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Old 07-11-2012, 01:20 PM
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Do any of you use army surplus as part of your survival gear?
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yes. most of my gear was issued or Acquired by uncle sam.
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Yes, well, just off the top of my head I can only think of my mortar ammo can that is army surplus. I use it to store some of my ammo.
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I used to find all kinds of useful things at local army surplus stores, until they start catering to mall-ninjas and those who have been watching too much History Channel lately.

Now I'm finding way too much knock-off gear, walls of solid bushcraft blades replaced by fantasy swords with rat-tail tangs, and 'civilian' MREs by the case.
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YOU BET!!!!!!
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I have a collection of field gear that is surplus, mixed with some civilian camping gear and some odds and ends left over from my law enforcement days.
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Ammo cans, A.L.I.C.E strap with lumbar support I moded onto my pack, GI shovel in the truck, mess kit....., yeah I got a few pieces here and there. The trick is to know whats quality and whats junk. Freaking zombie, mall ninja, tactical crap crowd has been gotten a **** ton of junk onto the market.
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I thought most people new that surplus is durable and much cheaper than most civilian items; therefore, probably most preppers/campers/outdoorsmen use surplus gear.
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Yes. Food, gear, clothing, guns, ammo.........you name it. Genuine military surplus can offer the best value for the money. Not much out there at the give-away prices it went for in years past though.
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Yes. Food, gear, clothing, guns, ammo.........you name it. Genuine military surplus can offer the best value for the money. Not much out there at the give-away prices it went for in years past though.
Yeah, about the same for me. I have some of all of those things, except ammo.

And for the same reasons. Much of it is built to last.
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Ammo boxes...painted cherry red with the stenciled with the caliber of ammo they contain in bright yellow or Green!

Makes ammo easy to find in a pile!

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I have bits and pieces of surplus. I find that some of the higher end civvy gear is better, but it's sure a lot more expensive. I have a ton of surplus ammo cans and containers of all sorts, surplus clothes, etc.
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I looked at high end civvie stuff as well. However, having served four years active duty and four reserve, I use what I know. I humped an ALICE pack way more than I care to remember, so that and the "old style" web gear is what I prefer if I have to move on foot any appreciable distance. I know how to get the most out of packing it, and I know my limits concerning weight and distance. And too many times I had to use the quick release on the ALICE pack which is darn handy.

E-tool, poncho and liner, two quart canteens with the insulated holders, butt packs (one on the ALICE and one on the web gear) and the M9 bayonet, not as an actual bayonet but as a general field knife. And nothing beats the original GI lensatic compass for longevity and durability, though they can be pricey. Waterproof bags, and GI wool blankets. the blankets are great, keep you warm even when wet (Which I've had to test too many times).

If you are interested in GI surplus, buy a little and try it camping or hiking. if you decide it's not for you, it is easy to resell it.
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I've got my two original green sea bags from the Navy. packed with extra clothing. My neighbor gave me his army shoulder ammo bag from his Korean days. I've stitched my holster inside one of the pockets and i have one other large pocket for extra gear and two small pockets for extra clips. I can get four clips into them. So yeah is my answer.
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90% of my gear is USGI surplus. I use what is tried and true, and also what I am most familiar with. Fawking around with surplus gear is second had to me, almost muscle memory.

It is affordable and durable, but.. not always light weight. If your a gram hiker, you really should be a member of an AT thru hiker forum and not here...

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Not one single item for me.
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These days you are lucky to find much actual surplus gear in these stores. Uncle Sam tends to repurpose old gear to the Guard units or to 3rd world allies.

What you find in surplus stores now is usually copies made in China. Cheap copies, I might add.
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Medium ALICE pack on a DIY PVC pipe pack frame, kidney belt replaced with a new MOLLE 2 kidney belt.

One of my favorite items is the U.S. GI canteen, nesting canteen cup with ALICE pouch for both.

I also have sets of surplus woodland camo BDU's for both my and Mrs Cricket's B.O.B.s
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