Camouflage on Guns
Russ Chastain 03.03.14
I was reminded today of the mania that many hunters have for camouflage. Our collective appetite for the stuff has made a number of people very rich – especially when folks run out to buy the latest new pattern every time one is released or take pains to ensure that their hunting outfit has all-matching camo patterns.
But what really made me think about it was a press release for a new Remington shotgun (see the photo above). Actually, the shotgun itself isn’t new. The “news” is that you can now get a Versa Max scattergun with Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage.
Personally, I think camo guns are a gimmick. That said, I did go to the trouble of camouflaging one of my rifles, a stainless-steel Savage ML10-II muzzleloader. I felt that every time I moved the silver-barreled rifle while I was in a tree stand it looked like I was waving a bright baton or a fluorescent tube. The stock was already camo, so I just added some camo tape to the barrel to make it stand out less.
Other than that, I don’t see a need for camo guns, and I generally prefer non-camo finishes on my hunting poppers. I don’t really have anything against it, but I’m not really fond of it.
Maybe I’m old school, but I don’t always hunt in camo. I usually do, and when I don’t I try to stick with drab colors in a broken pattern. My guns are usually dark or drab in color, which means they don’t readily stand out from the background. I don’t think that applying a copyrighted pattern to my gear will affect my hunting success, but I’ve been wrong before.
My question for readers is this: Do you really think having a camouflage gun helps your hunting, or do you just think it looks cool?