Just about everything a soldier wears and uses has some form of camouflage, so why not do the same for weapons? Guns are easy to pick out in the desert or forest, especially since black is not a common naturally occurring color in either environment. The shape of guns can also give away a soldier’s position, since they are obviously not shapes that are found in nature.
Soldiers have been using paint to make themselves a camo gun for quite a while, even though it was not recommended by higher-ups within the ranks of the Army. The difference now is that the Army will be giving instructions to soldiers on how to correctly do the process. It is important to paint the guns correctly to prevent paint from getting into small places that could cause a malfunction with the firearm. The announcement that this will be allowed was made last year, and the instructions on how to correctly complete the process are being given to soldiers right now.
The colors of paint used obviously will depend on the environment in which the soldier is stationed, just like any other camouflaged military surplus item. The difference with a camo gun is the camouflage will not necessarily follow an exact pattern. The most common colors used will probably be those that are included in the Woodland Camo pattern: tan, brown, and olive drab.
There actually is a version of a gun in existence that will be soon used by the military that will come out of the factory already camouflaged: the XM25. This gun is projected to hit the battlefield in 2012. Perhaps more guns in the future will be made in camo colors so soldiers don’t have to camouflage guns themselves.
There are definitely uses for someone not in the military for a camo gun. A camouflage paintball or airsoft gun will definitely give you an advantage over opponents. Camouflaging your hunting gun also gives you an edge against whatever you’re hunting.
We’d say you can paint your gun safe camouflage, too, like the one in this Barska Biometric safe review, but that would probably make it stand out more if it’s sitting in your house. So it’s best to stick to just camouflaging guns.
Amazon has a set of four cans of paint which includes the four colors in the Woodland Camo pattern. You can follow these simple directions to paint your gun, but it might be best to wait until the military releases its instructions to the public (if that ever happens). Good luck!
Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.