I do appreciate all of your points on engraving, and I certainly agree. However, I do think my heart is set on stamping after some thought.
I don't think I want to mail off my receiver (being that it is "newly valuable"
)and risk it being lost, stolen, or otherwise delayed, not to mention what if the engraver screws it up!
Also, this is not gonna be one of my Cadillac guns, It's gonna be a night time hog killer, so It'll see a somewhat higher level of abuse vs. something that would only live in the safe.
I am aware of the aesthetic issues, but something not "perfect" sometimes brings a little joy to my heart. I've been practicing on an old scrap block of aluminum, and can write a pretty strait line with the stamps. I do think I'll build a little jig to hold them strait.
Good point about the anodizing cracking Bender. I had considered what would happen with that, and thought about removing the ano, just in the place I'm gonna stamp it, then filling the letters with black paint for a "black letter, shiny background" look. I'm gonna build the magwell block out of some aluminum I've got.