A few weeks ago I purchased my very first shotgun, it’s a Remington 887. It’s the perfect shotgun for waterfowl and upland bird hunting. My father-in-law is an avid upland bird hunter, and I’m hoping to join him next year.
One thing about this shotgun is it was much cheaper for the all black model. Camo is cool, so I decided that I’d investigate doing the job myself.
There’s quite a lot of websites teaching you how to do a custom camo job, on your own firearm. I found two that really seemed best suited for me. Following their general advice, I picked up some Rust-Oleum in the perfect flat colors; tan, army green, and earth brown.
The first thing I considered was that there’s no way I’m gonna just start, without some sort of test. Well, wouldn’t you know, my boys all got themselves some sweet Nerf N-Strike Maverick’s for Christmas. Odd thing, I already had one, from a couple of years ago. In fact, mine was already black. Don’t ask.
What follows are a few shots of the process. Basically, I started out with my black one, keeping the black as the base color. On the Sniper’s and the Wookiee’s, I gave them a nice base color of tan. And on the Hobbit’s I started with a base of brown. This not only helps make each gun a bit different, so we can tell them apart, but it will also help me see which combo I like the best.
Now, most people will initially think that I’d need some sort of masking off, to get the standard camo orb-shapes. But, the first thing I discovered online was that many people use organic material to get some really natural-looking shapes. Guess what! We have this massive pine tree, right in our living room! So I cut off a few 6-8 inch sprigs, and I was ready!
With some leftover cardboard, also Christmas trash, I was able to set up a nice workstation in the backyard. I spent the greater part of the afternoon getting all the work done.
Once the base coats were set, I set out the use the alternating colors. I would hold a piece or two of the pine needles up close to an open space on the gun, and then spray it with a contrasting color. I made sure not to cover it too much at first. Keeping the spots spaced out kept room for another color the next time over. I kept this up until I had covered all sides of the gun, with a decent balance of the colors.
When I started out on my black gun, I did one extra thing. I added two stripes of green, to give it even more good alternating color. When all was said and done, they all turned out quite satisfying. What do you think?