We are pleased to offer high quality, deep rotary engraving services for all your NFA needs. Turnaround time for shipped items is normally two business days.
All engraving is deep cut using a CNC rotary engraver and generally is cut at .012” to .015” deep in aluminum or polymer and around .007” – .010 in steel or titanium. The ATF requirements are .003” minimum depth which is only about a sheet of notebook paper thick. Cutting at such a shallow depth makes refinishing difficult as such shallow markings tend to be covered or obliterated when refinishing. Most laser engraving services struggle to even hit the .003” depth; our machines can cut up to .020” deep, nearly seven times the depth required and without using heat to vaporize metal from your valuable weapon. Unlike most laser marked items, deep cut rotary engraving can be color filled with paint or epoxy for a two toned finish; most laser engraved items cannot have this performed as the engraving is not deep enough to hold paint.
Laser vs. Rotary Engraving
You may be debating whether to use laser engraving versus rotary cutting for your project. If you want the engraving to hide in plain sight and blend in with the other markings on your firearm, you may want to compare images of laser marked engraving with deep cut rotary engraving online. Most OEM manufacturers use either deep cut engraving or roll marking to mark their products as part of the manufacturing process; very few use laser. Unless your particular firearm was originally laser cut by the original manufacturer, deep cut rotary engraving will be a closer match to your firearms existing markings and tend to blend in, or hide in plain sight. Most laser cut engraving on aluminum or steel virtually disappears when cold bluing or aluminum oxidizer is applied – this is not the case with deep cut engraving. While lasers have their place and can perform amazing cosmetic marking, most will not give a factory type appearance on your firearm or cut nearly as deeply as a rotary cutting engraver. Rotary and laser engraving each have unique qualities when it comes to the overall look they can achieve as well as the types of applications for which they are best suited.