As popular as cloning service rifles has become, those seeking to paint their FAL or G3 clone to look like a Bush War rifle now have a historically correct paint kit to complete their builds. While this isn’t precisely the same brand of paint, the colors have been painstakingly reproduced with modern oil-based paints.
While I don’t much care to dive into the politics surrounding the Rhodesian Bush War, AT Armor specifically addresses the possibility of anyone assuming that offering the paint kit implies support for the subjugation of free people. Because you apparently have to do that these days to ward off the perpetually outraged internet pitchfork mobs.
From the AT Armor product page:
We are a company who loves Freedom and history. To this end we are providing this kit as a historically accurate (with modern materials) paint kit to match those common colors found during the bush wars that plagued the African Continent last century. We disagree with any subjugation or separation of free people based on color, creed, or religious belief. Unfortunately sometimes those that gravitate toward the historical interest of the bush wars leverage it to further their cause of separatism; this is not our world view. We pursue this interest as a tribute to all anti-terror and anti-communist forces that fought the good fight.
Here’s their press release announcing the paint kit:
Fort Worth, Texas – June 19, 2018 – AT Armor, a growing retailer/manufacturer of personal ballistic armor and tactical gear, successfully introduced its first historically accurate camo paint kit in an early June soft launch. As a company equally dedicated to the preservation of freedom and the study of history, this camo paint kit made of modern materials was intended to match those common colors found during the bush wars that plagued the African Continent in the last century.
“We spent an exhaustive amount of time researching and matching the colors to those found during the bush wars” says Mike Martin, owner and CEO of AT Armor. “This is not a big box store hit and miss paint match – we were demanding about having these colors match up perfectly.”
AT Armor’s Rhodesian Army Camo paint kit is an oil-based kit consisting of three parts:
One 2 oz. bottle of Rhodesian Dark Green paint
One 2 oz. bottle of Rhodesian Light Green (aka “baby poop”)
One 1 oz. bottle of flat coat paint
Full instructions are included as well as three squeeze caps for project use. More introverted personalities may choose to use the flat coat paint to knock down the natural shine of the oil base. This kit contains enough paint for one carbine-sized project plus a little leftover for touch ups (or an additional small item such as a magazine or tactical toothpaste tube).
AT Armor disagrees with any subjugation or separation of free people based on color, creed, or religious belief. Unfortunately some scholars gravitate toward the historical interest of the bush wars in order to leverage it to further their cause of separatism; this is not our world view. We present this paint kit in iconic RA colors simply as a tribute to all anti-terror and anti-communist forces that fought the good fight.
Link to AT Armor RA Camo Paint Kit: https://store.atarmor.com/product_p/at-rhodiepaint-kit.htm
For more information about AT Armor’s paint kits, as well as their ballistic and soft armor, please contact the AT Armor team at [email protected] or visit the website, www.atarmor.com .
ABOUT AT ARMOR:
Established in 2012 and located in Keller, Texas – AT Armor is your best resource for armor plates, soft armor, and side armor solutions, as well as protective headgear, plate and armor carriers and accessories for tactical and concealment situations, including the full line of Hesco ballistic armor protection. Our mission is to support US Law Enforcement, EMS and responsible civilians with the best protective armor sales, service and production education available.
MSRP for the paint kit is $35.00 and it’s available now on the AT Armor website.
Neat. Of course, people will complain. Many of those same people will also think K98s and original AKs are cool.
It’s fascinating the people that do complain forget how many blacks fought for Rhodesia too. I want this kit for an old beater 870 I have lying around and their instructions are hilarious
I’m complaining because you just need small tins of automotive enamel and a paint brush.
Sure, that is how it was done originally but matching those colors isn’t easy.
I saw a SEAL Krylon-ing a rifle (more like touching it up) with a shaker-can, once, and I was like hmmm?
And that is the difference between a tool and a prized possession
Isn’t that camo banana a bit … racist?
/sarc (for those that need it)
They also had AKs, (cut-down) RPDs, Uzis, and M16A1s that would look good in this camo. Duracoat has been marketing a Rhodesian camo kit for many years now, but I’ve only seen pictures of it on the internet.
Also, it is an indisputable historical fact that life in “rayciss” Rhodesia was much better than under Mugabe’s Zimbabwe for everyone except Mugabe. Anyone who disagrees is either some sort of commie and/or an anti-white SJW.
Let’s slot some floppies and keep them north of the Zambezi!
🤣 They also used quite a bit of Nam slang too.
I though Rhody camo looked way less attractive than that. Wasn’t it a lighter/uneven brown color?
It is, Vickers built a Rhody FAL and he sourced real paint.
are you fucking kidding me??? this is fucking idiotic.
Yes. Only kidding.
“Painstakingly reproduced” colors that may then be haphazardly slapped onto some poor firearm, derp.
This is the same kind of scam as ‘distressed’ finishes
That’s how troops did it back then. There was no set patterns. I do the same thing with krylon. Could GAF what others think.
Distressed finish equals POSER in my book.
The Rhodesian camouflage brush stroke pattern is my favorite pattern. I wouldn’t want to paint a Belgian FAL 5O.00 or a SAR-48 though.
You failed to hold it. It ain’t yours anymore. Sucks to be you.
Bitchin Rhody. It sure brought the snobs and virtue commandos out of the woodwork.