Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I ship you my firearm?
A: Absolutely, you can ship us your firearm and we can ship it directly to you at the same address. Engraving is considered as "repair" by the ATF. You are more than welcome to use a FFL in your area if you would prefer.
Q: Should I have my NFA item engraved before or after my Tax Stamp?
A: There is no "right or wrong" when it comes to this. In our opinion, once you submit your paperwork to the ATF, they can approve or refuse your request for the NFA item. Given that the serial number, model, or other information may not be acceptable to the ATF, then it would be a riskier chance to engrave it before actually receiving approval from the ATF. It is our suggestion to fill out all the needed information and submit your form, receive approval from the ATF, and then engrave your item.
Q: Can you engrave on 80 percent lowers?
A: Yes. We can engrave them so long as they are still in the 80% phase. If you do ANY machining on the lower and pass the 80% stage, then the lower is now considered a firearm. Being a firearm at that point, we would have to log it into our Gun Book for record keeping. With that, if there is no serial number or required information since it was derived from an 80% lower, then we CANNOT keep the lower on our premise. This would then limit the engraving of these items to LOCAL and "while you wait" service. This would need to be scheduled in advance before showing up.
Q: Do I need to strip down my lower?
A: No. As much as you would like to strip it down is fine, but as long as the machine can have access to the engraving area, then the rest of the components will not be in the way and there is no need to strip it down any more than you would personally like to.
Q: Do you sell guns?
A: No. We are in the business of engraving firearms and have no intentions in competing with the stores and retailers that in turn give us the engraving business.
Q: Are you a FFL Dealer?
A: Yes we are. We hold a valid FFL and if you need us to send it to another FFL, please contact us with a good email or fax number to send that to. The ATF does not want FFL dealers sending their licenses directly to individuals.
Q: Can you engrave NFA (National Firearms Act) information?
A: Yes. We have the equipment to meet NFA requirements as far as depth and size.
Q: Where do I ship my firearm?
A: Our address is: FE, LLC 7275 W. 97th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212
Q: Will it void my warranty?
A: You would need to check with your gun manufacturer to see if engraving it voids the warranty, but we will say that we have no reason to believe that engraving a firearm would cause any sort of malfunction or other related issue.
Q: Will it rust?
A: We have not had any issues with engraving rusting or causing issues with the finish. With regular gun maintenance, there should be no issue.
Q: Should I cerakote my firearm before or after engraving?
A: If we engrave your firearm first, there will be enough depth that the coating process won't completely fill in the engraving, but it may not be as deep as visible as before. It will also be the same color throughout.
If you cerakote or anodize your item first, then the engraving will not be the same color as the finish, but will be deeper and contrast more. The engraving will not harm the finish that you put on there.
So, either way is perfectly fine, depending on your desired finished look.