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I have been slowly working on an AR build and the lower parts finally came in yesterday. Last night I was putting it together a roll pin was giving me a hard time. Prior to working I taped up the receiver in painters tape, but it didn't prevent the pretty bad scratch. I had the receiver in the vice, was starting to tap it in. Before I go any further, I have to tell you that above my workbench is a shelf with books, (reloading manuals, reference books etc). My wife came in and was trying to place something on the shelf at the other end (away from me) and somehow she knocked the shelf enough that a large hardback old college textbook fell and hit my head and then landed on my arm. (I used the book for a support things, not for reading!)

I didn't realize anything had happened until after I picked up the book, accepted the apology from my wife and took a moment to step away. When I got back, I found a rip in the painters tape and a pretty significant scratch in the receiver. The punch had painters tap all over the point, so I know what happened. Now I have a heart wrenching scratch on it. Makes me sick.

What are the best options for fixing it? Black sharpie pen just doesn't fix it like I want. I was going to run by the gun store today, but being Easter it is closed.
 

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How deep is the scratch?

I assume it was the bolt catch roll pin?
 

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You got it, the bolt catch pin. The scratch is deep enough that feel it with my finger, very slight "sharp" edge on the scratch and it went all the way through the finish. I have already fixed that part, just need to fix the finish.

I was thinking about getting our family crest done on the side...
 

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Above, try some black.

I've stopped fretting over scratches in my weapons. Especially if I'm doing work on them. I get what I pay for, I says.

Seriously, all my guns are shooters.... and with shooting comes wear.

I know it is disappointing, but don't let it take away from the enjoyment of your rifle. Fix it as best you can and move on!
 

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Above, try some black.

I've stopped fretting over scratches in my weapons. Especially if I'm doing work on them. I get what I pay for, I says.

Seriously, all my guns are shooters.... and with shooting comes wear.

I know it is disappointing, but don't let it take away from the enjoyment of your rifle. Fix it as best you can and move on!
That is my plan, I haven't shed any tears over it, but would like to keep things nice. I try to protect exposed metal as much as possible, even gone so far on one gun of putting a layer of car wax to keep the trouble spot on an old gun from rusting even after I oiled it. That worked great. I like using my tools, similar to how much I like driving my cars. I try to touch up bad scratches and stuff on my car, so I try to do the same with my guns.

It is like buying a car, and scratching it 30 seconds after you sign the paperwork. Car still drives, it just isn't pristine before it even gets shot the first time (from personal experience) Oh well, touch up and move on.
 

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Consider it broken in and move on. Now you don't have to worry about that first scratch.
 

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I have no clue how to fix it but I do feel your pain!

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Can you possibly put up some photos for a good look. This sounds like it may be an excuse for some duracoat, gunkote or whatever coat they have these days
 

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Back in my day, scratches were called character and a good thing. :) Times change and now we have many gun owners treating guns like man toys (many call them toys online which only provides fodder for the anti gun people who view this as proof that we do not need guns but just want man toys) rather than weapons to be used for deadly purposes. I do not own a rifle because I figure it will be easy to take away one of those fancy rifles I see on YouTube all the time that are owned by guys who rather spend their money to look cool than to be well trained. :)
 

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There are no safe queens in my house. All my guns are shooteres for hunting, defense, etc.. They all show some level of scracthes due to thier purposse. Chalk it up to fate and continue. Eventually you will get more scratches the more you use it.
 

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nothing worse than an angry ar. It may develope anger management issues.
 

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Little scratch story:

Took a guy hunting in the Snake River Canyons in WA. If you've never been there, picture steeeeep canyons, loose turf, lots of rocks and a ton of climbing. I had my Win 1200 which had been refinished several times over the years and still looked well used. He brought along a nice Weatherby . . . I asked if he was sure if he wanted to bring a nice gun like that to teh SRC, and he said sure.

After a half-day of slipping and sliding while using the Weatherby as a drag anchor, his expensive "shooting piece" finally looked like a decent hunting gun. Next time he went, he brought a throw-away shotgtun.
 

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I tried to take a picture, but I just can't get it to show, the only camera I have at the moment is a cell phone camera, and it isn't the best. I was going to swing by the LGS and see what they have to fix it, but the scratch is now not the issue, I had a Easter Sunday boating accident....
 

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That sounds bad but I wish I HAD an AR to scratch.

Hope that it doesn't affect the shooting aspect.

Yet I know about scratching or denting a firearm. I bought a S&W Model 63 .22 revolver. Took it out of the box and promptly dropped it on an asphalt surface and dented the rear sight. Had not even put a cartridge in it or fired the thing. The nick is still on it but it shoots sweet.
 

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I used to race mountain bikes, and I knew this guy who did beautiful custom paint jobs that cost a pretty penny.

Upon completing each job, he would force the buyer to scratch or ding it before leaving the shop. This was to guarantee that they would still ride the darn thing like it was meant to be ridden - hard.

I'm not one to ever get a custom paint job on a bike, gun, car, or anything else... but if I did, I would follow the painter's advice.

Carry on.
 

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Maybe im confused...

A showroom fresh AR is pointless. It's a working rifle. It's not a scratch. It's a battle scar. Wear it with pride.

First thing I did with my new AR (which i've since lost in the hurri-flood-ornado-quako-cane) was sight it in, and took it through a tactical rifle school. Ran it through the mud and dirt...got it all dinged up and scuffed. Now i'm proud of it. An AR is meant to be used. Save the princess guns for the older, wood stocked classics :anim_headbang:
 

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Maybe im confused...

A showroom fresh AR is pointless. It's a working rifle. It's not a scratch. It's a battle scar. Wear it with pride.

First thing I did with my new AR (which i've since lost in the hurri-flood-ornado-quako-cane) was sight it in, and took it through a tactical rifle school. Ran it through the mud and dirt...got it all dinged up and scuffed. Now i'm proud of it. An AR is meant to be used. Save the princess guns for the older, wood stocked classics :anim_headbang:
I agree. But it would have been nice for it to get its first marks from it been worked. Not from the work bench before it is actually born into a working instrument.
 
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