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Military surplus are goods, usually matériel, that are sold or otherwise disposed of when no longer needed by the military. Entrepreneurs often buy these goods and resell them at surplus stores. Usually the goods sold by the military are clothing, equipment, and tools of a nature that is generally useful to the civilian population, as well as embroidered patches, name tags, and other items that can be used for a faux military uniform. Occasionally, vehicles (jeeps, trucks, etc.) will be sold as well. Some military surplus dealers also sell military surplus firearms, spare parts, and ammunition alongside surplus uniforms and equipment.
Demand for such items comes from various collectors, outdoorsmen, adventurers, hunters, survivalists, and players of airsoft and paintball, as well as others seeking high quality, sturdy, military issue garb. The goods may be used, or not. Some merchants of surplus goods also sell goods that are privately manufactured in military standards.
Most items that are sold in military surplus stores in the United States are deemed "military grade". This designation refers to meeting a relevant United States Military Standard. For example, uniforms meet Army Regulation 670-1.
Type 38 Series: 23 Caliber: 6.5 Jap Finish: Blued Barrel Length: 31”
This is a Kokura Arsenal Arisaka rifle in 6.5 Jap. Overall, this Arisaka is in very good condition with no major flaws. It has the normal dings and scratches for a 70+ year old rifle. The bore is in great condition and...
I have some extra Federal Lake City 7.62x51mm XM118 Ammo 175 Grain Match Hollow Point Bulk 500 Rounds. This stuff is very accurate. Brass is reloadable if you’re into that. $600 comes with 4 100 round protected boxes plus 100 rounds in the original bag and a large 308 ammo can.
Recently I have been getting into into old military surplus rifles more and more, and have been considering getting and C&R license to make things easier. Anybody here have one? If so what was the process like? Are you glad you got it? Any kind of info or advice is appreciated.