In this video you’ll learn to construct your very own ghillie suit!
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How to construct a ghillie suit
When you think about, from a trackers perspective or a sniper's perceptive, visual indicators, these are the things that are gonna get you found. Those visual indicators are shine, shape, shadow, silhouette, surface, also texture, surface texture, color, and contrast with your background, and of course, movement is the biggest thing.
You're not necessarily trying to turn yourself into a bush, You're trying to prevent the shine. You're trying to change the shape up to where it's an irregular shape, rather than this perfect profile. The shadow, you're trying to create shadows where there shouldn't be shadow and you're trying to get rid of shadows where they are.
If a light hits a flat surface, it reflects and shows that. That's what we pick up visually with our eye. If its textured and the light is hitting it different and you have shadows, it breaks up exactly what you're looking at and it makes things harder to see.
That where I'm getting at. Anyway, let me show you real quick mine and then I'll talk about some materials and show you some kind of little modifications that I made to mine.
I like to use boonie caps for my hat.
You're also gonna need some sort of netting for the way I make it and understand there's a lot of different ways that you can make these.
Here's another modification that you can do. In the leg of a BDU bottom and what you can do it, you can take that and you cut it off and then you sew the bottom together to make a Camelback bladder.
Take a military sleeping pad and use it as padding your chest.
Then I'll cover the thread with Shoe Goo so that as I'm crawling across the ground and across rocks and thorns and branches and such, it doesn't wear that thread out and then make this come apart.
A couple other things. Military suspenders, this is a great thing to have because when you're wearing an issue belt, when you're in a ghillie suit and you're crawling across the ground, that belt buckle is pushing up against your stomach the whole time you're dragging.
Another thing to keep in mind is you’re essentially a giant tinder bundle. So I’ll spray this down with Inspectashield Class A Fire Retardant.
Always make sure you have rubber bands handy so you can strap natural vegetation to you.
I also like to reinforce my elbow pads.
It keeps everything in place so that I can crawl around.
I also like to carry roughly 2 feet of paracord. I essentially use these as suspenders to help keep the suit in place while I’m running.
And to ge my suit looking really natural.
I actually found a nasty mud hole and throw it in there, stomping it into the mud.
Took a piece of paracord and I tied it up and I drug it behind a four wheeler through the woods on gravel roads, on pavement.
I drug it through everything, every mud hole I could find. I literally drug this thing around for about five, six miles probably. Then, I just laid it out and let it dry naturally. I've never ever cleaned it.
You can see that's all dirty clay and everything else that was ground in there from when I was dragging it through the mud and behind a four wheeler for a long time. I think that's all I wanted to share with you guys.
That's how I make my ghillie suit. Some of the tips and tricks, some of the modifications, I make, why I did it that way, some of the materials I used. Hopefully, you guys will take this if you're wanting to build a ghillie suit.
Hopefully, you'll make it. Hopefully, you learn something to where you can make it better and make it work for you but the key is, the visual indicators. That's your shine, which is obviously taken care of, your shape, your shadow, your silhouette, your surface, creating that texture so that it reflects light differently than a human would, and then of course, color contrast.
The other big thing is movement. ghillie suit doesn't do anything for you for that.
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