I agree with ei8ht's assessment. The quality of the scroll work looks OK, but the layout and design looks like some amateur took examples of scroll work and photoshopped them at random onto a gun. Don't these guys look at examples of well done engraved similar models for a clue ?
While I certainly appreciate the skill and execution, this is akin to putting clothes on Kate Upton trying to make her look better. The 1903/1908 is a work of art in its own right without embellishment.
Hard to comprehend the marketing behind the pistol. It was contracted as a tribute to the General Officers that it was issued to, but produced in a phosphate type finish where the original were first issued in blue. Then they bring out the blued version which was the first type issued. Now they bring out an engraved pistol with fire blued small parts with the USP marking which was never issued. Looks like it would be a simple matter of leaving the USP roll marking off and market it as an engraved example of the original Colt Pocket Hammerless
Of course I don't understand the bitcoin either. Looks like a huge Ponzi scheme to me.
This thread is ridiculous and I hope it’s a joke. The engraving is a period correct copy of a factory engraving pattern from one of the most famous Colt engravers. Just a guess I’m going to have to listen to complaints about the US Property mark no matter how many times I explain that we can’t take it off on this model. Fyi lots of engraved US Property engraved 1911s out there.
I don't think it is ridiculous but sharing a thought we all have. I too believe the marketing could have been more thought out. Yes, I understand the USP copyright marks, but I believe it would have been better received to complete the USP run let it expire and then bring out the "newer/improved version". I know these are reproductions but there are just too many of us purist to like/accept the a USP marked pistol that has a high polish blue, nickel and engraved finish.
This is my opinion only and may not reflect how others feel. Please don't feel any of these comments are against you or your work in this pistol. Ron
Before I started with this project all the frames were made and marked for the 32 project. We have no choice but to use them. I get the purist View I do but I also have no choice. I also wasn’t referring to the usp mark with my comment but to the Adams excellent engraved Helfrect pattern.
I think the engraving is well done and flows great with the hammerless. I get there is no choice as bjt explained about it being marked Usp. Aside from that it’s the best repro I have seen. Maybe when the pre stamped frames are used up Colt will be smart enough to work with bjt and U S Armament on the rollmarks so it would be accurate to the correct rollmarks for finish and period engraving. I like engraving and Adams Work is excellent so all in all I think they did a good job with the pattern and finishes.