Tactical Instincts LLC

About Tactical Instincts LLC

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Specializing in Cerakote Firearm Coatings:
-The world leader in abrasion and wear resistance.
-Industry leading corrosion and chemical protection.
-The industry standard in firearm finishes.

Whether you are in the market for updating a well used firearm or just looking to add personalization to a new one, Tactical Instincts is the place to contact. Add that personal touch to your favorite weapon with a custom pattern or a favorite color, the combination's are endless. We use Cerakote for long term durable finishes that look great and perform well; whether it's for everyday personal carry, or professional use, such as military and police.

Our clientele range from gun enthusiasts, to competitive shooters, to sportsmen, to members of law enforcement, and our armed services. No matter what aspect of shooting our customers come from, they all recognize the inherent advantages of having their firearms coated.

We take pride in providing great service tailored to meet your specific shooting needs!

Once you have decided to complete your project, give us a call or shoot us an email to schedule an appointment for drop off. Please note all emails and voicemails will be returned the same day by 6:00pm.

We will not accept any firearms with missing, and/or altered serial numbers, sorry no exceptions.

Be sure to check out our website for more information, pricing, and photos.

Gilbert, AZ
Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 6PM, By Appointment Only


Gilbert, AZ 85234

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  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    Pricing was fair. Turn around time quick. Great quality.

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    Brian & Cindy at Tactical Instincts are great! They were a pleasure to deal with and did an outstanding job on my G23 and Kimber. They are true professionals both with the quality of the work and the timely follow up emails and phone calls. I highly recommend them!

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    What an excellent experience! They did an awesome job Cerakoting my pistol! I am going to have them do another pistol for me. They do an outstanding job.

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    Gun looks amazing! Bryan and Cindy are great to deal with as well.

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    Excellent service! Very professional! Quick turn-around time! Highly recommended! Thank you!

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    If you need your gun re-finished or want something special, like Cerakote, you have found the right craftsman. Tactical Instincts did an incredible job on my 10mm Glock. Check out the custom Snakeskin Glock 20 on their web site. I could not be happier. Brian and Cindy will go out of their way to make sure you get what you want and are happy with the results. Oh, did I mention the fast turn time? I was expecting two or three weeks, but they had it complete in one week. Can’t wait to see what Brian can do with my Baby Kimber.

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    Tactical Instincts did a very professional job and I will have more work done by them for sure! Brian &Cindy are awesome people! Go get your fire arm finished at Tacti all Instincts if you want it to look better than factory! Thank you so much guys!

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    Just picked up my Glock 19 Gen 4 and I couldn't be happier! The cerakote job that Brian did was phenomenal (and fast, too!). Both he and Cindy were professional, courteous, and a real pleasure to do business with--I'll definitely be back!!!

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    Cindy and Brian were fantastic! Very helpful and courteous...definitely will be sending more work their way!

  • 5/5 stars Gunsmithing Verified Review

    I can honestly say, without hesitation, this company (Cindy and Brian) are first and forefost amazing individuals. They truly care about getting you exactly what you want and want to make you happy. Finding a company that really wants to make you happy is very hard these days, I had my dura coating done twice the wrong way. Cindy and Brian are great people and my work was maticulous. I couldn't be happier with how my gun turned out and am thrilled that I have a company to refer people to. Brian is a gunsmith and VERY knowledgable and most importantly, honest. If he doesn't know how to do something he goes to a master gunsmith. I can't say enough positive praises to this company. USE THEM!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5/5 stars Verified Review

    When I describe my Glock 26 I keep calling it my new gun even though it was used when I got it. It is my new gun! Everything about it seems new and it has a leaner, sexier attitude to it. Brian and Cindy did a great job and kept me in the loop during the whole process transforming a ordinary Baby Glock into a weapon even Rambo would want. Thanks guys! I can't wait to get to the range after it cures so I can show it off.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. The most requested types of finish jobs are;
1. AR-15 furniture and/or barrels in a single color.
2. Semi-Automatic handguns...anything from a single color just on the slide, to a combination of 2 solid colors or pattern on both the slide and frame.

Your options are limitless!

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. When seeking out a company for firearm finishes, make sure you ask what type of prep work goes into the finish...i.e. blasting, the cleaning process, etc.. This will have a huge impact on how the finish comes out.

Our philosophy is that if we provide a high quality product, delivered on time, at a competitive price, we will exceed our customers’ expectations.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. The unique formulation used for Cerakote Firearm Coatings enhances a number of physical performance properties. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the firearm coatings market. To prove Cerakote is the leading firearm coating, NIC hired an independent military testing facility to perform a blind side by side comparison between Cerakote, KG Gun-Kote and DuraCoat Firearm Finishes. In every test Cerakote out performed both competitors products.

Cerakote firearm coatings provide excellent corrosion protection, outstanding abrasion resistance,extreme hardness, and unmatched durability. With self-lubricating properties incorporated throughout the coatings matrix, firearms can function with little or no fluid lubricants that typically attract abrasive dust.

With a unique ceramic backbone, Cerakote firearm coatings improve performance and reliability over conventional finishes. This state-of-the-art coating technology outperforms any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real-world applications.

Cerakote has a large selection of colors available. Custom pattern creations can be created by layering multiple colors.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. What's better Duracoat or Cerakote?

-Duracoat is an air cure finish, and sprays on a little thicker.

-Cerakote is a heat cure finish and sprays on thinner.

Either finish is great, you can get a great finish with either. It basically comes down to personal preference.

We also let people know up front that whether it's Duracoat or Cerakote, any finish will wear, just like any factory finished weapon.

Most Manufacturers Choose Cerakote!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Tactical Instincts is a veteran-owned company, specializing in firearm finishing. It is owned and operated by Brian and Cindy, both of which are very passionate about firearms and the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

When Brian retired from the US military after 24 years on active duty, he and Cindy wanted to expand their passion of firearms and started Tactical Instincts.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. We had a customer bring us a gun recently, whom was upset because of a Duracoat finish she just had done by another company. They attempted twice to give this poor girl what she asked for, and no luck! She brought it to Tactical Instincts for a complete breakdown and reapplication of the coating. When she picked it up, she was extremely pleased with her new gun and color! That made us at Tactical Instincts feel great that we could not only fix this coating/color for her, but that we also have another happy customer!

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. It is difficult to quote a one size fits all price: we provide pricing based on type of firearm, number of colors, number of parts to be coated, camo patterns, and condition of firearms etc..