I am often asked, “Why did you paint your AR-15 pink?” My most common response is, “It’s not pink, it’s Muddy Girl camo.” Other responses have included, “Because I wanted to,” and, “Because I can.” I even had one guy (a very gun-savvy individual) get rather snarky and ask, “What are you doing with a pink gun; hunting flamingos?” Of course any normal person knows you don’t dye your gun the color of the animal you are hunting. So after I almost gave myself a concussion facepalming . . .
I explained that his opinion didn’t matter and that he’s not all the bright to insinuate that I’d need to blend in with the flamingos. He countered, “But it isn’t tactical!”
I don’t shoot because I’m “tactical.” I wasn’t in the military and I have no experience shooting a weapon under stress (and hope I never have to). I shoot because I love shooting. I’m fascinated with guns and how they operate. I built my AR and have plans to build another. I have guns for self defense and carry and my decorating plans include eventually Hydro-Dipping the slide of my concealed carry handgun.
Women don’t buy pink guns or purple guns or teal guns or zebra stripe guns to fit in or blend in. We want to stand out. We want others to know that this is my gun. It isn’t daddy’s gun or my husband’s gun or my brother’s gun. It is mine.
But that isn’t the only reason. Women who Cerakote or Hydro-Dip their guns do it for themselves. They aren’t doing it to be accepted at the gun range, to be mocked by self-appointed know-it-alls. Most women simply want a pink gun. Or a Muddy Girl camo gun. Women who “paint” their guns do it because they want to and because they can.
The options for Hydro-Dipping are virtually endless but if you can’t find a finish you fancy, Cerakote is also an option although slightly more pricey.
I Hydro-Dipped the furniture of my AR-15 in Muddy Girl camo because I wanted to, I liked how it looked, and I wanted my furniture dipped. Approval from others: not needed. Rock any color you want, ladies (and men). Be you. Be unique. Be happy.