POTD: Interesting Camo on Prototype AuSteyr EF88

Nigel saw this photo on the Australian Defense Force’s Facebook page showing one of Australia’s new AuSteyr EF88 rifle (the latest evolution of the Steyr AUG) with an interesting camo pattern painted on.

Australian Army soldiers from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), based at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, are currently testing the basic version of the enhanced EF88 Austeyr rifle.

The enhanced EF88 Austeyr rifle trial precedes the anticipated introduction into Army service of the EF88 Austeyr rifle and ancillary packs by Project Land 125 Phase 3C from 2016.

The EF88 rifle will be used by 1 RAR soldiers during support company courses, jungle training and Exercise Wantok Warrior in Papua New Guinea.

1 RAR is an Australian Army light infantry battalion within 3rd Brigade.

1 RAR was first formed as 65th Australian Infantry Battalion in 1945 and it was renamed 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, in early 1949. Soldiers from 1 RAR have deployed to some of Australia’s most significant engagements including the Occupation of Japan, Korean War, Malayan Emergency and the Vietnam War. More recently, 1 RAR has deployed to Somalia, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan.


The camouflage pattern reminds me a little of Australia’s Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform.

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  • Victor Lourenço

    Did they get that from a preoder at Gamestop?

    • SP mclaughlin

      CS:GO weapon skin included.

  • Nope

    Kryptek in ADF DPCU colors is hideous, damn.

  • USMC03Vet

    Woodland BDU is still my fav. I think the dots on top of kryptek is a bit much.

    • Uniform223
      • USMC03Vet


    • iksnilol

      I wish they’d simply make a digital woodland pattern. No need to be super fancy or anything. Just the generic woodland in a digital version.

      • LCON

        There are plenty of them, but digital is a weak term. This rifles pattern is likely actually “digital” In fact most mass produced camo these days is computer generated so it is all in a way digital. Personally I like the options and this seems like a interesting outgrowth of there color plate and available patterns vs a flat color.

        • iksnilol

          I was thinking digital in terms of breaking up easily. As in it is made up of the small squares instead of the blobs.

          • Phil Hsueh

            There in lies the misunderstanding that people have when thinking of or talking about digital camouflage vs. analog. A pattern does not need to be pixelated in or order to be considered digital, it’s the creation and design process that determines whether a pattern is digital or analog; all the digital in digital pattern means is that the pattern was developed on or with a computer and has nothing to do with pixels or blobs. Mulitcam, for instance, is actually a digital pattern even though it’s blobby and not pixelated and that’s because it was developed using computers to come with algorithms for the colors and/or pattern and not someone with a bunch of color swatches and a paint brush.

          • iksnilol


            I meant digital as in pixelated. Since that stuff works better than the blobby stuff. Though the blobby stuff isn’t bad either. Also, we need better terminology than “blobby stuff”.

  • Riot

    Woodland vomit pattern

  • Bill

    It looks like someone spilled too much bacon all over a salad bar.

    But then, most of my long guns are out of factory dimensions because of all the coats of spray paint. You are supposed to take the previous coat off before repainting it a different color?

  • MrEllis

    Pre-order unlock?

  • TJbrena

    I actually kinda like Kryptek and I’m okay with DCPU, but giving the former the colorway of the latter, and adding dots looks, well…

  • Joe

    They had the colors, tried to get creative with a Kryptec-esque pattern.

    Should have watched the “Spraypainting Multicam” vid instead.

  • LCON

    The question is not one of aesthetics, but concealment does it hurt or help a Ausi Soldier trying to hide?

  • Uniform223

    That pattern in the picture looks kinda looks like this…


  • ghost

    Better strap a red 2×4 to that thing.

  • Julio

    Surprised this isn’t in AMCU. Perhaps they wanted a camo pattern that said “prototype” as much as the rifle does?

  • TexianPatriot

    Looks like kryptek with a little added. Nothing new, been around for a while.

  • LCON

    then seems at least in this totally unscientific test to help.

  • SD

    Looks like a pixelated Kryptek pattern in ADF DPCU colors.

    I would kill for an EF88 or Thales F90.