Some of the truly great achievements in camouflage came from the private sector, which tested in the field a huge number of hunting camouflage patterns. They are called Real Camouflage Patterns because they try to duplicate existing vegetation..
Hunting camouflage patterns and camouflage with an abstract pattern, camouflage suits, overalls and camouflage.
This group is led by Treebark camouflage, developed in 1979 by sharp-sighted hunter Jim Crumley. He spent the time and effort to select the appropriate hunting camouflage for the dominant colors and textures that he observed in the forests of North America. Subsequently, he created Corn Stalk, Treebark II camouflages and other versions of hunting camouflage with leaves.
Realtree camouflage appeared in 1985 as a result of a computerized study of Bill Jordan, a serious archery player from Georgia. His hunting camouflage pattern includes more leaf shapes and shadows than the Treebark hunting camouflage. Jordan revealed six specific leaf shapes that he combined in a Realtree camouflage, with three now available options for brown, gray, and snowy background.
The Mossy Oak camouflage invented by Toxey Haas really seems to be most appropriate for oak forests and has become very popular among deer hunters. It comes in three basic colors: the grayish Bottomland, in the form of Tree Stand twigs, and the leafy Full Foliage. Mossy Oak camouflage has slightly more contrast and larger shapes than Realtree camouflage.
The Mirage hunting camouflage pattern is realistic leaves on a green (spring) or brown (autumn) background, creating an almost three-dimensional effect. The next step to absolute realism was Cattail camouflage, a marsh camouflage developed in 1986 by Larry Sanburg, which is similar to another example of yellow grass, the Delta swamps.
While they are great for duck hunters, such patterns have a “front side”. As soon as you turn it “inside out”, you stand out like a protruding thumb. Using any of these “real hunting camouflage” patterns, just remember that the more specific its design, the more limited its use.
ASAT camouflage (all-season, for any terrain) is trying to solve the problem of the limited use of certain camouflage patterns. Trying to be generic enough for any situation. Designed by Stan Starr Jr. and Jim Barnhart, ASAT camouflage was introduced in 1986..
A rough resemblance to such an abstract pattern is Treeline camouflage, which uses a mixture of linear shapes to create an obscure pattern for any terrain. But unlike ASAT camouflage, Treeline has an excellent winter option called Skyline.
Among the samples of abstract camouflage, we placed a plain gray. Since at moderate distances, it disguises quite well in urban or rural areas, day or night. I would not select it first, but it works. If I were an undercover cop, I would wear gray clothes whenever possible.
Our latest abstract camouflage pattern is not really abstract, but the uniform jungle uniforms in plain olive are a great base that you can paint with black, brown, green, or yellow spray paint. To match the amazing array of foliage. When ten years ago I got the task of hunting cattle stealers on a large ranch in the west, I dyed my shirt so that it completely corresponded to local meadows.
Camouflage suits, overalls and camouflage robes.
Perhaps the most comfortable element of police sniper camouflage is camouflage overalls made in brown or gray Realtree. They can be folded down to the size of a beer mug for easy storage and can be worn on a person in less than a minute. Further, their bagging provides good ventilation in the summer..
Such overalls do not wear as long as camouflage suits of ordinary weight. However, their cost is so reasonable, and the advantages are so obvious that you should not worry about long-term wear.
Based on the book “The Perfect Sniper. Study Guide for Army and Police Snipers ».
Maj. John L. Plaster, USAR (Ret.)