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Did you know August is Family Fun Month? Well, it is and Harry’s Army Surplus is a family owned and run business, so we though it was the perfect month to support!
Family Fun Month is all about spending time with the ones you love and having fun. Families comes in all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors! August is also a great month to spend time with family. You can enjoy the last bit of summer and the time before the kids go back to school. If you are looking for ideas on some fun family activities look no further, Harry’s has got you covered! Here’s a list of activities that are perfect for all types of families.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun, there are plenty of inexpensive and even FREE activities the whole family can do.
1 Spend the day at the park.
You can have a picnic, play Frisbee, play other outdoor games, and more. If you are headed to a state park there may be a beach to relax on and you may even be able to bring the furry members of the family. Most parks have beach volleyball courts as well, so depending on the number of people at your gathering, you could start up a volleyball match. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to spending time at the park.
2. Go to a museum.
Many museums are starting to offer free or discounted admission on certain days or at certain times. The Detroit Institute of Arts offers residents on Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties free admission. If you aren’t located in the Detroit area, research your local museums to find out what the cost of their admission tickets are and if they offer any type of discount. Museums are great for rainy days, which Detroit has had plenty of this summer, and provides a cultural learning experience for everyone.
3. Organize a family game night.
You can take turns letting everyone pick their favorite game. For snacks, before the games get started everyone can get their favorite snack. If people are over 21 then making everyone’s favorite drinks is also an option. Having a game night allows for some healthy competition and clean fun. This could also be a night where the little kids get to stay up just a little bit later than normal or they are allowed to eat their favorite candy. Whatever way you organize it, a game night is sure to be fun.
If you do have some extra cash to spend, you can find some really awesome activities for the whole family.
1. Go to an amusement park.
Amusement parks are a ton of fun especially for kids. With everything from the rides, to the characters dressed up in costume, to the food available, there will be something to please just about everyone. Water parks are also great options, especially for the people who just can’t handle roller coasters. Whichever one you go with, they both have areas specific to the little ones with age appropriate rides and attractions as well as the thrilling rides meant for the older folk.
2. Go catch a baseball game.
Baseball season is in full swing and tickets are typically easy to get. Many MLB parks have other attractions aside from the game. Comerica Park rides for kids as well as fireworks after certain games. The Tampa Bay Rays, who play at Tropicana Field have a 35 foot, 10,000 gallon tank called the Rays Touch Tank that contains live rays that were caught in the Tampa Bay area. You can buy ray food and the proceeds benefit the Florida Aquarium. 50 people are allowed in the tank area at once, but it is free to all people attending the game. Even if you are not located near a MLB team, minor league games are just as fun.
3. Take a road trip.
You don’t have to go anywhere to far, but pick a place that the family has never been to. You guys can all experience a new place together and explore what that city has to offer. While you’re on the trip make sure to try new things, where it’s trying a new food or trying a new activity, you will be able to build memories from experiences like that.
It doesn’t really matter what you do this month, just make sure you dedicate some time to fun and your family. You can even take a family trip to Harry’s! We’ve got something for everyone!
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 in 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 includes 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!
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!
Feet sweat. It’s a fact of life. It’s normal. Nevertheless, you want to try to keep your feet as dry as you can. Damp sweaty feet are not just uncomfortable, they can lead to problems such as Athlete’s Foot and painful sores. Excessive moisture in socks and boots combined with body heat creates the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria, bacteria that can cause nasty foot odors or even Athlete’s Foot. Too much dampness in socks can cause feet to slide around in boots, causing blisters and painful callouses to develop. Luckily, your team at Harry’s Army Surplus has scrounged up some good intel on quick, easy ways to combat the sweat!
- Wash Feet Daily. Give the dogs a good scrubbing every day with some antibacterial soap. Wash twice daily if sweat is excessive.
- Dry Feet Completely. Really get in there, dry in between those toes. Don’t skip this step! You don’t want to bring any moisture into your boots. Use a hairdryer on a cool setting if needed.
- Use Foot Powder. Sprinkle on the bottoms of feet and in between toes. There are a lot of choices out there, but we don’t recommend cornstarch based powders; when they get moist, they can gum up and leave a gross paste in your toes. Harry’s has military grade foot powder available in store. Drug stores have good options, such as Gold Bond or Dr. Scholl’s.
- Chose The Right Sock. Don’t go for cotton. Cotton will absorb sweat like a sponge and keep it trapped on your foot. You’ll want a good wool sock or synthetic moisture wicking material. Wigwam makes some wonderful socks that we love.
- Let Boots Dry. Boots and shoes need at least 24 hours to sufficiently dry out. Rotate your footwear and don’t wear the same boots 2 days in a row, if you do your boots will never dry and will get really funky fast.
With winter coming up fast, this information is just as valuable as in the hot summer. Dry feet are happy, warm feet. Wet feet trap cold, giving rise to cold weather injuries like frostbite. Come visit Harry’s Army Surplus and keep those feet dry and comfy!
Military surplus items used to mean materials and supplies that military men and women would sell or get rid of as they were no longer needed due to discharge or retirement. These products were sold and resold at different surplus in and around military bases. Typical products usually did not consist of weapons, but these were occasionally found. That’s what it used to mean. Not anymore.
Today, Army surplus stores, like Harry’s Army Surplus for example, sell high-tech gear, the latest in weatherproof clothes, survival tools and equipment and a host of other gadgets and outdoors equipment. Sure you can still find items like platoon patches and memorabilia and military uniforms, but that’s no longer the bulk of what these stores carry.
Collectors, survival experts and outdoors adventurous types are now the main frequenters of surplus stores because Army surplus shops provide the equipment and gear they need at great prices.
Clothing found at Army surplus stores has become so popular for its uses it has gone past the surplus market and entered the mainstream clothing market. Many fashion designers and retailers are mimicking surplus-style and are using similar materials to extend the longevity of their fabrics, but we all know there’s nothing like the original. Shop with confidence knowing your surplus gear, equipment, clothing and footwear is top-notch.