SHOT Show Gun Fashion: Zombie Green Is Out, Artic White Is In

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After spending four days walking up and down the aisles at the SHOT Show, we’re happy to report that the whole zombie green thing seems to pretty much be dead. On the other hand, we did see a few manufacturers promoting guns adorned in “arctic white” stocks, and scope manufacturers such as Schmidt & Bender offering scopes finished in white. And, as Chris already posted, Tapco is producing AR furniture in white. Will this be a new trend, or is white just the color of the month? More pics of the limited edition Steyr AUG stock after the jump . . .


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This new limited edition stock is the perfect gift for that AUG junkie in your life; its sure to be a collector’s item once they are all gone.

Courtesy Joe Grine


  1. avatar Thomas Paine says:

    prepping for another Arctic Vortex.

    1. avatar Rad Man says:

      The 10th Mountain Division has already placed orders, I’m sure.

    2. avatar KCK says:

      Guns use lubricants (oil).
      Gun make smoke.
      Mix the three.
      I detect an incompatibility with Artic White unless you like Grimy Gray eventually.

  2. avatar Peter says:

    I’m eagerly awaiting a slew of evil bla…white rifles!

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      And OFWG will have to change to OFWRG.

  3. avatar A-Rod says:

    it is only a matter of time for some one to rampage with a white rifle and the media will go apeshit about ‘evil white rifles’. It’s racism I tell you!

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      Definitely racist. Can’t wait for Jesse or Al to complain and get the charge thrown at them

    2. avatar Steve says:

      Whiteys always keeping them down…

    3. avatar MMinSC says:

      I can’t wait for an evil white rifle. My black one is unreliable.

      1. avatar Dustin Eward says:

        Yeah, mine just keep applying for foodstamps… Haven’t shot up any schools like I was hoping. So lazy… Would you beleive I caught one with a bag of weed the other day? And don’t get me started about the pants… Why haven’t the polymer receiver MFRs done this? I know one did, but they got really, really harassed by the ATF and haven’t seen any DeWalt AR-15s in ages… Seems the government is putting a lot of effort into keeping everything except the black rifles down…

        It might be sarcastic satire, but there’s still a pattern…

  4. avatar Gun_Chris says:

    I wish I could understand how trends worked. I don’t imagine this is coming just from the gun community, because movies (ex. Catching Fire) were apparently way ahead of the curve on this whole arctic white thing.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      Although they were 100% on board with the traditional “P90 is the gun of the future” trope.

      1. avatar CA.Ben says:

        And the “who actually needs those silly sights?” fad.

        1. avatar Kevin A says:

          The best scene was when the dude on the MRAP dropped his rifle and almost lost it.

    2. avatar Rokurota says:

      “District 9” also had white UN arms.

  5. avatar aalbert says:

    I like the idea. If the polymers are porous similar to Magpul’s, they can be dyed to any color.

    1. avatar Dave says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. If the price is right you can paint the stocks to your liking.

    2. avatar A samurai says:

      Does that mean that the white stocks will stain under hard use? WIll solvents or carbon or even dirt get imbedded in the porous surface and make the guns look dingy, quickly?

      1. avatar Second Amendment says:

        They will look like dirty kitchen appliances in no time…and they won’t even make a sammich.

        1. avatar Cliff H says:

          But they will help you shoot something with which to make a sammich. Try THAT with Cuisinard!

      2. avatar Stinkeye says:

        Yeah, I predict this trend will last for about the time it takes for people to take these guns to the range and realize that once they start shooting them, that brilliant white becomes a dingy gray and looks like crap.

    3. avatar Dustin Eward says:

      Then I guess it bears repeating; the point is to easilly dye/paint it another color. I don’t drive a car in primer, either…

  6. avatar Guy says:

    Does anyone here have any experience with the AUG? I’d like to hear some first-hand reports on how they handle and shoot, and how hard it is to get parts for one.

    1. avatar Joe Grine says:

      The ergonomics are quite good, once you get used to them. The only complaint you typically hear is that the triggers are heavy and creepy (which is typical of most bullpups). The new Steyr AUGs have way better triggers than the Pre-ban ones from the 1980s & Early 1990s.

      1. avatar aalbert says:

        My friend has one and i’ve shot it quite a bit. the above comment is exactly how I feel about it.

      2. avatar BillF says:

        Can’t wait to see some of your winter outdoor shots of these, Joe. Your photography and eye for composition is amazing.

      3. avatar William Burke says:

        The ergonomics are quite striking the first time you pick it up; there is no need to wait for it.

        My take on the Arctic White is: what is the real benefit of this? A white rifle in a green or tan (or mixed) environment is FAR more noticeable than a green or tan rifle in a snow field. Sounds like a less than beneficial tradeoff to me.

        1. avatar ShaunL. says:

          I’m also MUCH less likely to be out hunting in the snow…. at ground level…. wearing all white.

          How many gun guys even OWN white pants?

      4. avatar Oxygenthief says:

        I own an AUG A3 CQC. The factory trigger, as others have said, is typical of bullpups. Somewhere around 10 – 11 lbs. You can get a Ratworx hybrid trigger mod (HTM) that will drop it down to 5-6 lbs, as I have.

        On a side note, with the CQC the added weight balances out the 42 round mags. This is the first rifle I have ever been able to shoot unsupported with just one hand (meaning the butt of the rifle not tucked into my shoulder). Ergonomics are exceptional. Plus it shoots well, best accuracy on my part was 1.25 MOA.

      5. avatar Dustin Eward says:

        Kel Tec has a beautiful trigger in it’s RFB Bullpup.

        I’ve wondered if the ATF would frown on an electronic trigger for precisely this use… Make it complicated enough that it wouldn’t be easilly altered to become full auto… Zero creepy. Crisp and perfect like a tactile switch/button press…

        Yes. I’m a bit of an RFB fanboy… Because it’s just so awesome! It deserves some fanboying!

  7. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    Is this because of the Arctic vortex snow storm camo needed or the global warming, everything is sun-bleached white camo needed? Wait. It’s dual (or duel) purpose…

  8. avatar S.dogood says:

    its for when we fight the aliens in space cause you cant see a black rifle in space ….

  9. avatar BillF says:

    Every milkman will want one.

  10. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    Hunger Games is the new Zombie.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      What a shame. Zombies are a much cooler Apocalypse than mass starvation via government manipulation, even though the latter is far more likely to envelop us.

    2. avatar Jeff says:

      it’s cool that The Stig found work in a future without Top Gear

  11. avatar disthunder says:

    Coyote tan will always be my first choice, but artic has got be a close second.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I like sage green.

  12. avatar General Zod says:

    Arctic white with stainless steel…the perfect combo to escape the evil black rifle stigma.

    1. avatar lolinski says:

      Yeas, but stainless + black furinture creates awesome contrast. A good example is those ruger mini 14/30 “extreme weather” edition.

  13. avatar LongBeach says:

    No snow around here, but I still want a white rifle. Just in case I need to operate in arctic operations. Which, come to think of it, actually happens quite often. Fuggit, I’m getting a white rifle.

    1. avatar ropingdown says:

      It should look good at the beach, no? White reflects more of that warm CA sun, too.

  14. avatar Accur81 says:

    So, about the zombie green thing. Is it dead for the first time or the second?

    1. avatar LC Judas says:

      The silliness of this attempt at humor made me think.

      Zombies have crazed 3 separate times but…only once for the gun market officially. So we’ve put them down for the third time and green down for the first time if my count is right.

      1. avatar Gregolas says:

        It’s Schroedinger’s zombie: ” Is it dead or un-dead?”

        1. avatar ShaunL. says:

          @ Schroedinger-
          My answer was always a question…. Is the box airtight? If so just wait.

    2. avatar William Burke says:


  15. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Arctic white is silly and will go away quickly. It’ll look bright for about the first five minutes. Later, if it doesn’t turn yellow with prolonged sun exposure, it will only be because they’ve infused the resin with (expensive) titanium oxide. Either route will affect sales.

    Now, urban grey, that’s a color scheme I could work with.

    1. avatar LC Judas says:

      The “gunmetal grey” fad died with the natural stainless and chrome fad of the 80s and 90s. It should come back though; furniture was strictly wood or black and now we have choices

      I’ve heavily considered cerakote or other aftermarket refinish options for the color (and durability) but can’t pull the trigger on it as of yet. Unjustifiable cost at this point.

    2. avatar William Burke says:

      I’m not so sure about that. Titanium dioxide is in many things like toothpaste and bar soap, and those are not expensive items.

      As for “urban grey”, only a certain few cities are colorless enough to make grey the better option. Manchester, maybe. A few other really drab ones. For most urban areas, some sort of mixed pattern, like Multicam or A-TACS AU, are the better option.

      1. avatar ShaunL. says:

        Detroit makes “urban gray” look positively festive.

  16. avatar GSRpositive says:

    Interesting. Just this morning I was pondering the possibility of an all-white M1903A3.
    Then I slapped myself.

    1. avatar S.dogood says:

      as a milsurp guy if i would ever see that i would have to punch the person who owns it

    2. avatar MMinSC says:

      So you want a parade rifle to spin around in a marching band?

  17. avatar lolinski says:

    I am jealous of people who live in arctic environments, imagine; Only one camo necessary.

  18. avatar Diane Feinstein says:

    Buy it while you can.

  19. avatar Rick says:

    it always goes back to black.

    but good on less zombie stuff. I can’t resist it and my budget suffers LOL

  20. avatar Taylor Tx says:

    Perfect, now I can start building a proper stormtrooper blaster, who needs an E-11 🙂

    I really have been thinking about just painting my AR lately, seems easier and I cant afford cerakote atm.

  21. avatar Larry says:

    At the rang yesterday there was a guy at the next station with an AR-15 by I have no idea that was interesting wood stock and for end and grip in a nice high figure walnut, the upper and lower had what looked like color case hardining but I would guess it was a float like real tech camo… Things like the safety and trigger were high polish fire blue…. The barrel was polished blue black …. Sort of surprised it was not octagon!
    I guess he wanted his “black gun” to look like it had been built by Winchester in the 1890s!

    In short it was a i guess a “steam punk” version…. Now I know that there is no accounting for taste but to me this looked downright odd…. Sort of surprised he did not have wood veneer glued to his magazines

      1. avatar Larry says:

        Yep just like that only not quite as shined up the reason I thought the color on the upper and lower was fake was that it looked too good to be real!
        Lot of money for a 5.56 plinker though

      1. avatar Larry says:

        Yes I think it was but the wood on the one I saw was a LOT nicer highly figured

  22. avatar Gregolas says:

    I dunno, this looks like something the Lone Ranger would like to tool up with. Sorta looks like the perfect gun for “Lone Ranger II: The 21st Century”.
    “Who was that masked man?”
    “I dunno, but he left this 5.56….”
    (In the distance)” Hi-yo Steyr! Away!”

  23. avatar Coyote says:

    I thought I’d like it, but it looks like an old Lazer Tag rifle I had in college…

  24. avatar Skylor says:

    It’s the Imperial Storm Trooper look. It’s better than Zombie green at least.

    1. avatar Model66 says:

      My thoughts exactly. Just a matter of time until the media relates us to the Dark Side.

  25. avatar Defens says:

    I had a pre-ban AUG for several years – I could swear that the white stocks were available back in the 90’s, in limited production. Maybe SARCO found a dusty crate back in a warehouse somewhere and sold them back to Steyr?

  26. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

    Thank god for zombie green being out, but now I can’t shoot after labor day?

  27. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m waiting for furniture in fuschia. Or puce. Or green chiffon, which matches my complexion when I see guns draped in designer colors.

    Do we really want our guns to look like they came from “Project Runway?”

    1. avatar ShaunL. says:

      It always bothers me when I see guns painted bright colors. How do you teach people that guns are not toys if you paint them to look like a toy?

      I’d be willing to bet a kid would pick up the bright colored gun over the gun colored gun most of the time as well as being more likely to “play around” with it.

      It’s like trying to take the guy in the tie dyed shirt seriously…

  28. avatar GlennG says:

    Introducing Steyr’s new rifle for Apple aficionados – the iAUG.

    1. avatar ShaunL. says:

      Will it be twice as expensive as comparable models?

      1. avatar SigGuy says:

        Yes, and it will include an iSight.

  29. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    I really like the look of these Arctic White rifles, but (as others have already noted) they’re not going to stay white for long once you shoot them unless they’re Duracoated.

    I have a hard enough time keeping the Desert Tan furniture on my AK from becoming a grimy brownish sludge; I actually use baby wipes every few cleanings to get the oils and dirt off the plastic furniture.

  30. avatar IA says:

    Limited edition? Pshhht. I’ll just cerarkote it white if i ever get one. I do like the color though.

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