Where shooters, snipers and police officers monitoring the details tend to simplify camouflage standards, this is when taking up a hidden shooting position. The first rule of effectively masking a shooting position is to improve what nature has already created in this place, instead of artificially creating a shelter.
The basics of masking a shooting position with improvised means, the use of camouflage nets and screens to mask a shooting position.
Try to place your shelter in a natural indentation that has good shadows and enough foliage. One of the tricks is to slightly pull off the branches of a shrub or small trees and connect them in the right positions with a transparent fishing line. Instead of pruning foliage and twigs that will soon fade. You can also do this to create a shadow. Just make sure that the lower lighter part of the leaves does not roll over.
Many snipers prefer to wear lightweight Nomex flight gloves because of their pleasant, comfortable fit to the arm. You can soften their gray-green color by spraying paint.
Sod can do wonders to hide. Cut it behind your shooting position and use it to cover exposed ground or to add a background. And if you have to dig, scatter the soil over a large area instead of leaving a visible parapet. Do not forget to destroy all traces in your position when you leave it.
Use of camouflage nets and screens to mask the shooting position.
Modern camouflage nets are very effective because they allow light to penetrate through them and create shadows, providing visual depth to the position. They are usually used to hide vehicles and large equipment, and it’s worth asking a few camouflage nets to mask your position..
The same goes for a nylon screen or gauze, this transparent fabric. This will not only help prevent glare from the sun when you are in a stationary position, but they also reflect light. Therefore, your opponents will not be able to see you under or behind them, causing something like shooting blindness.
Based on the book “The Perfect Sniper. Study Guide for Army and Police Snipers ».
Maj. John L. Plaster, USAR (Ret.)