Tactical Instincts LLC

Gilbert, AZ

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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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11 Reviews
  • Keith Y. Mar 11, 2014
    Verified Review
    Pricing was fair. Turn around time quick. Great quality.
  • Todd V. Feb 22, 2014
    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!
  • Gil N. Dec 15, 2013
    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.
  • Erik S. Aug 12, 2013
    Verified Review
    Gun looks amazing! Bryan and Cindy are great to deal with as well.
  • Ron L. Aug 12, 2013
    Verified Review
    Excellent service! Very professional! Quick turn-around time! Highly recommended! Thank you!
  • Gary M. Jul 30, 2013
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    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.
  • Mark H. Jul 25, 2013
    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!
  • Richard O. Apr 12, 2013
    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!!!
  • Phillip D. Jan 22, 2013
    Verified Review
    Cindy and Brian were fantastic! Very helpful and courteous...definitely will be sending more work their way!
  • Sara L. Jan 5, 2013
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    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!!!!!!!!!!
  • Robert G. Mar 12, 2012
    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.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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..
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.