Gun maker Colt expands use of Stuart firm's coating
By Lori Becker Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 23, 2005
A Stuart company's "Greaseless Gun" is going global, under an exclusive deal with gun giant Colt Defense LLC.
Universal Chemical Technologies Inc., an upstart metal-finishing company, developed the 3-year-old greaseless technology, a coating patented in September that eliminates the need for liquid lubricants in guns.
Colt first tapped the Treasure Coast firm last year, using its coatings in rifles supplied to U.S. military troops. West Hartford, Conn.-based Colt now plans to use the technology in the development of all of its weapons, including those for law enforcement and commercial sales.
"They see now the global opportunity," said Thomas Dyer, president of Universal Chemical, which has 42 employees. "We're delighted to be partnered with a brand like Colt, which has such history."
Colt Defense — a descendant of the company built by Samuel Colt in the early 1800s whose famed Colt revolver is credited for how the West was won — said the coatings could change the way weapons, from pistols to machine guns, are built and maintained.
"UCT's innovative thinking and applied technology will allow us to introduce a new generation of easily maintained weapons for all elements of the small-arms market," Colt President William Keys said in a statement.
I wonder what the life on those weapons will be?