It’s no secret that being a hobbyist gun owner can be expensive. There are tons of peripherals that seem to just add up over time and might be putting a dent in your wallet. One often overlooked way to pick up gear for cheap, however, is military surplus. This is equipment that has been retired or discarded from the army and is being sold at discount prices to the general public. This equipment may not be the top of the line but it’ll be cheap, usually fairly well made, and generally you can find tons of great stuff with lots of applicable uses. Military surplus stores can be found all across the country and here we’ll look at a few different things that you’ll likely be able find and might make for a good and cheap purchase.
Clothing and camouflage is generally ubiquitous among military surplus stores. This means boots, hats, pants, shirts, jackets, and pretty much everything. This gear is usually cheap to purchase and generally of a ‘practical’ quality. It will be sturdy and well made but perhaps not the highest quality available. This gear is great for hunting and camping. Additionally there is a lot of tactical gear that can be bought which includes vests, belts, helmets, backpacks, gas masks, and all sorts of goodies. Check it out and you might just be surprised what you’ll find.
For any survivalists out there you might want to think about becoming friends with the employees at your local military surplus store. There are tons of great options for those who are interested in preparing for the unknown catastrophes of the future. You can buy bulk emergency meal kits, medical kits, compasses, water purification systems, and all sorts of goodies that’ll come in handy in the event of a disaster. I was even able to find a radiation detector while browsing military surplus online.
Military surplus is also a great boon for all of the campers and hunters out there. You can buy tents, mosquito nets, backpacks, boots, lanterns, flashlights, camo, cots, canteens, rope, and more at most military surplus stores. Camping equipment can be quite expensive when you shop at some of the high end retailers and it really shouldn’t be when you can pick up most of the same stuff for half the price at military surplus. While it might not be name brand it will certainly get the job done.
Lastly, there’s lots of good gun peripherals to be bought as well. Some stores will sell ammunition though this is actually less common. More likely you will be able to find hard and soft cases, sights, grips, holsters, ammo cans, slings, and much more. Really, you never know what you’ll find but there will always be a lot to choose from. Check out military surplus next time you’re looking for a budget solution to a need for gear.