Sometimes in life you do something for no other reason than, “Hey, that sounds cool.” When a company like KG Coatings offers to bake on a custom camo scheme that matches the area you hunt, the answer is, “Yes!” Always. Forever . . .
Maybe I should back up. Above is a photo of my trusty hunting gun. A Ruger M77 Mark II in .243 WIN. I’ve taken to the field for nearly a decade with this gun and have taken down countless tasty animals with it. Upgrades over time have included a Leupold VX-II and a Timney trigger. I’d never really considered painting/coating it until the KG crew offered to coat it. But as you can see below, the gun has some scuffs and wear so a coating job seemed appropriate.
But the thing that really pushed me over the edge was the assurance that their in-house paint guy could craft a scheme that would match the Kerrville/Fredericksburg area of the Texas Hill Country where I hunt. My shoulder was sore from all that arm twisting, so I finally handed over the gun with little hesitation.
Several months later, I got my gun back from the paint shop and I’m simply floored. This gun looks AMAZING. The colors are rich, deep in texture and blend in perfectly.
Cool colors aside, this whole project is completely worthless if the gun doesn’t function or the coating doesn’t stick. Great news on both counts: the gun performs exactly as it did before and the coating seems to have handled a decent amount of abuse so far. You’ll notice below that it has worn off slightly in the high wear area in the receiver where the bolt slides back and forth. I’m not too concerned and I really don’t expect any coating to hold up to a high friction area packed with grease and dirt.
One caveat: KG is pretty busy coating guns for large corporate clients and by COO Chris Fazio’s own admission, coating guns for individual customers isn’t their primary source of business. They can do it, and they will, but if you call they might refer you to another coating company who uses KG products.
Specifications: KG Coatings Camo Rifle Coating
- Type: 2400 Series Gun Kote
- Turnaround Time: 2 weeks to 6 months
- Contact: 800-348-9558
- Price: Varies
- Handguns – $150
- Rifles & Shotguns – $195
- Rifle Barrel – $85
- Barreled Actions – $135
- AR-15 Receivers – $85
- Additional Colors – $25/color
Ratings (subjective & based on five star maximum)
Durability * * * *
Even though I don’t expect a coating to survive life inside a rifle action covered in grease and sand, doing so would be perfection & would get five stars. Otherwise this coating is durable as all hell and seems to hide dirt, scuffs, and scratches very well.
Camouflage * * * * *
This rifle blends in perfectly with the foliage at my ranch. I mean, absolutely perfectly. I have no doubts that it would stick out like a sore thumb in San Angelo, but where I hunt, it looks perfect.