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5 Favorite Products Picked by the Harry’s Staff

Harry’s has a ton of awesome products available online and in our store, but have you have wondered what our bestsellers are or which products the employees use? The answer is that our staff uses a variety of our products on a daily basis, but I have asked 5 of my fellow staff members to pick out their favorite product and to give us some insight as to why it is their favorite product.

1. Benchmade 15020-2 Bone Collector picked by Jordan

Benchmade Bone Collector

Jordan with the Benchmade Bone Collector

Here’s what Jordan had to say:

“I am a huge fan of the Benchmade Bone Collector 15020-2! It does a great job of combining modern functionality and old world charm. The cutting edge D2 blade steel offers an extremely durable yet razor sharp factory edge, and the AXIS locking mechanism gives some of the smoothest action I’ve seen in a folder. The walnut handle is simple, functional, and elegant. It looks great and fits comfortably in your hand. On top of all that you are getting a knife that is made in the USA, with a lifetime sharpening guarantee and a lifetime warranty on the knife through Benchmade. This knife is great for collectors and for people looking to put it to work. You really can’t go wrong with this knife and it comes at a great price of $132.99.”

Urban Go Pack

Andrew with the Urban Go Pack

2. Condor Urban Go Pack picked by Andrew

Andrew says,

“The Urban Go Pack has a simple, yet functional design. I like that the pack is made of a high quality nylon and has many practical features for everyday life including an independent pocket for a laptop. This pack has space for essential equipment like first aid kits. This bag can be used as a school bag or as a nice day pack for hiking.” 

3. Decorative Metal Signs picked by Carl T.

Historic Metal Signs

Carl T. with the some of his favorite signs.

Carl says,

“I like all the cool metal signs we have in the store. There’s so many cool vintage signs, everything from superheroes to classic military posters. We’ve also got some pin up girl signs! I love all the superhero signs and have more than a few hanging around my house. These signs are great for any man cave or collector of military memorabilia. And thanks to the never ending variety of signs, I never get bored with trying to figure out which one I’m going to buy next!”

Please note the selection we have online are just examples of what we have in store. We have over 50 different signs to choose from in our Dearborn location!

Bates Tactical Boot

Adam with the Bates GX-8.

4.Bates GX-8 Waterproof Side Zip Tactical Boot picked by Adam

Adam loves this boot because:

“This uniform boot is super comfortable and extra durable. At an affordable price you’re getting real leather, a GORE-TEX waterproofing system, and a slip resistant outsole. This is the perfect boot for people working in the first responder  field, like police or EMTs, or for anyone wanting a high quality black boot. The GX-8 is my kind of boot.”

5. Simmons 8 x 24 x 50 Zoom Binoculars picked by Carl Douglass (Available in store only)

Binoculars

Carl Douglass with his favorite binoculars.

Here’s what our most well known employee had to say about these binoculars:

“These Simmons Binoculars are my personal favorite! It has the capability of using them for sporting and casual events, they are also great for nature observation, like bird watching. The zoom offers you the opportunity to have multiple binoculars. They are durable and very easy to use.”

These are just five of the products adored by our staff. Stop by the store to check out everything we have to off and get more information on our favorite products. Our staff is highly trained and more than willingly to assist you in finding YOUR favorite product!

 

Camo is the New Black! Join the Camo Craze

What used to be just part of a uniform or something strictly for hunting, has become mainstream and part of pop culture. Camo is everywhere these days and with shows like Duck Dynasty, the camo trend probably won’t die anytime soon. If you are looking to join the camo bandwagon, but don’t want to limit yourself to the traditional camouflage military uniform or tactical backpack Harry’s is the place to go. We’ve got some unique products and some great ideas on how to incorporate camo into your life!

An easy way to bring camo into your home is with a blanket. We’ve got regular Pink Camo Blanketblankets in pink camo and woodland digital camo or you can get a snuggie style blanket. We’ve got those available in pink camo and ACU digital. These items make great gifts for birthdays and holidays.

Electric Blue Camo Shirt

Electric Blue Camouflage

Another easy and inexpensive to join the camo trend is a camouflage t-shirt. We’ve got the traditional camouflages like woodland, ACU, desert camo, and woodland digital, but if you are looking to stand out in a crowd, we’ve got t-shirts in electric blue camo, stinger yellow camo, savage orange camo, and ultra violet camo. These shirts start at $8.99 and most come in a extended range of sizes. We’ve also got shirts for the ladies! These shirts come in pink camo, woodland camo, and urban camo and have a more feminine cut.

If you are more into real tree camo, then you will be surprised and happy to know

Carhartt Jacket

Carharrt Work Camo Realtree Xtra

that Carhartt has developed a new line of outerwear featuring hats and coats featuring the Realtree Xtra camo pattern. These items are going to be available in store and online starting this fall, so check back with us around September or October if you are interested.

For a more creative way to wear camouflage, you can have camouflage nails. You can do almost any camouflage pattern on your nails! You can do it yourself ( this may take practice to get it right) or Camo NailsI’m sure you could find a nail salon that will do it.

You can find almost anything in camouflage so the possibilities are endless. Make sure you’re completely decked out in your camo garb when you settle down to watch the new season of Duck Dynasty August 14, several Harry’s employees will be doing the same, and make Harry’s your camouflage headquarters!

3 Delicious Camping Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

We are in the middle camping season and I’m sure some of you are getting ready for your camping trip. Aside from the tent, sleeping, bags and camp chairs, you are going to need to pack food. That typically consists of burgers, hot dogs, and chips, but if you are sick of just doing the basics there ARE some more tasty options. We’ve put together a list of some awesome recipes that will be easy enough to cook at the campsite and will impress your taste buds!

1. Campfire Quesadillas

There is no particular recipe for this because each person can customize their own, so it’s perfect if you have a group of picky eaters. Here’s what you need:Campfire Quesadilla

A campfire

A grate to go over the fire

Foil to go over the grate

Flour tortillas

Shredded Cheese

The rest is completely optional. You can get a variety of sliced vegetables like onions, peppers, and mushrooms along with different meat. The grocery store has the pre cooked sliced grilled chicken and steak that would be perfect for this. Just have each person make their own and throw them on the grate. Cook them long enough for the cheese to melt and to get some grill mark and Voila! You have campfire quesadillas! Super easy to make and easy to store all the contents in a cooler.

2.Strawberry S’mores

If you have been looking for a twist to the traditional s’more then adding strawberries should do the trick and you could consider it a more “healthy” option. You probably know all the ingredients, but here’s how you make one:Strawberry Smores

1 Graham Cracker Sheet

2 Large Marshmallows

Half of a Hershey Bar ( or you could do half of a dark chocolate bar)

1 Large Strawberry cut into slices

Banana Slices (optional)

Break the graham cracker in half and layer the chocolate of your choice with the strawberry slices. You can add banana slices now if you want. Then it’s marshmallow time! Cook them to your liking. Some people like them lightly browned while others, like myself, need to have them burned crispy. Once you have the marshmallows cooked perfectly, put the marshmallows on top of the strawberry layer, then place the other graham cracker half on top of it. This seems simple, and it is, but it is super delicious and it is a nice change from the norm.

3. Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast potatoes has been a staple in my breakfast routine for as long as I can remember. My mom would typically make them on the weekends and they are easy enough to make on a camping trip as long as you bring a skillets. The recipe provided is just a basic recipe and can be customized with different vegetables and seasonings. Breakfast potatoes require about 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cook time. Also keep in mind this recipe makes 4-6 servings so you can adjust according to how many people you are cooking for. Here’s what you need:Breakfast Potatoes

A skillet

A spatula

A grate to place over the campfire

Foil

A knife

About 5lbs of russet potatoes, cubed ( This is typically about 6 potatoes depending on their size)

1/4 cup of olive oil

2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine

1 chopped onion

2 chopped bell peppers of any color, just use the one you like better. I prefer red.

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 Teaspoon of seasoned salt, I use Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Salt and Pepper to taste

Place the skillet on the grate and coat the bottom of the skillet with a thin layer of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until tender this should take about two minutes. Then add the potatoes, peppers, and remaining olive oil, stir make sure everything is coated. Let the potato mixture cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add a little water, about 3-4 tablespoons, cover with foil and let the potatoes steam for about 5 minutes. Take the foil off, add all the seasoning, and stir. Let the potatoes cook until they are brown and tender in the middle. This dish is great alone or along side other breakfast dishes.

These are just a few recipes to switch up the traditional camping menu. You can do a simple Google search and find hundreds of easy recipes for camping trips. Feel free to share any on your favorite camping recipes and if you need any new camping gear before you trip Harry’s has got what you need. Stop in or order online to get backpacks, survival gear, sleeping bags, and more!

 

5 Things You Never Knew You Needed

If you are anything like me, small mishaps happen throughout the day that you saying “I wish I had_____” or “If I had _____ then I could do this.” Sometimes all you really need is a small product that can take care of this small happenings. Harry’s has plenty of items to help with emergency situations, but we also have small items to help with day to day occurrences. Here are a list of 5 products that you never knew you needed. These products are super helpful to have around and they really can save the day!

1. McNett Gear Aid Zipper Repair Kit

One thing that can absolutely ruin your day is a broken zipper. You either can’t zip youZipper Repair Kit coat, jacket, or dress up or if you are trying to get it off the zipper gets stuck and you’re trapped. Outdoor gear and public safety gear also contain a lot of zippers that could potentially break. Who want to be on a hiking trip and have the zipper on your backpack break? No one wants that. An easy solution to all of these problems would be to invest in a zipper repair kit. Harry’s offer the McNett Gear Aid Zipper Repair Kit. This kit is inexpensive and has everything you need to fix a zipper. This kit comes with an expert repair guide that gives easy to use instructions, multiple zipper slide coils, and a sewing kit with thread, a seam ripper, and a sewing needle. Having a kit like this may not have crossed your mind before, but trust me this kit could really help with a wardrobe catastrophe or a gear malfunction.

2. Solar Cell Phone Charger

Solar Phone ChargerThis may not strike a necessary item to have, but you spend time outdoors on a consistent basis a solar power cell phone charger is just what you need. On a camping trip last year, everyone ended up plugging their phones into car chargers. This meant turning the cars on and letting them run. This is highly annoying. A solar charger would have been way more convenient. This particular charger  is MOLLE compatible so if you are hiking, biking, or camping it can strap down to a backpack. This is also good for power outages or for anyone looking to go green and conserve energy. The best thing about this solar charger is that it only takes 1-2 hours to fully charge your phone when the charger is in full sunlight.

3. Paracord

There are so many uses for paracord, it’s insane! Paracord or 550 cord has long been Paracordused in the military and has now become more popular with everyday people. People are using it to make everything from paracord bracelets to paracord dog leashes. You can also use it to tie down tarps, hang a hammock, use it as a pull cord for a lawn mower, creating a snare, make a clothes line, and so much more. The uses are really endless. It comes in a huge assortment of colors and is inexpensive to purchase.

4. Multi-Tool

Leatherman Multi Tool

Leatherman Rebar

A lot or people own multi-tools, but really EVERYONE should have one. They aren’t just for guys! I used a Leatherman multi-tool to put together two book cases last year. They are really super handy, especially if you don’t have a full set of tools. There is a variety of different types of multi-tools with many different tools attached to suit your needs. You could probably do a whole DIY project with just one multi-tool which is awesome and it takes up less space then a whole tool box.

5. McNett Seam Grip Sealer

This is truly a great product! The McNett Seam Grip Sealer can seal the seams on Seam Sealertents, tarps, backpacks, and rainwear while also permanently patching up holes and repairs tears. It can also be used on a variety of surfaces including nylon, vinyl, polyester, cotton, leather, rubber, canvas, and wood. The one ounce tube is the perfect amount to seal all the major seams of a standard two person tent. You can basically use this on anything that you need to stay dry like a tent or your gear bag. WIth so many uses on some many different surfaces, I am sure you will find something to use this for.

These are just five items that we carry that are great to have on hand. You can check out more awesome products online or instore!

4 Fun Outdoor Activities in Michigan for Everyone

The Detroit area has felt like Seattle recently due to the HUGE amount of rain we have been receiving, but the Harry’s staff firmly believes that we will get some sunny summer days soon! When those sunny days arrive, spending time indoors is absolutely unacceptable. Here is a list of some great outdoor activities that everyone will enjoy!

Golfing in Michigan1. Golfing

Golfing is a great activity for couples and for families ( if everyone is involved is interested ) and Michigan has been consistently ranked as one of the best places in the country to go golfing by numerous golfing magazines. Michigan has over 800 public golf courses all at varying levels of difficulty so there will be a spot for every skill level. The Pure Michigan website has an extensive list of golf courses and you can search by city or region making it easy to find a course near your home or vacation spot.

2. Fishing

I have talked a lot about hiking and camping in previous posts, but you can’t Fishing in Michiganlive in or visit Michigan without enjoying some of the fabulous fishing spots Michigan has to offer. Aside from the Great Lakes, Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes with hundreds or rivers, streams, and creaks. You can catch fish like salmon, trout, perch, and bass. Wherever you are in Michigan, you aren’t far from a spot to fish. You will need to get a fishing license to fish in Michigan, but it is fairly inexpensive. This is an activity that the whole family can easily enjoy and you can have a picnic while you’re at it.

3. Wineries

Michigan-Wine-TrailsIf you are looking for a trip or excursion just for you and your significant other or maybe you are planning a girls trip, visiting   a winery ( or 2 ) would make for a really fun trip. The best way to do it would be plan a trip around a wine trail. You can visit the Pure Michigan Wine Trail list to get some ideas. on where to go. Wine Trails are a great idea for a number of reasons. One, there are a number of wineries in the same general location making it super easy to visit more then one. Two, since these trails are located outside of the Greater Detroit area, you experience some awesome views of the wilderness and the lakes. Three, the area around the wine trails feature great restaurants, amazing shopping, and lovely places to stay. I highly recommend this option if you are looking for a relaxing getaway.

4. Diving and Snorkeling

Going diving or snorkeling is a great choice for all you water lovers out there looking for something a bit more adventurous than just going to the beach. The bottom of the Great Lakes is scattered with wreckage from lost ships, its like stepping back in time. A great spot to snorkel is at the North Point Wreckage in Alpena. Snorkeling is a lot easier than diving so it may be a better choice for families. Diving and snorkeling provides a fun, unique experience that can be a historical learning experience for the whole family.

Whether your looking for an adventure or a more relaxing experience, we urge you to get outside because this nice weather won’t last long. From hiking to camping to going to the beach, Harry’s has the gear you need to make your trip enjoyable. Get out and enjoy your summer!

Harry’s Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

Zombies…..They’re coming! Everyone knows the apocalypse is on its way. ZombiesThe real question to ask yourself is “Are you prepared?”

We all know how to kill them, destroy the brain obviously, but do you have the tools or know how to really survive if they took over the world? The Harry’s team is extremely well versed on zombies and survival gear, so we’ve provided some tips and tricks to help you survive.

SOG Axe

SOG Voodoo Hawk

The most important item that you need to have is a weapon. I am sure you’re thinking “Well I have a gun,” and yes that IS the obvious choice, but when you really think about it, is it the smartest choice? Not really. Guns are loud, which draws more zombies to you, and you WILL run out of ammo. A smarter choice would be a machete or an axe. No sound and they can be continuously used, though you may want to give a wash every now and then to avoid undesirable odors. Remember…AIM FOR THE HEAD!

Another thing you may want to consider would be the group of people you are with…if you are with a group. There are pros and cons to being in a group, small or big, and to being a lone wolf. I’m not going to say which would be better, that’s really a personal preference. If you do choose to go with a group, there are some “types” you may want to avoid. These people can often be annoying and extremely detrimental to the welfare of the group…here are some examples.

1. You may encounter someone in your group who claims to be a zombie expert. This person may or may not claim that for the following reasons…”They played zombie mode on Call of Duty so they FOR SURE know how to kill things” or  “They totally own every zombie movie ever made so they obviously know how to kill things.” This said person may be a Walking Dead fan and claim to be as awesome as main characters Rick or Daryl. In reality this person is NOT as awesome and would most likely freeze up if they actually had to kill something. If you are willing to put up with the constant know it all attitude that this person may have then by all means stay with this group.

2. The Loud Mouth. This is obvious. A loud mouth can potentially draw more zombies to your location. If they can’t keep their volume under control, then some other arraignments may need to be made for this person.

3. The Constant Whiner. The apocalypse will suck…for everyone. But inevitably there will be that one person looking for more sympathy then anyone else. This will get very old to hear. I would avoid this type at all cost.

Having a good supply of survival gear is key, but make sure you keep an eye on it…people tend to lose all restraint in a time of need so it could get stolen. In this array of goods should be a durable backpack to carry your stuff ( and to keep your hands free), a fire starter ( don’t make the fire too big though), water purifying tablets for clean drinking water, a good knife, a first aid kit, and multi-tool. Of course there will be room for more stuff maybe an emergency blanket or a poncho, really the choice  is yours. Just remember YOU will be carrying it, not anyone else so don’t make it too heavy.

Another good idea to increase your survival rate would be to get out of the city or suburbs and head to the country. Cities and suburbs are more densely populated and the chances of getting bit higher. The country has plenty of benefits including less people, more food sources, and open area. If you aren’t a country person, you better suck it up and get ready to live outdoors for a bit. It will be safer then being in heavily populated metropolis with zombies around every corner.

My last piece of advice to you would be “If all else fails, RUN!” If you’ve lost your weapon or a zombie horde is approaching and you feel like you are out of options, just run. Humans are faster that zombies (traditionally) so getting away should be feasible if you are in OK shape.

If you are looking for my zombie apocalypse gear or tips or even just some basic survival knowledge, stop in and talk to our sales staff. They will be sure to give you the best info and show you the most reliable survival gear, backpacks, and footwear so that you can be prepared! One day zombies may take over the world…..so please remember AIM FOR THE HEAD!

 

Reasons Why You Need a Tritium Military Compass

Proudly made in the USA, this military model tritium compass is rated as the best compass on the market! This compass was designed specifically to meet all of the needs of the United States fighting forces. This compass even comes with a carrying pouch, lanyard, and belt clip so that it is always protected and you can keep it close by at all times.

 

This compass would make a great gift for a soldier or could be used by campers and hikers while they are exploring the great outdoors. If you want to take a look at some more military novelty products, take some time to look through Harry’s and find the perfect gift!

 

Product Review: Condor Rip Away EMT Tactical Pouch

Condor’s Rip Away EMT Pouch can be used by paramedics or even just civilians who want to be ultra prepared for any situation they may find themselves in! Even though this pouch was designed to be small and lightweight so as not to weigh you down, this rip away pouch still holds all of the essential first aid items that a medic would need on a run.

As you can surmise from the name of this pouch, Condor designed this EMT pouch with the ability to be accessed quickly by ripping it off at a moment’s notice. As all paramedics know, time is always of the essence with any run, so this pouch gives you a one up on another medic who may be still grabbing for their pouch when you’ve already ripped yours off.

If you need even more room for more supplies, this EMT pouch was designed to be MOLLE compatible with velcro on the front. Even without additional attachments, this pouch has plenty of storage room and tons of pouches that allow you to give all of your tools their own personal spot so you can see it and grab it quickly and easily.

 

This pouch is available in either black or red and is currently listed at $21.49 at Harry’s. Take a look at our entire section on Public Safety and Tactical Gear. 

 

 

 

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial-DayAlthough we are inundated by barbecues, annual sales, parades, and festivities in the warm weather, the true meaning of Memorial Day  is to to commemorate the men and women in the Armed Forces who have died serving our country. Memorial Day was once referred to as “Decoration Day”, a name that came from a tradition of decorating the soldier’s graves.

One of the ways that we continue to honor fallen veterans on Memorial Day each year is the tradition of placing flags on the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington Cemetery. One of the infantries of the United States Army patrol and make sure that all of the flags remain standing over the weekend. Sadly, this is one of the few last remaining traditions of decorating soldier’s graves as Memorial Day has become largely commercialized once the National Holiday Act of 1971 turned Memorial Day into a three day weekend.

We understand how easy it is to be distracted by your day off and all the fun you will have this long weekend celebrating Memorial Day, but please take a moment to think about the men and women that died to protect our freedom. This is the same freedom that allows you to wake up and celebrate Memorial Day this year however you want and we owe it all to those who served and those who are still serving. Don’t forget to thank a soldier today!

 

5 Survival Books to Get You Through Any Disaster

Disaster can strike at any time…. Would you be prepared? Whether you are a prepper, survivalist, or just someone who wants to know what to do in a chaotic situation, survival books are great to have on hand. With so many natural zombiedisaster happening lately and the looming zombie apocalypse, reading one of these useful books may be a good idea. Harry’s has a variety of survival books available and we think these 5 definitely deserve a read!

1. SAS Urban Survival Handbook by John “Lofty” WisemanUrban Survival Book

This survival handbook is great for those of you living in an urban setting. There are different considerations that need to made in comparison to living in the country. This manual explains how to survive and protect yourself against terrorism, natural disasters, fires, home invasions, and everyday health hazards. Cities can present tricky situations since people are living so close together. This book explains to deal with Influenza which can spread like wildfire in a city. You can also learn how to handle a situation with a dangerous dog or how to deal with being mugged. Wiseman explains how to realistically and practically approach these situations. After reading this book, you will be able to recognize risks, make quick decisions, and live confidently in a modern urban city center.

2. What to Do When the Sh*t Hits the Fan by Dave BlackSurvival Book

Would you know what to do during an unexpected disaster? With a very practical, real world approach, this survival manual explains what to do in almost any situation. Dave Black provides readers with step by step instructions and actions to makes it through a variety of cirses, ranging from terrorist acts to deadly natural disasters. Black has even provided plans for businesses, communities, organizations, and individuals based on the type of emergency and the environment you may be in. On top of all that, this survival book provides readers with a hierarchy for response that includes communication, healthcare, food, water, and shelter when government institutions fall. This book is a fun and informational read and even though you may not think catastrophic events will happen, you will still be prepared if they do.

3. The Disaster Preparedness Handbook: A Guide for Families by Dr. Arthur T. BradleyDisaster Preparedness Book

When you think of prepping, you may think of the people on television that have ridiculous stock piles of supplies that will end up expiring in 5 years because it hasn’t been used, but in reality it is a good idea to have some supplies on hand for an emergency. This survival handbook helps you put a disaster preparedness plan in place for you and your family. All of the basic human needs are addressed and there is also information addressing the needs of the elderly, pregnant women, people with special needs, and pets. Whether you are an avid prepper or just starting out, this is a must have book, especially if you live with your family.

4. The Self Reliance Manifesto: How to Survive Anything Anywhere by Len McDougallSelf Reliance Manifesto

Wrote by someone who has been in a variety of crises and situations, this survival book gives you information on how to get out of trouble. McDougall reveals how he lives life and tells readers how to live life with the same confidence in any scenario. We like that this book is fully illustrated so you can actually see how to build a fire in a variety of conditions or how to build a shelter. There is so much information in this book so you can be prepared for anything. You should also be happy to know that Len McDougall has field tested pretty much everything, including water filters, kayaks, tents, cameras, and boots, so you can trust his tips and information.

5. Modern Survival: How to Cope When Everything Falls Apart by Barry DaviesModern Survival Guide

Barry Davies spent 18 years in the British Special Air Service, so he knows a thing or two about being prepared. This survival handbook is pretty up to date and modern since was wrote in 2012. Davies has taken into account all of the modern aspects of society and put together tips and plans for you to continue your life successfully in a healthy manner when all else fails. After reading, you will be far more prepared for a natural disaster, biological and chemical warfare, a government shut down, and many more terrifying situations.

tornadoWe know the chances of a catastrophic event can be slim, but after the tornadoes in Oklahoma, wild fire out west, and the crazy floods in Calgary having some extra knowledge and some survival skills would not hurt! And of course if a World War Z type situation occurred all the skills these books talk about would totally apply. So whether you are prepping for a hurricane, war, or for zombies these survival books will help you successfully make it through. Check out our whole selection of survival manuals online or come flip through them in the store and while your at it, pick up some survival gear to have on hand just in case the unthinkable happens!

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