Thinking about a Cerakote treatment for your firearm?

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M&P Shield 9MM Cerakote Stars & Stripes
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M&P Shield 9MM Cerakote Stars & Stripes

If you’ve been thinking about customizing your firearm, Cerakote is something worth looking into.  I recently had one of my M&P Shield’s done and thought I’d share my experience with you.

First, if you’re not familiar with Cerakote is one of several options for ‘painting’ a firearm and the internet can provide you with endless details on all the options.  For me, I did lots of reading and decided Cerakote was the best option.  Why?  It seems to have all the things I wanted… abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength and hardness.  All things that contribute to a long lasting, reliable firearm.

Cerakote is a polymer-ceramic coating that can be applied to metal, plastic, polymers and wood making it a great option for firearms.   It’s applied using a very specific process and results in an ultra-thin finish that won’t change typical tolerances meaning your firearm will reassemble and function perfectly!  While the process isn’t complicated, a first time do-it-yourselfer is better off having it done for them by a certified Cerakote Applicator.   In fact, that’s what I did… I worked with a professional… Tom’s Custom Coatings. (

The whole thing was actually quite simple and started off with completion of a simple form on their website describing what I wanted done.  I provided information about the firearm, uploaded an image and a few words about the 2nd Amendment ‘badge’, the stars & stripes pattern I wanted and submitted.  The next day I received a call from Tracey at Toms Custom Guns, and we chatted about my project.   Tracey’s goal was to ensure success right from the start and that included a real understanding about the look I wanted, positioning of the image and color.   From there, Tom took the next few days to fully disassemble the firearm, prepare it, and complete the Cerakote process.  He sent me pictures of the completed firearm and called to talk through the end result making sure I was happy…. which I am!  Very happy.  They did a great job on both quality of the work AND the customer service.

This was my first Cerakote experience but I can tell you it won’t be my last.  I’m in the process of selecting a design scheme for an AR-15 to feature on  I’m thinking about a complete and custom package… AR-15, Optic, Light and Bi-pod all in matching Cerakote.   Visit, perhaps when it’s done you’ll be the lucky buyer!

So if you’re thinking about customizing your firearm consider Cerakote from Tom’s Custom Guns.  Take a look at Tom’s website and if you decide to use his service, please let him know you’re a customer of Manno Firearms.  I’m sure he and Tracey will do a great job for you too!