Arizona Response Systems, LLC
(updated 11-06-2016)

Firearms can be a serious investment. Protect your investment with best finish available - one that exceeds the most stringent military specifications. METACOL™.

METACOL™ is an acronym for METAL COLOR and covers a proprietary line of beautiful protective coatings specifically engineered for the unique requirements of the firearm industry. METACOL™ is a process, not merely a product. Surface preparation is the most important part of firearm finishing, and sadly the step most misunderstood. My meticulous surface preparation is one of the factors that sustains ARS as the industry leader in firearms coatings.

For all coatings, I completely disassemble the firearm and strip to bare metal. I can mitigate minor scratches and dings at no charge. More significant blemishes require inspection for a quote. I coat all parts except for the smallest pins and springs. I will highlight lettering at no charge, upon request, providing the engraving is deep enough to hold the paint. I highlight with Testors enamel and do not warranty the highlighting.

METACOL III™ Satin Black

METACOL III™ is the best firearm coating available and has made all other coatings obsolete. METACOL III™ is a bonded, solid-film lubricant. Unlike paint, it will not chip, peel, bubble, or crack and is thin enough (.0003" to .0007") to coat most delicate internal components. When thermally cured, it chemically bonds at the molecular level with the base metal. It is unbelievably tough, impervious to rust, and the molybdenum disulfide content makes it self-lubricating. METACOL III™ is the ideal coating for modern weapons and can be applied to carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, brass, "pot metal," and some high-temperature plastics (like HK™ collapsible stocks).

I specially adapted METACOL III™ Satin Black to match the factory finish on Heckler and Koch rifles, and I have been the authorized refinishing center for Heckler and Koch, USA, for over 13 years. It is also an excellent match for the Uzi, Galil, L1A1 and Belgium FAL factory finishes, as well as matching the "Black Stoving Lacquer" found on many Commonwealth military arms. Satin is the middle of a sheen scale that includes flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. I have selected satin as it has the best lubricity, wear properties, and cosmetic appeal. Flat finishes are obtained by adding a talc powder to the finish. This coarser finish reflects less light, but at the cost of decreased lubricity and wear resistance.


I developed METACOL III™ Gray to match the color of METACOL IV™ manganese phosphate for non-ferric metals, such as aluminum and stainless steel. My target was to match both the gray of Parkerizing, and an older Colt™ AR-15 anodized aluminum receiver.

METACOL III™ Classic Patina™

METACOL III™ Classic Patina™ is a color I developed to match the finished of aged Parkerizing. Manganese phosphate is a dark gray, but long-term exposure to Cosmolene, oil, and cleaning solvents will give it a greenish-brown hue. Classic Patina™ results from a special curing process and closely duplicates this "old Parkerizing" color. This special process has the added advantage of being an even color throughout and hiding areas of different hardness that standard Parkerizing would highlight, such as weld marks. It is beautiful on M1 Garands, M1As, Springfield 1903s, M1 Carbines, Israeli FALs, and similar firearms.

METACOL IV™ Manganese Phosphate

METACOL IV™ is a specially-applied manganese phosphate coating that yields a beautiful charcoal gray color. The shade of gray depends on the hardness of the metal: usually softer metals yield a medium gray, while harder metals yield a charcoal-gray color. Phosphating will often reveal heat-treated areas as well as weld marks from manufacture or repair. Phosphating involves chemicals precipitating out of solution and adhering to metal. This coating acts as a physical barrier against abrasion, has anti-galling properties, and provides additional corrosion resistance through its ability to retain oil. Phosphates are common on military arms, and METACOL IV™ manganese phosphate is the best "Parkerizing" for your guns. Phosphates do not adhere to stainless steel or aluminum, however METACOL III™ gray is a close match to METACOL IV™ and can be used if your firearm has a few aluminum or stainless parts.

ARS Camouflage

While METACOL III™ is the best firearm coating available, it does have its limitations in certain applications. As a thermally-cured coating, the part in question must be able to handle the curing temperature (same temperature as hot bluing). Some items like wood and some types of fiberglass rifle stocks (such as the H&S Precision, McMillan, and Bell & Carlson) will not safely handle the temperatures. The same applies to some plastic components like on the SCAR.

I am constantly striving to attain the perfect multi-environment camouflage. I've hesitantly named it "Geckoflage," as the Sonoran Desert Gecko has been part of my inspiration. And it sounds better than "flounderflage", as the spotted flounder has influenced the contrasting dots.

For this type of application, I use Sherwin Williams Industrial Polane-T™ catalyst-cured epoxy. Sherwin Williams Industrial handles the military CARC (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) used on our nation's military vehicles. I use the same military CARC colors in the Polane-T™ line of coatings.

I've also experimented with off-the-shelf colors from Krylon™and Rustoleum™, balancing their inferior durability with the ease of application.

ARS Firearm Finishes Price List
METACOL III™ Satin Black or Gray
METACOL III™, complete handgun w/ 1 magazine
additional handgun magazine
METACOL III™, complete rifle, shotgun, submachinegun w/ 1 magazine
additional rifle magazine
METACOL III™ complete belt-fed machinegun, .50 caliber rifles
METACOL III™ miscellaneous parts, minimum charge
METACOL III™ Special Colors
+ 25
rifle, shotgun, submachinegun
+ 50
belt-fed machinegun, .50 caliber rifles
+ 75
METACOL IV™ Manganese Phosphate
METACOL IV™, complete handgun w/ 1 magazine
additional handgun magazine
METACOL IV™, complete rifle, shotgun, submachinegun w/ 1 magazine
additional rifle magazine
METACOL IV™ complete belt-fed machinegun, .50 caliber rifle
strip nickel or chrome, from
custom work, per man-hour
custom work, per machine hour
return FedEx™ air shipping, handguns with up to $700 insurance*
return FedEx™ ground shipping, rifles with up to $1200 insurance*
Normal accessories such as rings, bases, sling hardware, etc. are included. There will be an additional charge for additional accessories.

*Add $0.75/$100 additional insurance for rifles or handguns.