Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fiber Lasers and Firearms

Okay, this isn’t going to be about hi-tech laser scopes used by US military (though those are cool) – this story is about the slightly more mundane topic of ATF requirements for engraving required manufacturer information on the firearm itself.

As any gun owner will know, engraved on all firearms is the specific manufacturing and/or importer information required by the Justice Department of the United States. This information includes (as stated directly from the ATF Guidebook: Importation & Verification of Firearms, Ammunition, and Implements of War):

 1. SERIAL NUMBER

2. NAME of MANUFACTURER

3. COUNTRY of ORIGIN

4. MODEL DESIGNATION (If assigned)

5. CALIBER OR GAUGE

6. NAME of IMPORTER

7. CITY & STATE of the IMPORTER

Each must be “conspicuously engraved, cast or stamped (impressed) on the firearm frame or receiver. The engraving, casting or stamping (impressing) of the serial number must be to a minimum depth of .003 inch and in a print size no smaller than 1/16 inch.”

Basically, the requirements are firearms must be engraved in such a way as to prevent tampering with the required information.

So what is the point of all this for our blog? Well, fiber lasers are a quick and precise tool for making engravings that meet these requirements. The laser can cut at the depth needed while not harming the structural integrity of the firearm itself.