Sunday, November 28, 2010
The engraving step for my home-built AR is complete. The logo I came up with:
and an overall shot of the finished rifle:
Why a cartoon cat? All of the major parts in my homebrew AR, except for the lower receiver that I finished, are DPMS parts. That is, the finished upper, and the parts kit in the lower are DPMS; the stock is a generic multi-position stock. DPMS has a fierce-looking panther as its logo, so I figured a not-so-fierce looking version of Mojo, our white cat, would be a nice touch. I originally was going to go with a name like "Moe's Firearms", but that takes up room and there's just not a lot of room there.
To create the logo, I found a cartoon called "how to draw a cat" and used the cat. Opened the .gif in my CAD program, traced it, saved it as a 2D .dxf file, imported that into the CAM program DeskCNC, created g-code and after a test on a piece of scrap brass, did the rifle lower. Took about 15 minutes at the overly cautious rate of 1/2 inch per minute engraving speed. As the French say, "wah-lah".
Yesterday, I found a pretty good deal on a Nikon Monarch rifle scope - at Overstock.com, of all places - so I will soon have a nice Nikon on it.