Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ghillie Suit Supplies

I have had a few people ask me about ghillie suits and supplies and I figured I post this link to give readers some food for thought.

They have a great selection and they provide all the stuff you would need. (Although let it be known that your local fabric store should also carry the burlap and glue).

There are many excellent reviews and how tos on the subject of building youe own suit so I won't try to re-invent the wheel on this. What I will do is relate the highlights of my own personal experiences with the ghillie and a few things to be aware of.

#1, the intimidation factor of a ghillie suit is priceless. I know this may sound silly, but I found I enjoyed the interaction with the strangers I met at games more, simply because I didn't get as much smack talk and the usual jockying for the highest spot on the pecking order. BUT! Be prepared to have much more limited mobility, so you will need to reconsider your tactics if you go ghillie.

#2 , if you really, REALLY want to feel the pride of building the ghillie yourself then by all means build it yourself. Just don't think that because you're building it yourself, that your saving money. 

The truth is, that with the mistakes you'll make, the extra fabric you'll buy and the gas you'll use driving back to Wally World 3 times in a night because you forgot something, will at least balance out the cost of buying a nice new ghillie from a retailer.

So think about buying at least a kit if you can't swing the fully assembled suit. Remember that whatever you get needs to be "Battle ready".  This means to ACTUALLY TEST the suit before playing. You will be amazed how equipment that you "Want so badly to work" will fail you in the heat of a fire fight. The burlap needs to be FIRMLY ATTACHED to the base platform as does the netting. If it isn't you can see you entire suit comeapart because of one to many thornbush snags.

#3, as I mentioned in my "Airsoft Sniper" post, make SURE to invest in the proper hydration. If this means tying a string around the neck of a water bottle then DO IT! If you've got a little more coin to spend, then get a backpack water bladder with a drinking hose. This will allow you to remain nice and hidden and free up your hands. 

Remember, people can't really see you so if you pass out from heat stroke, finding you will be a lot more difficult!

#4, don't forget to wrap the gun! If you spend the $ on the ghillie, spend a little extra on the gun wrap! The whole point is to break up the sight picture and while the opponent might not see the guy, they'll recognize the outline of a gun in an instant! FYI, it doesn't take much at all to accomplish the gun camo. Seriously, you could get away with making a burlap bag with holes at both ends and shredding a little bit of it. (Of course you could also get WAY more creative but simplicity sometimes it the best option).


Budget $250 for the entire setup. I know this may sound high, but don't kid yourself, this number is the bottom line, not the price of just the suit before shipping. 

$250 should get you a decent suit, a gun wrap, a hydration set up and of course the shipping/ cost of building it yourself.

Check out because they have some great pictures and it should give you an idea of what the prices are going to be.

There is a lot to like about ghillies, but just make sure you know what to expect!



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