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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. 

 

 

 

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!

5 Michigan Campgrounds to Visit on Your Next Camping Adventure

Summertime means camping time and here in Michigan thousands of people are going to make their way to one of the hundreds of camping sites located in this beautiful state. The Harry’s staff is full of avid campers and we’ve put together a list of campgrounds that we highly recommend for your next camping trip. We’ve got something for everyone and these state park campgrounds are so awesome that even you out of staters are going to want to make the trek to Michigan!

1. Ludington State Park- Ludington, MI

State Park

Ludington State Park

Located on the western side of the state on the coast of Lake Michigan, the campgrounds at Ludington State Park may offer the best camping experience available in the state. Within the park are different campgrounds to accommodate different types of camping ranging from super rustic (no electricity and rustic toilets) to modern sites with showers, bathrooms, and electricity. They even have some cabins. What really sets Ludington apart from other camping spots is the variety of activities available to campers. For those of you who love the beach, Ludington offers several miles of beaches for you to relax on. There is a boat launch and if you feel like paddling into the lake there are boats you can rent. Catch some fish or go for a hike to the local lighthouses in your down time. There are 21.5 miles of hiking trails, a 4 mile canoe trail, a 2 mile bike trail, and a 10 mile cross country skiing trail if you happen to be there in the winter. This is the perfect camping spot for the whole family, whether you are a busy body or just looking for some relaxation time.

Porcupine Wilderness Park

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

2. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park- Ontonagon, MI

The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is located on the northern coast of the Upper Peninsula and is 60,000 acres making it on of the few large wilderness areas remaining in the Midwest. This state park offers a variety of camp sites from the rustic to sites with modern bathroom and shower facilities. If tent camping isn’t really your thing, cabins, lodges, and even yurts are available. If you are not familiar with what a yurt is, a yurt is a circular domed tent that sits on a platform. The activities are endless in this state park. If you are looking for some adventure try mountain biking through the mountains. It’s really the only way to get to the most remote (aka most beautiful) parts of the park. This state park also has more than 90 waterfalls surrounded by lush green forests. One thing to be aware of is that there are black bears in this park so there are certain rules that you will need to follow in regards to your food and gear. The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is truly an outdoor playground and perfect for anyone wanting to do more than just camp.

3. Tahquamenon Falls State Park- Paradise, MI

State Park

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Staying up north in the Upper Peninsula, our number three pick is camping at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This park has different sites to suit whatever type of camping you prefer ranging from rustic sites to cabins. The obvious attraction to this state park is being able to see the Upper Falls, which is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. This waterfall is 200 feet across and has a 50 foot drop. It is truly something to see. Four miles down the Tahquamenon River is the Lower Falls. The Lower Falls consists of a series of five smaller falls cascading down around an island. Not quite as exciting as the Upper Falls, but still beautiful. There are several different hiking trails to explore during the day and there are plenty of good fishing opportunities along the riverbank. Boat rentals for canoes and row boats are available at the Lower Falls. Black bear, fox, deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, and mink can all be seen in the park along with many different types of birds including the bald eagle. Moose can often be seen in the wet areas of the park as well. The scenic landscape cannot be beat and if your looking to see some wildlife this is the place for you.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

4. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore- Empire, MI

If you are looking for a family friendly camping area the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the one for you! Different camp sites are available depending on if you want electricity hook ups and there is also backcountry camping if you want the full on rustic experience. On the coast of Lake Michigan, there are beaches perfect for sun bathing and building sand castles. Your visit would not be complete without climbing the Dunes. Climb up to get exercise and a great view of Glen Lake. There are about 100 miles of hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty, so there is an option for everyone. Each evening the park has a free Ranger program which can keep the kids busy. Other water activities like tubing, kayaking, and canoeing are also available. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is really great option for families with children due to the vast amount of activities available that the kids would enjoy.

5. Hoffmaster State Park- Muskegon, MI

State Park

Hoffmaster State Park

Last, but not least is Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, MI. WE recommend this campgrounds for those with smaller children looking for a peaceful camping experience. Firstly this campgrounds has alcohol restrictions, so you aren’t going to encounter any wild parties going on all night. The campground offers a private beach and there is a larger beach in the park, both are pristine. Many of the camping sites are spacious and heavily shaded so you can get away from the sun. Children’s activities are hosted each and the Gillette Visitor Center offers other nature activities. The main attraction at Hoffmaster is the Dune Climb Stairway which leads you to the top of a dune with an observation deck looking over the dunes and Lake Michigan. The camp sites have electrical hook ups and the bathroom facilities are modern. This campground and state park is a great alternative for those who don’t want to drive all the way to the Upper Peninsula.

Whatever campgrounds or state park you choose to visit in Michigan, we know you won’t really be disappointed. Our state has so many outdoor sights and experiences to offer. Lakes, forests, sand dunes, and mountains, we’ve got it all! The only thing left to do is evaluate your camping gear situation. Make Harry’s your camping headquarters this year. Stop by the store to check out our camping gear selection and get valuable camping tips or shop with us online to make sure you’ve got what you need. Happy Camping!

 

 

Summer Tent Sale 2013

Tent Sale Summer 2013

Come out to our big Tent Sale for some of the summer’s best savings.

Some of these deals won’t last long. Many more deals available in-store.

Surplus Clothing
Used Surplus Clothing: Buy 1, Get 1, Half off
tents

ALL TENTS
30% OFF!!

ammo can

Ammo Cans: Buy 2, Get 1 FREE

boonie Hats

Boonie Hats: Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off

Footwear Savings

Military, uniform and work boots up to 70% off

All Ballston Socks: 3 for $9.99

All Ballston Socks: 3 for $9.99

red kap pants

Red Kap Pants only $5

Footlockers

Footlockers: Sale $49.99

Weapons

Big Savings on select knives & weapons

motorcycle jackets

20% off our entire stock of Motorcycle Jackets

MRE Cases: $20 off

MRE Cases: $20 off

snugpak duffles

All Snugpak Adventure Dufles 40% off

red kap pants

Red Kap Pants ONLY $5!!!

molle accessories

Select Molle Accessories: 30% off

holsters

Select Holsters 40% off

blankets

Hungarian Blankets
Buy 1, Get 1 Free
reg. $19.99 ea

face veils

Face Veils 30% off
(select colors)

cargo shorts

i5 Cargo Shorts
$9.99
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Neck Lights

Quarrow Neck Lights
30% off

Packs

Select Packs:
Up to 30% off

straw hats

Broner Straw Hats
25% off

RAT Boot

USMC Rugged All Terrain Boots
HUGE SAVINGS!!
Only $59.99

Snugpak Travelpak 1 $20 OFF Now $48.95

Snugpak Travelpak 1
$20 OFF
Now $48.95

Discounts while supplies last. Sales end 6/30/13 at 5 pm.  Cannot be combined with other discounts or applied to special orders. In-store only.

Survive Summer with Our Favorite First Aid Essentials

Today is the first day of summer and camping, hiking, and playing sports are all great things to do when warm weather hits. The most important thing to remember when spending time outdoors whether on your own or with your children is to bring along some first aid essentials so you’ll always be prepared no matter what comes your way!

Snake Bite Kit

The first thing you’ll want to carry is The Pocket First Aid Field Guide that’s small and compact so you can easily carry it in your backpack and has basic instructions on how to treat minor injuries and even more serious injuries.

A super common ailment when being outdoors are bug bites, never be itchy again with this Tender After Bite Xtra Insect Treatment that relieves itching from bites and even itching from poison oak or poison ivy!

No one wants to ever think about creepy crawly snakes when they’re camping, but having a snake bite kit is one of those things that you might not want to do without, this Snake Bite Kit givesyou everything you need to effectively remove snake venom after being bitten.

First Aid Survival Kit

If you want something small to throw in your purse or backpack, the Small Olive Drab Military First Aid Kit is perfect for you and totally affordable at only $7.99!  This kit includes sterile pads, bandages, and aspirin as well as some other first aid essentials.

If you’re looking for something more extensive, the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate First Aid Survival Kit  is more of an investment at $53.99 but includes everything you could ever need to survive in a hostile environment. Some of the items found in this kit include a multi-tool, mini flashlight, handsaw, blanket, waterproof matches, fire-starter, and more!

Check out our entire first aid section at Harry’s and take a look at all of our awesome first aid products to take on your next camping adventure!

 

 

5 Beautiful Hiking Trails to See Before You Die

Hiking is a great way to get exercise, but it can also be an amazing way to see the world. Here are 5 places where hiking, culture, and beautiful landscapes all come together.

1. Cinque Terre- Italy

If you are looking for a less strenuous hike with plenty of amazing views and still

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Italy

want to take in Italian culture, hike Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast in the Italian Riviera and is made up of 5 villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.  You can hike between all five villages at your own pace with mountains on one side and the sea on the other. Taking the coast trail takes about five hours at a continuous pace. There is a more difficult trail that goes along the ridge if you are looking for something more challenging. Be sure to bring a bathing suit on this hike because you will most definitely get tempted by the sea. Don’t worry about getting tired either! Trains and ferry service connect all the villages as well!

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

2. Mont Blanc – France, Italy, &  Switzerland

This European hike takes you through three countries and all throughout the Alps. This hikes takes you on a two week circle and has huts to stay in at night. Valleys, meadows, glaciers, and the white peaks on the mountains provide excellent views. This hike is best done during the summer so you can have good weather and this hike has very easy stretches and very difficult areas. Plus since you are going through three different counties, you get to take in three different cultures.

3. Tongariro Northern Circuit – New Zealand

Tongariro Northern Circuit

Tongariro Northern Circuit

New Zealand is a beautiful country and there are plenty of reasons to go there, but the Tongariro Northern Circuit is another reason! This hike takes you around one of the three volcanoes on the North Island: Mt. Ngauruhoe, which Is featured in Lord of the Rings. This hiking loop is about 19 miles long and your see a variety of landscapes like forest land, desert, and grassy areas. On top of all that, you also get to see Red Crater and Emerald Lakes.  Plan for about 3-4 days to walk the trail and do it in the summer when it is well marked.

John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail

4. John Muir Trail – California, USA

Beginning in Yosemite National Park and continuing on 215 miles through Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, King’s Canyon National Park, and ending at Mount Whitney. This is the perfect trail if you are a nature lover this is the hiking trail for you. It’s best to hike this trail in August or September so you can avoid snow and to do the whole trail takes about 30 days. For a more practical hike to this trail in one week sections and do one each summer! This is a moderate to strenuous hike so it is not recommended for beginners. This trail does require a trail permit and you will need to protect your food from bears.

5. Inca Trail – Peru

Inca Trail

Inca Trail

Often rated in the top 5 hikes in the world, the Inca Trail takes you through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu. This four day hike can be done if you are in decent shape and it is wise to take a couple breaks to adjust to the altitude. The landscape is amazing combining nature with the historic ruins of the Incas. Time this hike right and you can end up at Machu Picchu for sunrise ( the best time).  Go from April to October and use an authorized guide. We also recommend getting good boots as some of the terrain can be hard on the feet and ankles.

For hiking in general, having the right gear including packs and boots, will make your experience much more enjoyable. Check out our selection on or website or in our store. Fore more info on how to choose the right gear check out our other posts, Choosing the Best Hiking Pack and How to Choose the Best Hiking Boots

Brand Spotlight : SOG Knives + Tools

Looking for a new knife or tool? We suggest something from SOG Knives + Tools! Since 1986, SOG has been developing innovative products that perform at a high level in a variety of situations. Whether you are looking for a hunting knife, tactical knife, an everyday carry knife, or a multi tool, SOG is sure to have something to suit your needs.

SOG Specialty Knives was started by Spencer Frazer in 1986 after he was inspired by a unique combat knife carried by a highly classified U.S. Special Ops unit called MACV-SOG during their time in Vietnam. Frazer’s mission was to reproduce the original SOG bowie knife. This then led to developing a whole line of innovative products.

One of the products new to our SOG selection this year is the SOG Blade Light Folder. This pocket knife has 6 led lights built in to the handle. The lights are on SOG Knifeeither side of the blade and provide a shadowless light while cutting. The lights can still be turned on while the blade is closed, which can come in handy in different situations. This knife is super functional and there isn’t really anything else like it on the market.

Another cool knife from SOG is the SOG Jungle Primitive Fixed Blade Knife. With a blade length of 9.5 inches and a partially serrated edge, this knife is perfect for using outdoors. The Jungle Primitive can be used as a machete, limb saw, and a hammer. It comes with a sheath so you can easily take it on your outdoor adventures.

If you looking for something a little more compact and on the creative side, SOG Snarlcheck out the SOG Snarl. Its like brass knuckles, but with a SOG knife. This knife also comes with a sheath that can be worn on your belt or around your neck to conceal your knife.

SOG has so many amazing products that are innovative and extremely durable. Each product is designed with function in mind. Whether your buying a SOG fixed blade, folder, tomahawk, or even one of their Dark Energy flashlights, you won’t be disappointed! Check out our whole selection of SOG Knives and Tools online or in our store!

Get Military Fashion Looks for Less!

Rihanna, Jay-Z, Common, Lana Del Rey….What do these celebrities have in Lil Wayne in Camocommon? They are all in on the camo trend!

Military inspired and camouflage fashion trends come back around every couple years and it just happens to be in right now. Huge fashion retailers have jumped on the bandwagon offering modified military looks that include studs, tighter fits, and high prices. Harry’s offers a lot of the staple pieces needs to pull off these hot fashion trends at a much more affordable price.Jay-Z in Camo

For guys looking to stay on point in the fashion game, a super easy way to incorporate camouflage into your wardrobe is with a pair of camo pants or camo shorts. You can go with the traditional style or a vintage wash. Jay-Z went with the traditional look, which is a stiffer, more crisp material. Camo pants can be dressed so many different ways. We Common in Camoreally like pairing them with a bright pair of sneakers like Common to make the camo seem less military and more high fashion. Camo shorts, like the ones Lil Wayne is wearing, provide a more casual look and can easily be paired with hoodies, sneakers, and sandals.

Ladies, you too can find these trendy looks for less with Harry’s! If you aren’t ready to fully commit to the camouflage trend, then start out with a subtle camo hat like Rihanna. There are so many camouflage patterns available in the traditional patrol cap that youRihanna in camo won’t have a problem find a hat to match your outfit. If you want a more bold look, get the paratrooper pants. Pair them with sneakers for a casual look or cinch the ankle openings and throw on some heels for a look thats ready for night on the town. Lana Del Rey has taken a men’s BDU coat and paired it with shorts and wedge boots.

We also have basic camo t-shirts that are also an easy and very inexpensive way to add camo to your closet. Also if your a local customer, check out our Lana Del Rey in Camosurplus section. We get plenty of surplus clothing including jackets, shirts, pants, and hats that can be worn as is or can be revamped. Our surplus clothing section offers slightly blemished clothing at ridiculously good prices, plus its authentic military gear.

Whether you shop online or in store, finding the perfect camo items will be a cinch. Hats, pants, shirts, jackets, coats, bandannas, we’ve got everything!

Harrys Army Surplus