Category Archives: Military Surplus

A great WWII photo of an immersion heater bathtub….

Looking through the latest issue of Army Motors, I saw a great picture of GI’s using an immersion heater like the ones we offer. Just take the trough under the communal well in the town, add an immersion heater, and you have a hot bath in the field! That is the WWII model, but the later M67 models we sell work the exact same, they just simplified the construction.

There is never any shortage of GI ingenuity!

Immersion Heater Heating Bath Water

Cotton shortages, new parachute cord colors, other great blogs

Yes, we have more colors of parachute cord now- 20+ colors! If you have been looking for more colors, we have them, and we expect to add about 10 more in a few weeks. There are even multicolored parachute cord weaves now! we source all our parachute cord from only US manufacturers, it is 100% MILSPEC made in the USA cord with the 7 strand core. With the growing popularity of braiding parachute cord into bracelets, keychains, and even rifle slings, sales have surged. A lot of customers are also buying our MOLLE Replacement Buckle Sets to use when making the bigger projects like rifle slings.

Made any neat stuff with our para cord? Send us pictures of your projects to tim@oldgrouch.com and I will post a gallery of customer projects!

Did you know there is a worldwide cotton shortage? Yep, there is. That has affected the supply of some items we sell. Right now manufacturers like Tru-Spec are having a hard time keeping up with demand because they cannot find cloth, so they are back ordering items like the 24/7 series pants on us, often for over a month. Prices on them have not risen yet, but we expect them too soon. On clothing there is about a 4-5 month lag time from price increase of material to price increase on the street.

However, canvas tarps have a much shorter lag time, and we are already seeing almost 20% increases on them. We have a new order due in this week, and will have to adjust prices when they arrive.

Bottom line- if you anticipate buying anything made with cotton in the next 12 months, consider buying now to beat the price increases.

Lastly, but certainly not least, a big thanks to John over at No Lawyers- Only Guns and Money for his kind words and great write up about our store! If you don’t follow his blog, you should, he is a great source of info on current 2nd Amendment Issues in NC and across the country!

Thanks everyone!

T

A simple but flexible AR-15 accessory- the magazine bandoleer

The AR-15 series rifles have seen a huge surge in popularity over the past decade. Once just popular with collectors and those with an interest in military arms, the AR-15 is now seen as a serious rifle for varmint hunters, deer hunters in larger calibers, recreational and competitive shooters, and more. Law enforcement has moved more to the AR-15 to replace the shotgun due to the more accurate shot placement it offers and the longer range, and many are seeing the AR series as a great home defense platform, as with the proper ammo it will penetrate walls less than buckshot will.

With this surge in popularity has come a huge surge in accessories. It is now quite easy to spend twice what you pay for the rifle in accessories for it. But there are often low cost alternatives that will serve you will.

One of those is the US Military MOLLE magazine bandoleer. These are made of heavy duty MILSPEC nylon and hold 6 30 round mags, with a shoulder strap. They are a perfect platform for a home defense shooter who wants to have some magazines  handy. Or the military user who wants his backup ammo in a package he can grab and go with instead of just im magazines loose somewhere. of just the recreational shooter who wants to keep his magazines organized.

A number of our law enforcement customers have purchased these for active shooter response it is a bag they can grab and deploy with quickly. They are adding  an IFAK style first aid kit hanging from the shoulder strap, or some are putting the first aid supplies into one of the pockets and using the other two pockets to hold 4 magazines. Either way you get a package that is rugged, compact, and quick and easy to grab and deploy with when you need it. And by using military surplus instead of buying new stuff, you get a far better value for you money.

For all of you with AR-15’s, how are you stowing and carrying you magazines?

 

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More innovative uses for surplus immersion heaters

We still have a good supply of the surplus M67 Immersion Heaters but once they run out there will be no more, as these are no longer used by the US military. Our customers keep finding new and innovative uses for them.

M67 Immersion Heater

M67 Immersion Heater

For those not familiar with them, they are very simple. A steel body submerges the combustion chamber under the level of the water to be heated, fuel drips down from the fuel tank controlled by a valve you use to adjust the fuel rate, it hits a cast iron plat to vaporize it, burns in the circular combustion chamber, then the exhaust goes around and up the exhaust stack. No moving parts while it burns at all, so they are very reliable.

Fuel? The military used gasoline, and listed diesel and kerosene as permissible fuels in an emergency. My customers, being an innovative crowd, have used gas, diesel, kerosene, old waste gas they get for free from from junkyards and boat shops, any of those fuels mixed with used motor oil, biodiesel, Coleman fuel,  waste jet fuel from a job at the airport, and a lot of blends of all of the above.

So what uses have they found so far:

  • Heating stock tanks that they use for watering livestock. They run them an hour or so in the evening and the water gets warm enough to not freeze all night. They say surrounding the tank with dirt helps insulate it.
  • Heating a greenhouse. They install the heater in a large water tank and run the stovepipe just like a wood stove. They get the water nice and hot running it for an hour or two, then when they turn the heater off the large tank of hot water radiates heat all night.
  • Heating a hot tub or pool without using electricity.
  • Heating waste vegetable oil used to make biodiesel in order to boil the water off to make it usable.
  • Heating hot water for showers and dishwashing at remote hunting cabins- one customer made a heat exchanger from an automotive heater core that he plumbed into the tank of water heated by the immersion heater, as water flows through it gets heated.
  • Heating large amounts of water to scald chickens, ducks or hogs as part to the butchering process.
  • Heating an ice fishing shack, set on cinder blocks (not sure I trust this, but they say it works great)

And there are more I am sure I am forgetting. For less than $60 it is hard to beat these things for the amazing number of uses they have for a farmer, prepper, (have you considered how to get hot water without electricity?) hunter with a remote cabin, and lots of other folks.

I just sent one to Jack who does the Survival Podcast to get his review of them and input on uses, and I bet he comes up with even more great uses. If you don’t listen to his show, give it a try- he does a great job.

How are you using one of these? Let me know!

T