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Posted: 4/5/2021 9:12:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/5/2021 9:13:31 AM EDT by EP4T]
Any recommendations for engraving service for an aluminum AR lower in the Fredericksburg and Stafford area? It would be cool if they have the ability to do it on somewhere discrete, but affordability is the most important consideration to me. Trophy engravers, jewelers, gunsmiths? Thanks
Link Posted: 4/5/2021 9:59:09 AM EDT
I don't have an F'burg or Stafford recommendation specifically.  I'm up in Prince William Country and used Prince William Engraving and Awards to engrave my SBR lower.  They are in a little strip mall next to Potomac Mills, did it while I waited, and were reasonably priced, $45 if I recall.  Recommend to call ahead.
Link Posted: 4/5/2021 7:50:22 PM EDT
I'm in need of this knowledge as well.
Link Posted: 4/6/2021 7:36:54 AM EDT
Not Stafford nor Fredericksburg but they do it while you wait.

https://www.highflyerarms.com
Link Posted: 4/6/2021 7:56:54 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By JensenReady:
Not Stafford nor Fredericksburg but they do it while you wait.

https://www.highflyerarms.com
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Any idea how much they charge? I didn’t see it on their webpage.
Link Posted: 4/6/2021 1:56:20 PM EDT
I believe it’s $45
Link Posted: 4/6/2021 3:43:39 PM EDT
Ended up going with Potomac Engraving in Dumfries after trying a few trophy shops with no luck. Nice guy, great price ($40), quick turn around (an hour or so), but probably wouldn't recommend them because I don't think they're set up for hardcoat anodized aluminum. The engraving turned out extremely light…
Link Posted: 4/6/2021 5:08:02 PM EDT
@DonPablo_VA
@EP4T

Can we see photos of the work, minus any personal info you don't want to show?
Link Posted: 4/6/2021 6:11:03 PM EDT
It would be a lot of work to post photos because of some settings I put on our router, but I'll tell you that it's perceptible with a fingernail but just barely and more visible from certain angles.
Link Posted: 4/8/2021 3:54:50 PM EDT
Contact Jack at JC Firearms.  He can get it done for you. https://www.jcfirearms.com/
Link Posted: 4/9/2021 8:42:12 PM EDT
Do most of these places just engrave and then you gotta blacken or paint yourself?
Link Posted: 4/11/2021 3:54:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/12/2021 10:11:23 PM EDT by OODA_Loop]
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Originally Posted By JensenReady:
Not Stafford nor Fredericksburg but they do it while you wait.

https://www.highflyerarms.com
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Edit:  I called them today and they said they will engrave anodized 80% lowers.
Link Posted: 4/12/2021 9:37:47 AM EDT
I send all of my items to Tarheel State Firearms.  It's less than a week usually.  Send out Monday and always have had it back by Monday again
Link Posted: 4/12/2021 6:03:34 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By voodochild:
Contact Jack at JC Firearms.  He can get it done for you. https://www.jcfirearms.com/
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I think I'm in spec but just so. But thanks for the recommendation. If I ever Form 1 another lower, I'll give him a call the first time.
Link Posted: 4/12/2021 6:46:49 PM EDT
As requested here is a pic of the engraving I had done at Potomac.  I didn't select the size and turned out a little big and it is just a little shy of parallel with the panel lines.  It meets the ATF requirements, hopefully me and my trustees are the only ones who will ever see it, and the price was right.
https://flic.kr/p/2kSCPGw
Link Posted: 4/12/2021 7:10:44 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By DonPablo_VA:
As requested here is a pic of the engraving I had done at Potomac.  I didn't select the size and turned out a little big and it is just a little shy of parallel with the panel lines.  It meets the ATF requirements, hopefully me and my trustees are the only ones who will ever see it, and the price was right.
https://flic.kr/p/2kSCPGw
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Thanks for posting the pic up. I was expecting them to have a font more the size of the manufacturer's markings.

I guess I'll do some calling around this week to find a place local and see if I can get them to provide some example photos or something.
Link Posted: 4/12/2021 7:54:52 PM EDT
Understood, they likely have other options.
Link Posted: 4/22/2021 8:58:26 PM EDT
I'm getting the lower and upper Cerakoted and used their website to find someone local. Happens that the company just invested in a laser and is doing engraving as well. Dropped everything off today and should have it back in 2-3 weeks. When I get it back I'll start a thread as a review.
Link Posted: 4/27/2021 6:47:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By cone256:
I send all of my items to Tarheel State Firearms.  It's less than a week usually.  Send out Monday and always have had it back by Monday again
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Can you send the lower in the mail to them without going through FFL?
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