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The term camouflage comes from the French word camoufler meaning "to
blind or veil." Camouflage, also known as protective concealment,
means to disguise an object, in plain sight, in order to conceal it
from something or someone. When I think of camouflage, I must admit
that the first image that comes to mind is of soldiers wearing
clothing colored in various shades of green and brown. However, the
appearance of camouflage depends upon the surroundings in which one
intends to conceal or disguise an object. Soldiers engaged in
desert battle wear camouflage consisting of muted browns and tans.
Soldiers fighting in the snow wear white. The colors, styles, and
manners of dress that would appropriately conceal someone or
something depend entirely upon the environment in which the person
or object is located. What types of camouflage are best for the
environment in which you live, work, or play?

I find it humorous when I see "militia" men all decked out in
woodland camo on a mission through town. Remember, the goal is
to "blend in". I know that, in some locations, full BDU's would not
stand out too badly. However, the goal is to be unnotable! Imagine
the following scenario:

You are shopping for cheese doodles and Dr. Pepper at the local Qwik-
Stop when an over-zealous Mrs. Kravitz believes that she may have
seen you on a three year old episode of "America's Most Wanted".
She, of course, will wisely choose not to confront you, but dials 9-
1-1 using her mobile phone while she is hiding in the lavatory
curled up into the fetal position. She carefully describes you to
the dispatcher as a "white male, 6' 2" tall, beard, and decked out
like G.I. Joe". Hello? Don't you wish you had been wearing blue
jeans and a Gap t-shirt? Actually, chances are she would not have
called the fuzz if you had not been dressed like her worst Katie
Couric-inspired nightmare.

Now, you didn't do anything to warrant her call to (insert your city
here)'s finest, but they are still going to stop and hassle you.
Many police officers have a natural distrust of people in military
style camo, because they are a threat to their own feelings of
pseudo-military superiority. Too often, they imagine that you are
packing heat and just waiting for a Waco-style showdown.

Now, thanks to Mrs. K, you are the subject of interrogation by
officer X. Let's say that he sees a (insert something offensive to
Katie Couric here...might I suggest a flare launcher for an AR15, a
high-cap magazine, or a dummy hand-grenade?) in the floorboard of
your Ford Escort. He is in hot pursuit now! Your cheese doodles
and Dr. Pepper are about to cost you, at the very least, a bad
afternoon.

The scenario we just examined occurs far too often. You must
consider camouflage more than just being concealed in the woods.
You must consider how you will get to the woods, buy cheese doodles
and Dr. Pepper on the way to the woods, and how you'll pick your
children up from soccer practice after you've left the woods. You
might even need to rethink your entire "battle plan". What are you
doing in the woods? If you live in the city, work in the suburbs,
and spend weekends at the soccer complex, where the heck would you
be likely to need to "do battle" if the proverbial "CRAP HIT THE
FAN" and roaming bands of thugs began to threaten your famliy?
Would you ask them to meet you in the woods, because that's where
you've prepared to fight them?

Prepare where you live, work, and play. Prepare as best you can
without getting arrested for firing machine guns on the soccer field
or something like that. Wear what the other people in your
environment wear, but hide what you need underneath your clothes.
Drive what they drive, but keep what you need under the back seat.
To be truly camouflaged, you may need to lose the military style
camo.
 

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I live in CA, if you want to fit in you should wear camo. Go to any clothing store, even Wallmart or Target and you can see that camo is the new pink or black or whatever the last color craze was!
 

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No kidding? I thought pink was the new pink in California? I wore a digital camo hat in Memphis and was given grief by a visitor center cop. It took me 3 times to even understand that he was asking "Where they do that?" He was referencing the digital camo hat, which did not have an insignia on it to designate military rank. I should have gone with the Nike hat.
 

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during hunting season camo is normal around here,seen a guy the other day walking down the road wearing camo and carrying a duffle bag he wasnt military looked like he was traveling thru but was way out of place where he was.
 

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reminds me of the term "role camoflauge" look like the sheeple around you until it's time to act. I've found an earth tone polo shirt and slacks look "right" in public and in the woods.
 

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In wisconsin camo dosen't stand out. However if your wearing a suit and tie people are probly going to flee in terror while screaming. In my part of the state anyway.
 

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No kidding? I thought pink was the new pink in California? I wore a digital camo hat in Memphis and was given grief by a visitor center cop. It took me 3 times to even understand that he was asking "Where they do that?" He was referencing the digital camo hat, which did not have an insignia on it to designate military rank. I should have gone with the Nike hat.
"That's the way we do it in the Air Force sir, we don't wear rank on our hats"
 

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In wisconsin camo dosen't stand out. However if your wearing a suit and tie people are probly going to flee in terror while screaming. In my part of the state anyway.
That's about right. We're more scared of .gov suits around here than Bubba decked out in Realtree.
 

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WV Camo:
(CITY)
Camo hat (RealTree with John Deer logo, preferably old and dirty)
T-shirt (any)
old flannel shirt (sleves cut off for summer)
Bibs or jeans
work boots

(COUNTRY)
Same as above or full camo, don't matter.

This works for the ladies as well with the addition of a bra (as needed) and an elastic hair tie up thing (which can also be used by guys as needed).

If this forum has done nothing else it has given me a GREAT apreciation for West BY GOD Virginia. It's all "out in the sticks" here, even in the "big" cities.
 

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Since camo is now chic, I have switched to khaki cargo pants and a woolrich elite tac vest. *tip* take your 5.11 or such vest to a seamstress and have her embroider MEDIC on the left shoulder. Yes, sheeple are that dumb.
 

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LOL! Only old US Woodland or Urban is "chiq" nowadays. Digital pattern camouflage is just starting to catch on.
 

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This kinda goes along with something I posted a year or so ago about non-camo camo. Of course the best way to “hide out” is in a wooded area, but you’ll still need to go into town now & then for provisions. So you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. Like the saying goes, “look unimportant (or harmless), the enemy may be low on ammo (or manpower)”. “Realtree” or military camo says you’re a threat or at least, a person of interest. Me, I’d wear a college of natural colors for the area I’m hiding. But regular camo would limit my stealthy movement amongst a crowd. Green & brown blends are good for the woodlands, but shades of gray would help you to get down that ally in low light.
 

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FWIW - There's plenty of camo worn around here (my parts) on a daily basis. Whether it be military surplus, or hunting camo, there's a lot of it everywhere: store, banks, restaurants, etc, etc....

Heck, there are several military surplus stores within 10 minutes of my house.


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