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09-21-2012, 08:20
Just had to show off my latest project. My RRA has served me well for several years but it was time to spice it up a bit so I jumped on the FDE bandwagon. I wanted something more durable than spray paint so I chose Cerakote. My gunsmith skills are limited so I also decided on having it applied professionally.

I contacted Joe Larson at LTM Refinishing (also known as Larson Tactical). First of all there is alot of negative internet chatter regarding LTM. A few years ago LTM had a bad year due to personal family crisis's and as a result alot of work was neglected.

I am happy to say first hand that this is no longer the case with LTM in 2012. I spoke to Joe several times before sending my gun. Joe is very personable and has an extensive knowledge of metal coating. He was able to educate me on many aspects of Cerakote. He was very open about the bad press from the past and assured me that those days were over. In a little over a week I received the rifle back and couldn't have been more pleased.

The finish is the thermal version of Cerakote as Joe recommended. The parts are nicely finished and are a perfect match for the Magpul FDE. I had expected a satin finish based on photos of other Cerakote, but was pleasantly surprised that the finish was nice and flat. Despite the flatness, there is a slight slickness to the finish which gives Cerakote a natural lubricity.

I'm pretty pleased with the end results.

09-21-2012, 08:47
Very nice.

Love the color.

Obviously the rifle was torn down to pieces before the finish was applied, and then it was re-assembled. Very nice work.

If ya don't mind sharing, how much?

09-21-2012, 08:47
I think it looks good.

09-21-2012, 08:56
Thanks, the price wasn't too bad, including the shipping it was around $200. Multiple colors and camo patterns are more though. Sure it's not as inexpensive as a do it yourself job, but I think it's a good investment.

09-21-2012, 10:05
I think it looks great.

09-21-2012, 11:13
Looks great!

09-21-2012, 20:23
It's pretty impressive how well the cerakote matches the Magpul furniture. Great looking rifle.

09-21-2012, 20:36
I really like that! Might need to do that to my coyote rig.

09-21-2012, 21:23
I'm very interested in having that done as well, thanks for sharing your pics. Did you send the complete rifle to them or just the stripped parts for them to paint?

09-21-2012, 22:22
Looks great!


09-22-2012, 17:45
I'm very interested in having that done as well, thanks for sharing your pics. Did you send the complete rifle to them or just the stripped parts for them to paint?

I sent the upper minus the bolt carrier group and the stripped lower. I am sure you can ship the entire complete rifle, but shipping's gonna be more.

09-22-2012, 17:47
That's an excellent looking rifle. Looks like a very good job and a great choice of color.

09-22-2012, 18:02
My oh my. That is my cup o' tea! Me Likey!

09-22-2012, 20:15
Looks good. Keep us updated as to how it holds up.

09-22-2012, 21:22
Looks great, watch out for that first scratch!

09-22-2012, 21:30
Their "Raider" would look pretty darn good on my varmint build....

09-23-2012, 09:36
Very nice.....