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Army On The Hunt For New Small Arms Weapon?

Have you been you been looking for a new handgun? You’re not alone! The Army is on the hunt for a new small arms weapon to replace the Cold War Era M9 9MM pistol. Gun and military enthusiasts alike have been a buzz speculating about what is going to replace the M9 so it makes perfect sense for Harry’sArmy M9 to chime in on this topic.

First off, why does the Army want to replace the M9? I’m sure the financially minded folks reading this are  muttering under their breath about trying to cut our spending and tend to the giant amount of debt this country has accumulated, but in all reality this switch could help save money in the long run, if the appropriate weapon is chosen. The M9, though the gun of choice decades, does not have the power, durability, and the accuracy the Army is looking for. According to surveys, soldiers just do not have confidence in this hand gun. Parts are also having to be replaced consistency.

Reports on websites like Military.com and in several military focused forums are saying that the Army is hosting an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about a new Modular Handgun System. I have yet to find any hard evidence that this is actually happening…nothing on the official Army website yet. If this is true, then they are not only looking to replace the gun, they want new everything including ammo and holsters for a complete upgrade.

Now to the big question…what are they going to replace the M9 with? Its hard to say really, many guns are being made with non metal parts and the Military is not a fan of that. They want something highly durable and made of metal. As of right now, the .357 Sig, .40 Smith & Wesson, and .45 ACP are all candidates. We aren’t sure if any of these are exactly what the Army is looking for, what do y’all think would be a great fit?

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!

 

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!

 

The History of the Tuskegee Airmen

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 ATuskegee Airmenmericans 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.

Check out Harry’s for some great Military Memorabilia!

Military Acronyms Decoded- Understanding Military Lingo

Being a military wife, I have had many conversations at the dinner table where I find myself asking, “What does that mean again?” a million times. Anyone who has watched a movie based on the military, have friends in the military, or have even served in the military themselves will say that they have the military has it’s own language, made up of many different acronyms.

Having lived on a military base, it’s a wonder I made it home those first few days after I moved there. Lucky for me, they actually labeled secure zones “Restricted area” and there were guards who were quick to point you on your way if you drove to a spot where you were not allowed access. Most places allowed civilians if you knew what the acronyms stood for, NEX also known as the Navy Exchange is a great place for tax free shopping!

Some of these more common military acronyms will help you keep up during your next chat with your military friends.

-AD: Active Duty

-APO: Army Post Office

-AWOL: Absent Without Leave (I think this one is self explanatory, you DON’T wanna go AWOL)

-BDU: Battle Dress Uniform (Working Uniform)

-CO: Commanding Officer (Also known as the “boss”)

-CONUS: Continental United States

-DOD: Department of Defense

-LES: Leave and Earning Statements (Military pay stub, this requires a degree in military language to read)

-MP: Military Police

-OCONUS: Outside Continental United States

-PCS: Permanent Change of Station (Moving time!)

-USA: United States Army

-USCG: United States Coast Guard

-USMC: United States Marine Corps

-USN: United States Navy

If you have a military member to grab a gift for, be sure to stop by Harry’s Military Gifts section!

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History of the Military Flight Jackets

The historic flight jacket was born back in September of 1917 when the United States Army established the Aviation Clothing Board. Sometimes referred to as a bomber jacket or bombardier jacket, the typical flight jacket has high wrap around collars, zipper closures with wide thick wind flaps, snug cuffs, and waits. Some are even fringed and lined with fur. The purpose of the flight jacket was to keep pilots warm since the airplanes then had open cockpits where the pilots were exposed to wind and the elements. Military Pilots wearing Leather Flight Jackets

Though the flight or bomber jacket began as a jacket made specifically for military pilots, they have since progressed into a fashion trend that is still popular today. Harry’s has quite a few for you to choose from that we think will keep you warm during the next few winter snow storms.

The Alpha B-15 Flight Jacket is a classic flight jacket with an economical price at $103.88, made tough to battle the harsh elements. Pick one up today in Black, Navy, or Sage Green. If you want to spend a little more money, we have a beautiful ALeather-CWU-45-P-Flight-Jacket-Blacklpha Leather CWU 45/P Flight Jacket for $336.00. This bomber jacket is made from premium cowhide leather that is stylish and warm, styled after the classic US Air Force CWU 45/P flight jacket and features a genuine leather embossed Alpha Velcro Patch.

If you have a child looking to make a fashion statement, pick up a Kid’s WWII Aviator Flight Jacketwith a classic design from the WWII era with a leather-like outer shell. Kids WWII Era Flight Jacket

What’s Under the Tree for your Soldier? Christmas Gift Ideas for Military Members

Are you still searching for a gift for your soldier? Well, look no further; Harry’s has you covered. We carry such a wide range of products; you’re bound to find the perfect gift! Some of our favorites include the Seirus Original All Weather Black Lightweight Glove. This glove is perfect for the cold weather coming our way! It’s a slim fit glove that keeps cold out and keeps hands warm. At $34.99, this is more than affordable.

Another option for this Christmas is going to help your soldier keep time; The Smith and Wesson Tritium Soldier Military Watch. With the ability to read time in low light conditions (even in total darkness), resist water up to 100M/300 feet, and featuring a scratch resistant mineral crystal face, this watch is a great buy! This watch is on sale right now for $89.95!

Watch

If your soldier is handy, either on the job or off, you may want to consider a multi-tool like the Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool. This is on sale now for $46.99 and is made of 17 different tools! The best part is that it is a full size tool that can be closed to a compact size of 4 inches long that can easily fit in a pocket. Some of the tools on this multi-tool include pliers, screwdrivers, and wire stripper. While you’re on our website, be sure to look around, we’re sure you will be able to find many more great gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Why Dog Tags Are So Popular

More than just a cool fashion trend, dog tags are an important means of identification for military members. Before uniformly printed tags started showing up in the United States around the 1900′s, soldiers would print their own identification on paper or other items worn on the body to assist in identifying them in case of the unthinkable. Dog tags have two main purposes; identification of fallen soldiers, and important medical information in case the soldier is unable to speak or unconscious. Nowadays, tags usually follow a five line format:

  1. Last NameDog Tags
  2. First Name, Initial
  3. Social Security/Service Number
  4. Blood Type
  5. Religious Preference

 

Dog tags are a great way to express yourself even if you are not in the military. Favorite quotes, beliefs, song lyrics, or anniversaries are just a few of the things being printed on tags. Harry’s Army Surplus offers personalized dog tags. Four lines with 16 characters per line, letters, numbers, and the symbols - , . / with the option to add silencers on a ball chain with smaller second chain. Your imagination is the limit on what you can print. If you are in the Metro-Detroit area, you may choose to pick up your tags in store. Order some dog tags and express yourself today!

 

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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