SK Guns Introduces “Early Italian Renaissance” Custom 1911 Series

From The Armory Life:

“We produce the industry’s only series-driven, custom, limited-edition, collectible firearms,” says SK Guns owner and founder Simon Khiabani.

It’s a mouthful, but evidently true.

SK Guns has set a new standard of what uniquely custom limited-edition firearms should mean by launching themed firearm productions and building a series of guns within each theme. What sets SK Guns apart from other companies is the customs operation, called SK Customs, which secures batches of new firearms for refinement and embellishment.

SK Guns deals almost exclusively with handguns — revolvers and autoloaders — though it did provide an embellished rifle to raise funds on the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 50th anniversary. The artistry in each limited-edition production run has a historical theme — a person, an event, or a period. Each is typically one in a series, and the consecutive edition numbers on each production run are reserved to match those on future runs within the series. A client or SK dealer who buys into the first run has first crack at the matching edition number on all runs in that series. This option has great appeal to collectors, as it can boost the value of firearms over time.

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The company is now offering a four-part series called The Early Italian Renaissance, using Springfield’s Garrison 1911 pistol in .45 ACP as the foundation. It will feature a limited production run of 250 each and, for the first time, SK Guns will introduce all the firearms in a series in the same year.

The series of four Springfield pistols will illustrate the early Italian Renaissance, through the art of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Andrea del Sarto, and Raphael.

Each of the 1911s will showcase a different motif — celebrated images that represent each artist’s best work. Michelangelo’s “David” was an easy pick for the first pistol, which also depicts the “Madonna della Pieta” and the near-union of hands as God reaches out to Adam, a scene from the incredible art on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Da Vinci’s talents will show on the steel of the second production, in “Mona Lisa’s Smile”, the “Vitruvian Man” and “The Last Supper.” Andrea del Sarto’s artistry appears next, in “Battesimo”, “Triumph of Ceasar”, and “The Disputation on the Trinity”. The fourth series features Raphael’s “The Garvagh Madonna”, “The Three Graces”, and “The Miraculous Draught of Fishes”.

All the pistols in this series will be fitted with olive-wood grips, appropriately engraved with the Italian fleur de lis in colors to match those on the slides.

Khiabani says that only 25 of the total guns in this series will be dubbed the Gold Series, with distinctive features. “They’ll be offered in the first batch produced, with consecutive serial numbers and all matching production numbers.”

“Once each run of 250 is sold out, the pistols are bound to climb in price on the secondary market.” 

Anyone who has bought — or failed to buy — well-made and discontinued firearms can certainly vouch for that conclusion!

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