Beautiful CAT Scanned Guns

    We recently wrote about a artist in the UK who x-rayed firearms. A gun enthusiastic and collector from Jackson, Mississippi who has access to a $750,000 CAT scanner emailed us about the gun x-ray photos he prints and sells. The photos are absolutely beautiful.



    Houston writes …

    This project’s roots go back to a day when I had a receiver shipped to my office. A pair of curious workers, knowing my hobby decided to “take a peek” while not opening the package. They CAT scanned it and sent me the image via our instant messaging system as I was working off site that day. That’s when the lightbulb went off!

    I experimented and continually refined the technique to make even more interesting images. I scanned various guns using a variety of methods to produce source images that were then refined. After two years and multiple generations of test prints I have produced what I feel are the best such images ever created. The prints are meant to be framed. They make for great man-cave art and is a very unique addition to any gun room.

    The majority of these firearms are from my personal collection but some are loaners from friends. Most are BATFE registered transferable machine guns. The older firearms from WW2 are generally matching numbers (Curio and Relics) originals.Some have interesting pedigrees and stories behind them.

    I’m continuously adding new designs as time allows. It’s not a simple process. Once the scan parameters have been tailored for a specific gun and the source images created they are tediously worked on by myself alongside my graphics designer. Then each requires a couple months or more of test printing at a professional print shop with each gun subsequently undergoing many revisions until you see the final print offered here.

    I plan on getting one or two of these prints to mount in plain black frames and hang in my office. I just need to decide which ones I like the best. Prints can be ordered from Houston’s Etsy web store or from his website.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!