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EFR laser engraving
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Guys and Girls this is something that I have been toying with for the past 6 months- laser engraving not etching! I took the first step several weeks ago when I sent 2 of my 1911 slides out for test engraving. I am looking at purchasing an Epilog Laser Engraver- a unit that could do serial number ,nfa and sbr engraving, stock engraving, custom artwork and logos. I got my slides back yesterday and I am happy with the results. The slides were cut with our logo at 4 different depths so that I can see how much they will be affected by re-coating them with cerakote. On a side note the cutting barely damaged the surrounding Cerakote. The next step will be to get the equipment on hand in the shop for demonstration. Then of course so more money and paperwork with the ATF and approval. If you read that I am Deceased suddenly it is because my wife found out how much this equipment cost. Give me your thoughts and feedback please,Brian/EFR
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Brian Ahearn, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#2
You may have a big clientele with active and former military and police officers. A lot of them may want their departments and units' logos, name of tours, name of cities employed, etc. engraved on their firearms. I'm sure others might also like American flags, state flags, gadsden flags, etc. engraved on their guns too.
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Philadelphia Patriot;93909 Wrote:You may have a big clientele with active and former military and police officers. A lot of them may want their departments and units' logos, name of tours, name of cities employed, etc. engraved on their firearms. I'm sure others might also like American flags, state flags, gadsden flags, etc. engraved on their guns too.

Thank you for feedback ,Brian
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#4
that is seriously sweet...i like that
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#5
Just make sure you teach the boys how to operate that puppy before the wife kills you so we can still get our stuff doneBig Grin

On a serious note, it looks awesome and the cerakote seems barely affected. Even in finer cuts, the hash marks in the scope reticule, for instance.
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brownman;93971 Wrote:Just make sure you teach the boys how to operate that puppy before the wife kills you so we can still get our stuff doneBig Grin

On a serious note, it looks awesome and the cerakote seems barely affected. Even in finer cuts, the hash marks in the scope reticule, for instance.

She already knows that I have been toying with this for a while , what she does not know is that I took additional steps by investigating equipment manufacturer's and had samples done. I am meeting with a rep from Epilog lase this week to set up the purchase and Demo and training with this equipment. I should have this up and running by mid May to Jun . This is a major investment which is why I have spent four months looking at etchers and engravers finally deciding on the Epilog fibermark laser engraver. Etcher's barely scratch the surface while this engraver can cut a .004 depth which is the deepest cut on the one slide . That engraving will last a lifetime and not wear off. Brian/ EFR
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#7
Holy crap, that's crazy. It's like getting your gun tattooed.

So, a rough guess on what you would charge for something like your logo?

Also, what happens if you cerakote after the laser? Does is just put a nice finish on the inlaid area.
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#8
Looks great! I can foresee a possible EFR/PA2A alliance in the near future...maybe a member discount for an advertising banner?
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RocketFoot;94627 Wrote:Looks great! I can foresee a possible EFR/PA2A alliance in the near future...maybe a member discount for an advertising banner?

I think we could work that out for an ad banner, I will need a lot of support to to pull this off. The cost of this equipment the laser used to make those cuts is about $47,000 dollars with out sales tax. I will be purchasing a unit with a larger lens and a chuck assembly so that radius work can be handled as well . The laser can be used to make a variety of products in metal or engineered plastics. I would need a second laser a CO2 model to handle stock checkering and light etching work. I get a lot of NFA marked items in the shop and they must be handled with care for refinishing because they are laser etched and that barely scratches the surface coating or anodizing on an AR 15 lower. I could easily destroy the etching with the cerakote process. As you can clearly see in my photos There is serious depth in the cuts and that logo is not going to disappear.
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#10
This will be awesome!

In case you don't already know, there is an ATF requirement that NFA engraving must be at least .003" deep.

Also, why do you need paperwork and ATF approval for this?
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