Military surplus: Military surplus retailers struggle with short supplies – latimes.com

Military surplus: Military surplus retailers struggle with short supplies – latimes.com.

Via War News Updates.

I’ve been to a couple of the stores they mention.

There’s a lot less military surplus sold at military surplus stores these days.

In the last several years, the U.S. military has made major changes in how it disposes of used and unneeded items, putting a crimp in the supply lines of mom-and-pop surplus stores.

“It’s getting harder to get a lot of the real surplus,” said Jaime Edell Naylor, co-owner of the sprawling Surplus Store in Los Angeles. The business started out in 1945 selling leftover parts from military aircraft.

I don’t have any surplus stuff (expect my poncho liners), but when I was on active duty, I actually liked to collect surplus gear. I got the bug way back in high school, and over the years, had a pretty fair collection of stuff.  I have long been oddly fascinated by the load carrying equipment from various armies over various periods of time (though mostly post-WWII).

I got rid of all of it when I left the Army, but I still enjoy going  to a good surplus store. But as the article notes, there’s a lot more “store” than “surplus” these days.

5 thoughts on “Military surplus: Military surplus retailers struggle with short supplies – latimes.com”

  1. Between Blackhawk, Tactical whatsits, and US Cav, military surplus seems an anachronism. Wouldn’t mind finding a WWII Harley though.

  2. Congratulations on the fortitude to get rid of your stuff. I am STILL hauling around pretty much everything I ever accumulated, to include the stuff I got in HS. I just lump it all in with all my “Pro Gear” as the transportation guys call it whenever I move. I am disappointed that you don’t have any jungle boots, though…

    1. I try to avoid going anyplace that I need boots.

      I did keep a pair for a while (the old green canvas kind!) but tossed ’em when they wore out and didn’t replace them.

  3. Our local store “The Old Grouch” seems to be rather thin on his stock. It was really noticeable. His store is the only one I’ve been in since I left Ohio.

    Zanesville, OH had a nice one. CVS bought the property they occupied. My former Highway Super told me he thought it had moved, but wasn’t sure. They had a lot of good stuff.

    I’ve got boots, but I don’t have any military stuff anymore. I used to buy jungle boots for caving as the Korean fakes were cheap and wore fairly well. Since I’m now too banged up for that pursuit I have some Wal-Mart special hiking boots I wear at work, and a nice pair of Rocky Boots from the time they were still making them in Nelsonville, OH that I use when I’m on a road trip on my bike. The current crop of Rocky Boots aren’t worth what they charge for them amd I won’t buy them. I used to go to their outlet store and get some pretty good deals, but don’t even darken the door when I’m back in that area.

  4. That was one of the best things about drop zone coverage as a medic, always had a great chance of finding lost gear. Helmets, canteens, multitools, old chutes, e-tools, you name it!

    But if you ask me, the poncho liner was the best thing I ever received from the Army.

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