so, about cerakote south africa and stuff...

"Zwarte Piet" van Wyk de Vries, founder of Cerakote SA, is a South African based weapons refinishing specialist, and not the cat in the pic. As the first South African to attain both the High Temp and H-Series NIC Factory Certifications, a qualified and accredited gunsmith, and as one of only a few ceramic specialists in the world with over a 5000 firearm projects under their belts, he is by far the most experienced ceramic firearm refinisher in South Africa, and the only one who has ever been fully adopted by a feline.

Piet is a veteran of the little known SAP Unit 19, which was disbanded in 1994, and is a member of their veteran's association. After his time in service he pursued an extremely successful career as a songwriter, with EMI Music Publishing. He has also worked as a graphic designer, professional military model builder and as a published technical historical research photographer (and wrote or co-authored several published books and papers in this arena). More recently he was the founder of the Modding Group Website sas1946.com, which is the now the largest independent international forum of it's genre in the world. It focuses on the modification, 3d modeling, coding and graphic design of the classic Russian IL2 flight simulator. Piet was also the editor and project leader of the "Dark Blue World" spin-off of this flightsim, which was voted by pcgamer.com in 2015 as one of the 20 best war games of all time.

Piet retired from full time writing and coding at the age of 40, and started aggressively pursuing his hobbies, of which one was not being allergic to kittens, and another was painting guns. He lives in Centurion with his wife, Wilmarli, who is technically a human. Part-time pet Smidge the CeraKat lives at workshop 1. Both Piet and his human are active participants in IDPA, Steelchallenge, Icore and Bianchi Cup shooting.

Workshop 1 is on the premises of Shooting Stuff in Centurion, and is guarded against intruder moths, lizards, and overt productivity by Smidge the cat. We also have 3 other surprisingly cat-free workshops. There is a Design & Stencil Cutting Studio, a dedicated R&D Lab & Workshop and also a complete Spares-Shop containing duplicates of all machinery & tools for instant replacement in case of breakdowns & maintenance.

So, if you were thinking about finding out what a CeraKat looks like, or even about Cerakoting your firearm, you are soooo in the right place now it is not even funny.

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