SOTG 251 - Color Wars: What’s the Story?

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The Color Wars are heating up. At some point in time your gun culture friends are going to feel the need to weigh in on the Duracoat vs. Cerakote situation. At Student of the Gun we have a unique perspective and Paul will share his thoughts with you on the matter.

An active duty soldier was beaten within inches of his life in Kansas City, Missouri. We are anxiously awaiting Comrade Barry to step in front of a microphone to condemn this senseless act. (Hint, don’t hold your breath) There are numerous lessons to learn, even though they are hard and ugly lessons.

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An active member of the U.S. Army was viciously beaten by a group of six young men outside a Country Club Plaza area restaurant, and Kansas City police haven’t made any arrests.

The investigation was hampered because the dining establishment, Zocaola Mexican restaurant, didn’t have any working security cameras, according to Kansas City police.

The 37-year-old soldier suffered a significant loss of blood after he suffered numerous broken bones in his face, possible optic nerve damage to one of his eyes and a skull fracture. The man’s injuries were serious, but he is expected to survive, according to a Kansas City police report.

As of Friday, the victim was still in the hospital. The man is on active duty at a nearby military facility.

Sgt. Kari Thompson of the Kansas City Police Department said Friday that the injured man accidentally bumped into another man inside the restaurant, which is at 620 W. 48th St.

The man bumped tried to start a fight, and restaurant management kicked him out.

About 12:10 a.m. Sept. 19, the soldier walked out of the restaurant and the man he bumped and a gang of his buddies were waiting for him because they were “looking for a fight,” according to a Kansas City Police Department report.

A witness said the suspect sucker punched the soldier. The gang then began to punch and kick the prone man.

Friends of the soldier heard the fight and tried to rush to his aid. Two of them were kicked and punched, which required paramedics to treat them at the scene. One of the men who rushed to help his friend was punched in the face with a closed fist. A second man suffered a bloody nose and mouth.

As police were called, the hoodlums jumped in a white vehicle and raced from the scene.

One of the men with the primary aggressor had an open tab at the bar and had left his debit card behind. Police have that person’s name, but that still hasn’t led to any arrests.

“It should be noted that all the involved parties were heavily intoxicated,” according to the police report.

The brutal attack has stirred outrage on social media in part because the victim and his friends are white while the attackers were young black men in their mid to late 20s.

The police report did not provide any additional details on the soldier and his friends.


We at Lauer Custom Weaponry take pride in knowing that the products we make and sell are exactly what we claim them to be. We make no claims about our products that cannot be proven. As Steve Lauer the founder and inventor of DuraCoat® always says, “All products perform as advertised.” We say our product is a urethane and it is a urethane. We also never intend to make negative comments towards other companies, even those so called competitors that constantly knock down other makers of firearm finishes. The purpose of this blog post is not meant to dissuade you from purchasing products other than DuraCoat® and it is NOT meant to degrade another company. We want to make this clear before we start. This post is meant to inform you, as a person interested in firearm refinishing products, that you have not been told the truth and have been fed misleading information by another “maker” of firearm finishes.

That company is NIC Industries, the “creators” of Cerakote Gun Coatings. The information provided here only applies to their H-Series coating which is currently being sold as a firearm finish. Findings do not apply to any other product produced by NIC although we will be analyzing those in the future. Exhaustive research has been completed to verify this information before release.

Cerakote H-Series Firearm Coating, as the name implies, is marketed as a ceramic coating. Their current SDS (Safety Data Sheet), as of 9/8/15, describes this product as a “Heat Curable Polymer-Ceramic Composite Coating.” Statements such as “The foundation for Cerakote H-Series coatings is a unique ceramic technology” can be found in their literature and has become a major selling point for this coating. Below is a copy of their Technical Data Sheet for this coating with this statement highlighted.

Well, we hate to break it to you but Cerakote H-Series contains little, if any, ceramic.

A sample of Cerakote H-Series in Graphite Black was sent to a lab for analysis. The analysis broke down the components for identification. The test concluded that Cerakote is basically an epoxy resin suspended in a solvent. This test measured down to 1% and no ceramic was detected. The current SDS does list “Ceramic and/or Metallic pigments or colorants” but that is a far cry from a ceramic foundation.

A copy of the lab results are posted here. At the request of the lab, names and identifying information have been redacted.

Now, an epoxy coating is not inherently a bad thing. Epoxies can be used in a variety of environments and hold up very well. So, why might Cerakote be misleading customers into believing their coating is ceramic rather than an epoxy? Stay tuned for our analysis of that…

You may be asking yourself, “why did DuraCoat® go to the trouble of having Cerakote tested”? Well, honestly, we never actually paid that much attention to them and we probably should have. We discovered last fall that NIC Industries/Cerakote was using our DuraCoat® and Lauer™ trademarks in Google ads to draw potential customers to their website. Basically, they were running “bait and switch” ads with headings like “Buy DuraCoat Here” and “Lauer DuraCoat” followed by the Cerakote website link. This caused us to investigate their website further and we discovered several things that seemed amiss. A lawsuit and settlement soon followed which leads us to today. We decided that the fraud can no longer go unknown. Stay tuned as we continue to unravel the web of deceit.


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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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