Ghillie Suit

The ghillie suit is a specially made camouflage uniform that is covered with irregular patterns of garnish or netting (Figure 4-l).

a. Ghillie suits can be made from BDUs or one-piece aviator-type uniforms. Turning the uniform inside out places the pockets inside the suit. This protects items in the pockets from damage caused by crawling on the ground. The front of the ghillie suit should be covered with canvas or some type of heavy cloth to reinforce it. The knees and elbows should be covered with two layers of canvas, and the seam of the crotch should be reinforced with heavy nylon thread since these areas are prone to wear out quicker.

b. The garnish or netting should cover the shoulders and reach down to the elbows on the sleeves. The garnish applied to the back of the suit should be long enough to cover the sides of the sniper when he is in the prone position. A bush hat is also covered with garnish or netting. The garnish should belong enough to breakup the outline of the sniper s neck, but it should not be so long in front to obscure his vision or hinder movement.

e. A veil can be made from a net or piece of cloth covered with garnish or netting. It covers the weapon and sniper's head when in a firing position. The veil can be sewn into the ghillie suit or carried separately. A ghillie suit does not make one invisible and is only a camouflage base. Natural vegetation should be added to help blend with the surroundings.

CANVAS CAN BE STITCHED WITH NYLON TWINE OR GLUED PLACEMENT OF NETTING WITH RUBBERIZED CEMENT AND GARNISH

CANVAS CAN BE STITCHED WITH NYLON TWINE OR GLUED PLACEMENT OF NETTING WITH RUBBERIZED CEMENT AND GARNISH

Ghillie Sniper Unarmed
Figure 4-1. Ghillie suit.

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