PVD Coating Solutions For Firearms & The 2022 SHOT Show

Our team, here at Dayton Coating Technologies, had the opportunity to take part in the 2022 SHOT Show, leaving with insightful takeaways for PVD Coating Solutions.

The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The massive event is known as the largest trade show that occurs each year in this industry.

NSSF – The Firearm Industry Trade Association – returned with an impressive outcome, accompanying a variety of industry experts. NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Chris Dolnack, stated, “With our largest floor plan in history, more than 2,400 attending exhibitors and thousands of buyers were forming new and meaningful connections”. Greater than 800,000 net square feet was utilized with booths that were filled with an overflowing amount of products and services, from over 2,400 companies in the firearm industry. The 2022 SHOT show was an enormous growth compared to the previous trade show in year the 2020, which only utilized a space that measured 692,000 net square feet.

Insightful Takeaways For Repeatable PVD Coating Solutions

With various firearm industry professionals making an attendance, the Dayton Coating Technologies team left with some takeaways.

Our goal is to offer our customers quality, repeatable solutions that bring unbeatable results. Thus, our team came to the conclusion that there is a limited amount of data and information on the expected improvements in performance, when a PVD Coating is applied to certain parts, such as a cam pin.

Dayton Coating Technologies team of engineers is actively and diligently working to evaluate and examine testing results. Once all of the possible effects have been efficiently explored, we will provide the ending results and offer the outcome in Part II of this series.

For the Dayton Coating Technologies team, PVD is not just another pretty coating. Our highly effective PVD Coating process will provide your gun parts and tooling, for firearm manufacturing, with a unique look and consistent exceptional performance.

PVD Coating Solutions For Firearm Coatings

There is a strong interest and fascination in having gun components PVD coated.

We understand that the PVD coating process for firearms will require encompassing, both, highly functional and decorative elements, along with efficient tooling solutions.

Our team simultaneously noticed that there is a restricted presence of suppliers, in the firearm industry, that will offer their customers effective PVD coatings for firearms, along with highly qualified engineered vertical solutions. Accurately applying PVD coatings to your firearm will make certain that:

  • A longer period of wear in spec tolerances can be endured by the firearm parts
  • The performance of your firearm improves with reduced friction
  • Your firearm differentiates from other firearms

The precision engineering and power behind defense weapons and firearms make the need for quality treatment and tooling solutions essential. Our industry-leading quality services and exceptional team are here to provide real PVD Solutions. A PVD coating will protect and secure the surface of your gun components from wearing down while, also, offering a unique and distinctive look and shade.

If you are looking for a high-performance coating that is durable and looks fantastic, look no further than one of Dayton Coating Technologies PVD Coating Service Offerings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

01. Can I get my firearm in gold?

Yes! There are a variety of PVD coating colors available, in order to make your specific firearm unique.

Just a few PVD coating colors include:

  • TiN coating for a dark gold color
  • TiCN coating for a rose gold color
  • AlTiN coating for a gray charcoal color
  • CrN coating for a metallic color
  • ZrN coating for a light or pale gold color

02. Will a PVD coating change my firearm’s dimensions?

PVD coatings are applied in extremely thin coating layers. PVD coating layers can be measured in nanometers and microns, or 0.0001 to 0.0002 inches in thickness. PVD coating dimensions will not change how your firearm components securely come together with standard clearances.

03. What if I want my firearm to have a matte finish?

There are various PVD coating finishes available that can provide your firearm with a smooth surface and a unique look. Our team of experts have the ability to match a finish, which is referred to as “surface in, surface out”. We can, also, efficiently modify your firearm part based on the particular finish requested.

04. What will the PVD coating process be on my firearm?

Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coatings can be applied on the surface of a metal material in extremely thin coating layers.

Coatings are applied to the metal’s surface in a heated vacuum chamber. The heat is effectively controlled to ensure that the temperature does not vary more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the specific job at hand. PVD coatings can consist of a low friction coefficient, acting as a self-lubricating property. This step, along with plasma etching and our own proprietary Angstrom Metal Etch and dynamic substrate (Ts/Tm) surface matching, will help to efficiently adhere the coating to your firearm. Thus, allowing for the best adhesion.

05. How do I properly protect my PVD coated firearm?

The process of maintaining the quality of a firearm coating is quite simple.

To correctly clean a PVD coated firearm, use a soft cloth with lite oil, along with trusted gun cleaners. Cleaners that are utilized for removing rust and tarnish should be completely avoided at all costs. The cleaners to keep away from PVD coated firearm parts are known as peroxides (of any kind), along with acids or bleaches.

Standard military cleaning procedures are best.

Our Team’s Capabilities

Dayton Coating Technologies sister company, Certified Tool & Grinding, has the ability to supply custom and precise tooling solutions for your exact manufacturing needs.

Our highly experienced team can create tools that provide custom solutions for your unique applications. There is never a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to manufacturing tooling. At Dayton Coating Technologies and Certified Tool & Grinding, we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations in quality, accuracy, repeatability and delivery.

All of our tools are proudly made in the USA at our Dayton, Ohio facility. Both companies work in synchrony, providing vertical integrations that offer a full service quick turnaround with repetitive, quality results every single time.

The highly anticipated 2023 SHOT Show is right around the corner and our team cannot wait to meet you next year! In the meantime, watch for Part II of this series with the PVD coated cam pin results.

Whether you are in need of a quote or application support, our expert engineering team is eager to assist you with your cutting application, in order to successfully develop your unique solution. Do not hesitate to contact our team if you have additional questions or a unique application that you need support with. You can, also, follow our Dayton Coating | Certified Tool & Grinding LinkedIn page, to stay up to date with industry trends and news.