IWA: Gunsmithing at its Finest


Guns in general are beautiful works of art. But sometimes, the designers go above and beyond by embellishing their art with intricate designs and using precious metals. It’s a completely different level of “gun porn” from what we usually see here in the United States, and it was on full display over at the IWA show in Germany. So while I have a moment, I thought it might be nifty to tease out some of the better pieces and give you a post with nothing but pretty pictures. Enjoy!












  1. avatar Excedrine says:


  2. Simply amazing. I would be afraid of shooting them if I ever happened to get one.

    Thanks for the great pics and for making it possible for us to really get a close look at the incredible craftsmanship.

    1. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

      Indeed. I like pretty guns the way I like really exquisite cars, great to look at but if I cannot comfortably drive it (or take it out shooting) without fear of the inevitable scuff or scratch or dent or ding, I don’t want it. I’ll admire it from afar and drive my cheaper model with a smile.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Can’t wait to see these on a big screen.

  4. avatar Cliff H says:

    Can we get some pics of KJW shooting one of these? That would be awesome.

  5. avatar Accur81 says:

    Beautiful. I wish I could have one in my safe.

  6. avatar Colby says:

    Truly a higher level of Bubba.

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  7. avatar gemalo says:

    I think I got wood looking at the wood.

  8. avatar ThomasR says:

    Functional and beautiful; now; the only thing to make it better is to have a beautiful real gun woman demonstrate superior marksmanship with one of those works of art.

    That would truly be a work of art. Functional and beautiful.

  9. avatar DrVino says:

    Theys purdey…..

    1. avatar Defens says:

      Nice pun. Very nice!

      1. avatar DrVino says:


  10. avatar RustyB says:

    Saw some Holland & Holland ones on ‘How it’s Made’.

    Price tag was £144,580…roughly $240,000.00 USD. Higher ones on their website.

    Up to 1200 hours of labor per firearm.

    Jump to 46 seconds in the video for the price tag:


  11. avatar fuque says:

    worthy of signing up for some OT.

  12. avatar Dracon1201 says:

    It’s times like this that I see the Swarovski scope and think,”Why have they not opened a business to creating WW1/ really large/ Vintage optics with modern clarity and features and putting them on these guns?” It would look so much better!

    1. avatar BugsInMyTeeth says:

      Agreed. As I was scrolling through the gun porn I saw the scope and thought they looked pretty mundane sitting on top of those works of art.


  13. avatar Mark N. says:

    It is appropriate that you posted these on St. Patrick’s Day–I am green with envy.

    1. avatar JAS says:

      LOL! ^^^This!

  14. avatar Gunr says:

    Fantastic collection!

  15. avatar Hannibal says:

    Unlike the ridiculous-looking sig post, here we have some classically ornate guns that still look very functional.

  16. avatar jwm says:

    Gawd. I’m not worthy. That flintlock was especially fetching.

  17. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    The craftsmanship is unreal. The wood used, the detail in the metal.
    I don’t think I would ever want to own one though. I would be afraid I would scratch it!

  18. avatar Megrim says:

    Gun scrimshaw. Kewl.

  19. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Not nearly as beautiful as those, but I picked up a stunning Sako with a mannlicher stock in .375 last week.
    Mfg date in either 79 or 80.
    The bluing is just incredible. The deep checkering, the wood… It’s got serious wow factor.

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      You know the rules: pics or it didn’t happen…

        1. avatar jwm says:

          That’s sweet. What scope is that? I picked up a Redfield 3x9x40 for my new .243. Gonna sight it this saturday.

        2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          It’s a Redfield ‘widefield’ 2 and 3/4 power fixed.
          It’s pretty neat, but I think I’m going to get something different.
          Can’t wait to read about your first hunt!

        3. avatar jwm says:

          Went on my first hunt/scout. Kicked up jackrabbits and looked for sign. Off season for most stuff right now. Everytime I’ve gone out we’ve seen, deer, quail, doves, pheasant and lots of pig sign. Pig sign so fresh it was still steaming. And yotes.

          Get the rifle sighted and my supply of condor safe copper bullets in and the pigs and yotes will be on the list.

  20. avatar MiketheHopsFarmer says:

    All I want to know is who made the flintlock pistol? I’m in the market and I’d love to see what else is in their catalog!

  21. avatar DJ says:

    Of course, since it is in Europe only the landed gentry will ever see a firearm in any case. Only the wealthy are able to afford the permits and licensing to be in the market.

  22. avatar karlb says:

    These are beautiful works of art.
    If any of you are ever in Milwaukee, after you have toured the Harley Museum (and pay extra to go out to the new engine plant tour–it is amazing), make sure you hit the Milwaukee Public Museum. They have a room that shows a nice selection of brilliantly decorated muzzle-loading rifles that were used in shooting tournaments. The museum has a much larger holding of these masterpieces, so it is disappointing that there are only 20 or so weapons on display, but you will not forget the ones you see.

  23. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I love pretty guns. I truly appreciate the craftsmanship in making something like this.

  24. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Thanks for the pics and write-up. These are indeed Nice Guns[tm].

  25. avatar Yngvar says:

    And pop rivets made of gold… That’s class!

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