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Vietnam Jungle Hammock

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Sleeping in a hammock When you are outdoors. It’s hot, wet, and infested with mosquitoes, bugs and snakes; and the last place you want to lay-in for the night is on the jungle floor. A hammock is the best way to sleep out in the wild , since it offers you an escape from the ravages of extreme environments. We know that when you think hammock, a net material comes first to mind. The ventilation provided by a netting is perfectly optimal on the beach or out in the backyard on a lazy Sunday afternoon. But if you are on top of a 1 inch square mesh fabric, there is no protection offered against mosquitoes and biting flies. So the military developed the solid nylon material  to sleep on. The nylon itself  is heavy-gauge weave like the latest issue nylon cot covers are today. The jungle hammock  is simple in design.  A sleeve, sewn…

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Mess Kits

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The design of the military mess kit was influenced by 2 factors. First, it was meant to serve men and women waiting in a food line. Second, it was never designed for hunting and foraging for food and then cooking, although, certainly that can be done. But even in the field of combat it was designed for mainly reheating and serving rations.  The mess kit is perfect for campers,hunters,boy scouts,preppers,survivalist, as well as the military because of its size and versatility. One side of the 2 piece kit has the handle which also serves to lock the other side down. This handle side swings open to help form a skillet of sorts so that you can warm or heat food on a fire and keep your hand away from the heat. The other side is divided in 2 sections to help separate side dishes.  One of the best parts about…

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M-1 Helmets

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The military M-1 helmet was designed by the United States during world war 2 and was used until 1985. Its design is so simple and effective that many other countries adapted at least some form of the m-1.  The iconic 2 pc helmet system features an outer steel shell and an inner safety type hard hat that carries a suspension system to allow the wearer to fit the helmet according to the size.  The steel pot  was made from hardened manganese steel with a crimped outer rim made of stainless steel to give the helmet a smooth edge. In early ww2 the crimped steel ring met at the front of the helmet(called front weld) . By 1943  the weld was moved to the back. The steel pot holds a chinstrap via 2 metal rings or bails that was rarely worn around the chin as soldiers were afraid that the enemy…

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Ammo Boxes

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An army surplus store staple, the revered ammo can is one of those genuine military issue items that can be indispensible in helping to store valuables as well as ammunition. Omahas Surplus stocks these in the thousands at all times due to such a high demand. While many ammo boxes from the military are made from wood, the most commonly reused for ammo are the metal variety.  The metal cans have rubber gaskets on the lids, and clamp-down super tight through the use of a camover latch that heps seal the gasket to the rim of the opening. Also on most tyoes of ammo cans the lid can be removed by sliding it apart at the hinges. This removal comes in handy if you dont want the lid in the way.   They are good for all kinds of ammunition storage as well as just handy to have around the garage…

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P-38 Can Opener

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Many say the P38 can opener was named ofter the P-38 lighting fighter plane because you can get into a can of rations so fast . Others point to the fact that after you open a can of k-rations or c-rations with one of these little busters, you can count 38 puncture marks around the outside of the lid. However the can opener also has a big brother called the p-51, but it leaves less puncture marks because of the size.  Still another theory is that they are named after their measurement in millimeters   They sit right there in front of any cash register, in any army navy store, all across the US. An army surplus staple, every other customer either has a question about, or wants to tell you about, the p-38 can opener. Whether you call them a “John Wayne” like the US Marine Corps, or just…

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Mk15 Mod 4 Practice Bomb

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Our Father bought these mk15 mod 4 100lb. practice bombs way back in 1982. The blue metal bombs were new in the original packing crates of 20 each and probably one of the best finds “the Old Man” ever bought.  Our dad recognized that these were not something you could just call up and get anytime you wanted them, so he bought them all. Today we still have quite a few remaining, and it is one of our most popular items for sale on the website. The bombs are completely inert, as they were only used for training purposes. Pilots will drop this type of training device to practice getting the bombs to their desired target. The hollow, steel structures were filled with water and sand to a weight of 100 pounds. Note: they only weigh about 20 pounds empty so don’t worry about the UPS driver throwing out his…

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