days before the course start date. If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to call us! We would be glad to help you. Call 800-835-3519, Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.

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