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Posted: 12/26/2005 7:07:04 PM EDT
Tell us about the best or most interesting items you have ever found in an army surplus type store.

I really dont have anything thing special to share but i know there are people out there who have "happened" upon some rare items in these stores so lets hear about it!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:08:01 PM EDT
nuttin but junk and weird smells
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:09:12 PM EDT
$1 ammo pouches which got turned in instead of my nearly new issue ones, since CLEAN was the only condition they had to be in for turn in.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:11:05 PM EDT
Nothing.

Crappy knives,
Rusty ammo cans,
dumb bumper stickers,
paintball crap,
BDU's,
and as said before, bad smells.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:15:16 PM EDT
M-16 30 round and 20 round mags for 2 dollars apiece............I bought them all
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:16:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:16:26 PM EDT
Nothing good
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:18:06 PM EDT
Old ass Army baseball cap(Viet Nam vintage),jungle boots,they're like tennis shoes for driving 18 wheelers.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:19:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:21:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:26:30 PM EDT
A dozen lightly used milsurp M16 mags for 25 cents each in 1990 at Aarcos in Columbus, GA.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:29:06 PM EDT
My BIL got me a dummy grenade for a Christmas gag gift one year. There's a mil. surplus store the next town over from me. I'll have to check it out.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:29:44 PM EDT
Top once gave me 500 plus rounds of LC,thinking I'd use it to train with my Colt AR,hell,I took it down to the surplus store and sold it for beer $$$$,damn was I a fool!!!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:33:01 PM EDT
Lots of cool stuff but the funniest was an old field telephone. I was probably 10 and my mother dropped me and a friend off at the surplus store while she ran other errands. We found this thing and I somehow got hold of the wires, not knowing exactly what the device was, as my buddy started cranking the damn thing. It shocked the hell out of me and my friend could not stop laughing. Ah, fun times.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 7:34:58 PM EDT
There was a store down in Traveler's rest that had an M5 Stuart. It didn't have the engines, but they said everything else in it worked ok. IIRC, they wanted $15,000 for it.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:09:03 PM EDT
Two surplus dutch 1 man tents with rubber bottoms, poles, guide lines and stakes for $24 each in perfect condition.

Four complete French M1 tents in perfect condition for $15-20 each.

1 Swedish Royal Crown 35L backpack in perfect condition for $10.

20 1000 yard targets for .50 cents each.

Lots of ammo cans in perfect condition.

Four Swedish cook sets with alcohol stoves for $5 each

Three Swiss Mountain cook sets for $3 each.

I have been lucky.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:17:57 PM EDT
Real A2 Cooper AF leather jacket..
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:21:36 PM EDT
One of those hammer/crowbar/nailpuller/hatchet thingies for $8. I should have bought one.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:23:25 PM EDT
Ive never found anything worth a shit, but I would like to find one like in the movies with the secret room in back with AT4s and miniguns hanging on the wall for rent.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:26:22 PM EDT
When I was a senior in high school, one weekend as we were preparing for a paintball game, I spotted a used LAW tube. Still telescoped and the sights were still intact.

Picked it up for like 20 bucks, mostly because I was 17 and didn't know the value of a dollar. But mostly because I'd be cool if I had a used LAW. This was in 97, and I even took it in to school to show one of our teachers who was a Marine at one point in his life. School didn't seem to have a problem. Walked right by the assistant principal with it.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:31:54 PM EDT
An M10 side charger assy for the M2 .50 cal. It cost me $10.00 and SARCO sells them for $750.00! I'm still trying to unload it for a couple hundred bucks!!!
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:33:32 PM EDT
The black inner sleeping bag for the three bag sleep system.
Got it for 5 bucks.

A wooden crate with hinged lid that 2.75" rockets were shipped in.
I painted it OD green, made a wooden cradle inside, added padding, and made a perfect
transit case for my semi-auto 1919A4. Got it for 10 bucks.



Link Posted: 12/26/2005 8:44:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MoparMike:
One of those hammer/crowbar/nailpuller/hatchet thingies for $8. I should have bought one.

Those things are worthless.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:16:58 PM EDT
An actual Vietnam era helmet cover for like 10 bucks

7 AR 30 rounders(GI) in REALLY good shape for 5 bucks apiece
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:36:23 PM EDT
This won't be that exciting to most of you but I was happy as a pig in ****. I came across some military issue over whites, the heavy cotton type with snaps and ties at lower edge and waist. They're the best ones I've ever used and I got a parka for $10.00.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:38:30 PM EDT
The smells are unique, anyway.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:41:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By nf9648:
Ive never found anything worth a shit, but I would like to find one like in the movies with the secret room in back with AT4s and miniguns hanging on the wall for rent.



+1
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 9:46:54 PM EDT
Five dollar hand grenades. Real yellow stripe pineapples. Where I grew up, an old geezer had a store and had about 1/2 an old double layer crate of them. Today, they would be screaming terrorist and all sorts of lefty horseshit, back then it was three days of fun for under a hundred bucks.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:06:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2005 10:19:54 PM EDT by raven]
Probaly the jacket I wear, a synthetic wool coat from Norway. Also bought a US sythetic liner that was incredibly good, but it pilled like a mofo.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:11:47 PM EDT
A couple weeks ago, I picked up an IBA OTV with plates for a steal at the local surplus store. I don't really need it, so I plan on selling it.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 10:16:56 PM EDT
Bunch of USGI mags for $5 each., still in the .gov wrap.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 11:04:49 PM EDT
One surplus store I visited had a huge crate of these:




These are supposedly WW1 vintage.....but I bet they'd still work like a charm on a street full of dancing terrorist sympathizers.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 11:08:03 PM EDT
Back when 30 round mags were going for $30 or more, I found a store that had six for $9.95 each. Needless to say, I bought all six.
Link Posted: 12/26/2005 11:23:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GoVol98:
One surplus store I visited had a huge crate of these:

www.big-ordnance.com/Flechettes/Missile2.jpg


These are supposedly WW1 vintage.....but I bet they'd still work like a charm on a street full of dancing terrorist sympathizers.



What is it?
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 3:27:54 AM EDT
.mil gps computer and a pr of an/pvs-5 nvg's. coolest thing i ever got right up until cid contacted me to tell me they were stolen and asked me to bring them in...
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:08:56 AM EDT
The best thing I found?

"The reaaaal thiiiinng....

Heat seeking, shoulder fired, it's fucking disposable. You could take out a jumbo jet with one of these monkeys!"



Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:26:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MoparMike:

Originally Posted By GoVol98:
One surplus store I visited had a huge crate of these:

www.big-ordnance.com/Flechettes/Missile2.jpg


These are supposedly WW1 vintage.....but I bet they'd still work like a charm on a street full of dancing terrorist sympathizers.



What is it?




Flechettes...about the size of a fat tapered 30-06 round with wings. They'd drop them out of high flying airplanes/bi-planes to pierce the steel helmets of the Huns.
They were also used in Vietnam for jungle saturation.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:39:24 AM EDT
Does Sportsman's Guide count?

If so, then the new German military parka they sold last spring. Like 25 bucks and hands down the warmest coat I've got.

Right now they have a Norwegian parka for $20, which is ok but not as nice as the German one. They also have a Swedish one for $40 which looks really nice.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:41:11 AM EDT
Bought a V.N. short sleeve O.D. shirt with all the patches ripped off for five bucks. looked in the pockets and there were the patches
In country made Air Force Security Police 8th Air Force
Sewed them back on and sold it for $125.00
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:44:11 AM EDT
didn;t they call those flechettes "hush puppies" or "sleepy/lazy dogs"? something like that?
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:45:39 AM EDT
I got some nice boots and a $3 nylon M16/AR sling at my local store.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:51:28 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 4:51:39 AM EDT
the first handgun i ever "owned", a reminton slide on an alloy 1911 receiver. I talked my mom into buying it at Uncle Sam's Surplus store when i was like 14. I then talked her out of it about 8 years later.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 5:02:57 AM EDT
Two brand new ceramic plates rated M-80 tested. XL and brand new $200.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 5:08:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GoVol98:
One surplus store I visited had a huge crate of these:

www.big-ordnance.com/Flechettes/Missile2.jpg


These are supposedly WW1 vintage.....but I bet they'd still work like a charm on a street full of dancing terrorist sympathizers.



I've seen a few vintage ww1 flechettes.. None that looked like that, but I have a feeling that they weren't exactly made to a standard type. Anything they could heave a bucket of over the side would have worked.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 5:43:31 AM EDT
I asked if they had any m16 mag pouches. Guy says "Yeah, we just got 10 in and I haven't even opened the box. I paid $1 each, I sell them to you for $3 each or $2 each if you buy all 10."

I gave him a $20 and walked out with 10 mag pouches...........full of mags!

SRM
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:11:39 AM EDT
Several things...

Found 20 rounds of 13mm Mauser, which I shot up in a WWI vintage anti-tank rifle I had in younger days. Neato, but I still cringe when I think about it. That's the most brutal recoil I've ever felt.

Got a complete Swiss pattern '18 uniform, webbings, belt, canteen, trousers, steel pot, tunic and undershirt - basically everything but the boots for $75. A steal, even then.

At a sale at DCSC in Columbus (they used to do a sale every month), I got a complete Jeep motor, still in the crate packed in grease. I didn't have any use for it, but I knew someone would so I bought it and later sold it to a local guy that does military vehicle restorations....made $800 on the deal! Probably could have made more if I had held on to it. Oh well.

Local shop near me blew out a whole truckload of ammo cans for $1 each, and they're clean as a whistle. Had alot of sizes, too. 50's, 5.56, 30cal, you name it.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:14:37 AM EDT
Milspec mags that took a little sorting through, but, found 15 good ones
for 3 bucks a piece, used.

Not had one go bad yet.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:28:37 AM EDT
Probably the time I went to this run-down, crammed surplus store that was owned by some little bald headed crazy guy that always finished every bit of advice he had with "think about it".

Anyways, he offered to give me an empty can of Zyklon-B and live M72 anti-tank rocket.

I passed on it and got the fuck out of there.
Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:38:55 AM EDT
I remember back in the mid-sixties when I was a kid there was a army-navy surplus store a couple of miles fron where we lived in Ft. Worth.

Military surplus stores were much different than they are now.

There was still quite a bit of WWII and korean war vintage gear available.

My favorite stuff to get was helmets,bayonets,old uniforms,G.I. leggings,
old unit patches,web pistol belts and medals.

For some time the old Italian bayonets were available and they were literally a sword in the hands of a young gladiator.

Lucky us boys didn't get hurt worse than what we did.

It was quite a sight all the neiborhood boys playing army dressed up in that musty smelling gear having pellet gun wars down at the creek.

Some of those boys went off to viet-nam.

Some of those boys did'nt come home.

Link Posted: 12/27/2005 6:39:56 AM EDT
BDU pants with a $20 bill in one pocket.
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