Archive for August, 2013

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.

Good Looking Work Boots from Rockport

Do you want a work boot that doesn’t look like a work boot?

Some people want a good looking workboot that functions just as well for a night out as for a day on the job. Enter Rockport Works new Trillium work boot.  These tough waterproof boots come in 2 colors to match your after work apparel.

Not only are they fashionable but they fit very well due to a their new Xtra system that offers extra cushioning and an extra roomy toe area.  The waterproof membrane in the Rockport RK6225 and Rockport RK6221 will keep you dry on the wettest days.  Because of the Goodyear Welt construction, the soles will stay attached to the upper…where they belong.

The Rockport Trillium workboot is a great example of a company listening to what it’s customers want.  Beyond that, they’re very comfortable.  They come in composite toe brown or black boot and a black composite safety toe version.

Rockport Trillium Black Rockport Brown Trillium Work Boot

RK6221, RK6225

What Camouflage do Navy Seals Wear?

Camouflage is very important to nearly every branch of the United States Military. However, it is even more important for Navy SEALs who are often called in to carry out “secret missions” when they enter an area during the night and attempt to execute their mission without being seen.

Navy Seals Logo

Navy Seals Logo

All Navy SEALs are made familiar with the various types of camouflage that they have at their disposal during SEALs training. And many Navy SEALs believe that it is camouflage that has saved their lives during some very hostile missions.

So, what camouflage do Navy SEALS actually wear?  In the Vietnam War many Navy SEALs units wore camouflage clothing with tiger stripes. Very often, they also wore civilian blue jeans and rubber-soled high-top canvas sneakers for their patrolling missions.

Currently, Navy SEALS wear desert camouflage clothing if they are fighting in the deserts of the Middle East or woodland or digital camouflage clothing if they are conducting their operations in a forest.

Celebrate National S’mores Day 2013

August 10 is National S’mores Day! For me, s’mores evoke a sense of nostalgia, taking me back to those childhood memories of summer and camping. This Saturday is a great time to bring back those memories and create more. In a previous post, I had talked about adding fruit or dark chocolate to your s’mores to jazz them up, but in honor of S’mores Day, I have found some awesome recipes that will  blow your mind. Even if you aren’t camping or can’t have a bonfire, there are alternatives ways to celebrate!

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter S’moresChocolate Peanut Butter Smore

This decadent treat is sure to please. To make this, you are going to need chocolate wafers or chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter ( smooth or chunky, it’s up to you), and of course, marshmallows. Toast you marshmallow to your liking, I like mine burnt a bit. On one wafer place a glob of peanut butter, then take your toasted marshmallow and place it on top of the peanut butter. Place the second wafer on top and there you have a peanut butter chocolate s’more. I would have some napkins or paper towel on hand, as this could get a little messy.

Ginger Caramel Smores2. Ginger Caramel S’mores

Looking for a s’more with a little kick? This is the s’more for you. Aside from the marshmallow, you are going to need two gingersnaps and caramel filled chocolate square. My brand of choice would be Ghirardelli. Place your chocolate square on top of one of the gingersnaps then take your toasted marshmallow and put it on top. Place the other gingersnap on top of the marshmallow and you have a s’more with a little spice. This is my personal favorite…chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, and ginger….what more could you want?

3. Nutella Banana S’moresNutella Banana Smore

Love Nutella? Love s’mores? Then what could be better than combining the two to make a delightful desert? This s’more is definitely one you are going to want to try. You can use regular graham crackers or if you are looking for something more unique ( and more calories ) you can use peanut butter cookies. Toast your marshmallow as usual, and on one peanut cookie place a gob of Nutella on the flat side. You can use as much or as little as you want, just have some napkins on hand since Nutella tends to melt quickly. Once you’ve got your Nutella on there place a 2-3 pieces of sliced banana on top. Then comes your marshmallow and second cookie. This is a pretty over the top s’more, but here at Harry’s we believe in trying everything at least once….especially when it involves desert.

If you’re not going to be outdoors Saturday or can’t have a bonfire look up recipes for s’mores bars or s’mores brownies. There is even something called s’mores dip! Whatever you pick, just make sure a marshmallow is involved. If you need a fire starter to get that bonfire going or camp utensils Harry’s has what you need. Have a sweet weekend!

What does the POW/MIA flag stand for?



The POW/MIA flag is an American flag designed as a symbol of citizen concern about United States military personnel taken as prisoners of war (POW) or listed as missing in action (MIA).

The POW/MIA flag was created by the National League of Families and officially recognized by the Congress in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, “as the symbol of our Nation’s commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation.”

At Harry’s Army Surplus, we offer a variety of POW/MIA clothing, t-shirts, stickers and patches.

What are Mickey Mouse Boots?

First issued to U.S. soldiers during the Korean War, Mickey Mouse boots are designed for combat and protect against water and extreme cold. A wool lining and multiple layers of rubber serve as the insulation. Their most distinguishable visible features are their big size. Reminded of the well known cartoon character, G.I.s joked they were wearing Mickey Mouse’s shoes. The rubber was tinted white to camouflage with snow.

Mickey Mouse Boots

Mickey Mouse Boots

That incarnation of a cold weather boot came from the previous “shoepac” design of World War II. These were also white, but not as thick or durable – they were intended as an outer layer for shoes.  Shoepacs didn’t stand up to the extreme cold of the winter of 1951 in Korea, when temperatures plunged far below their average, and army tents offered insufficient protection. At a time when soldiers were wearing their sleeping bags during the daytime to keep from freezing, Mickey Mouse boots were highly valued as a major improvement over the protection offered by ordinary leather boots covered in shoepacs.

Since this 8 inch rubber boot isn’t ventilated at all, the wearer’s sweat collects quickly when they’re active. People wearing mickey mouse boots are advised to change their sweaty socks frequently to avoid the cold that can accompany wet socks. Back in the days before Thinsulate insulation, soldiers saw this as only a minor inconvenience considering how warm their feet remained. The boots prevented frostbite even at -20 or -40 degrees Fahrenheit; a layer of air trapped between two layers of rubber acts as a very efficient insulator. This is similar to the way that a double paned window works. In fact, you’ll notice that these boots have a valve on the side. The valve is used to prevent damage at higher altitude. Since mickey mouse boots are sealed rubber, the altitude would lead to air expansion between the layers of the boot and that could cause constriction on the feet as well as damage to the boot.

Many generations of military personnel have continued to wear Mickey Mouse extreme cold weather boots. Now they’re available in black as well as white. In recent years, many working people have used these boots as work boots because of the great value compared to other winter cold weather boots.  They’re also very popular amongst ice fishing aficionados for their ability to protect against heat loss from a day spent standing on ice.  Through Army Surplus stores like Harry’s Army Surplus the average outdoor adventurist, ice fishing enthusiast or working person can buy military issue Mickey Mouse boots.

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