Past Work

The Woodsman Two-Tone

Kimber 1911 .45 ACP - Grade AA

If a dog is man’s best friend, a 1911 strapped to the hip must be a close second. There is something right about a day in the woods with a trusted sidearm. You probably won’t need it. But it’s necessary to have. It’s an investment in security, an equalizer - and simply the right companion for a trek through the forest. For hunting season, it rides quieter on the hip than your four legged best friend.

This is the edition for the Woodsman Two-Tone. Deep relief oak leaves cover the slide and front strap of the frame. The coverage is extensive, and the effect is spectacular. Detailing to the slide cover, safety and slide stop and even subtle acorn screws complete the effect. There is a moment of walking through the woods on a crisp autumn day that is simply invigorating. Maybe the beauty takes your breath away for a moment. This firearm is a tribute to that joy.

This gun is made to be carried and used. You won’t easily scratch it or damage the engraving. Special consideration was given during the design and engraving for this very purpose. A little oil and scotchbrite are all the care it needs. The custom Walnut Dymondwood grips and the stainless platform are suitable for any weather. Fiber sights on select models are suitable for the low-light conditions.

There was nothing my father used to enjoy more than hunting and a day in the woods. It was always a worthwhile investment of his time. And as he often told me, “It’s cheaper than therapy.”

Sometimes life really is as simple as a good day in the woods. I hope you enjoy this edition.

-Merlin Enright, Master Engraver


This is a special edition, custom engraved Kimber 1911 Two-Tone Government, .45 ACP, designed and engraved by Merlin Enright. An ALTAMONT® Exclusive. The spectacular deep relief engraving features custom Woodsman engraving. The slide, frame, and even the safety lever and slide stop have full deep relief coverage. This is bold American engraving at its finest.

This stunning piece is complemented by custom engraved Super Walnut grips, made exclusively by ALTAMONT® for this special edition. The pictures don't do it justice.

Stock photos shown. This is not a one of one engraved firearm, but is engraved with the same care and attention to execute this spectacular pattern one gun at a time. This edition does not currently have an edition limit, and is primarily limited by the time associated with and difficulty of engraving.

A presentation box is also available as an optional add-on. USA Made. The box includes a Velvet Pillow for gun placement. Choose from American Walnut or Cherry, with solid wood lid or with glass lid.

ALTAMONT® is pleased to offer a layaway plan to assist with the purchase of its firearms products.

ModelKimber Custom II Two-Tone (3200301)
Caliber.45 ACP
Barrel Length5 Inch
Frame FinishTwo-Tone
Part NumberK1911-W2T-AA
Engraving GradeAA
GripsCustom Engraved Super Walnut
DesignerMerlin Enright
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Merlin Enright
My father loved engraving. Specifically, he admired the bold and creative style of American Style Engraving. He had previously worked with the Colt Custom Shop supplying custom ivory grips, and also with outstanding American engravers like Ron Smith. “The European scroll and bulino engraving is nice, but it’s a little light for my taste,” he often told me. “...My heart is really with the American engraving style.”

"My heart is really with the American engraving style."

His design tastes and sense rubbed off on me as we worked together, and as I began to learn about engraving. I attended my first FEGA (Firearms Engraving Guild of America) Show in Reno at age seventeen. It was an epiphany. I had never seen anything like it. From that moment, my eyes were opened to the possibilities of the world of engraving.

My engraving journey had begun. I started studying engraving, including instruction under FEGA master Rex Pedersen. Years passed, and I was fortunate to work with my father full-time at Altamont. Our company primarily specialized in designing and making pistol grips, ranging from high volume production grips to speciality exclusives. We continued to do custom projects and designs, sometimes crossing paths with well-known engravers such as Lee Griffiths.

We had worked with TALO Distributors on the specialty pistol grip side for many years. In 2012, we created the Colt 1911 Iwo Jima tribute for them as a limited edition - One of 300. It was an unprecedented deep relief engraving, and the start of Altamont engraved guns. Six years and numerous projects later we are still refining our craft, and honing our design and engraving skills. Altamont, and I personally, have come a long way. But in engraving, the journey never ends. There is always a new idea to try, and a new steel canvas waiting.

There is always a new idea to try, and a new steel canvas waiting.

We want to bring a unique and bold approach to every engraving project we touch. We hold ourselves to a very high standard. Behind any great engraving are countless hours of agonizing failure and revisions to a design. Beyond any hammer, air-powered graver, or engraving machine, there is a driving vision to see the idea to completion. We believe that the extra hours and effort makes all the difference. It’s worth it.

If we have captured even a portion of American boldness and creativity in our engraving, we have been successful. We thank you for your support, as we continue our engraving journey.


Merlin Enright


Engraving Grading Information


Altamont Factory Engraved Series firearms feature exclusive patterns designed by master engravers, perfected and executed one gun at a time. Multiple firearms in each configuration will be produced, although production is limited by the many hours of engraving time and hand craftsmanship applied to each individual firearm.


Altamont Special Edition Series firearms feature unique, thematic patterns designed by master engravers, with a set Limited Edition quantity that cannot be exceeded. As these firearms will be more rare and ultimately more difficult to obtain, they may have additional collector interest.


GRADE AFactory Engraving Coverage of the main firearm sections. Standard depth of traditional deep relief engraving.
GRADE AAExtensive Engraving Coverage including special detailing on accent components. Special or extra depth considerations specifically custom to the engraving pattern.
GRADE AAAMaster Level Coverage. Exquisite and complex detailing and coverage. Engraved at the ideal or maximum depth of spectacular deep relief engraving.
EXHIBITION / MUSEUM GRADEPerfectly engraved firearms with no perceivable flaws, exhibition wood or ‘one of a kind’ exotic material.
PROTOTYPE / CUSTOM GRADEEarly, unique or deviant versions of an engraving pattern, which may reflect the development of the engraving pattern, may be ‘one of a kind’ or highly rare for certain features, and may be of collector interest.

Note : On Altamont Factory Engraved Series firearms produced by Colt Mfg., the traditional Colt Coverage Grading System - A / B / C / D Coverage - may be referenced.