Cerakote™ is a Division of NIC Industries, Inc. and was founded in 1984 with a focus on developing and manufacturing the highest performing line of ceramic coatings available anywhere in the world. To date Cerakote™ has developed over 70 ceramic colors and finishes and is used by more firearm manufacturers than any other firearm coating. This makes Cerakote™ the world leader in firearm coatings.

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Thrive Life Food and Supplies

The THRIVE food line consists of the same foods you would purchase at the market—fruits, veggies, meats, beans, grains, dairy, and the basics—only with THRIVE you don’t have to dash to the store every time you run out of essential ingredients such as eggs or milk. = THRIVE has an extended shelf life, so you can store it in your own kitchen or pantry for a long time without worrying about spoilage. When you need an ingredient for one of your daily recipes, simply select the THRIVE product and add it to the mix— just like you would with fresh ingredients. Keeping THRIVE in your kitchen is just like having your own home market, completely stocked with all the food your family loves. The time you save by not rushing back and forth from the local grocery store will be valuable time you can spend doing the activities you enjoy.

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Meet The Owners

Dusty and Christy Crist. Dusty- I’ve been a shooter since I could hold up my dad’s Ruger MkI. Both my grandfathers are Korean War vets, one ensured that I knew how to hunt and fish, the other, a man that served 4 decades in Law Enforcement, ensured that I knew the value of firearms for self defense. I became a fireman in the late 90s and quickly started making a few bucks refinishing old leather fire helmets, something I still do today. Being a guy, I always liked to tinker with things, and since guns were always around, guns got tinkered with. Eventually I started formal firearms training and through that, was given the nickname “Blue Panda”. When my wife and I decided to go into business, we figured that since so many people knew me by that name, it was as good as any other idea, so here we are! Christy- My parents came from simple places that time forgot a bit, and firearms were no different than any other farm tool to them, or me. Shooting is something I've always enjoyed, and still do. I joined the Army after 9/11. After my discharge, I returned to school and earned a MS in Criminal Justice and I'm currently a sworn Law Enforcement officer with the State of Arkansas.

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Our Gallery

These are just a few of the projects we've done and continue to work on. We'll be updating it on a regular basis. Click on it to see more!

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