Need your wisdom - DL etched on gun

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Need your wisdom - DL etched on gun

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Post by DXer » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:38 pm

I bought a Winchester Ranger in about 1980 and it has graced my closet most of the time since, but for whatever reason-perhaps it was a friendly and helpful suggestion-I used one of those electric vibrating engravers to add my Texas DL above the serial. It never crossed my mind at the time that this might be a truly stupid thing to do, but it does now. If I sell it, someone will bug me about ownership. If I grind it off, it looks stolen. It isn't worth much, so one of those police collection events might resolve the quandary. Try to be kind--this was all before computerized lists and such, and I think everything of value owned in those days got the same treatment.

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Post by Jusme » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:43 pm

I remember engraving my DL on several items, back then. I don't know how much you may want to invest in it, but I would suggest looking for an engraver, who could turn it into something decorative. Sort of like covering a bad tattoo. JMHO
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Post by puma guy » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:13 pm

Sand it off, polish it up a bit, add some cold blue. A Winchester Ranger is not a highly valuable firearm, so it shouldn't diminish the price much. If you aren't ever going to sell it don't worry about it.
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Post by Lena » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:50 pm

got a relative?
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Post by BBYC » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:23 pm

If you plan to leave it to family when you die, leave it the way it is. If they deserve to inheirit a firearm, they won't mind.

If you want to sell it, gently mill out the area with your DL if you can do so without affecting the serial number. Inlay copper or some other "soft" metal. Decorate the inlay by etching or other appropriate method. Have the decoration done by an experienced (amatuer) metal worker if you don't feel confident in your ability.
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Post by cyphur » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:07 pm

Gunsmith can file it down.
Laser engraver may be able to cover it.
Someone could weld on to it and then grind it down and re-finish it.
Put it under a mill and cut it out, very carefully.


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Post by Boxerrider » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:10 pm

Those don't go very deep and can be removed without much affect on the roll marks and stampings, or just leave it. I bought a Ruger Super Blackhawk cheap because somebody had written on it with one of those. Sanded and polished it out and then went over it with cold blue.

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Post by E10 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:43 pm

And in the future (and for anyone else considering this), if you're resolved to do it, put it in a place that doesn't show, like under a handgrip or stock.


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Post by Boxerrider » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:41 pm

It didn't originally occur to me that your shotgun has an alloy receiver instead of steel (Correct?)
Removal of the engraving will be a little easier and you won't have to worry about polishing it to match. You can refinish with durocoat or something similar afterward.


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Post by cmgee67 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:02 pm

In my opinion, leave the gun alone and keep it. Or give it to someone in your family that would use it. I would seriously leave it alone. Engraving a gun is like stippling a plastic pistol. Once you do it no matter how good it looks, unless the buyer specifically asks for it, you will always get less for it than a clean version. If you wanna give it away I’m sure I could help unload the burden 😂
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