Custom Gun Box for a Star Trek Phaser

Recently, we worked on a very special project for a company with a very important five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

In October, Cryptic Studios, the team behind the wildly popular game, Star Trek Online, contracted us to make a custom phaser case to award the extended service of two team members. The cherry wood box we created features an engraved plaque along with housings for a classic Star Trek Phaser and Starfleet badge. Steve from Cryptic was elated by the results.


Project Mercury

    On February 20, 1962, the late Ohio Senator John Glenn became the first American to orbit planet Earth. The crew members of US Navy Battleship NOA were responsible for the recovery of his spacecraft, the Friendship 7, which he piloted for a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds, before it fell to earth and splashed into the ocean. Years later, that same crew decided to commemorate the success of their mission, dubbed ‘Project Mercury’, with a gift that was personalized, elegant, and well-made, so they called us.
    Here at Gun Boxes USA, we crafted a presentation case for the government model 1911 pistol that had been issued to each member of the crew. We embellished it with gold-filled laser engraving and configured the interior to display the shoulder patch worm by the crew members. We even retrofitted the case to hold a spare magazine and an additional 14 rounds of ammunition. This particular box, which we worked with the client to personalize, is our stock GB14S, solid lid box, advertised here in our catalog. Each box is made with a deep rich cherry wood finish that allows the personalized engraving to really stand out.

Colt Boa Custom Display Case

Things have been really great here at On Display, especially thanks to our line of custom gun boxes! Just recently, we personalized two of our cherry wood glass lid boxes to house a collection of Boa .357 Magnums from Colt’s Python collection. Tim was quite pleased with our results, letting us know that he’d love to work with us again!

“John, you nailed down EXACTLY what we wanted. Thanks, and hold onto the pattern as we go through a lot of Boas.” — Tim

Texas Rising

May 25 at 9 p.m. EST

On May 25th, at 9 p.m. EST, the History channel premiered Texas Rising, a ten-part series which depicts the Texas Revolution following the events of the Alamo.


In commemoration of the series and those who participated in its production, the Alamo Endowment, an organization focused on raising money to restore the historic Alamo, held an event dubbed “Texas Honors” at which sterling silver badges branded with the event’s title were rewarded to twelve of the recipients involved in the production of the series. Among the recipients were actors Bill Paxton and Paul Fraser along with Bravo’s “Top Chef” Paul Qui who has been deeply involved in raising money for the restoration.


Tasked with designing a display for these awards, On Display crafted a box who’s base, lined with sleek black fabric, was designed to comfortably house one of the medallions. Under its lid, a plaque commemorating the event was embedded. The display, as can be seen below, was constructed from genuine Mesquite wood, specially ordered from the state of Texas.

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A custom-made blade can speak volumes, boasting beauty, character, and sometimes telling a story. In the case of a certain company’s collaboration with Bill Ruple, one of these knives even has the potential to support our injured troops.


 Recently, Pennsylvania-based company Queen Cutlery conceived a project to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that provides assistance for our veterans who find themselves afflicted by injury received in the line of duty as well as for their families.  Teaming up with expert designer Bill Ruple and leaving presentation and protection to, a uniquely special trapper knife was designed and crafted with the purpose of being auctioned at the annual Blade Show. Its popularity with attendees was wide-swept, and as a result, the knife went to the highest bidder at an impressive $2,250.


The knife, a work of art that epitomizes Ruple’s use of 20th century patterns, the best materials available, and craftsmanship beyond compare, features a Ruple Hump Spey and large clip blade, both which are constructed of heavily-polished, hollow-ground D-2 steel. Each of the two blades are coupled with a deep-cut swedge and crescent nail nicks to be used for opening. Forged from nickel silver, the front and rear bolsters of the knife, as well as all liners and pins, are accompanied by a unique handle adorned by an oval-shaped nickel silver shield resting atop scales of genuine torched stag.


When it came to presenting the trapper blade at Blade, Queen Cutlery knew to look no further than The company, a division of John P. Scott Woodworking, was able to design a completely new cherrywood case that was crafted to snugly fit the knife, weighing 5.1 ounces and sporting a blade length of 3.9 inches and an overall open length of 7.5 inches. Utilizing the classic design and high quality of the case, Queen was able to show off the rich features of the blade while keeping it safely housed and ready for transport in style.


Viewing Case for 3D-Printed Gun by Solid Concepts©

“In November 2013, Solid Concepts Inc. – a custom manufacturing company specializing in 3D printing – released news of its 3D Printed metal gun, the world’s first. The gun, a Browning M1911 Glass Lid 3D Gun.45 caliber pistol, made headlines acrosscontinents amid speculation on what the achievement would mean for the 3D printing industry at large. Solid Concepts sought to awaken industrial manufacturers to the capabilities 3D metal printing could achieve, and the release of the gun sparked new applications across industries, from aerospace to oil and gas.

To celebrate the historical induction of the world’s first 3D printed metal gun, Solid Concepts began manufacturing a limited run of 3D printed metal guns for purchase in 2014. Each of the 100 buyers will receive their 3D printed metal gun in a beautiful showcase box from On Display USA – which has a rich history of box making – with a certificate of authenticity. These historical guns will become a legacy for purchasers in the years to come, which is why the showcase box was such an important element.”

~Eric Mutchler, Solid Concepts Inc.

Presentation Case for Harry S. Truman CVN-75 Commemorative Colt 1911 Government Model Pistol

Earlier in 2014 On Display – was given a commission to make display gun boxes for a Colt 1911 that was engraved with the former President’s signature. These boxes were offered to sailors that were retiring, or whose tours were ending, upon their return to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after completing a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The Aircraft carrier docked in Norfolk April 18, 2014.

    The carrier’s commander selected our boxes to present the engraved  pistols because “They are awesome”. A photograph of the ship and a silhouetted photo of Harry Truman was inlayed into the lid of the box and the ship’s challenge coin was inlayed in the bottom portion of the box (see Photo). Additionally, the ship’s logo was laser engraved into the exterior lid of the box, and gold filled.

Harry S. Truman Commemorative Gun Case

Harry S. Truman Challenge Coin