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A Mix of Oil and Guns

For Midland businessman Jamie Ehl, mixing oil and guns was a natural fit. Plating oil parts is a business he has worked hard to build over the years, but guns were his hobby since childhood.
For Midland businessman Jamie Ehl, mixing oil and guns was a natural fit.

Plating oil parts is a business he has worked hard to build over the years, but guns were his hobby since childhood.

Last Spring Ehl, owner of Metal EFX, began seeing how other companies were using nickel plating in guns, giving him the idea to try it out himself.

“Other people in the market were experimenting with it,” Ehl said.

“So I pulled the bolt carrier out of my gun brought it in, stripped it down, plated it and gave it a shot. It plated great.”

It began as a hobby last spring, but now it’s an important part of his company.

“Playing a part out of a gun is very similar to plating a part out of an oil field,” he said.

And although the oil portion is the “bread and butter” of his company, he continues to develop his passion for guns.

“Immediately we could tell the difference in the way the gun ran. We could tell a difference in how fast it ran and we could tell the difference in how smooth it ran,” he said. “We could tell the difference in the trigger pull with the nickel plated trigger in it.”

Ehl even decided to test his guns and the results show that his nickel plated guns had less friction and less heat.

The plate also helps make the gun cleaning process much easier, Ehl said.

“What the nickel does is it keeps carbon from building up and makes the gun run longer,” he said.

And it works in both his oil business and his gun business.

“More resistance to corrosion, that’s a win for us in the oil field as well,” Ehl said.

With a local bonus.

“Everything we do is local. We don’t farm any processes outside of Midland, Texas,” he said. “everything is happening right here.”

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