How to Camouflage Your Gun

You could be dressed up in a ghillie suit, be covered in branches and leaves, have your face painted, and you would still get spotted; the telltale sign of the gun barrel or the reflection of the lens is enough to give you away. Here are some tips to blend in your gun so you don't give yourself away.


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    Give your gun a paint job. Give it just a base coat or a breakup pattern. Make sure the paint is matte; a shiny surface could give you away. The black base of a gun makes it a clear silhouette in the human mind, and is easy to spot.
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    Break up the silhouette. Riflerags are good for large distances of engagement, but for airsoft and paintball, the burlap is easily seen. The way to go is natural foliage. The cheapest way to camouflage your gun is to find some soft branches, tie them around the gun, and insert foliage into them; this however won't last all day, and will need replacing. A better way to make sure the foliage stays in, is to use an elastic cord, twirl it around the gun, and insert the foliage at several points (2 points is enough for branches and grass; more may be needed for moss).
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    Use the same techniques for camouflaging the scope. For the front lens, take a piece of dyed burlap; take out some of the strands, and secure it with green tape or rubber. You can also cover the upper and lower part of the front with solid material like moss or textile if the lighting conditions allow it. This will certainly hinder the give away lens-reflection.
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    For barren and desert environments, a good breakup paint job and a few pieces of foliage will do, as the "collection" of foliage will catch your opponents attention.
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    During winter, snow, white textiles or cotton tapes are good alternatives to the military camouflage netting. You do not however want to stand out in front of your background as an inverted silhouette, so add some pieces of branches and so on to the gun.


  • The camouflaging is just half the job; you need to know how to position yourself in the terrain, and be aware of your background, in order for it to work optimally.
  • Use natural foliage even if you use a rifle rag.
  • Use brown and light brown, and a bit of olive green. This depends on your environment, but too much green is not recommended.
  • Brush the foliage up so it won't look constructed. You don't want it all to point the same way.
  • Don't use too dark, or too light colors; and use matte paint.
  • Use twigs and leaves to create a disruptive pattern when painting.
  • Don't use large branches as they will easily be seen when moving, and they will make more sound. Stick with grass, moss, and so on.
  • Use diverse foliage, but only what you find in your immediate environment.
  • Remember to cover the underside of your gun as well.
  • You can use a metal wire, preferably very thin, instead of an elastic cord, but then you must assemble the foliage before twirling the wire.


  • If you are using a real gun, don't impair the lens, as you must have a very clear view of your target.
  • Obviously make sure your gun is operable with the camouflage on.

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