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A Dominant Lack of Presence

The Idea for GunSkins was Started from a Hunting Experience Gone Wrong

The Idea for GunSkins was Started from a Hunting Experience Gone Wrong

Going into business was never something that was on the forefront of my mind. I just love hunting and I love shopping around for the right gear and apparel that makes shooting in the woods the best experience possible. However, it was a result of a poor experience that led me to ask the question: why isn't there a solution for my particular problem? To be more specific, why isn't there an quick and inexpensive way for match my rifle to the rest of my camouflage gear?

The Story

I carefully nestled into the rough combination of sage and timber, located at the base of a rocky bluff. Sunrise had yet to come up on this particular January morning, my first hunt of the year. I was ready, my call and decoy were located just where I wanted them. As soon as the sunlight was peeking through and providing more light, I briefly saw the blur which was a coyote dashing through the sage not 600 yards away. My decoy was working as it was luring him closer and closer. This was going to be an easy one, I thought to myself.

Boy was I wrong. About 400 yards out he suddenly stops and looks at my direction. Did he see me? I didn't have time to answer that. I aimed my AR-15 in his direction, but it was too late. He was gone. Where did I go wrong? I was decked in camouflage from head to toe, concealed to the environment and in perfect position. Then the painful answer was obvious when I inspected my weapon. My AR-15 Rifle featured a stainless barrel and scope, which is great for durability but the sunlight must have hit it just right and given my position away.

Rifle Skin (A-TACS IX)

Rifle Skin (A-TACS IX)

The Origin of the Concept

Then it hit me. How could I apply a camouflage finish to my scope that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg? Not only that, but I also needed something that was durable, able to withstand the day to day abuse that I put my guns through. I looked at existing options, such as hydro graphics, Cerakote, and vinyl wrap kits. Vinyl was the most economical solution, but using it to wrap a gun was still new territory. So I started experimenting and researching, which inevitably led from one thing to another.

By partnering with reliable production partners and officially licensed camouflage brands, I created GunSkins as the solution for my problem. The material I use is extremely flexible, a heat stretch not heat shrink. It's ideal for small curves, edges, and recessed corners. Vinyl was commonly used to wrap cars and trucks, but I made it work for a new application: guns and gear. I developed precut kits from the ground up, focusing on popular firearms such as AR-15s, AK-47s, pistols and more. It was important for me to offer something that was easy to install and would last a long time.

GunSkins has humble beginnings. Like Amazon.com, we too started in our garage. We are a small business in a small town, and we think this helps make each and every customer feel like their order was personal and appreciated. We are always open for suggestions and take pride in our customer service. Since our launch in 2013, we have grown out of our garage and now mass produce our kits on a large scale and ship worldwide. What hasn't changed, however, is the fact that every GunSkins kit is still proudly made in the USA.

AR-15 Rifle Skin (Kryptek Highlander)

AR-15 Rifle Skin (Kryptek Highlander)

The Solution

Vinyl wraps may be less expensive than some of the other gun finishes out there, but that does not mean our product is cheap. We use only the highest quality vinyl for our kits, providing you with durability, color guarantee, and 100% waterproof. Another advantage is that GunSkins are non-permanent, unlike some of the other options. The vinyl can be removed to allow for a different pattern to fit the season. I believe in our product so much, I decided to offer a lifetime warranty for every kit.

The vinyl protects the surface of your gun, but the camouflage pattern protects you in the field. It was important for us to offer only the best and most popular names in camouflage, such as A-TACS, Kryptek, Kuiu, and more. That way, you can match the GunSkins wrap to apparel and gear of the same pattern. That would have changed the outcome of my coyote hunt, for sure.

AR-15 Rifle Skin (Kuiu Verde 2.0)

AR-15 Rifle Skin (Kuiu Verde 2.0)

Many other gun finishes require sending your gun away or waiting hours or days for the finished product to be usable. That didn't sit well with me. I designed GunSkins with the end user in mind, as a simple DIY project that can be accomplished in just a few hours. I'm not just saying that to pitch a sale. My personal gun safe is filled with firearms and magazines all wrapped in GunSkins. This is something I use in my personal life year round.

GunSkins has taken me to places I never thought I would ever go. Our recent booth at SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas has encouraged me and my work. All of the reception has been positive and I still love it just as much as our customers! I am proof that this works. My subsequent hunting trips have not been as disappointing as it was that early January morning. That was the last one that got away as a result of hunting with an unwrapped gun.

That's Protection in Camouflage®

Posted on March 13 2018

28 comments

  • Mark: December 23, 2019

    Do you use solvent or latex inks for your products? I have children with allergies.
    Thanks

    Mark

  • GunSkins: January 07, 2020

    Mark, the laminate will seal-off any allergens on the printed surface of the material. An exception would be if a person is allergic to vinyl plastic itself, but in the case of your children you should know if this is the case already because vinyl plastic is a common material found in many products throughout the home.

  • Randy : March 27, 2020

    Outstanding product. I noticed that the terain around your home is very similar to mine in the Rim Country of Arizona, am I close?

  • GunSkins: March 28, 2020

    Randy, GunSkins was started in Southern Oregon, but we often go hunting in the high dry desert of North Eastern Oregon, near Idaho.

  • Mike Donovan: April 16, 2020

    wondering if you are going to come out with a skin for the Magpul 10/22 stocks. I have both a takedown with a Volquartsen bbl, and a standard with a Tactical Solutions bbl. I know it will not out sell an ar15, but I think there is a market for them.

  • GunSkins: April 16, 2020

    Mike, the Magpul stock is really awesome. Honestly, it’s better to go with a Large Gear Skin. It’s more than enough material and it’s less expensive!

  • Adam : April 18, 2020

    I have a few pistols i would like to order some of your wraps for but my wife wants a wrap on hers it is a Taurus G3 the question i hace is would all the major stipeling on the handle cause any problems with it staying on or make it harder for me to apply on my own since I have never used your product or any like it? Thanks in advance guys.

  • GunSkins: April 18, 2020

    Adam, wrapping over the top of stippling is not going to be an issue. Clean and prep the surface just the same and it’ll bond and conform to the texture of the stippling so it will show through the skin when pressed with heat during installation.

  • Clay Carpenter: May 13, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    I’m looking to cover (hide) the stainless steel barrel on several guns including Remington 700 Bolt action

  • GunSkins: May 14, 2020

    Clay, if all you are looking to do is wrap a barrel I recommend going with our Medium Gear Skin for $14.99. This single sheet measures 8” x 15”, which if installed into two pieces 4” wide could wrap a barrel of 30” or shorter. That’ll fix the stainless steel problem

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