Coming to the Range: Smith & Wesson Engraved 1911

Smith & Wesson's new engraved SW1911 pistol.

Who wouldn’t want an engraved 1911 pistol? The gun is unique among automatic pistols in that it has a lot of flat, blank surfaces for an engraver to get creative, but the problem is, most people could never come close to affording a custom engraved 1911.

Smith & Wesson is trying to make it a little easier for the average gun owner to spring for a presentation-grade 1911 by adding an engraved version to its handgun lineup, featuring nice scrollwork on either side of the slide and frame. And at $1,060, it's not much more expensive than S&W's base-model 1911, according to Gun Digest.

The scrollwork is set off by a glass bead finish on the slide and frame and a handsome set of rosewood grips, which have a similar scroll pattern to that found on the slide’s cocking serrations.

It also comes in a wooden presentation case, befitting a display gun.

How did they keep the price so low? The design, created by S&W's master engravers, is applied to the gun parts with a high-tech engraving machine.

The gun's specs are similar to base S&W 1911s, with a weight of 39.8 ounces and a length of 8.7 inches with a capacity of 8+1 and white-dot front and rear sights.