D-Day

Posted: June 6, 2014 by malak9496 in Uncategorized

DDay is Coming! Great way to commemorate what those brave souls did on Normandy! #dday #normandy #70thanniversary!

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Friday, June, 6, 2014 is the 70th anniversary of
D-Day. The day that shook the world and signaled the
beginning of the end of WWII.

We owe these brave souls a debt that we cannot
repay, but must remember their sacrifices. We
also need to teach our children that freedom
isn’t free. Thank you for your service.
Comments are always welcome.

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It cost the military about $17,500 to equip one soldier. Stealth bombers and other modern aircraft like the F-22 Raptor cost the military approximately $1 billion and $150 million respectively. To recoup funds that they invest in military members’ gear, including military clothing or camouflage, the Department of Defense repurposes the overstock of its used and unused gear, referred to as military surplus. One way the Department of Defense repurposes its overstock is to hold auctions.

 

Bringing military surplus to the civilian population

Military Tent GP Small TentSome government auctions are open to the general public. In addition to Camo — items like clothes and boots — military surplus sold at auctions include vehicles, computers, printing supplies and tents. Other military and Army surplus is sold at discounted rates to military surplus stores, also known as military thrift stores. Types of products military surplus stores stock vary, but generally include camouflage, gas masks, military tents, collectibles like ribbons and medals, shirts, jackets and books.

Another difference at military stores is who owns the stores. For example, there are Army surplus stores that are owned by veterans or their spouses. It’s not uncommon for these stores to host community events and discussion forums where veterans can talk about challenges and opportunities in and outside the military.

This sense of community, combined with appreciation for service veterans provide attracts thousands of people to Army surplus stores. Discounted prices on popular items like Army parkas, binoculars, beds, Army pants and shirts, may be an equally great attractor. Following are a few ways to reap deep savings at the stores:

  • Explore the store before making a purchase (You might find an item similar to the first item you picked up at a cheaper price if you keep shopping.)
  • Ask clerks working at Army surplus stores to tell you where their sale products are stocked
  • Price compare products online
  • Look for shipping and handling deals when shopping for supplies like camping gear and disaster relief supplies online
  • Check feedback and sales advice shared at camping, disaster relief and military surplus discussion forums

GOreTex Camo Parka

Pay attention to material and other Army surplus camo is made with. For example, quality Army parkas, pants and shirts are made of durable materials like polyester, herringbone twill, knit, cotton and fleece. Vinyl linings in some of the gear keeps the clothes dry during inclement weather.

 

Military backpacks are large enough to hold books, shoes, a laptop or computer tablet. Some backpacks are designed with two side pockets, straps and a clip closure. Because these backpacks are made with nylon, they are water resistant.

Other popular military surplus are outdoor items like military tents, binoculars and sleeping bags. The gear can be used to enjoy a weekend of camping, to enhance personal style, go mountain climbing and observe wild animals living in remote areas from safe distances. Military surplus is also used by emergency relief organizations like the American Red Cross, FEMA and the National Emergency Response Team to set up emergency shelters, temporary workstations and food and supply distribution centers.

Sources:

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2010/07/saginaw_military_surplus_store.html

http://militarybases.com/blog/cost-of-military-spending/

 

Future Soldiers…Technology Unparalleled…

Posted: June 3, 2014 by RDDUSA.com in Uncategorized

Unrelated to military tents, but this is awesome. Hopefully we will reach this level of sophistication with all of our equipment very soon

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Advancements made to military tents have caused the temporary living spaces to be more durable, spacious and comfortable. Recently, the Army has started looking at military tent design that reduce energy consumption by as much as 75 percent. Clearly, sharp changes have been made to military tents since the Civil War, a time when a 2 person tent or a pup tent was most often used by military units.

 

Military tent design progress from Pup to TEMPER tents

During the Civil War, a pup tent, small enough to shelter one to two people, served as field homes. A pup tent was made of two pieces of canvas that were strewn over a pole or a rope. The tents were referred to as a 2 person tent because one soldier was assigned one part of the tent. This layout allowed sufficient space for an entire military regiment to shelter in a single, hidden location.

 

However, the pup tent was limited. Not only were the tents small, they were made of material that didn’t withstand inclement weather like rain and hail. A pup tent also didn’t keep debris and snow from blowing inside them. The Second World War saw the Army and other military units abandon the pup tent. More specifically, World War II saw TEMPER (Tent Expandable Modular Personnel tents grow in popularity.

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Larger than the 2 person tent, TEMPER tents were roomy enough for 8 or more soldiers to sleep, dine and work in. Medical units took advantage of the improved military tent design. Emergency surgeries were performed by military physicians and nurses in TEMPER tents. The tents also housed supplies like food, military clothing, medical supplies and other military gear. Designed with vinyl coated polyester, these tents are extremely durable, which is why military units continue to use the tents today.

About modern military tents

DRASH (Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter) and Base-X are among the more modern military tents. Some differences between TEMPER, DRASH and Base-X tents follow:

  • DRASH tents can be assembled in minutes and only require a few people to construct
  • Aluminum frames are used to raise and hold up TEMPER tents
  • TEMPER, DRASH and Base-X tents can withstand rain, snow and wind
  • It’s possible to extend TEMPER tents, adding other tents to an original tent frame
  • Base-X tents are used build modern tent camps (One of the tents is generally used as headquarters or as a main operation station.)
  • Arctic DRASH tents are built for snowy conditions. Large enough to shelter 10 to 14 people, the tents can be easily transported from location to location.
  • Some DRASH tents are built with anti-bacterial walls

Military combat tents have a military tent design that reflects back to the former pup tent. Today’s military combat tent is small, housing two people. Used as deployable shelters, these tents can withstand temperatures up to 120 degrees. The tents also hold up beneath wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour. Even if used by civilians during camping, hiking, mountain climbing and other outdoor expeditions, these smaller, durable tents can provide shelter for weeks without any damage being made to the tents.

 

Sources:

http://www.civilwaracademy.com/civil-war-tents.html

http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,SS_011205_Tent,00.html

http://www.drash.com/products/shelters/SpecialtyShelters/ArticTent.aspx

http://defensetech.org/2011/10/11/anti-bacterial-military-tent-walls/

 

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Tents have been used as outdoor living spaces for centuries. Early tents, including cheap tents, were primarily used by nomads and military personnel to maintain high levels of mobility. Chinese warriors and, later, Roman soldiers transitioned from living in nomadic tents to military tents. These early tents were made of animal skins or other natural materials. Although we are not making tents from materials as cool (or controversial) as our ancestors did, the growing use and purpose of tents is still quite interesting.

Growing use of military tents

It wasn’t until World War II that the TEMPER (Tent Expandable Modular Personnel ) tent grew significantly in popularity. American, German and British military units lived and worked in the tents during World War II. The modular tents housed nursing units, hospitals, work stations and dining facilities. For example, the 10th Combat Support Hospital treated military members deployed in combat inside TEMPER tents filled with mobile emergency medical equipment and supplies. In fact, during wartime, emergency surgical procedures were performed in the tents.

Large Temper Tent

Design of TEMPER tents was significantly enhanced post-World War II. According to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, “The TEMPER tent represents the most dramatic improvement in military tentage since World War II.” Air conditioning and heating equipment can function in these tents. Intermediate sections that large TEMPER tents come with allows the military tents to provide over 950 square feet of floor space.

Camping, hunting and tent festivals

After global militaries started working in the TEMPER tent more, the tents came to be known as military tents or Army tents. Unlike cheap tents, TEMPER tents can sustain intense weather conditions. It’s for this reason that usages of the tents have expanded. Today, the tents are used as meeting areas and outdoor entertainment centers. An example of this is the V Festival’s Comedy Tent event that features comedians like Adam Hills and Alan Carr.

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More common uses for these military tents are for recreational camping and hunting. Throughout the United States alone, more than 8 million people camped outdoors in 2013, according to national parks data. Small and midsize Army tents are often used by hunters and recreational campers. These tents are built with a single entrance and exit. They also are limited in the amount of equipment and supplies they can store.

Although not used for recreation or sport, disaster relief teams (i.e. American Red Cross) also use Army tents to store and distribute emergency supplies following natural and human-caused disasters. When looking for tents, steer clear of cheap tents that won’t hold up after several uses or under extreme weather conditions. Quality tents should lasts for several years, much more than a single outing.

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Setting up your TEMPER tent

Select an area that has enough open space so that your entire TEMPER tent stands on flat ground after it’s constructed. You also want to look for a dry area. For large Army tents, plan on working with six other people to build the large tents. Start constructing the TEMPER tent by positioning the poles. Make sure the poles are facing the right way as the fully constructed poles will make up the TEMPER tent frame. After the frame is built, it’s time to put the canvas in place. Take your time placing the canvas over the frame.

If you are building large tents that have windows and screens in the tent walls, position the canvas so that the windows are facing areas that offer the best view of the outdoors. Ensure that the right side of the canvas is facing outward. This will give you maximum protection during inclement weather like rain, high winds or snow. Next, hammer stakes into the ground to lift the TEMPER tent. Each person helping to construct the military tents should be standing at the right corner or side of the large tents.

General parts that come with military tents are adjustable poles, end poles, the canvas, bags, stakes, windows and doors. When building large Army tents or military tents, expect to spend a little over an hour putting the tents up. Be patient. A properly constructed tent can provide you and your family days of shelter and comfort.

Sources:
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=8130
http://gypsyfairetents.com/history-of-tents/
http://all-noise.co.uk/essential-festival-checklist/5210/
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/22/music-festivals-v-festival-line-up_n_5373579.html?ir=UK+Entertainment
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/national-park-statistics-show-decline-camping-23720741

Military Gas Masks RDDUSA

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Since the first gas mask was developed by Garrett Morgan in 1914, gas masks  has been worn by firefighters, military service members, security forces and preppers who refuse to leave their survival solely in the hands of the government. Considering that you only have three minutes to stay alive after chemical agents like nerve agents, hydrogen cyanide, pepper spray and chlorine are released, military gas masks could save your life.

More tips from your online Israeli gas mask and survival gear pros:

1. Testing Conditions:

It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with cheap gas masks or hard-to-find military gas masks, the protective devices should have been tested under real life conditions. This means that gas masks should have been pressured during life tests using chemical agents like DMMP, phosgene, HCN, cyanogens chloride and chloropicrin. And again, for infants and kids, a protective hood is best.

2. Gas Masks Do Expire

Although gas masks can be very helpful, they are useless if expired. But, the good thing is that you can buy NEW filters from your local army surplus store. Checking the expiration date is something people don’t often consider, so please be sure to purchase plenty of filters to avoid using a useless mask.

3. Other Uses for Gas Masks

Whether you live under constant threat of war, live near a natural disaster prone area, or are just painting your house, military gas  masks are very useful. They are much cheaper when compared to the 3M $20 masks, and also can be used for much more!

For instance, you can buy a family pack of gas masks to keep in your garage or family rooms just in case a fire breaks out and your family needs to escape the fumes. Or, you could take them with you for a nice afternoon of paint-balling. Finally, you can use them for Halloween, if you find yourself tempted to have the coolest costume on the block that is! Lots of utility, just gotta use your imagination.

Military Gas Masks WW2

Important facts for preppers about gas masks:

  • All military gas masks don’t offer the same levels of protection
  • Full face gas masks are built with a filter cartridge, eye lenses, straps, bands and a facial covering
  • Carbon based filters are used more often than other filters
  • Different types of carbon screen out different types of chemical agents
  • Gas masks must be secured over the face before chemical agents are released
  • Industrial application determines the design of cheap gas masks and military gas masks
  • You can drink liquids while wearing gas masks
  • Unused gas masks last about three years
  • SCBAs (this is what firefighters use) come with their own air tank, so no filters needed
  • The best Israeli gas mask won’t protect you if you put it on wrong
  • You can’t wear a gas mask forever; the filters wear out after awhile

Protection for the Whole Prepper Family

Adult sized gas masks cover the eyes, nose and mouth. The Israeli gas mask comes in civilian and military designs. Lightweight and built for long term usage, rubber material in the Israeli gas mask offers high levels of resistance to NBC agents. A voicemitter makes it easy for preppers to communicate while wearing the masks.

Childrens Gas Mask RDDUSA

Youth sized gas masks cover the entire head, reaching down to the shoulders. For infants, protective wraps are a better choice. Infant protective wraps are designed with an escape hood, air purifying system and backboard. These prepper protective devices offer safety to children as young as three months and as old as three years.

Military surplus offer cheap gas masks, military gas masks and Israeli gas mask. Although it’s understandable why preppers might distrust military surplus, there are also reasons to trust the products. For starters, the best military gas masks, tents, sleeping bags and canvas tarps have been tested by the military under the most extreme conditions. Do-it-yourself books and reliable survival gear, not racks of lightweight flannel clothes, line the shelves of quality surplus stores. Pay attention to prices and ask if survival gear like cheap gas masks are the same gear actually used by police forces and military units.

Sources:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/chemical_warfare.aspx

http://inventors.about.com/od/mstartinventors/a/Garrett_Morgan.htm

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/gas_mask.aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/factsheets/respfact.html

 

 

Apocalypse preparedness: what you will need when the lights go out?

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If you have ever lived through the terrifying effects of an earthquake then you know that the sheer destruction of the earth pitching and swelling – as waves do in the ocean – can be catastrophic.  There is no way to protect yourself from an earthquake, they can strike anywhere, but there is much you can do to protect yourself after one.

As we’ve discussed before, there are only four essentials to survival.  They are shelter, water, fire, and food in that order. In the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster I would add that there is a fifth element to be considered as well. That is security. As all of our Zombie Apocalypse fans know, the good guys have no problem dealing with the walking dead; they need little more than a long sharp stick and some distance to kill hundreds of them. The problems come from the bad guys. The other humans who are willing to victimize their fellow man, to rape, pillage, steal, and even kill. This was a lesson hard learned by some during Hurricane Katrina, and is a fact in any place where bad men dwell and there is no law and order.

So, as is often said, the best defense is a good offense or in my opinion, at least a good plan.  There are three ways to react successfully to a threat of violence and each has it’s own merit depending on the situation. You can run from a threat, hide from it, or attack it.  As I mentioned, each of these reactions has merit based on the situation, and you should have a plan for each depending on the threat that you are faced with.  In the novel The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, (a must read for any true apocalypse aficionado), we see one of these three reactions over and over as a man and his son trek across the nation during an apocalypse, trying to get to the ocean.  The point is that the most successful people in a survival situation are those whom are prepared with several plans of action before a situation takes place.

There are several ways to prepare yourself for surviving an apocalyptic event, too many for me to list here; however, if you want to become prepared via the shortest route, you need only to look to the military for guidance as the whole existence of the military stems around survival. Fortunately for those of us in America, we get to partake of military research through the use of field guides, surplus army tents and equipment, and plans of action already developed and ready for implementation.

So let’s start with the basic needs of survival in an apocalyptic event. Not necessarily a zombie apocalypse, but an apocalypse nonetheless. Where will you live during the apocalypse? The smartest choice is in a tent. Tents are durable, portable, can be used for concealment and cover if need be, and their components are easily replaceable or fabricated. Tents range in every size from 2 man tents, (the USMC tent is a nice choice), to temper tents, (a military acronym that stands for Tent, Extendable Modular Personnel), which are most commonly 32’x 20’.  Potable water is something that should be available at all times, and there are various methods to ensure you can get that. There are several filtration systems on the market, and in an emergency it is easy enough to make your own filter. It is important to remember, just filtering water is not good enough, and you should boil it as well to kill any living organisms that could be harmful.  Fire is a most valuable tool, not only does it provide heat, but it provides companionship, comfort, a way to make other tools, and of course a way to cook. There are several methods for making fire from scratch. Two very useful ones are the bowdrill method, and the handdrill  method.  There are many others, but either of these will suffice if you learn and practice them.

Lastly, we look at food. There are many companies who provide military surplus style MRE’s, (Meals Ready to Eat).  A well prepared apocalyptic survivor will have a few of these stored somewhere because they are calorie rich and last forever.  Other things to keep in mind are military gas masks which are not only good for protection against gas attacks, but which offer protection from smoke as well. These come in many different functions and capabilities, some of which are specialized to infants and children.

Earthquakes Will Occur

Earthquakes are among the most devastating natural disasters. Houses, businesses, bridges and roadways are destroyed during earthquakes, particularly earthquakes that release a significant amount of energy and ground motion. Damages such as mud slides, tsunamis and fires can be created even during earthquakes that measure two to a four on the Richter magnitude scale. According to a United States Geological Survey, more than 1.3 million earthquakes occur each year. In the United States alone, more than 3,500 earthquakes occurred in 2012.

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Planning and supplies are key to earthquake preparedness

Although earthquakes happen absent warning, it is possible to prepare for such a natural disaster. A first step you can take to prepare for an earthquake is to develop an emergency exit route at home and at work. Practice taking the route before an emergency occurs. Take these practice emergency exit sessions seriously.

As part of your exit practice sessions, account for each member of your family before you move away from your home. Part of your disaster relief efforts should include gathering the right supplies. Included in your disaster relief supplies should be:

  • First aid kit (Regularly check the first aid kit to ensure that supplies are not outdated or low.)
  • Shovel and broom
  • Temper Tent (Expandable temper tents offer more room than standard tents. Temper tents are also fire, water and mildew resistant.)
  • Waterproof matches
  • Dry clothes (Pack clothes in tightly sealed plastic bags and place them in a designated area your entire family knows about. Store the clothes with other disaster relief supplies so you can seek safety as quickly as possible.)
  • Dry blankets (It’s a good idea to store dry blankets with clothes.)
  • Sleeping bags (Consider placing sleeping bags with your Temper Tent. Again, the fewer rooms you have to enter to gather disaster relief supplies, the better.)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (It goes without saying that you should replace the batteries after a certain number of months or years. The last thing you want to do is grab a pack of batteries that have lost their juice.)
  • Toilet tissue and other personal hygiene items
  • Non-perishable food and bottled water

Earthquake Preparation Supplies

Take your time thinking about emergency supplies you’ll need not only during an earthquake, but also during other natural disasters like a flood, fire or tornado. Add these supplies to your emergency kit. Be prepared to live outdoors for a day or longer should an earthquake measuring five or higher on the Richter magnitude scale occur.

While building your emergency supplies, consider this tip from your online tent pros:  Practice installing temper tents soon after you get them. Temper tents used by the military are available online and generally take 40 minutes for five people to install. Finally, determine how many people will seek shelter in your Temper Tent. This will let you know if you need to get one or more expandable temper tents.

 

Sources:

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/earthquake-profile/

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/eqstats.php

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/supplies.asp

 

 

 

 

We should understand the implications of such emboldened moves. Those who have not learned from history are destined to repeat it. Unfortunately.

Stop Making Sense

Robert Burns reports for the AP:

‘After two decades of trying to build a partnership with Russia, the NATO alliance now feels compelled to start treating Moscow as an adversary, the second-ranking official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said Thursday. “Clearly the Russians have declared NATO as an adversary, so we have to begin to view Russia no longer as a partner but as more of an adversary than a partner,” said Alexander Vershbow, the deputy secretary-general of NATO.

In a question-and-answer session with a small group of reporters, Vershbow said Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its apparent manipulation of unrest in eastern Ukraine have fundamentally changed the NATO-Russia relationship. “In central Europe, clearly we have two different visions of what European security should be like,” Vershbow, a former U.S. diplomat and former Pentagon official, said. “We still would defend the sovereignty and freedom of choice of Russia’s neighbors…

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Why Buy Military Surplus?

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Let’s suppose you are not an avid outdoorsman, tactician, doomsdayer, thrifter, anarchist, or survivalist… chances are you’re still looking for the best quality for the lowest cost, right? If so, there’s no reason to look further, military surplus is your answer.

It doesn’t matter if you are seeking rugged, comfortable clothing that is going to last for years, a backpack sturdy enough to live out of, or camping/survival equipment that is going to keep you and your family safe from the environment,  there is no better option than military surplus clothing, tents, and gear.

Think about it, the military requires stringent government regulations be followed in regards to any equipment that it has manufactured. This is because the military requires uniformity in all of its items and it demands that the best materials be used for manufacture. That means that this quality of material is passed on to you the civilian consumer. Think of the comfort you’ll have in knowing that millions of tax dollars has been spent by the United States Army and Navy in testing the quality of the clothing, tents and gear that you and your loved ones are using to survive. We even provide surplus from Israel’s IDF.

Since the military uses only the best materials there are many different ways to upcycle military items as well. Repurposed fabric from army surplus tents can be made into clothing, waterproofing, upholstery, or car covers. Surplus gas masks can not only protect your family from gas attacks, they could mean the difference between dying from smoke inhalation and escaping to safety in the event of a house fire.

For nearly thirty years the professionals here at RDD USA have been supplying the general public with the very best vintage and current military gear that we can find. We have a huge warehouse and compete in both the local and international markets. We supply thrifters, preppers, military enthusiasts, campers, survivalists, upcyclers, and even governments. We sell quality items both present day and historic ware. At RDD USA you, our customer, will always come first.

Why would you buy overly expensive equipment from a retailer whose bottom line is the almighty dollar when you can buy well researched and war proven equipment at a reduced price? Buying surplus is not only good for you, it’s good for the environment too as it provides a means of use for equipment that would be discarded otherwise.  Do you and your planet a favor, the next time you are in the market for something, see if we have what you need before you head to the local supercenter. Chances are we do, and we’ll save you money too.

 Besides, you get to do cool things like this.

Chrome Customs Military Salvage Program from Chrome Industries on Vimeo.