Are you a big fan of navy seals? Does the uniform attract you? Well, I am not just a fan of uniforms; I am in love with their rifles. The famous worldwide M-4, which is from the family of M-16, catches my eyes every time. After learning shooting and passing the shooting test, my dream was to join the naval organization. Unfortunately, fate was something else. 

Clark was also a fan of the naval force, and luckily, he got the chance to practice with naval seals. At that time Clark told me that navy seals paint their rifles for a specific purpose. The seals paint their rifle’s mechanical parts to blend with the environment. When some readers asked me the procedure of rifle painting, I remember the time when Clark used to tell me his naval experiences.

How do navy actually seals paint their rifles?

Painting a locally available rifle is different from painting a naval rifle. The procedure may be similar, but army acts made it different. Some rules and regulations imposed by higher authorities are to be followed to paint a naval rifle. Naval seals perform this task efficiently under the supervision of laws made by officials. So, that is why you cannot compare your painting way with a naval seal painting way.

When I went through some videos on YouTube, I found a channel called Vigilance Elite. The guy who runs this channel is a retired naval seal. I found a video on his channel very interesting. In this video, he explains the painting procedure. Furthermore, explaining the difference between cerakote and spray paint.

Here I have gathered every possible information regarding rifle painting of navy seals to explain every tiny bit. Scroll down below to find how navy seals paint their rifles.

Permission grant for painted rifles

The U.S decided to grant permission and issued details about the painting procedure. The officials consider it fine art. Paint the rifle in a way that doesn’t disturb its functional properties.

Advantages of painting rifles:

Army and navy officers considered rifle painting essential because it benefits to protect the personnel from enemies. In the First World War, camouflage term was used instead of rifle painting. Though camouflage is a broader term, painting or any other way of camouflage is used to deceive enemies.

3-steps to paint rifles efficiently

Step #1 Cleaning

The foremost step before doing anything artistic is cleaning. First, remove any dirt, impurities or oil to stick the paint easily. Remove the parts attached to rifles. The bolt, bolt carrier, assembly, and charging handle are removed first before painting. For cleaning efficiently, the authorities approved flammable and toxic dry-cleaning liquid. But one should be careful before working with this liquid.

Step #2 Taping

The authorities provide manuals for seals to read before painting a rifle. It is essential to protect every moving part of a rifle. Be it a magazine catch or its release button, and it should be protected before spraying paint. The seals are responsible for properly masking the serial number and model number. Moreover, the barrel should be covered with earplugs when performing painting tasks.

Step#3 Painting

Here comes the most important step. If the seal is planning to paint the rifle, he should be careful enough to perform this duty. According to some former naval seals, the color scheme for painting is light to dark. Clark told me that there is a certain distance like 6 to 8 inches for naval seals from weapons to dust the gun lightly. He added that some of his colleagues used to layer the foliage with grass and then paint it for the natural look. Here comes the most important point to save you from wasting your time. It would be best not to spend time painting the barrel because the paint burns off when it is heated.


According to the officials, the U.S army is responsible for following the instructions of federal and military standard authority. According to federal and military standards, the paint used on rifles must be a chemical agent resistant coating. This type of paint is also popular with the name camouflage paint. The camouflage paint helps to increase surveillance on the battlefield. When it comes to the U.S, the government itself possesses the rights of chemical agent-resistant coating (CARC). The government allowed some manufacturers in the U.S to produce camouflage paint for military use.

The CARC is considered special due to its two-component composition. The U. S naval seals have been painting their rifles with CARC since 1985. The composition of paint allows decontamination from liquid chemical agents. It is composed in a way that gives protection to weapons from harsh weather, moisture, hydrocarbons, and toxic acids. The two important components of CARC are polyester resin and aliphatic isocyanate.

The U.S army is not only responsible for defense but also it is responsible for taking care of the environment when painting rifles. The clean air act amended in 1990 clearly explains the importance of environmental protection. For this reason, the U.S research laboratory researched a lot to develop a paint that contains lower VOC content. One interesting thing designed by U.S officials is the unique reference number for each color. This reference number tells that armies always work on discipline and principles.

I hope you guys are now aware of the painting procedure. Comment down below if you want to share any suggestions. 

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