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That’s right, patriots. I’m talking about one of the best times of year: hunting season. It’s right around the corner, but of course, I have to ask the question: are you prepared?

If you’ve been putting off getting your gear together for this year’s upcoming season, now is the best time to start getting what you need. At Patriot Surplus, we’ve been working on giving you an awesome selection of hunting clothing, boots, and accessories to get you equipped. Plus, we’re offering some awesome pricing and savings deals to help you get an even better price on all of the essentials. For example, if you’re on our newsletter list, you’ve already seen our coupon deals for Danner and Lacrosse boots. Keep your eyes open, patriots – there may be more coming your way!

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Remember – if you need hunting gear, get it from Patriot Surplus. We’re veteran owned, veteran approved, and we’re hunters, too!

Wishing for Marine Olympic Gold

Twenty-six year-old Marine Corps Sgt. Jamel Herring demonstrated speed, style, and a passion for his sport back in July, when he led the U.S. Olympic boxing team in warm-ups. That talent may now earn him an Olympic medal.

The underdog, who wowed during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials with quick footwork and great dodging, is a light welterweight who is stepping into the ring in London this year to compete. This is a milestone as Herring is the first U.S. Marine boxer to compete in the Olympic boxing ring in 20 years.

Herring says the Marine Corps helped him mature and that he has the respect of other boxers on Team USA. He said the Corps gave him determination – a sense to never give up. That sense may be what takes him to gold in the next week.

Not to mention, he’s been compared to Sugar Ray Leonard by his coaches. Leonard won Olympic gold back at the 1976 games while fighting in the light welterweight division.

“I’m definitely an underdog here,” said Herring, in a Military.com profile. “It’s like a hit and run. It’s like a game of tag — I’m hitting, and I’m gone.”

Much like Muhammad Ali, Leonard was known for fast footwork, avoiding punches while coming in at just the right time for a knockout. This speed is what makes Herring a great contender for the Olympics. In a Military.com piece, he’s quoted to say, “Speed creates power.” We couldn’t agree more. Good luck and bring home the gold! (P.S. Today, July 29, will be the first round of Olympic light-welterweight bouts. We’ll be watching!)

To read more about Sgt. Herring, check out this profile on Military.com: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2012/07/27/marine-boxer-hopes-for-olympic-gold.html?comp=7000023468045&rank=1

Mission Kidpossible. Hersheypark and the Propper Ice Polo!

I will not tell a lie. I am not fond of amusement parks. I love rollercoasters, all the wicked cool rides and stuffing junk food into my mouth when the opportunity arises. However, I do not enjoy hords of hot sweaty people pushing and shoving their way past me to be first in line at the new roller coaster. So, yesterday when my wife informed me that we would be taking the two younger children to Hersheypark to make use of their season passes, I immediately went into mission mode. How could I best gear up for this mission and make it back alive to serve the Patriot nation’s needs?

The first thing that came to mind was how hot and muggy it has been here in central Pennsylvania lately. My mind then started wandering to all the hot sweaty bodies pushing past me, the water rides my kids would want to ride and the water misting fans that all amusement parks have these days. What apparel would best fit the mission? Two items we carry came to mind. The Propper Ice Polo shirt and the Rothco Khaki Vintage Paratrooper Cargo Shorts. Two of my go to items for both comfort and style.

Rothco Khaki Vintage Paratrooper Shorts

Vintage Paratrooper Shorts.

When your mission is to survive the battle of the coasters, two things are essential to me, comfort and functionality. These two items meet the need on both levels. First, I will address the Propper Ice Polo tactical shirt. When I first tested these out, I was a bit skeptical. I mean, come on every tactical gear manufacturer out there is pushing their polo as the best thing since sliced bread. My Propper sales rep is always rocking his, but I thought it was probably because he gets them for free! However, when I tried mine on, I was instantly hooked. Not only are they lightweight, but they feel great. The material is an advanced wicking fabric that dries much faster than cotton. According to Propper, it dries 125% faster. I’m not sure how they came up with that number, but hey, what do I know! I own several of these shirts and they have been washed many times. They have not faded or shrunk at all. The one thing I really like is how wrinkle resistant they are. My wife takes them from the drier and hangs them up in my closet. They do not require any ironong at all. I highly recommend these shirts when you are battling the park in hot muggy weather!

The vintage paratrooper cargo shorts from Rothco have been my go to shorts for years. Not only are they super comfortable, but for a gear head like me, the six storage pockets are perfect for storing all the little goodies kids require on a trip to Hersheypark. I can easily stow my wallet, keys, water bottles for the kids and even my wifes wallet. She hates carrying anything in the park so I get to be the pack mule! The button down pocket closures also keeps everything in your pockets when you are challenging gravity on Skyrush, Hersheypark’s latest and greatest death defying rollercoaster. The shorts are also super soft and durable since they are made from a cotton twill blend. The other thing that is nice is the zipper fly. A lot of BDU shorts tend to have a button fly and can be a pain when you have twenty dads lined up at the head (urinal for all you civilians out there). Not only will you feel great in these, they will last because of their durability.

So, I survived my mission and am back on base here at Patriot Surplus. The next time you are leaving the safety of the wire and heading into the trenches of the amusement park, don some Rothco shorts and an Ice Polo from Propper. Not only will you be cool, functional and dry. That punk kid rocking Chuck Taylors will think twice about butting in line because of how badass you will look! Rock on Patriots and head out to the amusement park trenches.

Propper Ice Polo

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Military Bags: A Great Fit for Photographers

Map Case Military Bag

Map Case Military Bag

We tend to get a lot of questions about our selection of military bags. Everyone wants to know the basics: what a bag is made of, what storage pockets it has, how much it can carry, etc. But there’s one type of customer we get who is really looking for something particular when he comes to check out our selection of military bags and that person, dear patriots, is the photographer.

Now, photographers have very special needs with it comes to carrying gear. Not only do they need a bag that can stand up to heavy use, but they also need pockets for stashing extra memory cards and batteries, plus padding or cushioning. Some photographers look for bags made specifically for them – but the smart ones, well, they head over to Patriot Surplus.

You see, photography bags offer all of the same structure and performance as a classic military bag (such as a map case, messenger bag, or gas mask bag) but usually cost double, triple, or even quadruple the price. Photographers who want utility and affordability come to us to get solid bags that only need a few modifications to make them exactly what they’re looking for. Usually, those modifications just involve buying or making padding inserts to cushion the cameras and lenses. Other than that, they still keep most of the same features of the bag the same because they’re perfect for what they need to begin with.

For photographers looking for bags, we highly recommend our selection of Rothco military bags and Maxpedition military bags. Both are solid picks in terms of organization options, sizes, and performance. They’re a better way to carry your gear without having to buy a fancy bag made “just for photographers” that does the same thing. Just grab some padding inserts once you’ve found the perfect bag and you’re good to go.

Letter from Fallen Marine Inspires

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news lately, you may have heard about a letter written by Marine Sgt. William C. Stacey, 23, who was killed Jan. 31 on a remote hillside in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The letter, which was written to his family, has been widely referenced and quoted by numerous politicians, news media, and soldiers.

The letter itself is moving, but it holds a much greater message.

“My death did not change the world; it may be tough for you to justify its meaning at all,” wrote Sgt. Stacey, who joined the Marines in 2006 and signed up again in 2011.

“But there is a greater meaning,” Stacey wrote. “Perhaps there is still injustice in the world. But there will be a child who will live because men left the security they enjoyed in their home country to come to his. And this child will learn in the new schools that have been built…. He will grow into a fine man who will pursue every opportunity his heart could desire.”

“He will have the gift of freedom, which I have enjoyed for so long. If my life buys the safety of a child who will one day change the world, then I know that it was all worth it.”

Back in November, Sgt. Stacey’s courage and skills on the battlefield were captured by war correspondent Lawrence Dabney.

“Sgt. William Stacey is the sort of Marine that war films are made about. Unflappable, assured, and grimly competent, he is charismatic in spite of the ridiculous mustache that he and half the Corps seem to sport,” Dabney wrote after a firefight documented on the Faster Times’ website.

He wrote this final letter for his family, as so many soldiers often do in case they are killed.

As Los Angeles Times reporter Robert Winton wrote, “Multi-star generals attended his Arlington National Cemetery funeral. His name adorns a fighter jet. His words echo in the halls of Congress.”

Read more about Sgt. William Stacey’s letter: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-william-stacey-20120701,0,3013530.story

 

Rest in peace, Sgt. Will Stacey. Your words continue to inspire us all.