Hey! I've got an overstock of Velcro brand 2" Multicam female/loop/fuzzy side material. 25 yard rolls for $43.00 + shipping. They're 1.5 lbs ea. If you wanna buy a whole case I can do a little better on the price.
I'm in the process of updating my Sniper's hide and I'm looking for some input. My latest design is a 5'x9' Multicam in Epsilon (40D). I switched from a single pole down the length to a smaller pole across the top/front. My challenge has always been how to allow access in and out without compromising the camouflage. With this design I'm leaning towards a 2-way waterproof zipper down the front dead center. That way it can be used for access, air ventilation, and a murder hole by unzipping the...
Have you thought about putting a camo net on top of the sniper hide? A one dimensional sheet tends to stand out as "something's different ". A camo net on top of it adds dimension especially when the wind blows. If all the leaves are blowing around and your sniper hide isn't, that's a clue for your enemies.
Have you thought about thermal threats? The group I train with has seen several monocular type thermal units being fielded and has started experimenting with thermal defeat options for patrol base shelters. Not snipery per say just food for thought. Afaik the most recent prototype is a 3 layer system with thermal defeat on the inside, waterproof layer in the middle and camo net on the outside for the above mentioned reasons.
I've used the ATACS-FG or AU bug netting on previous versions but like you point out, it's still not enough depth perception. So I'm considering a jute netting, which would add considerable weight especially when wet, or sewing on "leaves" made from the bug netting similar to Bushrag's Chameloen suit.
I few years back I started looking into using mylar blankets but chose to give technology some more time to see where things were headed. For this application or sewn into my woobie, I think mylar might be the way to go. Much like the 3-layer system you describe above, the mylar would be the inner layer, the waterproof Multicam keeping everything dry, and a camo netting over the top.
The cat and mouse game is always advancing. You'd be amazed at how many thermal devices are in civilian hands. US Army released a blurb article last quarter 2019 about developing an uncooled handheld sized POLARIZED thermal sensor. The significance of polarization is that, according to the article, all synthetic materials stick out like a sore thumbs. Even issue uniforms and equipment with signature minimization coatings stand out. It had several comparison photos demonstrating the...
That's a very good read Romeo7! Incredible tech and I'm glad it's in our hands for now. Right now my goal is to defeat any street level tech that may be in the hands of criminals. I'm working with local SRT/SWAT for a fast deploy OP that's light, quick to setup, and versatile. The ghillie netting can be used as a tripod blind or a hanging blind, as needed. I took some pictures with the old ATACS-AU bug netting but I'm not satisfied with the color. It's too light. I'm looking for darker...
Won't the mylar layer appear as a differential square in the thermals? If you threat is sophisticated enough to run thermals, they are likely sophisticated enough to put rounds on obvious anomalies. And probably do it from a recessed, defiladed, or armored location.
Have you thought about trying to get a piece of SAAB Barracuda ULCANS netting from DRMO, assuming you're LE? It covers all the spectrum from NIR, IR, UV, and even broadband radar. ADSINC sells it new to qualified entities. I shudder to think what the new unit cost might be though. Otherwise you need to check it for IR shine/contrast and UV glow in the dark. If it does either then you have to try to figure out how to mitigate each. Not impossible but it is a tedious pain the butt to achieve...
I would assume that depends on the temperature differential between the OP and the surrounding area. I would hope that the tarp, ghillie, and mylar layers would acclimate to ambient temperature. But if that's the case, then it's useless for this application. There's no way I want these guys taking rounds because of something I overlooked.
I have no LEO credentials but my customer does. So I'll kick this over to them and see if they can run this material down. The current materials I'm using are all IR compliant and do not glow under UV. If they do glow under UV then I use Atsko brand UV Killer spray to kill the UV reflection. The camera detection systems are interesting for sure but I bit outside my scope. I'll certainly mention it to them but they may already have something for threat detection.
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