Wilson Combat New “Combat-Tuff” Finishes

Wilson Combat has introduced a new finish for their firearms called Combat-Tuff. It is essentially a two stage Armor-Tuff finish, which allows reaching that distressed, well-used look.

The application process involves multiple coats of their Armor-Tuff spray-on coating followed by a special hand finishing process. The finishes are available for their custom rifles, shotguns and 1911 pistols. Each finish is actually a combination of two colors. Wilson Combat offers seven such color combinations, which are called accordingly.

Combat Tuff Finishes - 1

Combat-Tuff Finishes - 2

Combat Tuff Finishes - 3

They offer three in-stock AR-15 style rifles with Silver/Green, Burnt Bronze/Black or White/Black versions of Combat-Tuff finish. However, only the Silver/Green finished version of their Urban Sniper Rifle (in .223 Wylde) is available right now on their website. The MSRP of the mentioned rifle is $2584,95 (Item Number: RIFLE836).

USR - SilverGreen

USR - Burnt Bronze Black

USR - WhiteBlack

For pricing and availability of Combat-Tuff finish for other Wilson Combat rifles, shotguns or 1911s you need to contact them. You can find higher resolution images of the AR-15 upper/lower sets with Combat-Tuff finish by clicking right here.

I think this kind of distressed finish has no practical use and doesn’t give any mechanical advantage, however, it is an absolutely gorgeous finish. The aesthetic look of such worn finish is amazing. Although the worn finish is nothing new to AR-15 market, it wasn’t available before with Wilson Combat Armor-Tuff finish.




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  • KestrelBike

    Did WC just jump the shark?
    also wtf titles: “Urban Super Sniper”??

    • Xtorin O’hern

      not to mention in a caliber less than ideal for urban sniping situations

  • Joseph Goins

    I like these distressed finished.

  • Anonymoose

    Needs moar steampunk.

    • Joshua

      I was just looking at their “Oxidized” wondering if anyone actually makes an AR lower out of gunmetal.

    • Billy Jack

      There’s a guy on YouTube from Washington State who has a firearms channel who does distress stuff and he made a pretty cool working steampunk AR. Can’t recall his channel name. Big bald guy named Mark.

      • Anonymoose

        Fire Mountain Outdoors.

        • Billy Jack

          What was your opinion of that project? I was on the fence until I saw it functional.

          • Anonymoose

            I thought it was pretty cool, but I’m more of a Dieselpunk and Atompunk fan myself, so I would have like it more with a darker finish and some nice walnut A1 furniture.

          • Billy Jack

            I’m a sci-fi guy and don’t know if that’s a joke or if I’m out of the loop @ dieselpunk lol

          • Anonymoose

            Dieselpunk is like steampunk but with the first half of the 20th Century instead of using 19th Century motifs. Atompunk is like 1940s-1970.

  • Acid washed jeans reached Peak Dumb thirty years ago for a reason, y’all.

    • Bill

      Just addd rips, to where you get more Hole than Jeans.

    • Nashvone

      Acid washed jeans was my first thought when I saw the picture.

  • DaveP.

    This is sad. Kinda like the guys who spend extra for a “road worn”/”reliced” guitar and for the same reason: if your Fender J has the dings and dents of twenty years of road gigs, it’s character… but if it has the dings and dents of a carefully calibrated ding-and-dent machine run by an expert technician in an air-conditioned workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona then you’re a wannabe.

    • M.M.D.C.

      They look like those examples of DIY faux finished furniture you see at yard sales that nobody wants.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Yeah but you have to admit the ageing they do to those guitars is pretty amazing.

    • Bierstadt54


    • Kurt Eskildsen

      Hipster gear. Senselessly paying for something to look like you use it alot while you actually never did. I expect this out of some el cheapo company, selling a gimmick, not Wilson Combat. They just took a step down the ladder in my book.

  • iksnilol

    I like the idea. Make it look like crap/worn out whilst not being crap/worn out. Helps with the whole gray man concept.

    • Buddy

      Fixed it for ya:
      Helps with the whole gay man concept.

  • Evil_Bonsai

    Personally, I like when owners customize their stuff to be whatever. From “battle damaged” to “Imperial Stormtrooper” to “Pink Pony” or even “90s anodized”. Camo of all types or even the Henry Ford version. Not sure about buying pre-made, though. Just sort of takes the whole “…this one is mine.” feel away.

    • raz-0

      It has neither the cool DIY feel, nor the character of genuine wear and tear.

      It’s kind of lame, and so far I consider myself lucky I haven’t had to worry about suppressing my eye rolls or snickering at someone with this kind of getup at a match.

      I don’t find them aesthetically pleasing to start, but beyond that I find it more than a bit lame to say this looks like honest wear and tear (it doesn’t) verging on offensive to say it has anything to do with battle, combat, etc. Hey look, you went to war and got PTSD, I got the look for only a surcharge of $295!!! It just screams of a certain kind of dipshit that doesn’t get it, and companies marketing to that dipshit kind of bothers me.

      Not a vet, don’t fawn over vets, but to even my socially tone deaf personality, it seems insulting when it’s even vaguely tied to the job of soldiering. Especially on veteran’s day.

      Shrug.. my $0.02.

      • Billy Jack

        Coming your way from Repurposed Valor Tactical, the Iwo Jima Garand and 1911. Both will test positive for the presence of American and Japanese DNA!

    • A Henry Ford Commemorative Model T-AR™ would be the bee’s knees, Old Sport! A glossy black finish and stained ashwood furniture on a slab sided upper/lower really gets my inline 177 multifuel doin’ the Foxtrot!

  • Nameson

    Lots of airsofters use a similar painting process to make their plastic parts look like worn metal finishes.

    It takes a lot of subtlety to do it well, though. Obvious scotchbriting makes the finish look artificial, as you can see in the first picture.

    It’s awfully expensive, though.

    I’m considering offering a more realistic distressed refinishing process. I’m currently researching a space age string tying procedure to be combined with a technologically advanced drag through the backyard.

    I’m hoping to offer the refinishing service for only $1500, but I still have to go the store to buy some string.

    I’ll be sure to keep TFL updated.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      “Lookie here, I can dig grease & chompin’ on some butter then drag it through da garden.”


    • DrewN

      When I worked with props that’s how we did it, with the addition of a mini bike and a dirt road.

    • Aaron

      Sounds like you’ve discovered the AK47/74 operators union method. They could support their channel selling post-tested firearms. The new Post Apocalyptic Finish available only from 47/74 Local.

      I have no problem with people personalizing their property with new paint or finishes if they find enjoyment in the results. I kind of like the bronze finish i’ve seen from manufacturers.

  • Hellbilly

    I do not understand the point of a “combat tough” finish that doesn’t look so tough. This is like buying a new truck that comes from the factory with mismatched colors and primer-only body panels so it looks like a beater with 200,000 miles.

  • 劉丁丁

    When you don’t have the time or balls to make a rifle looks distressed by actually using it., but you have the money for letting someone do that for you

  • noob

    I guess customization will help you pick yours out of a crowd.

    “Hey Ted, was yours the one with distressed burnt bronze with a red dot, or the distressed burnt bronze with the 1-4x variable?”

    • TJbrena

      Distressed black if I had to, honestly. I already have jeans faded from volunteer work and a shirt that’s seen some abuse too. Plus black goes with everything.

      This is still tacky as Hell though.

    • Budogunner

      WC owners should simply write their names on the huge price tags they will never take off.

  • RickH

    Sorry, but if it’s not described as tactical, I’m not buying.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Also known as ‘Battlefield Pick-Up’ or ‘BFPU’; popular with the AK crowd.

    • Evan

      I’ve never seen an actual battlefield pickup AK that looked even remotely like that. Rusty, yeah. But that? No.

      • Pete Sheppard

        They sure like to try, though…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Fine, but will it Tier 1 SCUBA Sniper?

  • Randy Graham

    It was just a matter of time before the “rat rod” look came to firearms. It’s not my thing, but whatever floats your boat.

  • SerArthurDayne

    We are doomed as a society.

    Now the company that charges more than everyone else and puts out the “we’re the elite of the elite” image is purposely making their stuff look bad, and people have to pay extra for it.

    We are doomed.

    • DIR911911 .

      you must have missed the election

      • SerArthurDayne

        No brother, I didn’t — it doesn’t make us any less doomed. Have you not seen the hundreds and thousands of young people lootin and riotin , beating people my Dad’s age in Chicago because he “voted Trump” (and police talk to the guy- he never even talked to these people about his vote, they just did it because he was an older-aged white guy they figured was a Trump supporter) and beat him senseless with a gang and stole his car- and the HS girl who got beat for posting she was glad Trump got elected on her FB page? Especially since “he lost the popular vote” — by less than three tenths of one percent, no more, but still– a significant portion of the country believe they have “the right” to do all this bullstuff in the name of “protest” — even though the word PROTEST does not appear ONE SINGLE TIME in the Constitution, mind you- the 1st Amendment guarantees the right to peaceably assemble, NOT “protesting” and certainly not rioting or beating/etc. I am certainly relieved Trump was elected, but we may have bigger problems now than we had before. Nevertheless, none of this has anything to do with Wilson Combat now purposely making their superpremium products look gunked-and-junked….

        • Aaron

          I didn’t vote because neither one of them was a good candidate, and I honestly couldn’t make that choice.

          • mrpoohead

            Agreed; both repugnant, both a joke and an insult to the job. If Clinton had got in you’d have had similar scenarios, but on different folk.

  • Edeco

    Not very convincing. I’ve looked upon acres of authentic ODM (ol’ dirty metal). That top pic beneath the ejection port one can see like chatter marks where the rotary wire brush, I’m thinking, wasn’t hitting as hard.

  • Darhar M.

    Just use your firearm in the field enough and keep it oiled and you can have a rust free distressed look in no time at all.

  • Bill

    It’s stupid and pointless and probably adds to the cost and I really like it. But then I’m proud of my GLOCK with the shiny worn Tenifer that took decades of wear to get to.

    • DIR911911 .

      that’s all this is , a way to get that worn in look without doing the work

    • iksnilol

      I like the look, but don’t like my finish being compromised. That’s why I don’t mind the false distressed look 🙂

      • Bill

        I’m not sure that the finish is actually compromised; I think it’s just the contrast between the two different colored coatings as opposed to actual wear.

        • iksnilol

          I thought the white under was the polished metal… polished as in no finish on it.

  • Nashvone

    Hell, I got mad at myself for chipping the stock on my 10/22. This must be marketed to the same guys that pay someone else to knock up their wives for them.

  • Dougscamo

    “a special hand finishing process”….is that Bubba with 80 grit sandpaper?…..

    • Swarf


      • Dougscamo

        Good one….took me a second….

    • DIR911911 .

      close , scotchbrite pads taped between the thighs of Scandinavian women

  • mrsatyre

    Hey, it’s your gun: do what you want with it. But why spend that money to make it look like cheap plastic? Sorry, those look pretty awful.

  • Frank Grimes

    What kind of poser buys a rifle with fake wear on it?

  • Gregory

    How stupid, a distressed finish. Maybe they should drag the rifles over concrete to give them the same look as jeans with holes in them.

  • SpartacusKhan

    These are supposed to look artificially distressed, and they do. It is simply a finishing style, not an attempt to fool anyone – there are no chips or dents or bare metal parts. Actual wear needs to be repaired and re-finished. It’s pretty clear this isn’t a lot of people’s style, and every one of them seems to have commented so in this thread. I personally like the artificially-distressed look, but would be more subtle about it myself – I like a crushed-silver undercoat in Cerakote with a top coat thinned or abraded off some of the high spots. This has been a custom look in other hobbies for a while, years even. Custom computer mods immediately come to mind – check out bit-tech(dot)net to see examples that will blow your mind – these are not your teenage daughter’s apple-crap but true custom high-end hot rod systems. I get the distaste of the off-the-shelf ‘custom’ thing shown in these rifles and would prefer a one-off custom finish I did myself (or one someone ordered individually), and though these specific examples go too far in my opinion, I still wouldn’t disparage someone or think any less of them for owning one, it’s just another type of finish.

  • Lo Andy Kruth

    Holly crap people are stupid.

  • mazkact

    Guess I’ll take some Scotch Brite to some of my lowers , clear coat them and sell them.

  • marathag

    I understand the appeal of this even less than the Zombie stuff.

  • Cruiserdude

    The Boba Fett finish, apparently.

    It’s no different from Abercrombie “Destroyed” jeans, those hats they used to sell with the bill already torn up, Fender “road-worn” guitars, and infinite screen-printed T-shirts with cracks and scuffs built right in to the design.

    Such items with wear-and-tear are often special because you can tell they’ve been used and enjoyed for a long time, it’s like they have a story to tell. I don’t see how faking it is the same at all, especially if you do actually keep and use it for long enough to get some real wear and tear.

  • Sasquatch

    Hmmmm maybe a base for my three gun build. I don’t like race guns in bright colors.

  • Kurt Eskildsen

    Falls into the same hipster category as guitars that are brand new but people pay extra for the used and abused look. I don’t get it. Try using your rifle a lot and doing touch ups where necessary and let them wear naturally if you want to have your rifle look like a well seasoned shooter. Bonus: Your rifle will actually be a time tested, seasoned shooter.

  • AD

    I dunno, this sort of finish feels disingenuous to me. That might not make much sense, it’s just how I feel.

  • Billy Jack

    I only buy used looking ARs that cost $2600. I once paid $3000 for a 19 year old who looked 50 but I digress…

  • Pranqster

    All the hipsters will just love this. Nothing says “poser” like a fake worn paint job and skinny jeans.

  • Hank Seiter

    Oh good grief! I agree with TexasUber.