Tactical Source Celebrates 125th Anniversary of the Ghillie Suit

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Reasons why you should own a ghillie suit for your next outdoor hunting or paintball adventure.

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Tactical Source celebrates 125th anniversary of the Ghillie Suit.

When it comes to camouflage, there is no better tool than the ghillie suit. The ghillie suit was first used in the miilitary by Lovat Scouts, a Scottish Highland regiment in the British Army during the second Boer War*. Over a century later, the outdoor stealth suit is more popular than ever.

The ghillie suit has changed very little over the years in appearance, but its construction has become more practical for the sports enthusiast. They are lighter, more comfortable, and more durable than early ghillie suits that were typically built by military snipers for specific loactions. Because it was designed to blend into natural surroundings it resembles foliage and provides a tactical advantage in the outdoors. Wearing one, however, does not provide tactical knowledge. Whether for paintball, airsoft or hunting, it's vital that to understand the basics of ghillie suit use so as to maximize its effectiveness.

Using a ghillie suit in combat games like paintball or airsoft heightens enjoyment by providing a bit of realism. It also provides an incredible advantage of being difficult to spot and shoot. Ghillie suits used to work best when the wearer was immobile, and was thus far more useful for defense rather than for offense. Current versions of the original ghillie suits are lightweight and mobile that provide a tactical advantage for any situation. Tactical Source celebrates the ghillie suit and its rich history by reviewing numerous scenarios and uses that have evolved over the last 125 years.

*Martin Pegler (2004). Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper. Osprey Publishing



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