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    I just finished my M38 clone build today. I used an MR556 upper that only had the proof marks from HK and had Custom Coatings in Riverview, FL do all the laser engraving (Serial number on the upper and all of the markings on my 80% Lower. I also had Carolina Laser Works do the Cage Code decals and HK M38 SDMR UID tag.

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    Nice MF rifle

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    Good job

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    Where is the bayonet lug from?

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    I have a few of the actual HK M27 IAR Bayonet lugs, but they require a reprofile of the MR556 Barrel. Until I get around to doing that or someone offers a complete IAR Barrel, I am using one from these guys:

    https://www.haoptwart.com/product-pa...nd-bayonet-lug

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    Nice, when they do the laser etching do they color fill it white also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skullbox View Post
    Nice, when they do the laser etching do they color fill it white also?
    Custom Coatings did not do the color fill, I did it with Testers Model Enamel. Although if you look at the Serial Number on the upper, you can see the results of the laser engraving. I left that untouched just to see how closely it matched the color fill. I had Custom Coatings laser engrave the 80% lower that I had completed, then sent it to New Frontier Armory for anodizing. They do an amazing job but they do take awhile to get the lowers back. They also require a serial number, manufacturer name and location and model number on any lower they take in for anodizing, so I couldn't figure out how to have the interior of the machined 80% anodized and be able to leave the markings untouched after laser engraving.
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    Ah, that makes sense. Looks great though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkacg1 View Post
    Custom Coatings did not do the color fill, I did it with Testers Model Enamel. Although if you look at the Serial Number on the upper, you can see the results of the laser engraving. I left that untouched just to see how closely it matched the color fill. I had Custom Coatings laser engrave the 80% lower that I had completed, then sent it to New Frontier Armory for anodizing. They do an amazing job but they do take awhile to get the lowers back. They also require a serial number, manufacturer name and location and model number on any lower they take in for anodizing, so I couldn't figure out how to have the interior of the machined 80% anodized and be able to leave the markings untouched after laser engraving.
    Engrave your info on the pistol grip tang (make, model, s/n), then anodize, then laser etch. Takes longer with having it send off for engraving twice, but you get what you're wanting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerdan87 View Post
    Engrave your info on the pistol grip tang (make, model, s/n), then anodize, then laser etch. Takes longer with having it send off for engraving twice, but you get what you're wanting.
    Hadn't thought of that, but that would certainly do it

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