The Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage is a large woodland camo mesh for building blinds, covering the hunter, or hiding equipment. It's targeted toward hunters and outdoor sportsmen. For this article, we are going to use it for outdoor airsoft operation in the woods.
Originally, we came upon the Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage during our search for ghillie suits for our airsoft sniper team. However, ghillie suits were extremely hot, difficult to maneuver, and quite costly. Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage, on the other hand, costed only $10 shipped on Amazon (see "Related Links" below). We intended to cover our equipment with its woodland camouflage. But after getting it, we realized there are a lot more uses for it, such as converting your equipment into tan desert camo.
In this article, we will review the Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage and discuss ideas of using this camouflage mesh for airsoft "military" purposes.
The purpose of the Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage is to provide woodland cover for yourself and your equipment. See the photo at the beginning of this article to see how the woodland camouflage looks in the sun. See the photo below to see how the woodland camouflage looks in the shade.
The camouflage mesh is quite large (12'x54"). It is just about as wide as a compact sedan and as long as the vehicle's hood to the trunk. It's got enough material to cover a person, or cut up into pieces for you gears.
The photo below is a close-up of the woodland camouflaged burlap. Rather than painted as many Amazon reviewers claim, it's actually inked. After handling the material for a little while, the ink have coated my hand. It also have a heavy ink smell. The entire experience is just like handling newspaper, short of the paper ruffling.
Under the hot southern california sun, the smell disappeared after a week when it is laid out in a single layer. When it is folded, it takes much longer for the smell to dissipate. Indoors, in single layer, the smell dissipates after a month.
The Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage is made out of the same material used in potato sack. It is also the same burlap material used to make ghillie suits. The difference between the Mossy Oak burlap Camouflage and a potato sack is that the mesh is widely spaced (see photo below). Thus, it is useful as a temporary cover, rather than for carrying heavy objects.
The two long edges of the Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage is fused to a finish. However, once you cut it, you will have unfinished edges; it will start shredding once you start using it. If you don't want it to shred, you can use tape or glue to finalize the edge. For airsoft purpose, the shredding actually helps the camouflage in the wilderness. We will discuss this shredding ghillie effect in later sections.
The unpainted side gave us the idea of using this Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage as desert tan camo as well. It would be an inexpensive camo option. We will talk about this idea in the next sections.
One method to camouflage black guns in the wild is to use camo cloth tape. But one roll of camo cloth tape can only cover one gun. It's cheaper to cut up the Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage, wrap around the gun, and tape it in place.
The photo above shows the Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage draped over the APS M4 URX Raptor. I have used the tan side, because we have gone to a desert themed airsoft field. This set-up works extremely well. My friend has commented that it has an imposing look.
We started with an olive green dump pouch. We wanted to camouflage it, in addition to giving it a ghillie look. So we cut a piece of Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage that would wrap around the dump pouch (see photo below). Then we cut slits to fasten it to the dump pouch's Velcro fastener.
In this exercise, we found that we can reverse the camouflage mesh to turn an olive green dump pouch into a desert tan dump pouch (see photo below).
After wrapping the dump pouch in the burlap mesh, we found its tendency to shred at the edges a great bonus. Because it looks like grass ghillie sticking out. As mentioned before, if you don't want it to shred, you can finalize the edge with tape or glue.
We also have an olive green hydration pouch. We chose olive green, because we can use it on nature hikes that aren't related to airsoft. But we want it to give it more camouflage in a woodland airsoft battle.
Originally, we want to wrap the woodland camouflage around the hydration pouch from a top-down fashion. But that would block access to the hydration bladder. Therefore, we have made a cape-like cover that attaches to the molle straps (see photo below).
The final product just drapes over the hydration pouch, allowing access but conceals the pouch altogether. The photo below shows the desert tan side of the burlap.
The cape cover works fine, but like a real cape, it will flare up in the wind, which may give away your position. After making the cape cover, we decided it probably better to make a wrap, just like the dump pouch we showed earlier.
One of our friends had a great idea. Make a traditional Mexican blanket poncho. You would have coverage that is close to a ghillie suit. And you would still have access to your vest through the sides. it would be easy to make, because it is just rectangular with a slit in the middle for your neck.
I really like the Safari Boonie Hats (see photo below). So I have bought a desert tan one and a woodland green one for outdoor airsoft games. With the Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage, I think it's a great time to add some ghillie effect to these boonie hats.
I attached a scrap piece of Mossy Oak Burlap Camouflage that is just a bit bigger than the boonie hat to the hat. Then I used a pair of scissors to cut the edge of the camo mesh into strips (see photo below).
The following photo is the resulting ghillie boonie hat worn with the Scott Vectra Face Mask (see photo below). The face mask will have to be painted green to match. But you can see the result of the ghillie effect.