The Black Rifle no longer has to be black

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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
Steve Johnson

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  • Subase Subase on Mar 17, 2010

    In Caesars roman legions the soldiers decorated themselves with jewels and stuff.

  • Edward Edward on Mar 17, 2010

    Really? That’s not a good thing to do? What if you are cleaning your weapon, and the enemy sees your unpainted internal part? I would have thought that was a good idea!

    If the enemy can see you while you're cleaning your weapon, I would think that the lack of paint was the least of your problems...

    About time, now I can start pitching ‘Pimp My Rifle’ to MTV. We find some poor grunt with a basic M4, pretend to steal his rifle (hilarious in a battlefield situation) and when he gets it back it’s all ‘blinged out’ with rails,
    new optics, a slick paint job and 22″ rims.

    Sadly this sounds plausible enough when I look at the "average" AR-15 nowadays.

    Matt Groom, your explanation reminds me of the story of the "bling gold SCAR"... whoever made that lemonade out of that lemon = WIN. *snicker*