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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!

 

Brand Spotlight: Cold Steel Knives

On an almost daily basis customers come in wanting to see items from Cold Steel. This is mostly due to the crazy videos Cold Steel puts out on the internet, but these products are pretty cool. Cold Steel boasts that they have the “World’s Strongest, Sharpest Knives.” Whether that is actually true, we don’t know, but these knives are pretty sharp out of the box. Cold Steel’s goal for over 30 years has been to keep producing the sharpest, strongest knives on the market and in the process they have had success in creating unique and innovative products.

New this spring to Harry’s is the Cold Steel FGX Karambit. This fixed blade knife Cold Steel Karambitis made out of Griv-Ex which is extremely strong reinforced fiberglass. Basically, this is a non metallic knife. This material also makes this knife super lightweight and unaffected by heat, cold, and moisture. The curved blade is also pretty unique. Another awesome product is the Cold Steel Kukri Machete. This machete Cold Steel Kukri Machetecan really do it all! Cut, scrape, chop, slash, hack, dig, you name it and the Kukri will do it! This machete comes with its own sheath as well.

If you are looking for something more…..practical, then check out the American Lawman Plain Edge Folding Knife. Built like a tank this pocket knife is super durable and has an extremely strong lock. The blade also has a black Cold Steel American Lawmancoating to aid in corrosion resistance. This would be a great option as an everyday carry knife.

If you are looking for a super sharp blade or just looking for a ultra cool tool, we would suggest getting something from Cold Steel. Browse our whole selection of Cold Steel products online or shop our selection in store.

Surviving a Snake Bite ; Snake Bite Kits and Their Benefits

Each year we hear plenty of stories from around the world about people or their pets getting bit by venomous snakes, many of whom die or lose a limb. Recently, the news informed us of a man who was hunting and was bitten by a poisonous snake ( you can read article here ). He was able to stay calm enough to get his $10 snake bite kit out of his bag and extract the venom. In doing this, he was able to save his own life. Now, you’ve got to be wondering ‘Well, where can I get one of these snake bite kits?” No worries! Harry’s Army Surplus has got you covered!

You may think having a snake bite kit is not a top priority in your bag while hiking, camping, or even walking the dog, but it should be especially if you live Snake Bite Kitin an area with a high or growing population of venomous snakes. We offer three different snake bite kits and all three are extremely affordable. The most basic kit we offer is the Coughlan’s Snake Bite Kit. At $4.99 this is something anyone can afford. We like this kit for its compact size. This kit is small enough to keep in your pocket (which is ideal in a snake bite situation). it comes complete with 3 suction cups, an easy to use one-hand lymph constrictor, scalpel, antiseptic swab, and detailed instructions that we recommend you read before you head out on you adventure so you already know how to use it.

If you want a kit that is not so basic, then take a look at the Sawyer Bite and Sing Extractor Kit. On sale for just $17.95, this kit is perfect to have at home, in your car, or in your pack. This emergency kit can remove venom and poison from snake bites, bee stings, wasp stings, and other bug bites. It Snake Bite Kitincludes the extractor pump, 4 plastic cups, 1 razor, 3 sterile adhesive bandages, 2 alcohol wipes, 2 bite antiseptics and pain reliever wipes, and instructions all packed into a small plastic carrying case.

Either of these kits would be a great addition to you survival gear. Remember, you can never be too prepared! Check out all of our great survival gear and make sure your next adventure is safe one!

A-TACS Camouflage..What is it?

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 A TACS Packwas 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.

A TACS HolsterThe 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!

New Gear From Columbia River Knife and Tool

Hey all of you CRKT fans! Harry’s spring shipments have arrived with some awesome new toys for you! For those of you not so familiar with CRKT ( Columbia River Knife & Tool), here’s what you need to know:

1. They make innovative knives and tools for sport, work, and professional uses.

2. All of their designs are purpose driven.

3. Their amazing custom designs are offered to customers at an affordable price without compromising quality.

While looking through the goodies, there were some stand out products that we want everyone to know about. Anyone who knows anything about CRKT has heard about the popular Eat’N Tool. The designers at CRKT wanted to come up with something even more popular and function, so now we have the Eat’N Tool XL. So what’s the difference between this tool and original? Well EatN Tool XLfirstly, the handle is longer making it easier to hold on to. The spoon is also larger. The XL version also features a can opener, an essential when out on the trail. The XL was made with all of the original features too like the bottle opener, 2 hex wrenches, carabiner, and driver.

Getting into the knives, the Otanashi noh Ken Clip Point Folding Knife is definitely the one for you if you’re into a more streamlined looked. It’s almost like carrying around a mini samurai sword rather than a pocket knife. The black coating on thee blade provides corrosion resistance and adds to the sleek, tactical look. The overall length of this knife is just over 10 inches and the blade length is about 4.5 inches. This is a pretty good sized knife, but the way it was designed makes it pretty easy to conceal.

CRKT ForesightAnother cool knife that came in has been designed by the world renown knife designer, Ken Onion. That alone made us extremely interested in the Black Foresight Combo Edge Knife. This knife is a perfect example of how for follows function. Designed to offer maximum control, the handle is made with cold forged aluminum and finger shaped grooves, providing comfort. The mechanisms inside the knife make opening and closing the knife extremely smooth.

These are just a few of the great, innovative knives and tools offered from CRKT. Check the whole collection of CRKT knives and tools so you can get the perfect one to suit your needs!

 

Knife Product Reviews : The Kershaw Leek Pocket Knife

Here at Harry’s knives are some of our favorite items. One of the most popular brands we carry is Kershaw with the Leek being one our best sellers.

Designed by world-renowned knife designer, Ken Onion, the Kershaw Leek is your ultimate sleek and slim, everyday carry knife that is super sharp! The Leek has the ability to cut through a variety of materials without any issues. Wires, tape, paper, and cardboard are just a few of the things we’ve used the Leek for and it’s held up very well.Kershaw Leek

The comfortable handle designed for the Leek fits most people’s hands fairly well and provides enough grip when using. There is also a pocket clip that Kershaw has added to the Leek that allows you to carry it either tip up or tip down. Although, if you mount it tip up, a small portion of the handle sticks out, it is still comfortable to carry and stays concealed.

One of the greatest features on the Leek is the Kershaw Speed Safe system. Extremely fast, almost as soon as your thumb applies pressure to the thumbstuds, the blade will shoot out and be ready to use.  It was designed to be a one-handed knife so you are able to open the blade with only one hand.

The locking mechanism that Kershaw has used for the Leek is extremely durable and will keep the knife from opening accidentally which is an awesome safety feature.

Lastly, as the Leek is proudly made in the USA, we’re proud to recommend a durable, inexpensive, everyday carry knife that anyone can afford!

Brand Spotlight : NDUR Survival Gear

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.Filtration Straw

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.

Camp StoveLooking 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 Whistlethe 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!

 

 

Blackhawk Serpa Level 3 Tactical Holster Product Review

Have you been looking for a new tactical holster? Check out Carl’s product review of the Blackhawk Level 3 Holster. He walks you through all the features and benefits that this Blackhawk holster offers. Great for law enforcement, this is definitely a high performance, high quality holster. Check out all of the holsters available from Harry’s and our Youtube Channel for more great videos!

Going Green Tips – Military Surplus Style!

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.Water Bottle

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.Ammo Can

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!

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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.

For all the military moms out there, try out the pink Proud Army Mom T-shirt or the pink Proud Marines Mom T-shirt. These shirts are feminine and still shows pride for our military.5690-T-SHIRT--PROUD-ARMY-MOM----PINK

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.Buck Knife

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!

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