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Jan 20 12 5:30 AM

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I have seen a 60's US army document detailing the camoflage of your weapon,not for a sniping role specifically,but just generally,I've see also some of you guys with Tape on the 16's i assume there not falling apart LOL!,so i guess its for camoflage purposes,ive not seen this shown in photos that often,but might "grunts" camo there 16's possibly,or where they encouraged to? or is it purly a SF/LRRP thing? 


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Jan 20 12 5:41 AM

I think it depended on the grunt in question. Most probably didn't see the point, with all those guys on patrol cammo wasn't high on the agenda.
But if you fancy it then go for it! Some diversity is always good.

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Jan 20 12 6:01 AM

yeah i think it was your Jaeger Stevie with the tape on the front & back furniture,perhaps?,i was'nt planning to painting it or anything,i was just wondering!.
I did see a A3 where the whole thing was done in Tiger stripe (which looked really good),but appreciate this is a modern technique,just curious on the orgins on camoflaging a field weapon in NAM thats all.

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Jan 20 12 9:21 AM

Yeah its generally not a line doggy thing as Stevie said all that clanking and breaking brush it wouldn't matter if the gun was camo'd. Interestingly I have seen a couple of pictures of snipers with their guns spray camo'd much like modern weapons.

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Jan 20 12 2:31 PM

Also, I was wondering; did the US use any scrim or cammo netting In Country? It seems like the sort of thing a LRRP Radio Relay team or Sniper Team would take, but I haven't found any reference photos out there.
Can the Vets shed any light on this?

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Jan 20 12 3:59 PM

what i have seen was,one with green tape on the fore grips & butt,another one was sprayed/hand painted,one had netting tied on it and another one had custom ERDL camo covers on the plastic furniture,which looked unusual .
I have often see arctic troops with there 16's furniture camoed up with white tape though.

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Jan 20 12 6:59 PM

one of the army's mainstays was a green colored incredibly strong duct tape which was often 100 mph tape.Like duct tape it was used to temporarily fix all sorts of things. Two magazines could be taped together one up and one down, when your mag was empty you removed it inverted it and  inserted the other magazine. In RVN a lot of GI's would put it on their rifles and often cut designs into it. It was sort of camoflage but it was mainly a form of self expression and something to do when bored.
Don't recall any scrim being available or used

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Jan 20 12 11:42 PM

That green tape was used for everything, like Dave says. One of the guys in my platoon was a good artist.  I had seen a drawing of a tiger in a magazine and asked him if he could draw something like it on the butt of my M16.  He said yes and got some tape and wrapped it on the butt.  Then he drew the tiger, carved it onto the tape and removed the excess tape. It turned out beautifully and it lasted forever. When I left my weapon to come home, it was still on there and in pretty good condition. I took a picture of it:


 

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Jan 21 12 4:34 AM

Ok Dave, I just thought that Scrim would have been the perfect thing for a Radio Relay team. Then again it is sort of designed to block aerial recon.
That's a cracking photo Rolando I love it!
Oh right, I was just wondering for the spotter role.

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Jan 22 12 9:17 AM

i've also seen a subdued air cav transfers on a 16's butt,but i think that this was a post NAM addition,than orginal,but then again it could have been the tape again ?.
Interesting submissions in response,and i'm wondering if the information from the vet's may well sporn a flury of individualistic expressionism to imerge this year perhaps?
"This is my rifle"    "There are many like it but this one is mine!"

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Jan 22 12 10:24 AM

To tell you the truth, I thought my tiger was an original idea. I don't recall seeing anyone else have anything on their rifle butts, carved, inscribed or painted. Perhaps the use of the tape by Eddie Stanfield on my rifle was the result of his having seen that done somewhere else. I don't know. I'll ask him to see if he remembers. It definitely individualized mine and nobody would have confused it with another one.

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