How to Camouflage a Rifle Using Burlap

by Keith Dooley
Use burlap cloth as camouflage for a rifle.

Use burlap cloth as camouflage for a rifle.

Camouflage is a technique used to break up the outline of an object so that it is not easily seen and blends into the surroundings. A rifle is camouflaged by different methods, one of which involves the use of burlap. Burlap material is used to make ghillie suits worn by snipers and is also suitable for use as a camouflage for rifles. Burlap material is available from cloth, military surplus, outdoor and other retail stores.

Cut a strip of burlap that is 1 foot wide. Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut the material.

Pull strings out from the edge of the 1-foot-wide piece of cloth to add additional dimension to the camouflage.

Stretch the strip of burlap out on the ground. Spray the cloth with black, green or brown spray paint, as desired, to add more depth and dimension to the camouflage. Use colors that blend with the surroundings in which the gun will be carried. Place leaves, for example, on the cloth and spray around them to form a pattern.

Wrap the strip of camouflage burlap around the rifle. Begin at the muzzle and wrap down to the stock. Leave the receiver uncovered so that fired shells can be ejected.

Pull 2-foot-long strings from the main piece of burlap from which the strip was cut. Tie the burlap wrapped around the rifle in place with the burlap strings.

Tie smaller strips of burlap, if desired, onto the rifle to add more dimension to the camouflage.

Items you will need

  • Burlap cloth
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint (brown, green, black)

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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