At Accubeam, we provide laser marking, engraving, and cutting services to customers in a wide range of industries. One of our core markets is the firearms industry.
For these customers, we offer Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) laser engraving for National Firearms Act (NFA) weapons, including short barrel shotguns (SBSs), short barrel rifles (SBRs), and silencers marked in compliance with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) standards. This service allows them to add important information (e.g., serial numbers and owner information) and personalized elements (e.g., custom graphics) to their firearms.
Our Gun Engraving Capabilities
At Accubeam, we are highly experienced in laser engraving and familiar with all aspects of 27 CFR § 479.102. Combined, these qualities make us an ideal partner for all firearm engraving needs.
We maintain a license from the ATF that allows us to act as a Type 07 Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) and Special Occupational Taxpayer (SOT). It enables us to take possession of firearms, suppressors, stocks, barrels, uppers and lowers, and rails and accessories and engrave them with the necessary information (e.g., serial numbers, owner/NFA trust information, etc.) and personalized text and graphics legally.
One of the requirements to possess a Class 3 or Title II gun is to have your legal ownership information permanently engraved in a location that is noticeable and won’t be altered or destroyed during use. There are font, size, and depth requirements prescribed by the ATF as well.
The depth requirement (.003”) is most important because that is the hardest aspect to obtain for an engraving shop. Most retail trophy and engraving shops do not have the capability to engrave to that depth without damaging the surface material. Accubeam not only has the capability to meet that depth but also exceed it quickly.
Accubeam is registered with the ATF as an FFL Type 7 Manufacturer, which gives us the capability to take delivery of fully assembled or partial firearms for engraving.
We can possess and laser engrave the following types of firearms and firearm components:
- Machine pistols
- Semi-automatic pistols
- AR-15 rifles
- Short barrel rifles (SBRs)
- Short barrel shotguns (SBSs)
- Class III firearms
- NFA firearms
NFA Class 3 Firearms Engraving
The laws pertaining to firearms are administered by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or ATF, and they have a lot of great information about the legal requirements on their website. You may have heard of terms like Class 3, Title II, or NFA guns being used interchangeably and generally it’s referring to the same thing. NFA is the National Firearms Act that the ATF is administering and enforcing.
Title II is referring to the types of guns that require special handling, regulation and taxation. In addition to the SBR and silencers mentioned above, Short Barrel Shotguns (SBS), machine guns, destructive devices, and certain other specialty guns and antiques are considered Title II.
Class 3 refers to the dealer license necessary to transfer and trade in those types of items. If you are going to buy and own a Title II gun, you need to speak with a Class 3 Dealer. We recommended consulting the ATF web site as well as speaking with some Class 3 dealers to learn more about the logistics of legally owning this type of gun.
Many owners of Class 3 Firearms are going the route of creating Trusts. To fully comply with the NFA regulations, the trust information should be engraved on the firearm in a visible location. Accubeam has been providing this service for years to responsible gun owners that want their engravings done by a professional business with a reputation for quality.
You have invested a lot into your Class 3 Firearm or SBR; don’t trust it with the local trophy shop. Have your NFA Class 3 required Trust information engraved by Accubeam today.
Engraving Requirements for NFA Firearms
Before a firearm or suppressor is made, the individual or entity building the firearm must file an application with and receive permission from the ATF before proceeding with manufacturing. The approved application should bear the NFA stamp, which indicates the make, model, serial number, barrel length, total length, and caliber/gauge of the firearm.
All of this information should then be engraved (or otherwise permanently marked) by the maker on the appropriate parts (i.e., the frame, receiver, or barrel, depending on the information in question). If the firearm maker is an individual, the finished firearm should also be engraved with the individual’s name and the city and state in which it was produced.
If the firearm marker is an NFA gun trust rather than an individual, the finished firearm should be engraved with the name of the trust in place of the name of the individual.
The requirements for the engraving are outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations § 479.102. Some of the key points indicated include:
- The markings should be placed conspicuously on the firearm.
- The markings should be created such that they cannot be easily removed or altered.
- The markings should be made to a minimum depth of 0.003 inches and print size of ≥0.0625 inches.
These constraints apply to all firearm manufacturers, makers, and importers. Individuals or entities buying pre-manufactured firearms are not required to engrave the purchased firearms as they should already be appropriately marked.