Guns of Color

“You can have a car in any color, as long as it is black” said Henry Ford once. Blue or stainless used to the choices for guns, but not anymore. Several options are now available, with Cerakote being popular for its exceptional resistance to wear. Unlike dyes added to plastic, Cerakote makes the gun tougher and the grips easier to retain on recoil. With the same color or pattern possible on metal and plastic, it is also quite good for providing consistent finish for whole firearm.

Spectrum Coating does Cerakoteing for Kel-Tec weapons.  Steven Taylor, the owner, is an artist at heart and also restores old, beat-up guns just to show what can be made of a rusted-out flea market buy with care and expertise. I still remember when synthetic stocks became common: the Internet discussions derided the non-traditional look. Considering that prior to the early 19th century guns were far more individualized that after the onset of mass production techniques, custom firearms represent a return to tradition, albeit with a technological update.


About the Author:

Oleg Volk

Oleg Volk is a creative director working mainly in firearms advertising. A great fan of America and the right to bear arms, he uses his photography to support the right of every individual to self-determination and independence. To that end, he is also a big fan of firearms.
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Comments (14)

  1. Many thanks to Ricardo & Olegv for clearing up the pink and orange gun issue. When I called Ricarrrdo…, (that’s the way he wants his name pronounced. OK, when I called ‘Ricki’ he said the local gay pride groups had a shoot off planned soon, the pinks against the oranges. Oh yea, Ricki also said he added a matching tac-light for under-cover work, and he found a darling little picatinny rail that would also support a red dot scope plus his tissue box.

    Enough already, y’all! Nobody South (I said South, Sir) of the Mason & Dixon Line would allow a pink Sig anywhere near him, and the last I heard the M&D has been moved again to somewhere just South of Yonkers!

    See you good buddies on the flip flop…..

  2. This is all well and good, but when a cop is confronted by a child with a similarly colored gun and shoots the child, this should be brought to the public’s attention. when someone says “couldnt the cop tell that kid was holding a toy? it didn’t even look like a real gun!” think of the “thugs” that were arrested (I think it was in NY state) a few years ago, and the guns they were carrying had the tips painted oranage to look like fake toys in hopes officers wouldn’t shoot them… this is more “bad idea” than anything else in my opinion, but I see the appeal of unique and custom firearms.

  3. I finished a DIY camo job on some magazines before tacking the rifle… turned out AWESOME! Just google the phrase “ar 15 sponge camo” and it will link to a thread giving a step-by-step tutorial. Mine blends in real nice with the MARPAT camo I use for hunting.

    My daughter is up my rear to paint the Glock in a similar fashion, but using pink, turquoise, and red. I told her to buy her own and I’d paint it. I just couldn’t pull that thing out in public. Although, the bad guy may be doubled over from laughter and then I wouldn’t have to shoot him. 🙂

  4. I don’t know, but I think if I confront a bad guy with a “HOT PINK” pistol he may die laughing and I would never have to pull the trigger!!

  5. I agree with the freedom of choice. Yet my problem with the neon-like colors are that they make the gun appear almost toy-like in nature which can be real confusing for a cop (from a distance they look like a water or air pistol which may result in unintended consequences).


  6. Some of the museum guns of Old West Indians show a level of individualization that most cowboys never achieved (or maybe never wanted to achieve). The use of copper wire wound onto the wood was the chief embellishment, but the additions of plaited leather and other trappings made the ordinary Winchester or Sharps into a thing of beauty.

  7. Choice is good. You may like this or that, but I would hope you’d advocate for the right of other people to choose something different.

    Oleg; Excellent point. The degree of artistic embellishment that was fairly common on firearms of 200 and more years ago would make today’s “traditionalists” cry. Let’s be careful, then, of what we choose to refer to as “traditional”. Perhaps “traditional military” would be more descriptive as meaning “not embellished” but even that has problems, depending on what period in history or place in the world we’re referencing.

  8. I don’t mind the traditional black, blue , tan or metal finishes but the toy colors to me are ridiculous for so many reasons.


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