Metal Engraving
Start-to-Finish Gun Engraving: 1911 .45 Pistol

This course is designed to help developing engravers overcome the hurdles of a complete firearm engraving project. FEGA Master Engraver Layne Zuelke leads the class through the steps of engraving from start to finish. This exciting hands-on course gives students experience and the confidence to work on firearm projects in the future.

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

Layne Zuelke
Sandy Popovich, assisting
2023 Date(s)
Metal Engraving
Skill Level
Enrollment Type
Open, see prerequisites


  • Disassembly of the firearm
  • Refining basic engraving skills
  • Intermediate scroll design and execution
  • Border design and execution
  • Wire border inlay
  • Proper metal preparation and finish
  • Explanation of various workholding fixtures
  • Achieving relief backgrounds
  • Engraving the firearm with choice of prepared patterns or student’s own design
  • Explanation of final metal finishes
  • Assembly of the firearm
  • Discussion of firearms and regulations

Class Project(s)

Rock Island A1 GI




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

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