Re: Duracoat/Molyresin question
My only experience with duracoat, is removing it to apply our Tuff-Gun finish which uses Gunkote 2400 Series resin. However, I have quite a bit of experience with the different types of serial number application methods used on Makarovs.
There are three types used on Makarov's:
The hard stamped type, which is letters/numbers stamped right into the metal. It's very durable and can be recovered.
Stiple stamped, which looks like a bunch of dots stamped into the metal in the shapes of letters/numbers. It's also very durable and can be recovered.
Laser etched, which is cr@p! It can be removed by a kid with a pencil eraser and can never be recovered. Once gone, it's gone forever. Holster wear and surface rust will also make it go away.
Any finish applied to the laser engraved serial numbers on a Makarov will make it vanish. Those used on American made firearms seem more durable but not by much. Those used on Makarov's seem more like an ink stamp.
If you have a so-called laser engraved serial number on your Makarov, do your self a favor and etch/stamp, etc. the same number elsewhere on the frame like under the grip. If you plan on applying ANY type of finish to it, mask it off. Just make a little box around it with tape or latex masking compound and apply the finish.
Be advised: I have written about this same subject quite bit on Makarov.com and have spoken with ATF for hours about it. Per ATF: If you cause that number to be degraded, blurred, defaced, etc...whether it be by refinishing, holster wear, surface rust, handling, etc.....regardless of whether it's intentional or not...you are committing a felony!
Now the good news. ATF has no clue which type of stamping is used on which Makarov or where it's placed except that it has to be on the frame. I've found them on the sides of the grip frame, under the main spring, inside the trigger guard, etc. Keep yer powder dry, Mac.