Verena, Steyr-Mannlicher Engraver

Engraved firearms are incredibly popular outside the United States, and many manufacturers of high-end rifles are more than happy to grab a share of this market. Several engravers were actually working while at the show, but none looked quite like Verena of Steyr, who is featured in the “Gun Girls of IWA” post.

By the way, she wore that dress on her own accord; it is, as I understand it, fairly traditional Austrian attire. Indeed, our Steyr guide, Martin, wore a traditional Austrian hunting jacket while at work.

I was very impressed with the quality of her work. I was often distracted while filming videos at IWA, so I can’t even imagine the level of concentration it took for her to engrave something and not make a single mistake while at the show.

We caught up with her at the Steyr factory (located, naturally, in Steyr, Austria), where she has a commanding view of the assembly floor, and a large number of repeat customers demanding more work from her. She took a few minutes away from her work to answer some of my questions about engraving.

Engraving Q&A

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


  • It’s called a “Dirdnl”! 🙂

  • sorry, “Dirndl” 😀

  • Clodboy

    The type of Austrian/Bavarian dress she’s wearing is called a “Dirndl”:

    On a sidenote, American tourists should take great care to avoid asking Dirndl-wearers about the “St. Pauli Girl”-beer ads, since St. Pauli is the location of a famous red-light district and, worse yet, located in Northern Germany. 😉

  • Absolutely beautiful.

    And the receivers look lovely too!

  • Fred Johnson

    Good blog post!

  • Armored

    Verena does great work and she looks great herself…and I must admit, I like her voice….it sounds so…..foreign…haha!

  • on

    she was saying “arabesque”

  • Spiff

    Quality begets quality!

  • Lance

    Yeah Steve you should have got her number shes HOT. So the receiver.

  • Geoff Ross

    Nice combination of typical Germanic style ivy and Italian Bulino engraving.

  • M.G. Halvorsen

    Absloutely magnificent engraving! It’s good to see the type of work that is still associated with European firearms carried on in such a traditional dress…and a very beautiful woman doing the work!! Well done, Verena, and thank you for taking the time to be interviewed.

  • Mountainbear

    Especially in the countryside out in the provinces you will find plenty of women who’re not afraid of guns. Traditionally women in farmer families are pretty close, since many of them actively hunt as well. If you’re in Austria and take part in a larger hunt, you will find quite a lot of women taking part as well.

    I’d like to see a photo of Martin’s jacket. Reason is, traditional Austrian hunting jacket is what exactly? There’s really not anything like that. He most likely wore the jacket of a Leobner suit, which is a traditional costume, but not in all of Austria. If it’s really meant for hunting, or at least features the design of a jacket used for hunting, the primary give-away is a piece of cloth on the edge of one shoulder, made like the suit itself and held there by two buttons. That used to be attached to the suits to keep the sling of your hunting rifle in place. Not that it doesn’t work without it, it just makes things easier.

    The Leobner is the most common suit. The Altsteirer, for example, is a bit more elaborate. And those are just two styles only from Styria. Other provinces have different styles. The jackets, however, are pretty similar throughout the styles.

    As for the dirndl, yep, that’s Austro-Bavarian. Depending on the region there are differences in the patterns used, buttons, etc. Specialists see those at once, I have no idea about it.

  • nice 🙂 good luck