SKS chest rigs from China are widely available. However, this canvas and leather one from a country no longer allowing exports of antiques is a rare find. It has eight pockets to hold your Type 56 Carbine’s stripper clips in. The PLA’s star insignia is indistinguishable embossed on its shiny metal belt buckle. Over built and in great shape, you will be surprised to know this is a Vietnam Era piece of memorabilia.
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I usually find it quite difficult to find more than two uses out of most military surplus equipment. Designed to fulfill a specific need, gas masks and weapons gear top my list of favorite collectables. However, neither really are useful beyond its single purpose. Once and awhile, though a product comes along that is so versatile, I can’t pass it up—such as the tactical operator’s case. I’ve come up with 22 different uses. What about you?
Though you know heroes and freedom fighters of yesteryear used much of the military surplus items you acquire, it is rare to come across a piece with such a specific history. Buried deep in a Swiss bunker, we found original WWII, U.S. Mountain Troop ski goggles manufactured by Foster Grant. These well-worn military surplus goggles are a true piece of history. To know that a member of the “greatest generation” fought so hard in such harsh conditions fighting off the Germans, the well-worn goggles are worth every penny.
The surplus medical box is ideal for storing valuables such as IDs, money, food, and even ammunition. The gasket seals spillage inside if something breaks during transport and the steel latches secure the gasket in place. These things can roll around in the back of a truck in any climate, and the heavy-duty construction will hold up to the elements.
I just opened the box on this Suomi KP-31 parts kit. I breathed in the essence of Cosmoline, instantly taken back to my days of cleaning friend’s SKSs and Mosins. Someone should make a cosmoline-scented candle, you know for the guys. What I found inside was not any great surprise. This is a parts kit.
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