Scrim Wrap your Guns

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With more than 100 million rifles in the country, there is a huge segment of the population that actively takes their guns into the woods. Whether it's for preparation, hunting, or tactical purposes, odds are if you are using a long gun in the field, you may want to camo that bad boy up. This is where scrim can be your friend.

What is scrim?

Scrim is nothing but a basic fabric that has a light, almost gauzy weave to it. It's used in bookbinding (that woven fabric in the back of hardcover books), theatre and photography (to reflect light), and in simple industrial applications like making burlap sacks.

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During both World Wars, British snipers used scrim netting for both personal and weapon camoflauge

The net-like weave of scrim fabric make them light yet strong and in many cases see-through. As far back as the 1800s, Scottish gamekeepers in an effort to catch poachers used scrim fabrics, salvaged from potato sacks, to make effective camouflage. These poacher-catchers were referred to as Ghille, a Gaelic term for 'lads', and their rifles and personal camouflage soon became known as Ghillie suits.

Why scrim

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This fabric is cheap, easy to use, easy to find and works well. Greens and browns, ideal for woodland applications, can be bought inexpensively by the yard. The material can often be repurposed from military surplus netting, NATO neck scarves, and even military Hessian style sandbags.

A big audience for this application is the 13-million or so small and large game hunters in the United States. Sharp, strait lines like those in your 45-inch long Remington 700 or 48-inch long Mossberg 500 are unnatural in nature and many animals; even though they can't see certain colors (hunter's orange, hi-viz green etc.) can look at a perfectly straight line and figure out that it's unusual. Unusual = possible biped with boomstick, which means: run. By smudging that line, it becomes irregular, blending in to the horizon instead of standing out.

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How to do it

Once you acquire your material, in raw or repurposed fabric, it can be attached to either the rifle or shotgun with paracord, rubber bands, sisal twine, or just about anything, you have lying around. You want to choose material colors that will blend with your local environment. For instance tans and greys if in Arizona; dark greens and browns for Florida.

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Be careful not to cover any moving parts like shotgun slides, rifle bolts, or scope adjustments, as you do not want the scrim to interfere with the operation of the firearm. A typical scrim modification can be accomplished in less than an hour and cost under $10. It is also fully reversible, leaving no damage to the gun. On the contrary, it can help protect the firearm from scrapes and bumps in the woods.

Such products as Rifle Rag bags are available that simply slip on your rifle or shotgun. These are usually a six-foot piece of O.D. Green elastic webbing with dyed jute burlap material sewn onto it and then loops around a gun. Of course these cost $20-ish and aren't as easily adaptable to your local foliage, but hey, it's an option.

Overall, it could help keep you hidden, which is always a good thing.

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