I have a mate in Tamworth that has a vehicle signage business, he specialises in vinyl wrapping. (and other sticker bits n bobs) This wrapping is like you would see the graphics on london Taxis that have pictures/images on them all over the vehicle. I am sure he could print a photographic (real)grass/moss/undergrowth pattern on a large sheet of self ahesive vinyl, that you could cut and apply to your weapon, the great thing is it could be easily removed with a hair dryer and is really resilient to the elements and any rubbing wear.
You would have to cut a paper pattern to fit to your gun components, trace it onto the printed sheet, cut it out and apply it but I am betting with a little care it would look supurb !
It could even be removed without damage to the weapon allowing you to maintain its resale value. Plus if damaged, just replace the section !
Is this a mad idea or just perfect?.
I suppose if there were popular makes/types of weapon he could make a pre-cut pattern set but obviously the cost of this would increase to that of a DIY sheet !
If you think its of interest I will give him a call with the proposed idea. Then he can talk about cost etc.
What price is a sheet in the US and can you specify what you have on it or do you have to take the standard sheet?
I am sure that all sections of the weapon can be covered with this vinyl if cut accuratley, Stock etc.
There would be one advantage of printing the sheet 'to order' and that is you could have any image you wanted, straw, concrete etc etc all you would have to do is supply him with the picture of the texture !
I can't remember the price, there is one kind called “snake skin” you put this round your rifle ect then warm it with a hair drier and it shrink fits around it. The other you peel the back off and stick it on. You can buy pre-cut sets for certain weapons (Remington ect). Look on the Brownells web site for prices.
I am not saying there is not a market for what you have in mind just you would not be first.
I would like to understand why anybody would bother. We had a thread on this site a long time ago about wearing camouflage and the effect it might have on Mr and Mrs Public. Whilst I can just about understand that camouflage clothing may have a value I cant understand why one might do it to a rifle. Is there any research that shows it has any benefit.
I can’t answer that one - although part of the reason I suppose, is the same as people who fit steering wheel covers to cars - there is probably little real refutable benefit, but above all its what the owner wants to do and it makes things individual to him.
The activity of 'accessorizing your kit' has and will be, mainly just owner preference in most cases, both within weaponry and outside it.
That said, I am myself most neutral on this one, playing the: ‘one mans pleasure is another mans poison’ card.
I use it to protect my weapon/scopes I find big objective lens are prone to taking knocks while crawling into deer, at this time you are concentrating on your deer and it is easy to bang you rifle/scope. I have a very expensive scope with a big scratch on the objective were I caught it on a rock.
Coatings like Du-cote were originally developed for the US military to prevent weapons corroding, the fancy patterns and colours are a addition to there primary advantage.
Ps did you note the top rifle in the photo is a Howa with a big cap' DM mag'
I certainly understand why one might look for a more durable finish to blueing. In fact I am looking for a hard wearing finish for two of my rifles. I am just unsure why I would want it to be camo. We talk alot about how what we do is perceived by the public.
Is your RFD friend now able to offer the mag conversion.
From what ive seen the camo is only for the hard core rifleshooter, but it does have a place I think.
The base colours also offered are probably more suitable for our use (Stalking) and there are plenty to choose from looking at the website. The finish is as Thar has said though, a corrosion resistant coating, which is very hard wearing.
I cannot understand any one Bastardising there rifles with any type of paint i feel it looks cheap and nasty .With regards the hard core type rilfe shooter wanting camo on their rifles . What exactly is hard core rifle shooter with all the foolish looking coatings from Duffle coat to hydrgrafics what a waist The ones that get all that **** on there rifles do it for one reason only and thats the posing aspect.
Its got not real place in the deerstalkers world IMHO . If i felt my rifle was looking rough £60 at mu gunshop would sort the blueing. If you really need a hard wareing rifle get an all weather.