I engraved my rifle...wadda ya think?


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PlayboyPenguin
February 18, 2006, 05:44 PM
I didn't get a very good picture. it is a little fuzzy. hard to get a good glare free pic on the stainless. It looks alot better in person. it was done with a laser engraving process.

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jray
February 18, 2006, 05:52 PM
I like it... a lot

mbs357
February 18, 2006, 06:01 PM
Better than...uh...some famous artist!!!

Zero_DgZ
February 18, 2006, 06:03 PM
That's pretty effin slick. How did you do it? If freehand, you're a better man than I.

Etching?

PlayboyPenguin
February 18, 2006, 06:07 PM
That's pretty effin slick. How did you do it? If freehand, you're a better man than I.

Etching?
I did the drawing freehand. I did look at a pic that I modify to suit my gun. Then I just scanned it into my computer and added the text. I then took it to a guy locally that does laser engraving and the rest is history. That big stainless area was just begging to be engraved.

Shotgun12
February 18, 2006, 07:09 PM
Stars & Stripes (Patriotic theme) background would look pretty neat.
(Truth, Justice & The American Way) :)

Charles S
February 18, 2006, 07:17 PM
Very nice.

I like.

Charles

Rembrandt
February 18, 2006, 07:22 PM
Very nicely done.....do you plan on using lead or Kryptonite ammo?

ingram
February 18, 2006, 07:39 PM
Dang your gun is "blingin'" now!

How much did it cost you to get that done? If the price is right I would love to get that done as well.

Larry Ashcraft
February 18, 2006, 07:42 PM
Ya know, I forgot about that stuff. I said the other day you couldn't engrave metal with a CO2 laser. I was wrong.

This is some type of dye called CerMark that is baked onto the surface of the metal by the heat of the laser. I'm gonna have to try it.

Is that what they used?

PlayboyPenguin
February 18, 2006, 08:08 PM
How much did it cost you to get that done? If the price is right I would love to get that done as well.

I paid $75 for the process. I did the set up myself so it saved some money.

Ya know, I forgot about that stuff. I said the other day you couldn't engrave metal with a CO2 laser. I was wrong.

This is some type of dye called CerMark that is baked onto the surface of the metal by the heat of the laser. I'm gonna have to try it.

Is that what they used?

Yes, I am not sure how it works. I am betting it shoves a carbon molecule into the make up of the steel or something like that...it is very vague in it's expanation of how it works calling them "proprietary means".

Kodiaz
February 18, 2006, 08:26 PM
Oh man that is awesome

hrb02
February 18, 2006, 08:33 PM
very cool!

MatthewVanitas
February 18, 2006, 08:45 PM
I think there's a strong tendency on this board for folks to be afraid to cosmetically alter rifles.

Part of that's probably based on seeing horribly Bubba'd rifles in pawnshops.

But me personally, I figure if it's not a minty historical rifle, have at it!

Yours is definitely... distinctive! Do let us know how it holds up over time. I'm no purist, if modern techniques end up being a solid as the old-school way, that's fine by me.

I bought a $50 used Marlin 60 recently, so am screwing up my courage to get really creative with it. Marling built something like 10 million of the dang things, so I figure I can't be committing a mortal sin by spicing mine up. Might get a friend to make up some of those multi-color stencils for it or something.

Congrats on your piece, and thanks much for sharing.

-MV

Larry Ashcraft
February 18, 2006, 09:53 PM
"proprietary means"
Here's a link to their "proprietary means": www.laserbits.com (click on CerMark). Half a pound of that stuff (89.95), plus a $20,000 laser engraver and you're in business.

I like it. I will be ordering some of that on Tuesday.

The price you paid is certainly reasonable, considering the engraver's expertise and investment.

f4t9r
February 18, 2006, 10:54 PM
great job , looks great
I think you could make some extra cash with that kind of work

Gifted
February 18, 2006, 11:31 PM
a know, I forgot about that stuff. I said the other day you couldn't engrave metal with a CO2 laser. I was wrong.Most of the tools in my toolbox at Holloman were laser engraved. I did some of them myself. No dye was used, we just put it under the laser, and zapped it. Painted, polished, whatever-the settings used were generally different, and the look of the etching was too, but it worked. I dunno that it was a CO2 laser. Didn't learn that much about it.

JohnKSa
February 18, 2006, 11:51 PM
WARNING! BEFORE reading farther, please read the disclaimer at the end of the post.

Not traditional but I like it anyway...

Whatcha gonna kill with that 45/70 rifle?

(Proper response)--> ANYTHING I want! :D

PlayboyPenguin
February 19, 2006, 04:19 AM
WARNING! BEFORE reading farther, please read the disclaimer at the end of the post.

Not traditional but I like it anyway...

Whatcha gonna kill with that 45/70 rifle?

(Proper response)--> ANYTHING I want! :D
I hope to never have to kill anything with it but it is nice knowing that there are few things I could not take down with one well placed shot if it came to me or them.:)

Matthew748
February 19, 2006, 08:09 AM
Nice work, you must have a steady hand and good deal of talent. If I tried that I would end up with a crude stick figure, several gouges in the wood, and a few drops of blood on the stock.

Dr.magnum
February 19, 2006, 09:59 AM
Did the engraver mention if the engraved surface would be more suseptible to rust?
I think it looks great. you just want to do this to a rifle you plan to keep. If you ever decide to trade up, most gun stores would probably lower their offer on it because you "altered" it.

possum
February 19, 2006, 12:49 PM
i must admit i was kinda worried by the title, i was thinkink oh no some one went and ruined a fine firearm, but no not at all that is a great job and pretty darn origial how many people do you know with something like that, well just one now!:) good job, looks great.

PlayboyPenguin
February 19, 2006, 02:13 PM
I did this knowing I was going to keep the gun and not caring what it would do to the value. Just to show you never know what people will like...since I have posted that pic I have receieved 2 offers via e-mail to purchase the rifle. Both offers at a price more than I paid for the rifle and the engraving combined. I am going to look at this as a good sign. No way I am parting with it though.:D

Did the engraver mention if the engraved surface would be more suseptible to rust?

He said it would not be since the composition of the steel itself is not really altered.

PlayboyPenguin
February 20, 2006, 03:08 PM
I think there's a strong tendency on this board for folks to be afraid to cosmetically alter rifles.

Part of that's probably based on seeing horribly Bubba'd rifles in pawnshops.

But me personally, I figure if it's not a minty historical rifle, have at it!

Yours is definitely... distinctive! Do let us know how it holds up over time. I'm no purist, if modern techniques end up being a solid as the old-school way, that's fine by me.

I bought a $50 used Marlin 60 recently, so am screwing up my courage to get really creative with it. Marling built something like 10 million of the dang things, so I figure I can't be committing a mortal sin by spicing mine up. Might get a friend to make up some of those multi-color stencils for it or something.

Congrats on your piece, and thanks much for sharing.

-MV

I say go to town. At worst you might ruin a $50 weapon but you might end up with a masterpiece. :)

middy
February 20, 2006, 05:15 PM
That is too sweet.

carebear
February 20, 2006, 06:04 PM
Send the picture to Jerry Seinfeld. He likes Superman.

rageofangels
February 21, 2006, 11:46 AM
Wow, now that is something REALLY sharp.

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