Twenty years ago, I thought it would be cool to camouflage my gun. This was before camo patterns were mass produced and offered as an option for new firearms. In addition to making my gun a part of my concealment for deer and turkey hunting, I figured the covering would also protect it against the elements and the punishment that I often dished out to my hunting firearms. And it did. One roll of camo-colored adhesive tape did the job, for a few years.

Nowadays, new firearms are manufactured with a variety of camouflage patterns and finishes. But do-it-yourselfers can still customize their weapon simply and cost effectively. One of the easiest systems to camouflage your gun is the line of Gun Skins produced by Mossy Oak Graphics. They come with a complete set of self-adhesive camo stickers that are custom cut to fit most modern shotgun and rifle models. One-piece stickers cover the stock, receiver, forearm and barrel. They also come in a wide variety of pattens, so it’s possible to customize guns to the season or intended use. Produced as automotive grade cast vinyl, the material is waterproof, passing that benefit on to the gun if properly applied.

There are still other options to wrap your gun— adhesives, tapes and sleeves. But nothing is as simple, comprehensive or just plain better than the Gun Skin system.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still something classic about conventional “wood and blued” firearms. But gun skins are a great way to give an old, beat up gun a brand new look. Or it can protect a new gun from standard wear and tear. Even for new gun buyers, this is still a great cost- effective option for guys that want the camo gun, without the extra one or two hundred bucks for the camo upcharge. Gun Skins retail for around $25 and take about a half hour to apply.

For more information, check out their website or watch the “how to” video here.

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