Gun of the Year 2020: Galapagos
The left side showcases the island’s unique reptiles like marine Iguanas and the nearly extinct Giant Galapagos Tortoise which can live for well over 100 years. Also pictured is the majestic Galapagos Hawk with its talons and beak engraved in gold.
The receiver’s right side focuses on the island’s coastal creatures. Engravings include birds that are common on the island like the Galapagos Penguin, Blue Footed Booby and well recognized Great Frigatebird. Artistically shown is the vast difference in sizes of the lizards, from the large Marine Iguana to the tiny Lava Lizard where no detail is missed. Finally, Sea Lions are shown basking on the coast line in high-relief.
The base of the receiver shows the beauty of the Galapagos that can only be seen from under the clear water of the Pacific Ocean. Shown is a magnificent Spotted Eagle Rays with its distinct white spots along with schools of Angel Fish that like to call the islands vast variety of Coral home. A leatherback turtle can also be seen cruising along the coral. The trigger guard has a mirrored look and feel of an Iguana’s back that can be seen and felt in great detail.
The top latch is engraved in great detail with a Prickly Pear Cactus along with its beautiful flowers commonly found on many of the Galapagos Islands. Extending from the top latch to the top lever is an engraved Galapagos Racer, one of only three types of snakes found on the Islands.
The complete gun is beautifully balanced and draws the viewer in with greater detail the closer you look. With multiple colors of gold contrasted with deeply engraved figures the overall look is stunning. As with past Krieghoff Guns of the Year the new owner will have the chance to choose the final barrel and stock configuration with custom wood and specifications.