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Army issues instructions for painting M16s, M4s
Defense Talk ^ | 5/25/2010 | Defense Talk

Posted on 05/23/2010 9:47:14 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Soldiers already have uniforms that blend them into their surroundings. Now there's instructions on how to have a weapon that blends in too.

In April, the Army released instructions on how Soldiers can apply spray paint to their M4 or M16 rifle, without decreasing the effectiveness of either the weapon or the installed optics.

"The Army has always had techniques to camouflage the Soldier ... we have techniques for the Soldier and the equipment," said Col. Douglas A. Tamilio, project manager for Soldier Weapons, Program Executive Office Soldier. "We found in Iraq and Afghanistan that Soldiers were starting to paint their weapons. It wasn't really approved or disapproved for them to do that."

Tamilio said the Army worked with the Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command as well as the Army Research, Development and Engineering Center to put together the instructions.

The resulting document, "Maintenance Information Message 10-040," is titled "Camouflaging Specific Small Arms." It focuses on where to apply tape to protect sensitive areas, what areas should not be painted, and what kind of paint to use.

"It just shows Soldiers how you tape your weapon up before you go to spray it," Tamilio said. "We are just trying to make sure the Soldiers don't do the wrong things with their weapons. So we make sure we don't reduce the reliability of our weapons system."

The new MIM explains the rationale behind why Soldiers would paint their rifles.

"Warfighters must be able to conduct tactical operations while reducing/limiting detection by the threat," the message reads. "Camouflage paints provide for reduced visual detection and enhanced warfighter survivability via neutral, non-reflective, and predominantly non-black colors."

Additionally, the message explains, the color black is "highly infrared reflective" and it can also "provide a high degree of visual contrast when carried by camouflaged uniformed

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; camouflage; camouflagepaints; emcha; m14; m16; m4; rifle; usarmy; ustroops

1 posted on 05/23/2010 9:47:14 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

2 posted on 05/23/2010 9:54:20 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: real saxophonist

Cute gun.


3 posted on 05/23/2010 9:56:05 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: real saxophonist

Whoa! I suddenly realized ... she’s holding heat.


4 posted on 05/23/2010 9:58:18 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: real saxophonist
Pink's not just for girls!


5 posted on 05/23/2010 9:58:19 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: real saxophonist

My wife wants one of those something awful. Can you PM me a link (or links) to the vendors so I can get one together for Christmas?


6 posted on 05/23/2010 10:03:16 PM PDT by Abundy
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To: sonofstrangelove

7 posted on 05/23/2010 10:04:27 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

LOL


8 posted on 05/23/2010 10:05:46 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread:-General Heinz Guderian)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I wish they had specific what paint they were using.,

I am having a heck of a time trying to find oil resistant paint.

Anyone out there give me a clue?


9 posted on 05/23/2010 10:06:12 PM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: sonofstrangelove


10 posted on 05/23/2010 10:10:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Don't care if he was born in a manger on July 4th! A "Natural Born" citizen requires two US parents!)
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To: ASOC

“...I wish they had specific what paint they were using.,

I am having a heck of a time trying to find oil resistant paint.

Anyone out there give me a clue?...”

Krylon always works. Alumahyde is a good choice. Duracoat is a more professional approach. Nothing will work if you don’t prep well. If you don’t get every molecule of lube or oil off the shootin’ iron, it won’t hold up.


11 posted on 05/23/2010 10:19:12 PM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Wonder what bet or contest HE lost!


12 posted on 05/23/2010 10:24:56 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: real saxophonist

Not Guilty!


13 posted on 05/23/2010 10:26:53 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: chadwimc

right now in SOF- Hunters Speciality is the preferred paint since it is removable. Most guys now are using Krylon due to a better selection of colors and H&S is harder to find and requires repeated applications (not very heat resistant). A brass wire bench grider brush removes it if you need to check it for cracks for PMI’s etc.

There are no real oil resistant weapon paints right now, even duracoat has limitations.


14 posted on 05/23/2010 10:35:12 PM PDT by Pavegunner72
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To: Abundy

http://www.armoryairbrush.com/PINK.html


15 posted on 05/23/2010 10:41:01 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: ASOC

http://www.duracoat-firearm-finishes.com/


16 posted on 05/23/2010 10:42:36 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: Liberty Valance

Get your shoes off the couch BOB! Oh wow didn’t see ya there!


17 posted on 05/23/2010 10:50:04 PM PDT by crazydad (What)
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To: Liberty Valance

That’s a good ghillie suit!


18 posted on 05/24/2010 12:16:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Pavegunner72

There are barbecue paints and exhaust header paints, but I’ve only seen them in black.


19 posted on 05/24/2010 12:18:34 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: ASOC
may help on a link-up

www.olive-drab.com/od_mvg_camo.php3

20 posted on 05/24/2010 4:33:40 AM PDT by piroque (God bless Lee and the rest of the True Americans. . . The Confederates!!”)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Great. Now they will start losing their weapons. ;0)


21 posted on 05/24/2010 5:21:07 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: ASOC

Lauer Custom Weaponry or Brownell’s Gun-Kote. And ya gotta degrease before using either.


22 posted on 05/24/2010 9:49:17 AM PDT by gundog (Outrage is anger taken by surprise. Nothing these people do surprises me anymore.)
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To: Liberty Valance

Don’t sit on me Bro.


23 posted on 05/24/2010 9:52:05 AM PDT by MaxMax (Conservatism isn't a party)
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To: piroque

thank you kindly!


24 posted on 05/24/2010 9:29:16 PM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: gundog

THanks for the tip!


25 posted on 05/24/2010 9:29:40 PM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: ASOC
You're welcome. Lauer Custom Weaponry's DuraCoat product line is the one that made Mike Bloomberg have a cow, if it matters to you. :)
26 posted on 05/25/2010 8:04:52 AM PDT by gundog (Outrage is anger taken by surprise. Nothing these people do surprises me anymore.)
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