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#80407 - 12/15/06 06:10 AM Military surplus stores
Frankie Offline
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Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 736
Loc: Montréal, Québec, Canada

I'm looking for a good military surplus store that sells authentic gear such as the mil spec paracord. Only two surplus stores have survived in Montréal and they don't have what I want. I was checking out armynavydeals.com because they opened a Canadian version at armynavydeals.ca and they seem to have many items I want to try such as the Esbit stove, cheap wool blankets, G.I. Aviation Survival Fire-Starter (I guess it's the Doan version) and other things. Does anybody have experience dealing with them and do you think they sell authentic gear, are they a serious military surplus?

Thank you

#80408 - 12/15/06 09:47 AM Re: Military surplus stores
Boacrow Offline

Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 85
I'm not sure about them but there is a couple of places I get stuff from. One is Cheaper than Dirt. They have alot of stuff for guns but they also have a few gems like med kits, paracord, and some really great deals on things like machetes and stuff too. I bought a MOLLE pack from them and I love it. Another place to check out is Coleman's Surplus. Not to be confused with Colemans camping gear. Here is a link to their site http://www.colemans.com/ .They seem to have a good deal of surplus but I have never done business with them so I don't know how reputable they are. I know they have had their website up for at least 5 years cause that's how long ago I found them. Good luck with your search and I hope that helps at least a little.

#80409 - 12/15/06 03:53 PM Re: Military surplus stores
Frankie Offline
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Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 736
Loc: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Good luck with your search and I hope that helps at least a little.

Thank you Boacrow.

#80411 - 12/15/06 10:19 PM Re: Military surplus stores
akabu Offline

Registered: 10/23/02
Posts: 97
Loc: Brooklyn NY

#80412 - 12/15/06 10:34 PM Re: Military surplus stores
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2828
Loc: La-USA
I like Cheaperthandirt.com and have had great success with their products. Pay attention to the write up on each product. That is how you know if you're buying army surplus, made to mil-spec's, or a civilian made version of something military.
The best luck is what you make yourself!

#80413 - 12/15/06 11:15 PM Re: Military surplus stores
Stretch Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 707
Loc: Alamogordo, NM

#80414 - 12/15/06 11:26 PM Re: Military surplus stores
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
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Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 3824
You need a primer in surplus speak. True surplus is just that; excess stores of obsolescent material or it's worn out. Never buy anything less than 'new, unissued' or 'excellent.' MILSPEC is kit made to, or exceeding it's issue counterpart by the same manufacturers or of the same material. 'Military type' is a optimistic euphemism for copycat junk.

#80415 - 12/15/06 11:57 PM Re: Military surplus stores
Frankie Offline
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Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 736
Loc: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Thank you Chris. Right now my priorities are for a couple of wool blankets. (The Esbit stoves and Doan magnesium bars will either wait or I'll just forget about them) Commercially available wool blankets are hard to come by and are so expensive, such is the Hudson's Bay point blanket and the one from customwoolenmills are too short and also a bit pricey. I visited the store where they issue gear for the Scouts in Montréal and found $20 so called "camp fire blankets" and it was written 50% recycled wool, 50% unknown fibers, dry clean only on the label. I don't know if it's a good choice but it sounds like they would be ideal for smothering flames in an emergency. After browsing several army surplus websites I'm leaning toward the swiss and italian 100% wool but they are "used like new condition". I guess you can't go too wrong with used wool blankets and just wash them to remove the smell. They had wool trousers at the local military surplus stores but they were indeed worn out.

#80416 - 12/16/06 01:31 AM Re: Military surplus stores
11BINF Offline

Registered: 10/05/03
Posts: 115
Loc: phx. az. u.s.a
frankie: the days of REAL military surplus is a thing of the past...well at least here in arizona....the good ol' smell of cigar and canvas is gone forever!!!...anymore my friend what you'll find is cheap china, tiawan, japan knockoff's ,cheap copys of hard to find military kit..these items are the main cause of kit failure in the field, and often blamed as "real surplus" by people that do'nt know the differance... .be very wary of the type of military kit you buy from a so called "surplus stores" ...you have been warned......by the way most euro gear is a good deal.... vince g. 11b infantry......

Edited by 11BINF (12/16/06 01:32 AM)

#80417 - 12/16/06 01:41 AM Re: Military surplus stores
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Registered: 03/12/06
Posts: 285
"Style" is another key word for useless junk, as in "GI style whatever".

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