Civilian Application:

The ultimate use to which civilians put our suits is apparently limitless, from field hunting to educational surveillance. These users, typically, have at least one of two things in common.

In response to these requirements, then, the civilian selection of ghillie apparel is not as heavy as the other two categories (tactical and military). This is obviously accomplished by simply not putting as much burlap coverage on the suits. There is burlap coverage on both the front and the back of the jacket or parka, affording a fair degree of coverage from both directions even if sitting or crouching. It is, then, not a good design for crawling, since the burlap on the front of the units may tend to snag on ground vegetation. There are absolutely no frills in the standard models, although options can be added as desired.

There are, for this group, three basic types of apparel to choose from:

  1. The sleeveless Serape is the simplest. It weighs about three pounds. The burlap hangs down to about mid-thigh, and provides minimal coverage. It is designed for either frontal approaches, where the target is not likely to see the user's lower torso, or for surveillance from high grasses or undergrowth, hedgerows, or marshes. There is no hood, so it is recommended to be worn with a Boonie Hat.

  2. The Hunting Jacket, is a half-length Parka with sleeves. There are ventilation tubes in the hood. This is a better garment for sports where the user's arms may be continually displayed; and, since it has sleeves, gives us the opportunity to put thumb loops and skids on the arms for low-crawl maneuvers, if required. These skids, with optional 3/4-inch batting sewn in beneath 1000 denier cordura (pads), add another couple of pounds to the total weight of the unit. Adding arms skids and more burlap makes it a Tactical Jacket.

  3. The Special Operations Ghillie suit has two pieces, a full - length parka and leg chaps. Either of these may be purchased separately or in combination with a different style of parka or leg chaps.

  4. The parka weighs approximately 6.5 pounds, and provides more than enough coverage to conceal the user from game animals or other civilians. (Many tactical or military snipers purchase this unit due to its light weight and due to the fact that they will not typically be within several hundred yards of their target.) The leg chaps, built on a NYCO foundation, add another 2.5 pounds to the weight of the suit, and cover only one side of the leg. There are two reasons to cover only one side. (1) expense -- if you will not need to cover the front of the legs while crawling or the back of the legs while sitting, why pay for this? And (2) burlap on the front of the legs tends to snag while crawling around. The chaps hang from a two-inch web belt with a side-release buckle.

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