My dad is turning 50 (December 2013) and I wanted to do something special for him. I've decided to do custom guns for both of us. I am allowing a lot of time to complete this project. From a young age, I've always liked firearms, but we've always been on opposite spectrums. I've always liked Russian, some European, and long guns. He's always liked American, and handguns, some shotguns. Therefore, I thought it would be nice to meet somewhere in the middle. I want it to be a handgun, preferably, maybe a shotgun. As of now, I have Makarov PMs in mind. But I am open to suggestions. It needs to be a modern firearm, but not something that has a new age look to it, in other words, a classic design. I am also considering a 1911, PPK, 92fs, and other things like that. I don't want to venture into revolver land though. Any suggestions to other models? What would you pick (with this criteria in mind) and how would you customize it. Basically, I'm looking for ideas.