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.