SKS chest rigs from China are widely available. However, this canvas and leather one from a country no longer allowing exports of antiques is a rare find. It has eight pockets to hold your Type 56 Carbine’s stripper clips in. The PLA’s star insignia is indistinguishable embossed on its shiny metal belt buckle. Over built and in great shape, you will be surprised to know this is a Vietnam Era piece of memorabilia.
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I usually find it quite difficult to find more than two uses out of most military surplus equipment. Designed to fulfill a specific need, gas masks and weapons gear top my list of favorite collectables. However, neither really are useful beyond its single purpose. Once and awhile, though a product comes along that is so versatile, I can’t pass it up—such as the tactical operator’s case. I’ve come up with 22 different uses. What about you?
Though you know heroes and freedom fighters of yesteryear used much of the military surplus items you acquire, it is rare to come across a piece with such a specific history. Buried deep in a Swiss bunker, we found original WWII, U.S. Mountain Troop ski goggles manufactured by Foster Grant. These well-worn military surplus goggles are a true piece of history. To know that a member of the “greatest generation” fought so hard in such harsh conditions fighting off the Germans, the well-worn goggles are worth every penny.
Thankfully arriving pre-assembled for “complete fighting order,” the Osprey MK4 body armor vest set is a smoking deal. It includes nine MOLLE pouches, which alone is worth the price of the entire rig. Incredibly well built, these vests are not Chinese imports made for those who play airsoft. They are the real deal and easily worth $300. However, Cheaper Than Dirt sells the whole unit for less than $100. Read why this is one heck of a deal for this true operator’s armor carrier.
Designed for an individual or for use on your battle buddy, this new Army first aid kit is standard issue for all American ground troops. It includes bandage, gauze, tape, a tourniquet and exam gloves. Conveniently packed in a useful, MOLLE-compatible Army digital camo pouch this first aid kit will treat anything from minor cuts to serious wounds.
Hot chocolate is not only yummy and comforting; it actually warms your up. You don’t have to forgo this delicious treat when the power goes out—severe winter weather is the perfect time to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate using a few ingredients from your long-term food storage and a gel fuel camp or survival stove. I whipped up my own ultra chocolaty version in about 20 minutes. Here is my favorite single-serving hot chocolate recipe using a Swiss military surplus gel fuel M1 stove kit.
For a review I wrote on repurposing military-surplus gear for camping, I set up Cheaperthandirt.com’s U.S. military pup tent—product MGR-812—for a photo shoot. The product does not come with instructions, so I asked our resident surplus expert how to assemble it. With the help of my trusty photographer, it only took us about 15 minutes to set up.
And so ends our story of the little rifle that could. It almost never made it to the range must less the war, laughed and scoffed at it still came to game and was loved and revered by those who carried it. For several years, I trusted my life to one. Today I would choose something different but back then I never had a doubt in the little brother, the M1 Carbine.
The U.S. military surplus ECWS modular sleeping system solves all of your sleeping bag needs. It goes from summer time camping to winter camping and keeps you dry in all weather.