You’ve probably heard that a military surplus or an Army Navy store is a great place to find practical things like clothing, camping gear and survival items. These items were originally intended to be used by American service persons but due to overproduction or lack of need by the military, they’re offered to the general public at great prices. However, where do you find a military surplus store?
Many people think that military surplus stores are always located on or near US Government military bases, but this is not the case. Many of these retailers are located in urban areas far removed from military installations. Most major cities have multiple locations and some can even be found in small communities. They’re also often found in areas that are great for backpacking or camping, such as national parks or other wild areas. They are fantastic places to find camping gear!
There are a number of ways to find an Army Navy store near you. You can run Internet searches for them or check in the yellow pages of your local phone book. MapMuse.com has an online tool that will not only show you the local military surplus stores, but also consignment shops and thrift stores. You can even select gun dealers and other necessary shopping destinations. The site will return results for several miles around the location you have selected and give you exact street locations and telephone numbers for the selections you have made.
If you find that there are multiple military surplus stores in your general area, then you are fortunate in that you will have the ability to comparison shop and find the store that has the most products that you have a need for. Although many stores carry the same items, some will often specialize in certain areas (like paintball equipment) and some may offer their goods for lower prices than others.
These stores are not operated by the Federal Government, rather by private persons who have bought a license to the franchise and who purchase military surplus items in large quantities. Beware, however, of imitators. Some shops may advertise that they are military surplus retailers but are, in fact, nothing of the sort. Some simply use the name to lure in customers. Although many are on the up and up, some shady stores will only offer cheap reproductions or knockoffs of official US military gear. You can usually tell right away by the quality of the items offered if the store owner deals with actual US military surplus.