Gun owners have been dressing up their firearms for as long as they have existed. They have gunsmiths alter the grips or stocks, or change the finish. Why? Because firearms — especially handguns — can be personal and serve as pieces of art while still being very functional.

Of course, one of the most striking additions to any firearm is engraving. Many a custom pistol has been engraved with specific artwork or simple scrollwork. In many cases, the firearm is nothing more than a palette for a skilled engraver’s work. This kind of work can be amazing, but it comes at a cost — often more than the firearm itself — leaving most buyers out of the process.

Well, Smith & Wesson is offering its SW1911 Engraved with machine engraving, and it looks pretty good while being affordable.

Precision engraving using computerized machines helps keep costs and weight times down. S&W is now offering machine-engraved revolvers and handguns, including the SW1911 Engraved I got my hands on for testing.

Chambered in .45 ACP, this model includes the usual SW1911 features, including a checkered frontstrap, a grooved slide top and unique, fish-scale-like cocking serrations. It also has scrollwork on the slide and frame and comes in a very nice wooden presentation case.

Check out the video below to see the SW1911 Engraved being put to the test, and keep your eyes peeled for a full review in an upcoming issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. To subscribe, visit

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