Some of us want to take the extra step when it comes to personalizing our firearms. Engraving is one of the most well-known and aesthetically pleasing ways to do it. It’s an art form all on its own.
Michael Dubber is one of the best firearm engravers in the world. The man has more experience at this fine art than anyone else in the world. He is a FEGA Master Engraver that also works with Colt Firearms, and he’s been the President of Firearms Engraver Guild of America, a very prestigious organization that’s been around since 1981.
Let’s look into a little bit more into Dubber’s career to learn more about this exciting way to customize your firearms.
The History of Firearms Engraving
The history of firearms engraving goes back to the 1800s, which was considered the “Golden Age” of engraving. Colt Firearms was a leader in this style of gun enhancement. The company made embellished guns for royals as well as gifts to big name political leaders and high ranking military officials. Having an engraved gun was considered a prestigious item, and is still highly valued to this day.
When a gun is engraved by an artisan’s hand, it’s an extreme attention to detail and intricate design work that can make the piece a one-of-a-kind item to have. That’s why some of these engraved weapons go for so much money on auction sites. One of the most famous engraved guns is the Czar of Russia Colt, a Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver, that is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Michael Dubber Is a Master Engraver
Michael Dubber is one of the few master engravers alive in the world today. He started his profession straight out of high school using just a few tools to learn his trade. Those tools are a special hammer that will chase” a graver through the metal of the gun’s finish.
In the 1980s, a new tool was developed that used a type of air-powered device to propel the graver through the metal. It’s been compared to holding a mini jackhammer to get the work done easier. It’s still a skill that requires a lot of training and practice to perfect. There aren’t a lot of people in the world who have the patience and art-based techniques to complete this profession.
As a founding member of the Firearms Engraver Guild of America, Dubber makes sure to speak out regularly at industry events. There are only 47 people in the world that have made it to the level of Master Engraver, although the Guild now boasts around 600 members.
When you look at some of the work that Michael has done on various models of Colt guns, the attention to detail is exceptional. A lot of the engraving features famous battle scenes on models like the 1911 Colt A1 .45 which is called “The Greatest Generation Colt.”
If you ever have a chance to visit a museum that features some of this work, like the Cody Firearms Museum, in Cody, Wyoming, it’s well worth it to check out some of this exceptional firearms art.