The Black Rifle no longer has to be black

    It is good to see commonsense prevailing. ArmyTimes reports

    The Army is finally going to give soldiers the green light to paint their black weapons so they blend in with the terrain on the battlefield.

    Soldiers have been using commercially available, spray-on camouflage paint since the beginning of the war — despite an unenforced Army policy prohibiting the practice.

    Allowing troops to color their rifles may also help prevent the enemy identifying higher value targets such as the tan-colored M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System. I have long since wondered why the M110 was not finished in black, which would allow it to blend in with the black M4s and M16s.

    M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System

    [ Many thanks to Fred for emailing me the link. ]

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!