Jim Downing prefers to call himself a craftsman, not an artist.
But his intricately hand-carved renderings on Colts, Rugers, Winchesters and other fine guns have earned him clients from across the globe — from Europe all the way to Australia.
Especially in the world of cowboy action shooting, mention Springfield, Missouri, and many participants in the Western-themed sport will instantly know the name: Jim Downing, Gun Engraver.
It's been an unusual path to his workbench at Cherokee Firearms in Springfield, where Downing typically engraves one to two guns a week, all by hand.
Dude's sure got the moustache for it. You can read the rest, and see pics, here:
http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/2 ... 467759001/
One of my sisters sent me this. We were born and raised in Springfield.