Metal Engraving
From Plates to Pistols: Derringer

The Bond Derringer offers a perfect stepping stone to engraving a whole firearm for the first time. Seasoned veterans can also enjoy the opportunity to engrave this model of gun. The derringer is available in many calibers and barrel lengths. Nearly all models will be eligible for the class from .22 all the way to .410. Students will have several options for engraving. They will be able to select from different patterns and levels designed by the instructor or work on their own design with help and critique from the instructor. Basic cutting and tool sharpening will only be a refresher to allow more studio time. Students will learn how to disassemble and prepare a firearm for engraving, as well as how to finish the completed project. The class does not require gunsmithing skills, but the student must be able to sharpen and use various gravers. Students must have completed a previous firearms engraving class or get prior approval from the instructor to enroll.

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.


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Course Info

Rex Pedersen
2024 Date(s)
Metal Engraving
Skill Level
Enrollment Type


  • Disassembly and assembly of the firearm
  • Refining basic engraving skills (lecture, demo and practice)
  • Intermediate scroll design and execution (lecture only)
  • Border design and execution (lecture, demonstration and practice)
  • Wire border inlay (lecture, demonstration and optional practice)
  • Proper metal preparation
  • Explanation of various work holding fixtures
  • Achieving relief backgrounds (lecture, demonstration and practice)
  • Actual engraving of a firearm in a pattern of your choice or of your own design
  • Proper metal finishing
  • Explanation of final metal finishes

Class Project(s)

Bond Derringer


Completion of a GRS Basic Course or instructor approval is required, as well as an understanding of proper tool sharpening and basic engraving techniques.

Graver Sharpening Knowledge:
Flat and 105°

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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