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Why are Mil Style Rifles black?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Afy, Jul 21, 2010.

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  1. Afy

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    Is there a reason of the EBR's to be Black?
     
  2. Gottahaveone

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    Well, having walked thru a jungle at night where there was a reasonable expectation that there was a not so friendly person hiding there, I felt that even my eyeballs were too shiny. Can't say I'd have wanted a weapon with chrome plating and lot's of reflective surfaces. The thing about black is that it's not an actual color, it's a lack of reflection of any *particular* color. What I mean is, something that looks blue isn't actually blue, it just absorb's all wavelengths except those our eyes perceive in the blue part of the spectrum. It reflects those. And most EBR's aren't really black, it just sounds good :)
     
  3. Robert

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    Shiny things on the battlefield are called targets. And in recent years other flat colors are being used as black can stand out in say a brown environment.
     
  4. Bovice

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    well if they aren't really black, they sure look like it!
     
  5. GunsBeerFreedom

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    While the above is true, black is also highly visible with current night vision technology. It's the brightest thing you can see (for the life of me, I couldn't explain why though).
     
  6. Kwanger

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    Because they would look ridiculous in pink and our troops wouldn't carry them ;)
     
  7. Owen

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    black is visible in thermal sights because of its thermal emissivity. Just as black abosirbs enrgy the fasteset, it also emits it the fastest...

    Military small arms are rapidly moving away from black for a number of reasons, and this is just one of them. Among other things, there are very few things in nature that are actually black, which makes black an eyecatching color.
     
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    Because phosphate anticorrosion coatings are black, and polymer with added carbon to make it UV-stable is black unless you add additional colorants or use more expensive UV stabilizers.
     
  9. JTH

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    How do weapons with a Parkerized finishes fit in this scenario?
    JT
     
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    We also moved away from wood cause a bullet strike usually destroys a wood stock. The m14's that our DM's carry went to a sage international stock. Personally I like the wood stocks better.
     
  11. cougar1717

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    Because Eugene Stoner said so?
     
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    Because they are evil machines whose only purpose is the destruction of mankind. lol. Personally, I like them that way...
     
  13. paintballdude902

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    they're not black they're blue adjust your monitor.... jk its an old smurphs commercial
     
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    A bullet strike will wreck a wooden or plastic stock -- but plastic and fiberglass do not warp in high humidity, unlike wooden stocks as was seen in Vietnam and earlier.
     
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    Is black the least expensive, manufacturing wise?
     
  16. BADUNAME37

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    Because WHITE would show the dirt, grease, oil, etc.;)
     
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    You're only half right, it actually emits it slower (rather it retains heat better), but that is why it is more visible in thermal type night vision.

    :)
     
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    Would a brown finish, like the old British Brown Bess, reflect less energy? Would a camo finish be better than a solid colour?
     
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    When concerning the recent Garands (actual milsurp AND mil style) because the Greeks finish them that way:)
     
  20. Pony Express

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    because only evil black rifles can kill people

    just ask our lawmakers
     
  21. W.E.G.

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    Nothing a can of Krylon won't fix if you disagree with the factory finish.
     
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    Nope. Black has the highest emissivity. This means it radiates energy the fastest (well a real black body does not exist, but black surfaces are closer than grey or white). Look up the stefan-boltzman law.
     
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    Everyone knows that black is the primary color simply because it is just so damn cool. Everyone wants to be badass and fight in style! lol
     
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    Why not black? Are you a racist?

    (just kidding)
     
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    It IS racism.
    Al
     
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