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I'd not heard of Frank Hendricks until late today. Since then I found he engraved the Texas Ranger Tribute guns for Colt,
many Texas Ranger's actual BBQ and duty guns and they say was one of the top 10 gun engravers in the world for
50 years with the likes of Alvin White?

"Frank Hendricks, a true world-class Master engraver, FEGA founder & President, teacher, artist
(1928-2003)"

Tell us what you know and show us his guns!
 

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I love the engraving of Frank Hendricks!! Unfortunately, I do not own any of his work. I believe that Hugh Clark had a collection of his famous Belt Buckles. His sons may have them for sale.
 

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I've never seen his engraving in person but going by pictures he's my favorite modern (post WW2) engraver of all time. I say that because of the 1973 G&A Annual I still have that has a full color layout of his flamboyantly engraved Texas Ranger commemoratives he did back then. They came in three grades and the top two were insane. I posted pictures from that magazine here before but looks like I dumped them.
 

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I was offered a Hendrick gun last night. First comment I found about his engraving skill before I fell down that seriously deep rabbit hole was a comment you had made Wyatt, which I took to heart. Gun has a Texas Ranger history and was shipped directly to Hendrick from Colt in the white.

It is a full meal deal, silver plate, C+ engraving and ivory, 4 3/4", 45. I bought it from a couple of terrible photos. Gun hasn't moved much since delivery to Hendricks in 1978. Hendricks was 50 years old in '78 and at the height of his skills. Neat that he only used a hammer and chisel on his work. No modern engraving machines for him. I'll get some photos when the gun shows up.
 

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I'd not heard of Frank Hendricks until late today. Since then I found he engraved the Texas Ranger Tribute guns for Colt,
many Texas Ranger's actual BBQ and duty guns and they say was one of the top 10 gun engravers in the world for
50 years with the likes of Alvin White?

"Frank Hendricks, a true world-class Master engraver, FEGA founder & President, teacher, artist
(1928-2003)"

Tell us what you know and show us his guns!
I don't know who he worked for, besides himself. My only transaction with Hendricks was sending him some pre-polished Colt SAA parts to be nickeled in 1985. At the time, it seems that he lived just north of San Antonio. He did a great job and returned my parts as requested, left with satin finish as pulled from plating bath (not buffed). Hendricks turned this job around in about 1 week. Wish I still had access to someone like him for plating, because none of these plating shops can be trusted.
 

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Here's one of the pictures from my dad's G&A I mentioned that got me hooked on Colts when I was sixteen. This engraving just knocks me out. We have an engraver on here occasionally who I said his engraving reminded me of Frank Hendricks. He then said either he or his dad worked as an engraver for or with Hendricks. I was giving him the biggest compliment imaginable.

 

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When I first started Colt SAA's (mid-1970's) I was after Military mostly but I did at one time have TWO FH engraved SAA's. I think I traded them for a Cavalry Model. That is one of those "too smart; too late" things.
 

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I would love to see those belt buckles he made too...is he still alive?
Anyone personally know him?


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