Guns as Art: Cerakoting Your Pistol

Some guns should be considered works of art based on the efficiency and beauty of their design alone. A masterpiece of industrial design can transcend its utilitarian purpose and become something more. Many guns throughout history meet that mark. Hell, pretty much anything John Moses Browning ever brought into this world is a treasure.

Guns have long had but a single color scheme: black on black on more black. Every once in a while a brave company would come along and slap some flat dark earth or olive drab green or purple or pink on their guns and people would be impressed by how different and colorful they are.

Cerakote is changing all of that.

Actually, to be more precise, it’s the artists who toil in the backs of gun shops with a paper-thin, high-tech ceramic coating and steel canvases changing the face of firearms—figuratively and literally. They’re the ones reimagining and then remaking what a gun can and should look like.

Cerakote describes itself in the same utilitarian and industrial terms you’d see in any gun maker’s description of their firearm designs.

“Cerakote is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers, and wood,” the company writes on its site.

“The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness.”

And while the utilitarian uses of Cerakote are numerous and impressive, I’d say the fact that it comes in a wide variety of vibrant colors and that it can be applied in multiple layers is what actually sets it apart from other industry-standard firearms coatings like bluing or anodizing. The multitude of colors and the ability to layer them is what frees those with an eye for it to make art of guns.

The popularity of Cerakote has exploded recently. There are now dozens of gun shops creating high-end, stunning designs all across the country. While there are many popular design themes stretching across these shops, each shop has its own unique style. The styles and designs vary from shop to shop but the best custom work is undeniably impressive. In fact, the unique taste and approach each shop brings to the table just serves to create a rich tapestry of beautiful firearms.

Whether they’re taking cues from venerable American fighting aircraft or patriotic symbolism, like these other Weapon Works designs…

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They’re all creating their own masterpieces and generally making the world a more colorful and interesting place.


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