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Old 04-20-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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Many of you have seen my 1988 vintage, stainless Interarms PPK .380 that I have engraved by Michael Gouse with 75% coverage American Scroll.



I though I'd share the other guns I've had Gouse work his magic on. The first gun I sent to him was a beat up, but mechanically perfect S&W First Model Safety Hammerless .32 lemonsqueezer. I had a mint set of original and very old S&W mother-of-pearl handles and I stumbled upon the gun to put them on. This gun was shipped by S&W on March 13, 1883. I had no money invested in either so I figured I'd give Gouse a try (www.mtart.com). This is how it turned out:



The next gun I had Gouse engrave was my S&W 624 .44 Special. I already had a set of Skeeter Skelton style birdseye maple handles made to a tracing of my right hand by Deacon Deason of Bear Hug Grips (RIP) and a Weigand Combat rear sight and a McGivern gold bead front sight. I asked Gouse to engrave the gun with Skelton's Bar-T cattle brand on the backstrap as a Skeeter Skelton Tribute:

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Old 04-20-2010, 11:50 AM   #3
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I then sent the Walther PPK and a beat up old Colt 1903 .32 Pocket Hammerless to Gouse.

This is how the Colt looked when I first got it:



I had it reblued locally by a true artist and I put a set of faux ivory handles on it:



This is how it looks today after Gouse's engraving:

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Very very nice not to overload - a very good working

Congratulations, I am a bit envious
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:54 AM   #5
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Next up was my Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum. My dad had worked over the action for me, installed a saddle ring, and cut the barrel to a short 16" length. My best friend made a Winchester patterned big loop lever for it and I refinished the wood to a satin oil old style look. Gouse did it up with his American Scroll:







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When Ruger and Lipseys came out with the Blackhawk in .44 Special, like Skeeter always said they should, I just had to have one. Then it struck me that I really needed it engraved to match my S&W 624 as a pair of Skeeter Skelton Tributes. Gouse did it again!





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I bought an old, wood silverware box off Ebay for $35. I tore out the insides and refinished the wood on the outside. Then I lined it made a wood inner cut out to hold the 624 and the Blackhawk inside. My Skeeter Tribute is now complete!



Gouse does excellent work at very reasonable prices. I've sold a few guns to finance his work and I'm still thinking about other guns I may have to have engraved by him!

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Beautiful stuff, guys. Thanks for sharing those terrific guns and photos with the rest of us. The Marlin banner was a surprise to see. I've had one of those since the 1960s, I think -- got it from grandfather. I've never seen another like it until now.
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Very beautifull guns!
44 Special fan? Me to

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wow.... can't say more
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