Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, is getting a storm of media attention these days as the man at the center of the standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge between ranchers and the federal government over grazing rights.
But here at Kit Up, we’re interested in knowing more about the guy standing next to him in the photograph above — the one who appears to be wearing MultiCam, the camouflage pattern that resembles the one recently adopted by the U.S. Army.
For background, the service last year adopted an updated version of the Scorpion camouflage pattern, known officially as the Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP. It’s based in part on a pattern developed jointly by the Army’s Natick Labs and Crye Precision, a company that sells a commercial variant known as MultiCam that the Army selected in 2010 as its official pattern for Afghanistan.
While the man in the photograph may, at first glance, look like a soldier, he may just be playing the part.
In addition to the camouflage uniform and matching boonie cap, he’s also wearing commercially available tactical patches bearing the America flag and such logos as “Liberty or Death: Don’t Tread on Me” with an accompanying scull and cross bones, “In God We Trust,” and “We the People.”
He’s certainly making a statement, the question is what exactly. What do you think — bad ass or mall ninja?