Do you guys mark your brass in anyway so you can identify it on the ground at the range? If so, what do you use to mark it?
I ask this now because ever since 11SEP the amount of people that go to the heretofore little used shooting area in the National Forest near my home has increased dramatically. Good to see new shooters (especially shooting 1911's), but half these guys leave their brass on the ground when they leave (don't get me started on not only the bad example littering-wise they leave about shooters, but the waste of brass)and it's getting increasingly difficult for me to pick my own brass out of the mess.
I usually pick up all the newer looking brass I find (along with a box of old brass and litter) to make plinking loads with later, but I kind of like to keep my own brass separate by loads and amount of times I've used it just for my records.
Some way to mark it for positive ID that doesn't come off from the round being cycled and that hopefully survives tumbling so it doesn't have to be applied every time I reload would be ideal, though I'm up for ideas on marking each time I reload too. I guess I should also add, something that isn't super time consuming to apply. I could use one of those electric etchers to sign my name on each cartridge, but well, you get the idea...
Anxiously awaiting bright ideas,