Blackfoot down wrote:jeepman,
Thanks for the input. My ghillie was issued to me a Ft. Bragg when I was in the scout/sniper platoon with 1/504th PIR in the early 90's. I remember that ours were made of jute and hemp cords. Our ghillies were canvas on the front so you could crawl. Only the backs were covered. Those things were so freaking hot in the summer laying around Sicily DZ you melted in your own puddle of sweat! I don't know if the BN bought ours from a commercial manufacturer or if they had an NSN and LIN or NATO ID... Too damned long ago!
The reason I don't want to buy one is because the only ones I can find made now are using poly fiber and nylon. Do you remeber using NVG's under IR and how easy it was to pick out anything nylon from the glow under IR? I think that since geese see in UV, they would be able to see the difference in nylon and poly fibers easier than natural fiber...
Another reason is that none of them would be close to the right colors for a cut bean field. All the cheap ones I have seen are tans or greens. I need greys, browns, and just a touch of greens....
I will post a picture one of these days after I make one. Thanks for the idea about the netting!
Blackfoot down wrote:I used Rit Dye from Wal-Mart for a couple bucks. The Jute rolls are $1.79, but I found some bigger rolls when I drove to Springfield to start this project and they were almost twice as long for the same price. I used the tan, black (super watered down), and light green dyes. Wal-Mart has natural and dark green already dyed. Thank God they issued mine when I was at Bragg. I don't think I would have finished it before I PCS'ed LOL!
This thing is a lot of work, but I am hoping that the coyotes will think it was worth it by giving me lots of 50 yard shots!!! I work on it at night while watching TV so it isn't really that bad. I love it when I can catch a re-run day of Moonshiners so I can work on it for a few hours!!! It might go faster if I wasn't drinking Apple Pie while tying, but it is purely medicinal for my arthritis. To many mornings with my hands in icy water!!!
I think I will skip making one for my truck to drive around town in. Too much work!!!
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