Camoflage?

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by Magus, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

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    What's good for the Southeast?
    Military woodland?
    Tree bark?
    Tiger stripe?

    My favorite surplus store is discontinueing tiger and woodlane BDU outfits and carrying the new "Digital"Cammo,and I can't figure out WTF this stuff is supposed to hide!it's sticks out like a sore thumb in the scrub we have here.

    So anyway,I'm looking for some new cammo and the current crop of surplus is a joke!

    And forget the desert stuff,it sticks out bad in this area!nothing here looks like a desert.:rolleyes:
     
  2. Canadian

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    The Canadian army switched to digital a few years ago. Just as a normal break up pattern fools the human eye the blocky break up pattern fools electronics. It's only useful if people are going to be trying to spot you with electronic devices that use camera lenses to display on a screen. Lots of armored vehicles rely on remote cameras to see the outside world.

    Buy whatever you like. Unless people will be chasing you with lots of electronic spotting devices you don't need it.

    Anyone with a normal spotting scope or eyeball will be able to spot you without any change in difficulty. From far enough away you can't tell that it's digital anyway. The human eye isn't that good. It only looks odd at very close range or through a non digital scope on full zoom.
     

  3. Magus

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    Good to know,I don't plan on having any well equipped military chasing me.
     
  4. JeepHammer

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    When I need 'Cammo', I just use a old cast fishing net over my poncho and decorate it with native leaves, grasses, ect.
    Works great and is DIRT CHEAP!
    Fools even turkeys!
     
  5. Magus

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    Always one of my favorites! :)
     
  6. flatwater

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    I did a number of test with different types of camo standing behind a bush while my wife took pictures. What I found out was that just a mediam gray worked as well as any of the others. The most important place to wear camo is you face and hands. They stick out no matter what camo you use if your not covered. The other thing I have learned is don't go for the snap shot , turn very slowly and it will get you better results.
    flatwater
     
  7. JeepHammer

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    Does a two week jungle creep count as moving 'Slow'?

    5 hours getting a drink out of a canteen qualify as 'Slow'?

    How about being less than 150 yards from 'Enemy' troops for 4 days undetected qualify for 'Well
    Camouflaged'?

    How about having 'Enemy' troops step on your hands and feet and still not detect you qualify?
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    Just some info from 'Special Operations' training,

    When you are in an Urban Area and you want to be 'Camouflaged' but not be obvious if casually observed...

    Dark red or dark green 'Track Suits', the dull sweat shirt material kind, make for good camo.
    The look black at night or in low light, but don't attract attention if you are casually seen by the 'Locals'.

    It's MUCH easier to walk/talk your way out of a situation if you are wearing sweats and dark colored running shoes than if you are wearing battle gear!

    If your mission means you have to evacuate the area double time, the 'Running Suit' gives you a reason to be running...
    Where camo or battle gear makes you a suspect!

    If you see someone that might want to question you, like a police car coming,
    Try taking your pulse in your neck, and look at your watch, and you will appear to all the world like an idiot exercising at night.

    Camo ain't just what you wear ladies!
     
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  8. Magus

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    Good point,I was thinking deepwoods hideing,but Jeep makes a good point!
     
  9. Backwoods

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    I don't know how it would work in your area but I've been experimenting with some Flecktarn in my area and it works pretty good. I did a review which I posted in the "Articles & How To Guides"section if you want to check it out.

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  10. JeepHammer

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    Helps when you have 'Been There, Done That'...
    Not just some teenager with an SKS & a keyboard...
     
  11. Canadian

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    Looks a bit like a German world war 2 pattern. It's always odd to me to see anything that looks like it's from world war 2 in color since I'm used to seeing it on the TV in black and white. Stay warm!
     
  12. Backwoods

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    Actually it kind of is a WW2 pattern, just updated. It's like the camo adopted by the SS divisions except the pattern is a little more varied and blended. It REALLY works good around here.
     
  13. Jezcruzen

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    I recently purchased a boonie hat in a commercial camo designed for all environs. It really does do well, but I'm not interested in paying $70 each for pants and jacket!

    Earth-tone clothing works as well as most commercial camo, and costs considerably less. I think that most of the camo patterns are too small anyway. Watch a deer in the woods. Mostly brownish-gray with darker hair running down it's back. Take your eyes away for a second and its difficult to locate the deer again.

    Jeep hits on a good idea. Basically its a ghillie suit much like snipers wear. Not only does it blend with the environment, but it works to break up the human form.