Archive for June, 2012

Give the Gift of Self Defense

Truly unique gifts are a pleasure to give and receive. You may spend hours trying to decide what the perfect gift is for a special occasion. One of the best gifts is one that is useful while providing protection to your loved one.

Pepper Spray iPhone 4 Case

Pepper spray is a self defense tool that is necessary for almost everyone. Harry’s Army Surplus carries one of the most unique and useful pepper spray tools around. The Sabre Smartguard Pepper Spray iPhone 4 case allows recipients to protect their iPhones and themselves.

The iPhone 4 pepper spray case is an excellent gift choice for:

  • Students
  • Runners
  • Young People
  • Moms
  • Anyone at All!

One of the best ways for a person to protect him- or herself is to have self defense spray ready for would-be attackers. Unfortunately, many of the people who carry pepper spray either place it in a hard-to-reach location or completely forget to carry it. With the Pepper Spray iPhone case, self defense is always close at hand. Better still, even though the pepper spray baton is conveniently located, it is also secure. This means that the user runs practically no risk of an accidental spray.

Quality and Reliability from Army Surplus Items

Military surplus items used to mean materials and supplies that military men and women would sell or get rid of as they were no longer needed due to discharge or retirement. These products were sold and resold at different surplus in and around military bases. Typical products usually did not consist of weapons, but these were occasionally  found. That’s what it used to mean. Not anymore.

Today, Army surplus stores, like Harry’s Army Surplus for example, sell high-tech gear, the latest in weatherproof clothes, survival tools and equipment and a host of other gadgets and outdoors equipment. Sure you can still find items like platoon patches and memorabilia and military uniforms, but that’s no longer the bulk of what these stores carry.

Collectors, survival experts and outdoors adventurous types are now the main frequenters of surplus stores because Army surplus shops provide the equipment and gear they need at great prices.

Clothing found at Army surplus stores has become so popular for its uses it has gone past the surplus market and entered the mainstream clothing market. Many fashion designers and retailers are mimicking surplus-style and are using similar materials to extend the longevity of their fabrics, but we all know there’s nothing like the original. Shop with confidence knowing your surplus gear, equipment, clothing and footwear is top-notch.

How to Use Pepper Spray Effectively: Do’s and Don’ts for Self Defense

Pepper spray is an excellent non-lethal self defense item. You can find a variety of self defense sprays / pepper sprays at Harry’s Army Surplus. In order to maximize the effectiveness, you need to know how to use it properly. Don’t get caught off guard fumbling for your pepper spray during an attack. The best time to learn how to properly use pepper spray is before you find yourself becoming a potential victim. Here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind.


  • Shout “STOP” loudly as you aim and fire. Anything to disorient your attacker helps.
  • Make sure you have the range in order to make the spray contact your attacker’s face.
  • Spray in 2 to 3 second bursts. If needed, you can spray again.
  • Sweep across the attacker’s face in a Z pattern, making sure to hit the eyes and nose.
  • Pay attention to wind direction. You don’t want to end up with the spray blowing back into your own face.
  • Shoot and back up. The goal is to give yourself the means to escape.


  • Extend your arm all the way out to fire. Your attacker could grab your arm and try to pull or disarm you.
  • Close your eyes. Keep your eyes on your attacker at all times. You may need to re-aim.
  • Keep pepper spray in a hot car. The heat can damage the rubber seals causing the contents to leak.
  • Expect pepper spray to completely incapacitate a person. It is designed to disorient so you have time to escape.
  • Let your pepper spray expire. Keep an eye on that expiration date and replace it before it loses its effectiveness.

Get used to carrying and firing your pepper spray. Try to have it in an easily accessible location and keep it there so you are not searching for it in a time of need. Practice firing the spray so you are aware of the shot distance and whether the consistency is oily or foamy.  It will take a few seconds for the burning and stinging to take effect, and the effect can last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes.

Harry’s Army Surplus has a wide selection of pepper spray to fit all needs. If you are in the Metro-Detroit area, stop on by and check us out or order online!

Self Defense Spray Use

New Zero Tolerance Knife: Zero Tolerance 0400 Scavenger

Harry’s Army Surplus just received a great new knife. This blade is GORGEOUS! The Zero Tolerance Scavenger Knife (model 0400) is from the Kai family of high end blades (Kai USA being the parent company to Kershaw Knives as well) and is geared towards the “line of duty” fields, though as an everyday carry (EDC) it would be a great choice. The shape itself is designed by Ken Onion, whom is very well known in the world of knife crafting, and sports a SpeedSafe® manual assisted opening modified tanto style blade cast in high end S30V steel. The scales (handle) on the front have Trac-Tec grip tape inserts for a secure hold, while the back scales do not, allowing for easier “in-and-out” of the pocket when clipped. The black finish is not just a pretty paint job either! That is Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Coating) which is going to protect that blade from just about anything the elements can throw at it!

Zero Tolerance Scavenger Knife 0400

The blade composition and Tungsten DLC make the Kershaw Zero Tolerance Knife 0400 Scavenger a PERFECT choice for anyone in police, military, emt/paramedic, fire fighting line of work. The S30V steel, developed by the crucible Materials Corporation, boasts an even distribution of vanadium carbides which makes it harder and have a superior cutting edge. This high end steel is also very resistant to corrosion, rust, and wear! Top that with the DLC coating and you have yourself a blade you can use and not have to worry if its going to chip, scratch, dull, or rust as easily in battle/rescue/work.

Supply on the new Zero Tolerance is very limited so if you’re looking to buy this Zero tolerance knife in-store or online, please call to order or drop in before they’re gone

Looking for more information? Here’s what the manufacturer has to say about it:

This Tanto-style military folding knife from ZT features SpeedSafe® manual assisted opening for one-handed blade deployment. Just push on the ambidextrous thumb stud or pull back on the blade protrusion. The modified Tanto blade in S30V stainless steel provides extreme strength and is coated with Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) for a non-reflective matte-black finish. The 0400 is one of the thinner folding knives in the ZT line, which makes it excellent for compact carry. While the front scale features friction-tape inserts for a secure grip, the back scale does not have the tape, enabling an easier draw and storage in the pocket. A 5/16-inch pivot shaft adjustment enables tighter or looser blade deployment. Includes a dual mounting system for tip-up or tip-down, right-handed clip carry.


  • Made in the USA
  • Steel: S30V stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC coating
  • Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum, Trac-Tec inserts on front
  • Blade Length: 3.75 in. (9.5 cm)
  • Closed Length: 5 in. (12.6 cm)
  • Overall Length: 8.563 in. (21.8 cm)
  • Weight: 5 oz.


  • SpeedSafe Assisted Opening
  • Ambidextrous Opening
  • Coating
  • Thumb Stud


Looking for other great folding knives or pocket knives, click on over to our online store to see our great selection. We also carry a large variety of fixed blade knives as well.

Parachute Bag: for more than just parachutes!

The military parachute bag is one of our most popular military bags. It’s great for travel and transporting heavy items because of the heavy duty materials.  The heavyweight canvas makes this

Cargo Bag

parachute cargo bag extremely durable. Good for packing more than just parachutes, this bag measures 24″ X 15″ X 13″ and can fit all sorts of goodies. The reinforced web handles go from top to bottom and

the full length zipper is covered by a snap flap. This bag can withstand most anything you throw at it. This parachute bag is available in olive drab, black, navy, and coyote.

Buy your bag online at Harry’s Army Surplus in Metro-Detroit or online!

How do I break in my new boots?

Boots can be great. They go anywhere, through any conditions. You just can’t kill them. Unfortunately, you may feel like they’re trying to kill your feet. But a little effort on your part can tame your boots.

To break in your new boots:

First, when you buy a pair of boots, make sure you get a good fit. A salesperson that knows their stuff can be of great help with this. Don’t get a pair that’s too large, because the leather will stretch a bit as you wear them. When you go to purchase a pair, wear fairly thick socks like you will be wearing normally with the shoes.

When you get your new boots home, you’re going to want to start wearing them right off. Wear them around the house until you are certain the fit is good. Before you wear your new boots out, flex the leather as much as you possibly can. If you’ve bought a good pair, you won’t be able to bend them much, but you should at least try. You want to give special attention to the toe and heel areas.

Steel toed boots can be very useful, but they can cause you additional problems. In this case, make sure you are fitted by a skilled salesperson. This will save you many headaches down the line. But the only way you are ever going to get your boots completely comfortable is to wear them. So get out there and put some miles on them.

Magnum Elite Force Magnum Tactical Boot

Looking for that Next new boot?  Please consider our huge selection of comfortable boots available in-store or online at http://www.harrysarmysurplus.net/boots-shoes.html

What is a Jungle Boot?

Ever wonder what a Jungle Boot is and how they came to be used?  Here’s the scoop:

Before WW II, the United States armed forces fought in a number of battles in jungle terrain.  Jungle conditions involve constant exposure to water, sand, heat, insects, and infections and soldiers were not equipped to deal with this type of environment..  Boots were needed to be lightweight, durable, and quick drying.

Jungle Boot

Jungle Boot

The first jungle boots were made of canvas and rubber, used in the South Pacific during World War II. The first jungle boot went into production in 1942, to try to meet the needs for soldiers fighting in the pacific. It had a canvas upper and an attached tongue that kept out mud and insects. The ribbed rubber sole had good traction while a removable fabric insole kept the feet away from the rubber. At a later date, “panama sole” and “ridge sole” variations of the jungle boot were made.

The original jungle boot was lightweight and kept the feet and lower legs comfortable. It was easily cleaned and dried. However, it offered little support, causing soldiers to complain about of aching arches. The high canvas tops chafed at the legs, so it was common for soldiers to fold them over or cut them off. The boots were better than the standard military combat boot but still needed some improvements.

Since the 40′s, the jungle boot has come a long way. quality and fit have been majorly improved as well as cushion and support.  While jungle boots have been retired amongst American military personnel, they continue to be a popular choice for army personnel across the world.  Jungle boots have even resurfaced as a popular fashion item.  They are often referred to as “broes” and “brogaines.”

Covert Style: Concealed Carry Clothing Becomes a New Trend

I recently heard about a New York Times article that talked about a new trend in tactical clothing. It’s being called “Covert Fashion”. The big idea behind it is taking everyday clothes like a pants, a jacket or shirt and including pockets on the inside that can hold a handgun. This is also known as concealed carry. While you won’t see this sort of fashion on your local supermodel, it has become quite the trend lately.

Concealed Carry Jacket

As evidence, we found that since 2005, google searches for the phrase “concealed carry” have more than doubled.

Harry’s Army Surplus has recently started carrying the new concealed carry vest which can function both as an every day vest or a concealed carry vest. In addition, you can now buy the 3 Season Concealed Carry Jackets in both Black or Khaki on our website.

Black Concealed Carry Vest
Khaki Concealed Carry Vest
Black Concealed Carry Jacket
Khaki Concealed Carry 3-Season Jacket

We plan to add more concealed carry items this fall. Sign up for our newsletter and keep your eyes pealed on this blog to hear about them soon.

Last Minute Father’s Day Headquarters

Your dad is one of the most important people in your life.  After all, without him, you’d be nowhere…Literally. This is why it’s so important to appreciate dear ole dad on father’s day.  If you haven’t picked anything up yet, drop on in to Harry’s Army Surplus to find something he’ll really appreciate.  Harry’s has some really unique gifts that he won’t see coming.  Instead of getting dad a tie, try one of these suggestions:


  • Multi-tools for Father’s Day:  What dad doesn’t want a multi-tool.  They’re versatile, compact and as we all know, guys like tools.  This Skeletool from Leatherman, is just one of our many tools in stock.
  • Give a dad a Knife:  We have metro-detroit’s best in-stock selection of knives. We have an option for every budget. Folding knives are a great gift because really, no guy can have too many.  In addition, check out our selection of assisted open knives.  These knives pop open in a flash.  In short, they’re really, really cool.  Dad’ll love one.
  • Other unique items: Harry’s has a huge selection of unique gifts that men love.  You won’t find them anywhere else around.  Click on over to take a look at the Survival Pod. This keychain is holds a variety of emergency survival tools all wrapped up in a nice paracord package that can also be used as a keychain.  It’s very cool.  Dad’ll show it to all his friends.
  • Military Novelties: Was your dad in the military? Harry’s has some great military and veteran paraphernalia.  We have a very large selection of military t-shirts, stickers, lighters and more.

We have a ton more gifts for dad.  If you’re in the metro-detroit area and need a gift for father’s day, just drop in before sunday and we promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Harrys Army Surplus