This is a Colt 1911 chambered in .45 acp. exclusive Talo edition called theLisa Tomlin.
1 of ONLY 400
A remarkable addition to the Colt Engraver series
Lisa’s unique design embellishes a Colt series 70, Model O, stainless, 5 inch, .45acp. She cites the Ken Hurst influence in the very distinct American bank note style scroll that exhibits a combination of Italian and Germanic influences. Her design is elaborately displayed over most of the firearm. The slide sides, top and lug are polished and detailed with deep etch scroll and then black filled. The frame is bright polished and deep etched and black filled. Bright polished parts include the hammer , slide stop, mag catch, mag catch lock and barrel bushing, thumb safety, 3 pins, grip screws and plunger tube. The unique grips reflect the overall design w stainless polished hex style grip screws
This unique firearm embraces a modern design anchored in the tradion of the finest engraving artistry.
Special factory serial numbers TLD001-TLD400
From American Engravers by C. Rober Beile
In the male dominated field of American gun engraving Tomlin is one of the few and arguably the most prominent among women. Perhaps that is why writer Silvio Calabi in a feature article for The Double Gun and Single Shot Journal dubbed her the “first lady of her art.”
From Lisa Tomlin , Master Engraver ; www.lisatomlinengraving.com
From the moment I first laid eyes on an engraved gun, I knew this was my calling. It wasn’t until a few years later that I, serendipitously met Ken Hurst, who ran Ken Hurst Firearm Engraving Company. I spent the next weeks and months vigorously training under Mr. Hurst and was also fortunate to have worked closely with several other engravers who have gone on to become masters themselves. I learned the art of engraving, by hand, with hammer and chisel. After 30 plus years, I have continued to execute my engravings with this method for several reasons.... it is classic and traditional, but mostly because it’s just fun. I find most my influences through the Italians, Germans and, of course, the many gifted American engravers who I have the pleasure of learning from on a personal level.
There seems to be a resurgence within the ranks of the sporting industry, and in society as a whole; an appreciation for old-world, hand-crafted pieces. I'm pleased to see this as I've always subscribed to the slower, more methodical and craft-focused hammer & chisel for engraving. There's just something about an heirloom piece that seems to mean so much more to future generations when they know that actual human hands, and not machines, made the gun or the knife they're carrying…"