Where to get lower engraved - polymer

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  • el_chupo_

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    Hello everyone!

    I have a couple .22 cans in the works, so now I am looking at the hosts for them. At this time I have a 22/45 Lite and a P22 threaded. I also have a M&P 15-22 threaded barrel, and a couple 10/22s that will get threaded barrels (or have theirs threaded).

    I have also purchased a Noveske lower that I will be doing a Form 1 on to SBR, and I am pretty sure I will do a M&P 15-22 as an SBR as well. I spoke with Ident Marking in Rockwall, and they will happily do the forged lower for me, but they said they couldnt do the 15-22, as the polymer would melt.

    So now I am looking at solutions. Thoughts:

    1. Find someone that can do CNC mill engraving.
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    2. Do it myself.

    I know 1/16th height for SN, and .003 deep. I have a fairly short trust name and location (9 characters, and 12 characters, including spaces and comma), so I was thinking about doing something like a engraving pen and stencil, or wood burning kit and stencil, then a light sanding to knock off any raised edges.

    I was thinking I could do this on the right side of the lower, near the safety selector where I have plenty of thickness to work with. Since the "receiver extension" is permenantly attached, I guess I could also do it back there.

    Anyone have any better ideas, or know of a place that can do the milling for me in polymer?

    Thanks!
     

    Dawico

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    A Dremel with a tiny engraving bit should work. They are pretty easy to use and cheap enough to buy. Check Walmart or HD/ Lowes for the engraving bits and see which one will work best for you. There are a couple of options on size available.
     

    OnyxATX

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    Just a heads up, if you register the lower as an SBR I don't believe you can leave it somewhere or send it away for engraving. To my knowledge, you would have to be there with the lower. (Since it wouldn't be in your possession at the time.)

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, maybe there's some sort of "repair" clause, but I thought this sort of thing could run into some potentially pretty big problems.
     

    el_chupo_

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    It wounldnt be an SBR when I do the engraving, just a run of the mill lower, out for repair/work. And after engraving, it will be a run of the mill 15-22 that happens to have my trust name on it. After it is engraved I will submit the form 1. Then, once I get the stamp back, I will proceed with cutting the barrel down to actually make it an SBR.
     

    Shady

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    Without a barrel its nothing but a normal receiver


    Firearms - Frequently Asked Questions - National Firearms Act (NFA) - Short Barreled Rifles and Shotguns | ATF

    Q: I possess a properly registered SBR or SBS. I intend to strip the receiver and remove the barrel prior to selling the receiver. Is the bare receiver still subject to regulation under the NFA as a SBR or SBS?

    A stripped receiver without a barrel does not meet the definition of a SBR or SBS under the NFA. Although the previously registered firearm would remain registered unless the possessor notified the NFA Branch of the change, there is no provision in statute or regulation requiring registration of a firearm without a barrel because its physical characteristics would make it only a GCA “firearm” pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3)(B). If the subsequent owner buys the receiver as a GCA firearm and installs a barrel less than 16 inches in length (SBR) or 18 inches in length (SBS), the firearm would be subject to a $200 making tax and registration under the NFA by the manufacturer or maker of the SBR or SBS. Because registration depends upon the stated intent of the applicant, there is no provision to allow registration of a NFA firearm by anyone other than the maker or manufacturer.
     

    Shady

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    If you want it to look good then don't do it yourself. The 20-50 bucks its going to cost you in tools and then tons of practice its just not worth it in my book to have some "hand made" engraving. Find a small machine shop with cnc eq and see if they will do it for you. If they can do aluminum then they can do plastic. You can also try trophy shops or jewelry shops but might want to call and ask before you bring a gun in lol :)

    As far as melting poly they suck if they cant do it :) unless its a laser then It might melt. If they are hesitant over doing it you might suggest that if it gets buggered up you will just eat the cost and let them know they will not be responcible for replacing it if its scratched or a boo boo happens.
     

    Shady

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    here is my first attempt at using our cnc mill to engrave a 80% lower.At least the letters are crisp and clean :) unlike trying to freehand with a dremle


    lower001.jpg
     
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    Mreed911

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    I'm curious. Why did you engrave an AR pistol and why add a serial number? Did the receiver not already have one?
     
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