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For those of you who love camo, we are sure you have heard at least a little bit about A-TACS camo, but do you REALLY know what it is or what sets it apart from other camouflages? Many people don’t, so your friendly staff at Harry’s Army Surplus has put together a little info to help you understand the benefits of using A-TACS.
A-tacs is a new and radical advancement in camo design and technology. It was designed to answer the call for better and more effective camouflage system integration for duty personnel in any service branch from military to law enforcement. A-tacs is designed as a universal pattern for a wide range of operational environments with additional supporting colors and design variants to follow. Many of the modern digital camouflage patterns currently in use have flaws. Most digital camo patterns use small square pixels. A-tacs by way of comparison uses very small organically shaped pixels. The end result is that all the hard 90 degree angles of a typical pixel are removed which creates a camo pattern that has a more natural appearance.
The square pixels that are used in the digital patterns to create the distortion effect do not replicate the shapes, forms, and shadows of the environment that are deployed in, especially when viewed through optics. The ninety degree angles and the limited use of natural colors can make detection easier. This then produces a blobbing effect when viewed from a distance. Taking this process a step further the small organically shaped pixels are placed within larger groupings to create a pattern within a pattern. This radical advancement means that A-tacs is able to conceal the operator far more effectively and at greater distances vs. many other camo patterns. The A-tacs camouflage is one of the best on the market and provides the ultimate concealment in the field.
There are two types of A-TACS camo: A-TACS AU, which is meant for urban and desert environments and A-TACS FG, which works really well in forested environments. If you want to stay ahead of the game, we suggest purchasing some A-TACS gear. Check out our selection of A-TACS gear and stay concealed!
NDUR is another great brand Harry’s decided to pick up this spring. They make a line of innovative survival products, designed to provides excellent performance and extremely functional. With a slogan like “to Survive – to Outlast – to Endure”, NDur products will help you get through your next camping or hiking adventure.
The coolest product, in our opinion, is the Portable Water Filter Survival Straw. This straw is way more convenient and easier to carry around in comparison to water bottles and canteens. Probably more important than the size, this straw is packed with awesome features that you wont find anywhere else. This straw is made with BPA-free plastic and it’s filter life is good for up to 25 gallons or more depending on the quality of the water source. The filter in this straw removes up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, 99.9% of micro-organisms, 99.9% of heavy metals, and (here’s the most impressive one) 99.9% of radioactive elements such as Gross Beta, Uranium, Plutonium, Radon, Radium, Cesium, Strontium, and Radioactive Iodine. Basically this straw could save your life. All you need to do is fill up a bottle or a glass and drink from the straw and Voila! Clean Water! We recommend having one of these around the house just in case the impending zombie apocalypse happens.
Looking for an actual filtered water bottle? Well, NDUR has one. This water bottle offers all the same great features as the straw minus removing the radioactive elements. Other great items are the survival blanket, the super lightweight camp stove, and a 7 in 1 survival whistle. Even if you’re not a hiker or a camper, all of these products would be great to have in your home in the case of a natural disaster or power outage. We really love these products and are sure you guys will too!
Sustainability and going green aren’t just ideas for environmentalists. These are concepts that everyone needs to be concerned about, including us here at Harry’s. Among other things, we have started recycling and switched to using energy efficient bulbs within the building, something that all of you can do at home. Going green can sometimes take some creative thinking so we have put together some tips and some products to help you!
One of the most basic ways to promote recycling is to go to thrift stores for clothing or footwear. We offer a variety of military surplus clothing, available in-store only, from all branches of the military. The BDU’s we get in can be used to go hunting, play paintball, Halloween costumes, or some people just wear them as a fashion statement. Sometimes we get surplus jackets, coats, and even footwear that has not even been worn before or just lightly worn, which is a great way to recycle clothing (also cheaper).
Another super easy way to go green is to invest in a reusable water bottle. Whether it be a filtered water bottle or a non filtered water bottle, you are saving the the planet from all of the plastic from bottled water. Our pick is the NDur Filtered Water Bottle. This 28 oz. water bottle is made with BPA-free plastic and the filter is good for 100 gallons or water or more depending on the water source being used. This filter removes up to 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, micro-organisms, heavy metals, and chemicals from your water, so not only are you being green, you are also getting purer water.
Probably the most creative way we came up with was re-purposing ammo cans. We sell them in-store only, but you can view them on our website. We’ve heard many stories about motorcycle riders using them as saddle bags, but a simple way to use them if you’ve got one handy is as an herb garden container. Now you may be thinking “Having an herb garden isn’t manly”, but we think it can be. Just take off the lid, get some top soil, buy some herb plants or seeds, and plant them! Herbs make your food taste way better and keeping plants indoors help improve air quality. If you’re a manly guy, housing your herbs in an ammo can is definitely cooler than having it in some random pot. Another tip: You may want to drill a hole in the bottom of the ammo can so that water can drain through.
So, if you’re local stop in the store to check out our “going green” goods. If you’re not local, take a look at our website for items like the NDur water bottle. For military surplus clothing or ammo cans, look for a surplus store close to you, we are sure you will find something awesome!
Mother’s Day is almost here, May 12th to be exact, so don’t be caught without the best mothers day gift! Harry’s has plenty of options to choose from to suit whatever “type” of mom you have.
If you’re looking to get mom something for self protection, we definitely have the goods! The most basic and easiest to use item to get mom is pepper spray. Our choice for mom is the Sabre Pink Lipstick Self Defense Spray. Easy to conceal and hide, this is the perfect choice to have on you if someone is getting a little too close for comfort. A flashlight can also come in handy if your mom is out at night. The Pink Maglite Solitaire Flashlight is small enough to fit in a purse.
A knife can also make a great gift, especially for the Do-It-Yourself type moms. Two of our picks are the Kershaw Pink Chive and the Buck Bantam BLW Lavender Camo Head Hunterz Knife. Both are super easy to use and can be useful for everyday tasks. If your mom isn’t a pink or purple fan, we have plently of folding knives in more basic colors available in store or online.
Finding gifts for moms in the public service profession (firefighter, police officer, EMT) is not a problem here at Harry’s. If she needs new boots we’ve got plenty to choose from. you may also want to check out our public safety gear selection to see if anything there fits her needs.
Getting mom the right gift is nice, but remember that Mother’s Day is about appreciating all the things your mom has done for you!
New to Harry’s this spring is a brand called Snugpak. Snugpak is a company based out of the U.K. and they produce top of the line sleeping bags, duffles, and other outdoor gear. Snugpak was started by a couple in the U.K. in 1977. The first product was an insulated body warming suit that could be worn under a dry suit. These days Snugpak is still an independent company, but the board of directors and made Snugpak an internationally known brand. The high quality workmanship and materials has landed Snugpak several government contracts and the products are used on every continent.
The Snugpak sleeping bags are really something! We are carrying 7 different styles, all with different ratings so there is surely one to fit your needs. The Snugpak Travelpak 1 is great for tropical climates or warmer weather. The temperature rating is 45°F to 36°F and is made with breathable, moisture wicking materials. One of the coolest features of this sleeping bag is the built in mosquito net to cover your face at night, keeping away any unwanted pests. Another great feature would be how easy it is to transport. The sleeping bag can be rolled up in to an easy to carry bag.
Other great products from Snugpak include their All Weather Survival Shelter and Jungle Hammock with Mosquito Netting. The shelter will come in handy when the weather becomes unpredictable out in the wilderness. Good against rain and snow. If you want to camp with just the bare minimum than the jungle hammock is a good choice. Super lightweight and easy to carry, all you need to do is find two trees to tie the hammock to. The mosquito net will protect you from all of those pesky bugs while you are sleeping.
If camping and hiking aren’t really your thing then Snugpak also makes duffle bags perfect for traveling. Check out the Subdivide Black Roller Travel Bag. With several compartments on the inside, it’s easy to keep all your stuff organized. The rolling feature makes this bag great for airports.
All in all, if you are looking for high quality outdoor gear Snugpak is the way to go!
Check out our review of the Fox Tactical Excursionary Hydration Pack! This hydration pack not only has room for a bladder, but has several other compartments for the other gear you need. Another great feature is the MOLLE compatible webbing, allowing you to attach a variety of pouches to the pack. Hydration packs are extremely convenient and great to have. Check out all of our gear at Harry’s and for more great product reviews, check out our Youtube channel .
We’re finally seeing some warm weather here in the Midwest and if you’re anything like us, warm weather and sunshine means being outdoors. Camping is a great activity that you can start in the spring and continue doing until the fall hits (as long as you dress warm and bring enough blankets). It’s also a great activity for families from an economical standpoint as it’s very reasonable and also loads of fun. From a timing standpoint, you can camp for a weekend easily or for longer if you have more time off!
Over on our website, we carry products from two brands in particular that will get your camping supply
Spring is the perfect time for hiking and whether you are just starting out with a short 4 hour hike or planning a 3 day trek, you are going to need a pack suitable to hold your gear.
Choosing the right the hiking pack is very important and your comfort level depends on it. We have put together a list of factors and features that you need to consider and look for when choosing your perfect pack.
1) Size- The size of the pack is going to depend on how long your hike is going to be. Make a list of all the gear you are planning on taking with you, that way you can estimate how much space you are going to need for your gear.
2) Weight- The weight of the pack is important. You don’t want something that is too light and may break, but you don’t want something that is overly heavy. Remember, you still need to fill the pack with gear and YOU are going to be the one carrying it.
3) Material- The material of the pack is important. Some materials are tougher and more water resistant that others, so think about how much and what type of gear you are bringing.
4) Comfort Features- Being comfortable while hiking will make your trip way better. Padded shoulder straps are always nice and thicker straps usually are more comfortable. Many packs can come with a waist strap, which helps even out the weight of the pack across your body. Waist straps can also come with padding. Manufacturers are also including padding on the back of the pack, so you can be as comfortable as possible.
5) Other Optional Features- Packs with rain covers are a great idea, especially if you are hiking during an areas rainy season. If you are doing an overnight hike, a pack with a specific “sleeping bag holder” would be useful. This ensures you have a specific spot for your sleeping bag and helps keep your gear organized. Another optional feature to look for would be a pack with a hydration bladder pocket. This feature is really a personal preference, ‘Do you want to carry a water bottle?’ or ‘Do you want to drink your water hands-free?’
We have also come up with a list of hiking packs that we feel are great options for hikers.
1) Advanced Mountaineering Tactical Backpack- What’s not to love about a tactical backpack with 4,000 cubic inches of space? This backpack prides itself on being large enough to hold all of your items while still remaining comfortable enough to carry on long hikes. This one is a definite must have, especially at a sale price of $84.99!
2) Advanced Multi-cam 3-Day Combat Pack-If you have a larger budget, this hiking pack is a great price at $119.99! This pack has enough room to carry equipment for 3 days worth of camping or hiking including a hydration pocket, MOLLE attachments, and a padded backing.
3) Looking to start out small? This Khaki Military Tactical Transport Pack is small enough to carry comfortably but large enough to carry all of your necessary equipment. This backpack is even water repellent and will keep all of your supplies dry despite rainy conditions! Perfect for anyone just beginning to hike as a hobby, this pack is only $49.95.
4) Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Backpack; this pack comes in a bright red, features multiple pockets for plenty of storage, a built in hydration pocket, and adjustable shoulder straps. Extremely affordable at $59.95!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we here at Harry’s are ready to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for that special someone in your life. Here are our Top Ten picks for Valentine’s Day gifts!
Top 5 Gifts for Guys
1.) Every guy needs a great multi-tool, the Leatherman Wingman Stainless Steel Multi-Tool is affordable at $32.99 and has needle nose pliers, wire cutters, a combo knife, serrated knife, multiple screwdrivers, and more.
2.)For the adventurous guy, an affordable and thoughtful gift would be one of our hydration packs, the MOLLE Compatible Tactical Hydration Pack holds up to two liters and can be used with smaller MOLLE Compatible pouches. This would be perfect for springtime runs or even working out at the gym.
Top 5 Gifts for the Ladies
1.)All girls like purses and what’s better than a vintage style purse that’s cute and affordable? The Cotton Canvas Vintage Pistol Belt Purse in Black is a steal at only $18.99 and has lots of room to store stuff!
2.)If you’re looking to buy a great pair of winter boots that will keep your significant other warm, the Columbia Women’s Ice Maiden will keep her warm and are waterproof.
3.)If you’re partner is into fashion, the Women’s Soft Pink Digital Camo T-Shirt is a perfect choice and very affordable at $8.95!
4.)If you or your family is in the military, a great gift to keep your wife warm is a military insignia fleece blanket; we carry them in U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marine Corps. These are extremely affordable at $18.95!
5.)Another great gift for keeping the women warm is a Military Inspired Parka that is not only fashionable but warm as well as waterproof! A great deal for a winter coat at only $79!
Each year we celebrate Black History Month during the month of February in both the United States and Canada. An important group of veterans who fought in the Second World War are the Tuskegee Airmen. Not only were they fighting the German Nazis, they were also fighting prejudice in their own homeland.
After being rejected for air service during World War I, groups of young African Americans with an interest in becoming pilots fought for the opportunity during the Second World War. African American college graduates were allowed to train at Tuskegee and these men then comprised the Tuskegee Airmen.
After receiving encouragement from the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, they were sent overseas earning an impressive combat record. This was a huge step for African Americans in the fight for civil rights and to show other African American men and women that anything was possible for them. Three of the Tuskegee Airmen Pilots even went on to become generals in the United States Army.