To Hell and Back — Distressing by DuraCoat

Duracoat has made a living by improving and preserving the look of your firearms, whether it’s clear coating to keep your shiny new gun shiny and new, bright colors to turn your serious gun in to a bright orange and green eye-catcher, or their new DuraBlue spay-on bluing that allows gun owner to apply a deep, glossy finish that looks and feels like the classic bluing of yesterday. So why are they now coming out with a kit to help you take your gun and make it look like crap?

Because crappy-looking heavily-used guns that have seen the shit are where it’s at.

DuraCoat’s new To Hell and Back Distressing Kit allows gun owners to turn their backyard range gun into a grizzled veteran that’s been through the Gallipoli Peninsula campaign, Omaha Beach, and Fallujah. Or at least look like it’s been.

The kit includes cleaner/degreaser, distressing agent, sanding block, sandpaper, abrasive pad, and mission specific coating in either Desert Beige/Brown or Flat Dark Earth/Woodland Brown.

DuraCoat clear coating can be applied to preserve the distressing if desired, or the finish will continue to distress with use.

The To Hell and Back Distressing Kit retails for $59.95. Shellshock and Thousand Yard Stare not included.

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and


  • JefftheSwede

    This will go nicely with the “antiqued” furniture from Pottery Barn, and hole-filled pre-distressed jeans from your favorite boutique.

    • DaveP.

      Don’t forget “road worn” pre-distressed guitars! Nothing says ‘I’m serious about my music’ quite like buying a guitar or bass that someone has professionally sanded and beat on to make it look like you actually spend time actually playing it.

  • Chris Durkee

    I’m going to assume that frog-themed bait is not what you meant to link to.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Either way, it ain’t the real thing.

  • M.M.D.C.

    I’ll pass. It’s very difficult to fake honest wear and tear. Plus, I would feel a little like I were posing as a veteran, or something like that.

    • RealitiCzech

      Posing as a veteran? How is this posing as a veteran? It’s the ridiculous hipster habit of distressing something for no reason, brought to firearms.
      I’m pretty sure veterans aren’t allowed to take their service rifles home for plinking.

      • M.M.D.C.

        I din’t say it was posing as a veteran, I said it “would feel a little like” it. See the difference?

        • RealitiCzech

          No, I don’t understand why this is even vaguely akin to posing as a veteran. It is a leap of logic that baffles me. I am not offended, merely confused as to how this association occurs.

          • M.M.D.C.

            From the article above: “DuraCoat’s new To Hell and Back Distressing Kit allows gun owners to turn their backyard range gun into a grizzled veteran that’s been through the Gallipoli Peninsula campaign, Omaha Beach, and Fallujah. Or at least look like it’s been.”

            Also: “Shellshock and Thousand Yard Stare not included.”

            In other words, the association is built into the original post.

          • RealitiCzech

            Ah, I see now. I have an automatic mental filter for management and marketing speak that sometimes works too well.

  • Pedro

    “Shellshock and Thousand Yard Stare not included” Hilarious!

  • Riot

    wtf is the point in this?

    • raz-0

      To be a poser when you don’t have the time or money to wear it out yourself?

      Silly me, spending money to get finishes that are harder to wear out. I’m so unfashionable.

      • Riot

        Yes silly you very silly – god forbid that mud colour on your stuff is actual mud !

  • Amsdorf

    They can call this new color kit, “Stolen Valor.”

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      • uisconfruzed

        Sweet echo, echo, echo……..

  • Don Ward

    We know who the market for this product is.

    • Grindstone50k

      Now all the mall ninjas can measure their e-peens by how “afghan worn” their DPMSes look.

  • tony

    Grow a beard
    Then apply this kit to your AR
    Now you are an Operator!

    • Grindstone50k

      Don’t forget your titanium LPK!

  • RealitiCzech

    Dammit. Now I don’t know whether to dislike the “artificially distressed gun” crowd more, or the “OMG I just scratched my Glock what will I do?” crowd.
    I’ll be a proper hipster and dislike both.
    Though a proper hipster would probably distress the gun on purpose, then paint over it, to be ironic.

    • Marcus

      I work for an FFL who specializes in Cerakote and hydrographic dips. My boss’ son just did one of his GLOCK-brand-GLOCKs up to look like it was dropped in the mud, or held out the window when yee-hawing through a big old mud hole. Looks pretty cool, to be honest.

      This product is rather stupid though. I swore by Duracoat (have personally done 11 rifles) until I started working for the master of Cerakote and all things related. Oh well. If people want their firearms to look not-new and pay a lot of money to do it, it’s their wallet.

  • andrey kireev

    I just gonna go ahead and stick with my worn out AK finish, Im at the point where my paint is starting to wear out on the corners of the receiver. It’s my first “Modern Sporting” rifle and also the highest mileage gun I own…

  • C Duane

    The reason the AR15 platform is so popular is that the owner has access to a wide array of options to customize it. This is just another option. Clearly, a gun that looks like it’s been in battle doesn’t make one a combat veteran. “Stolen Valor?”……no more so than owning a military looking ‘black rifle’ in this first place

    • Grindstone50k

      It’s still stupid and we’re still going to make fun of the morons who go for this.

  • Brian

    April 1st already?

  • Grindstone50k

    We have officially jumped the shark.

  • kingghidorah

    I’m going to email ATF to see if it legal to do this to my Sig Brace.

    • Ryan


    • uisconfruzed

      You caused me to audibly laugh

  • hotairbill

    What ever happened to having a “sense of humor?”

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    Or you could save money and just buy a gun from Century Arms, where the ‘distressed look’ is standard, not optional.

    • Carlos Velazquez

      For real…… I had to sand and stain the wood on my Draco to make it look somewhat decent.

    • Tiru Maru

      Hell, just drag your weapon/weapons down a dirt road behind your four wheeler for a mile or two. That should just about do it. And its free… : )

  • iksnilol

    I know it is tempting to make fun of it but it has a practical purpose: Not looking attractive. I know pretty much everyone who survived the war in my homeland warn against standing out. As in, if you have a fancy and shiny rifle with all the bells and whistles + good gear you will stick out and people will want to kill you for the stuff. So having a rifle that looks beaten up and rusty is useful. You could call it “social camo”.

  • J.E.Walker

    Oh man! This is totally nuts! Strictly for the weirdo poser crowd.

  • Wouldn’t it be more fun to get a band new shiney gun, then shoot the hell out of it until it looks like that???

  • Martin Grønsdal

    I’m sure applying duracoat counts as redesigning the weapon, if you ask ATF. I think an AR15 becomes like a grenade launcher. Better pay every stamp there is… or just lock yourself up

  • Julio

    Do Duracoat actually say they have shooters – rather than airsoft skirmishers or historical re-enactors- in mind as prospective buyers for this product?

    Airsofters like to avoid looking like noobs, and re-enactors like to create as plausible a military scenario as they can, so I can see them buying into this.

    But shooters of actual, real guns?


  • PurpleM16

    Little do they know all they had to do was paint the rifle purple to make it look old.

  • Carlos Velazquez

    Spend money to make a gun look like crap and then take a hit if you ever decide to sell it. Yeah that makes alot of sense.

  • Tucson_Jim

    If I don’t give a damn about cosmetics, I can buy used guns that look like crap, shoot like a dream, and costs half as much as new… all day long… why would I do something this stupid???

    I bought a used police 1992 SIG P226 built in W. Germany for $500 that had virtually no signs of being fired. There was barely any Parkerizing left on the slide, but, the trigger is like glass, with minimal over-travel, and it lives up to SIG’s “To Hell and Back Reliability” motto.

  • CavScout

    Is this kit to accomodate people that don’t have driveways to throw their rifles down? I flew with a bunch of guns packed into one hard case, then use thopse guns in courses, and flew back. I can’t say any of them really gained any external wear. I guess I don’t operate hard enough. That, or most people don’t degrease; or simply use their driveways.

  • PARAMEDIC70002

    Outside of a low budget Hollywood film, I really don’t see any reason why this exists. It’s official, we have everything we need in the gun world when companies have to go to this.

  • John H

    Might slightly interested in this for my CZ 82. Almost anything would look better than the black paint CZ used for the finish.

  • Malky

    I can feel that old wound I got in Nam’ starting to act up…

    Ps: cut my foot on holiday, the horror, the horror