The Gun Writer TV episode 13: Ian Cherry of Whiskey Tango Firearms and Duracoat vs. Cerakote


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Ian Cherry, owner of Sarasota’s Whisky Tango Firearms, has produced more serious gun porn than I’ve likely ever seen.

He specializes in Duracoat and Cerakote.

He joined Mike and me this week to talk about modern gun finishes, and the difference between the two major coatings.

Ian’s shop is co-located with Fully Loaded Guns and Ammo, which is creating quite the firearms community on the South Trail. Ian’s also an FFL, so you can ship your firearms to him directly.

He’s a true artist. One look at his portfolio says it all.

I like the custom camo themes he’s producing, but the “battle worn” concept is a show-stopper.

We hope you enjoy this video as much as we did making it.

Mike and Lee





About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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  2. I feel a few qualifications need to be made on a few of his descriptive statements. Cerakote and Duracoat are somewhat comparable in protective quality to anodizing, however anodizing is not going to be nearly as thick as any coating you’ll be applying with either of these processes. One of the hosts specifically mentions parkerizing and tennifer finishes (ferritic nitrocarburizing, whatever the trade name may be, tennifer, qpq, melonite, there are many).
    Parkerizing isn’t an effective corrosion resistant process in and of itself, but it forms a crystaline structure which soaks up protective oils and lubricants very easily, which in turn provide corrosion resistance.
    Ferritic nitrocarburizing is much more protective in virtually every sense than any of the processes listed above. It imparts nitrogen and carbon into the substrate of your part much like case hardening while keeping the item out of the austenitic range which would can certainly affect any dimensional tolerances which may be critical to the operation of your firearm.
    Bead blasting can be performed on Ferritic nitrocarburizing without wearing through this case hardening feature for the application of additional coatings such as Cerakote or Duracoat. The same may or may not be true for parkerizing or anodizing, depending on your chosen stripping/blasting process/method.
    Blueing, while argueably the most attractive finish on a polished surface, isn’t particularly effective at protecting your gun against anything at all, its outdated and comparably ineffective by virtually any modern standard.

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