Is it postmodern? Has it imploded the distinctions between function and taste? Does it seek to underline the narrative that style is substance – discursive, ideological substance? Nah – but it’s certainly as provocative as it is balls deep 😀
My friend Lyle calls it his ultimate urban gun. I know from handling it myself and from the Samson Evolution rail I used to own that it’s a highly ergonomic build. I can even forgive the G27 grip (just this once). However, what really sets this gun apart from the rest is the Cerakote paint job. It’s grey, but its not just any old grey. It’s Haley Strategic Partners’ Disruptive Grey. The same grey which BCM used on the Travis Haley designed The Jack carbine…and it’s not supposed to be commercially available outside that application.
The other thing that sets it apart is the red…hmmm.
Like it or loath it, it’s a personal touch which also serves as a talking point and as catalyst for people to start thinking about another dimension to their PTWs – a professional Cerakote treatment.
Lyle is a certified Cerakote agent, with a full team of certified ‘Cerakote-ists’ behind him – plus two detail artists for those of you rocking the flaming skull look. It’s not simply a set palette of colours, either. Like many other paints, Cerakote can be blended and mixed into custom shades – which is another service Lyle offers.
Yeah – OK – you don’t like the red. I get it. I don’t like it either, but it got me asking questions and it got me blogging about it. So I think Lyle has been pretty successful in his aims with this piece so far – because of the impact of that red, not despite it.
As with all of Lyle’s PTWs, this carbine was originally built by Tackleberry. I gather Tac also handled the disassembly and reassembly prior to and after Cerakoting – which is worth knowing, for those of us who prefer to trust this kind of work to professionals.
If you want to know more about Lyle’s Cerakote service, you can reach him by email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or on Facebook.
Also, if you’re liking the Cerakote look, check out the final pics in my Hawaiian Style blog. As usual, our friends in Hawaii are leading the way.