Trumbull, CT -(AmmoLand.com)- Creating this year’s most impressive hand-engraved firearm for auction has been a collaborative effort between Lew Horton Distributing Co., Inc. and Baron Technology, Inc. (BTI).
Known for its special editions, Lew Horton has donated a stainless-steel Colt 1911 .38 Super for hand engraving by world-renown engravers BTI, who is also donating its services.
“Lew Horton Distributing is more than happy to be a part of this project and to be able to team up with such a great organization as the Kids & Clays Foundation,” said Don Drysdale of Lew Horton Distributing Co., Inc.
Starting on June 14th and ending on June 28th, this masterpiece will be auctioned on Gunbroker.com, with proceeds to go to the Kids & Clays Foundation with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“We really appreciate Lew Horton Distributing and Baron Engraving’s product and service donations on such a beautiful handgun for our cause,” said Doug Jeanneret, executive director of the Kids & Clays Foundation. “This is certainly a great opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind handgun that is really a work of art. The funds raised from this Gun Broker auction have the potential to help hundreds of critically ill children and their families in their time of greatest need. All three companies are to be commended.”
Highly polished and displaying heavily shaded, foliage/leaf-based scroll engraving, with a stippled relief background, the Kids & Clays stainless steel Colt 1911 features the Colt text logo on the slide’s left side, and the company’s weathervane logo on the left rear panel; both are embellished with 24k gold. Continuing with the gold is a portrait of Samuel Colt, on the slide’s top area, set in a shield with the historical quote “God created man, Colonel Colt made them equal” and, on the rear panel, a reproduction of an ornate seal found on an original 1854 Colt Firearms’ invoice. BTI obtained special permission to use these two outstanding designs.
The slide’s right side features a hand-cut version of the Colt Firearms’ roll mark (no gold plating), and the right-side rear panel has a 24k gold-plated representation of the famous Colt dome that still stands in Hartford, CT. The beautiful scroll work is continued onto the frame, slide stop, thumb safety and grip safety with some very fine jewelling work on the trigger and barrel. The Kirinite grips simulate a black pearl finish, and are made by Eagle Grips.
This exquisite example of gun engraving is by master artisan Rob Bunting of BTI’s Custom Shop.
“Kids & Clays is a shining star for the firearms industry. There isn’t a charity to which we can point that does more to ‘give back’ to our local communities. It makes me feel so proud to be supporting the shoots and auctions that Kids & Clays puts on to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said David Baron, president of Baron Engraving.
About Kids & Clays Foundation
The Kids & Clays Foundation began in 1999 as a simple fundraiser to support the Chicago Ronald McDonald House Charities. Founders Glenn and Kathy Lubeznik wanted to help the House raise funds to support their mission of helping critically ill children and their families. The Kids & Clays Foundation sole purpose and mission is to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities through sporting clay events.
For more information, visit www.kidsandclays.com.
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About Lew Horton Distributing Co., Inc.
The Horton shooting sports tradition began in 1948 when Lew Horton Sr. opened a retail sporting goods store in Framingham, Massachusetts. In 1960, Lew Horton Jr. joined the company and learned the qualities that constituted a good wholesale partner.
In 1977, this knowledge became the foundation for Lew Horton Distributing Company, Inc. which was started by Lew Horton Jr. in Southboro, MA. Today, Lew Horton Distributing Company occupies a modern, 25,000 sq. ft. facility in Westborough, MA.
For more information, visit: www.lewhorton.com.
About Baron Technology, Inc.
For 33 years, Baron Technology, Inc. has worked with shooting associations, conservation groups and manufacturers to embellish firearms, cutlery and other products that become heirlooms and collectibles. Merging hand-engraving techniques used for centuries with today’s latest technology, Baron creates unique hand-engraved, sculpted-roll engraved, etched and multi-laser engraving processes to embellish all types of metal, synthetic and wood products. Baron services include a creative art department whose extraordinary custom designs are used by many industries and organizations around the world.