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Old 08-11-2018, 06:07 PM   #1
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Removing "electro-pencil" numbers??

Friends,

I recently bought a rifle that the PO's father "electro-penciled" his Ohio DL number on the side of the alloy receiver about 1/4" from the bottom edge, sometime before his untimely passing.

When a friend, who is a deputy with the BCSD, looked at the rifle, he said that I should "get rid of" the driver's license number, so that game wardens or other LEOs won't believe that it's a stolen weapon.

Anyone have a good way to remove the numbers, what doesn't make the receiver unsightly looking??
(I've considered having some "checkering" or "some sort of decoration" done all down the bottom edge of the receiver.)

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Old 08-11-2018, 06:42 PM   #2
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What's the finish of the rest of the receiver?

As a model builder (and I routinely do work of this kind, and even finer, all the time), here's what I'd do: THOROUGHLY degrease the whole area of the number. Fill the numbers with superglue to just barely over flush (this could take two or even more treatments). After curing a full 24 hours, CAREFULLY block-sand the superglue down to flush--you'll know you're flush when you just barely start taking off the surrounding finish. Touch up the area with a black paint, even a black paint pen or marker, or just paint the whole receiver (after another thorough degreasing) with black hi-temp engine paint.

One of the modern high-tech spray-on finishes might work even better, but is more expensive and complicated to apply. Hi-temp engine paint does a surprisingly good job.
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Old 08-11-2018, 07:16 PM   #3
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Snake45,

It LOOKS like typical near-black bluing, though I don't think that aluminum alloy can be blued, at least by usual processes.

THANKS for the advice on the Super Glue. = I've used gloss-black BBQ pit paint for a similar finish, as it stands up to heat well.


I just KNEW that somebody would have a good answer, as this forum has more GOOD advice than any other gun forum that I know of..

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Old 08-12-2018, 04:07 AM   #4
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I'm just going to jump in here with a thought: despite the deputy's advice, I think a firearm with a deliberately removed number would raise more suspicion than an obvious and legible personal identification.

Once it's removed, there's no telling what it was; if it's still there it's easily explainable. Assuming you've got a bill of sale (and you should) there should be no issue.

(Side note: a friend recently had some stolen guns recovered by the local PD, but had a devil of a time getting a couple of them returned because he couldn't provide bills of sale. Word to the wise.)
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I'm just going to jump in here with a thought: despite the deputy's advice, I think a firearm with a deliberately removed number would raise more suspicion than an obvious and legible personal identification.

Once it's removed, there's no telling what it was; if it's still there it's easily explainable. Assuming you've got a bill of sale (and you should) there should be no issue.
Yeah, I thought of that, too. If you can get a bill of sale/letter of provenance explaining the number, that might be the best solution (provided you don't mind the cosmetics of the number). Carry a copy of the letter in your pocket whenever you take the gun out of the house. (Fold up a copy and rubber-band it to the stock for storage, so you never have to go looking for it.)

At the very least, learn and memorize the original owner's name. Then you can at least say, "Officer, that's the drivers license number of the late Joe P. Shooter, whose son sold it to me." They can probably run the number, even an old one, on the computer in seconds.
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Snake 45,

Also,the "penciled number" is UGLY.

Of course I have a bill of sale.

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