2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Now everyone in the Army can unleash their inner artist..

Good post over at the Every Day No Days Off Gun Blog on the new guidelines for painting of M4 rifles by soldiers in the field..

The Army has realized that soldiers are already painting their rifles themselves in theater and has done the common sense thing and allowed it with conditions (no painting of barrels, guidelines for what to tape up when painting, ect). I think its great the Army finally woke up to reality about what REAL soldiers were doing in REAL environments, but they say that the rifles must be stripped before being turned back in. That is a headache in the making as some poor soldier spends his last few days in theater trying to get all of the paint off his M4.

I wonder if a better plan could of been to have special environment specific stocks, hand guards, pistol grips, slings and magazines colored for the AO purchased as well as correspondingly colored optic units and just swapped out in theater by the soldiers or unit armorers It would provide probably 70% of the coverage of the paint job and could be switched out in a matter of minutes..
Here is an example I found online of what a standard AR platform could possibly look like in the field with simple replacement of the furniture and optics with environment specific colored pieces. Yes its not all military pattern and the (nice looking) .45 isn't military, but you get the general idea.

..your thoughts?


Kevin Delaney said...

Im actually thinking about doing my 16" bull ar barrel in OD green. Cheeper than dirt had OD magpul PMAG mags very cheap. like 12 bux cheap. I could get the magpul od handgaurd. Hmmm the wheels are spinning.... Perhaps there is a custom AR in my future.( although i dont care for that barrel)

Huey148 said...

not real big on OD for our neck of the woods as it is only really a 2 season camo, "dark Earth" or whatever they call brown now with some off shades of gray may be more appropriate...