Before we do anything, we will inspect your weapon for safety and proper functioning. Weapons that are not safe to handle or to fire may be repaired while in shop - with the customers authorization.

Where necessary, the weapon will be completely disassembled. AR15 uppers have to have their barrels removed from the upper receivers. 1911's and any other type pistols will be completely stripped. Notes will be made where parts may require replacement or service. Alternatively, customers may choose to send us disassembled weapons, with or without internal parts. Once the weapon is disassembled, we remove the front and rear sighs - where applicable.

Your weapon and each of its parts will be individually degreased by hand and brush to ensure that any carbon buildup or heavy grease deposits are removed.

Acetone Bath
After degreasing, we will bathe the parts and firearm in an acetone to remove any degreaser and to further clean the steel surfaces.

Aluminum Oxide blast booth
All weapon components that are being coated will be stripped by the use of aluminum oxide. We use this medium because the aluminum oxide prepares the surface structure of the steel by opening its pores. Bead blasting by glass media does not open the pores and would not meet our rigorous quality requirements for adhesion. Aluminum that has been hard anodized is treated at low pressure to lightly scuff the surface as to not reduce the effect of the surface hardness.

Freshly blasted parts are strung on wire or placed in custom jigs and immediately sprayed to minimize exposure to air and entrapment to moisture. Each part is hand sprayed by HVLP gun, including the smallest pins. 

Rack & Bake
After the application of the appropriate color, the weapon and it's parts are hung by wire or placed on our jigs to eliminate any surface contact and put in oven to bake according to prescribed requirements.

After the parts cool, each part is inspected for proper coverage, look and feel. Any part that does not meet our rigorous criteria for perfection is stripped and submitted to the procedure again. Your weapon is then assembled by our gunsmith and checked for proper functioning. 

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