BATFE regs & laser engraving?


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zignal_zero
October 23, 2013, 08:37 AM
OK, I feel an SBR coming on :D

I had always heard the engraving had to be 3/1000" deep and a certain height. I later heard that only ONE of these requirements was true and the other was right up there with "driving barefoot in FL" or "the 3 step rule".

So...... which (if not both) is true, in regards to engagement size?

AND - how deep is laser engraving? Deep enough?

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gotigers
October 23, 2013, 09:19 AM
I had my SBR laser engraved a couple of weeks back. It was done at .003 deep. It took a few minutes and looks great.

http://www.atf.gov/firearms/guides/importation-verification/firearms-verification-overview.html

zignal_zero
October 23, 2013, 09:22 AM
Awesome! Because I was definitely meaning towards laser :)

Bubbles
October 23, 2013, 09:25 AM
Everything you need is in section 7.4 of the ATF NFA Handbook (https://www.atf.gov/sites/default/files/assets/pdf-files/atf-p-5320-8.pdf).

IIRC laser engraving doesn't go deep enough, we use a rotary engraver.

Arizona_Mike
October 23, 2013, 10:49 AM
Height requirement is for the serial number only. Depth is for all required markings.

Mike

gotigers
October 23, 2013, 01:45 PM
IIRC laser engraving doesn't go deep enough, we use a rotary engraver.


Well, the laser engraving i had done is plenty deep. The operator (and owner of an established gun manufacturer) programed several passes to achieve the required depth. I was there when it was lasered and checked. The extra passes is why it took 40 minutes.

Bubbles
October 23, 2013, 04:01 PM
At the time I did the research we were looking to buy, I'll have to check my notes on why we passed on the laser units.

AlexanderA
October 26, 2013, 11:55 AM
U.S. Tactical in Oakton, Virginia does ATF-compliant engraving using laser. (The depth setting on the machine is adjustable -- if necessary, it can do multiple passes.) I just had some engraving done by them and it looks damn good.

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