Tony Medlin of HillBilly Customs has been engraving part time since 1994 and now full time since 2004. Growing up, he had a passion and respect for guns and the art of much of his trade while working for his mom and dad, who had an arts and woodcraft business; this taught him patience in the process and gave him a keen eye for perfection. He found the love of engraving while attending a gun show and meeting the person who would become his teacher, Jesse Houser.
Tony attended Montgomery Community College in Troy, North Carolina where Jesse Houser taught him the art of metal engraving. Jesse learned and honed his skills from Mater Engraver Ken Hurst, who engraved for such reputable brands as Colt, Winchester, Ruger, Walther, Harrington & Richardson and Thompson Center just to name a few.
Tony is keeping the legacy of Ken Hurst and Jesse Houser alive while plying his trade and God given talent for all the gun enthusiast across the U.S.
The Laser Engraving process uses a computer art program where most any kind of font or existing clip art can be transferred onto a firearm.
More customized or personalized art work can be done by our artist. We will create a computer copy, transform it into a vector file and then transfer the art onto your firearm.
Laser Engraving is the very precise way of achieving the sharpest perfect image and or font to be applied. Images or font are then color filled with paint, followed by clear coat application. It is so precise that you can even sign your name onto a piece of paper and we can transfer that exact same signature onto the pistol grip of a shotgun or rifle, for example.
Laser work can be done on all types of material including wood, synthetic, and even polymere. The Laser process can also be done on polished metal or aluminum, by polishing the side of a slide or a receiver and spraying on a ceramic coating. We then burn the coating on, clean off the excess and apply a proper clear coat for protection. Depending on your taste, go for a matte finish or high gloss, which are both great ways of personalization or for a memorable retirement gift!