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My first exposure to SHOT Show 2017 were a couple of bright, smiling dudes who warmly greeted me as I walked onto the range on day one.  Marc and Buck seemed to have a constant smile as they handed out samples of their product, and introduced me to Lucille, a barbed wire-laced slugger by Praetorian Ventures who set up a demo nearby.  I had to try Predator Warpaint upon my return home.

Most of us in the military are used to putting all kind of crap on and in our bodies, wether because we have to or we’re told to.  The later doesn’t necessarily imply any practical reasoning or necessity.  Camo paint is no different.  There are only so many options out there, and when you need to apply some big boy make up and go to work, you use what you have to.  Until now.

Predator Warpaint is not only an option to your traditional camo paint or camo stick, it’s a much better option.  You have your choice of container, or compact I believe is the proper word.  A round 3-color can similar to a chew tin, or a rectangular 5 color case.

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Both have mirrors in the lids, which you can use for making sure your stripes are asymmetrically beautiful, or signaling your buddies over at the PX that you need more beer.  Speaking of beer, the round container cleverly disguises a bottle opener, should your hands or teeth be too tired from making grass grow.

I immediately noticed that the mirror is much clearer and stays cleaner, as opposed to issued or GI purchased stuff I am used to.

It’s made of high quality polycarbonate and makes the whole process more enjoyable, when you can actually see what you’re doing.  Another noticeable difference is the fact that the paint goes on light, not at all greasy, and I seemed to need less of it than usual.  The container is deeper, and has more content that my comparative case I got a LeJeune years ago.  In fact, both containers carry more paint than anything I have previously purchased.

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Some not so obvious awesomeness, is that Predator Warpaint offers SPF 50 protection, which becomes critical when you’re out in the elements and heat for days of training.  Yes, sun rays can get you through a tree canopy, and the longer you can stay out without heat exhaustion, the less hydration and performance issues you will have, and the more mission-effective you will be.  Thank you, Yoda.

The product is sweat-resistant also, and the colors are sharp to where they will not bleed over unless you decide to mix and match.

Predator War Paint is made in USA, by veterans and for those who are still carrying the torch and fighting the good fight.  For SHOT 2017 they offered a 25% off coupon of “SHOTSHOW2017”.  You will pay a few bucks more for this better version of grunt’s make up – and it’s worth it.  More product, longer lasting, easier cleaned with mild soap and water, and made by the guys who put their hearts into what they do.

Like a lot of great ideas, Predator Warpaint was started out of a need, a lack of options in the field and a desire to make something better for Marc’s fellow warriors.  But to enjoy the fruits of his labor you merely have to be outdoors.  The release of SPF 30 sunscreen is just around the corner.  So, whether you’re slinging worms on the lake, hay at the farm or led at the range, this sunscreen promises to keep you performing and eliminate the need to buy lotions intended for kids and garden ferries.

Check out the coolness at www.PredatorWarpaint.com

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Rob has been in public service for some 17 years, holding several specialized assignments, and becoming a law enforcement and emergency services instructor. He has 10 years in the military and currently serving as a reservist, fire team leader and medic. He enjoys learning, writing, doing grunt work, and helping other vets in need. To further that goal, they started Grunt’s BBQ and Easy Company. A future mobile chow hall, coming to an AO near you.

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