By Lars Dalseide | August 18 2014 15:44

Sportsman Channel show brings Wild West to live in rifle engraving

Train robbery depicted on a Lee Griffiths engraved Browning .22 rifle

Raton, New Mexico - “I walked in the door and it just blew me away.”

Those are the words of Jim Supica, director of NRA Museums, when it comes to the subject of today’s Curator’s Corner on Sportsman Channel … a .22 Browning Rifle.

But it’s not the gun that caught Supica’s attention, it was the engraving.

Joined by Frank Brownell at the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest, Supica and Brownell marveled at the work of the firearm engraver Lee Griffiths.

“Lee is a gentleman’s gentleman,” said Brownell. “This one happens to be a train robbery on this side while the other side has a guy coming into a saloon and holding it up. It’s so creative and so beautifully done.”

A saloon robbery takes place on a Lee Griffiths engraved Browning .22 rifle

A closer examination reveals three colors of gold inlay scattered about the engraving; pure gold, rose gold and green gold.

"That all depends on the alloy used," explained Brownell.

But what really jumps out, literally, are the 3-D elements to the work. That's right, I said 3-D. How did Griffiths accomplish such a feat? By creating the horse on its own and then attaching it to the primary piece.

"I wasn't aware of that being used in engraving before," Supica marveled. "The way he's integrated it into the deep relief engraving. This gun just comes alive when you look at it."

Lee Griffiths brings the horse alive on an engraved Browning .22 rifle

To see this piece up close, without heading off to the Brownell's Museum of the Southwest in New Mexico, tune in to NRA News on Sportsman Channel tonight around 6:40pm eastern. There you'll learn all about the amazing stock work, see Frank and Jim gush all over the Browning, and get a close up look at Griffith's engravings for yourself.

Though you won't find this Browning there, you can see all the other guns in the NRA National Firearms Museum collection at


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