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One of the most common questions we get here at the store is, "What are the best gloves you carry?" Our most common answer is, "What do you need them to do?" The simple truth is that gloves come in hundreds of varieties, and are often made for a specific job. Thick neoprene gloves are great for cold weather, thin soft leather gloves are great for dexterity. We decided that it would be a good idea to create a guide that includes the most popular glove materials we carry here at the store, and the jobs they are designed for....

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R. Lee Ermey, the character actor famous for his bristling, Golden Globe-nominated role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, has died at age 74. Ronald Lee Ermey was himself a Marine for 11 years (who retired in 1971), a staff sergeant who served in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan, and was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant. The actor was known for playing military and law-enforcement figures, including the voice of Sarge, the leader of the little green army men in the Toy Story movies; Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake franchise; and a police captain in Se7en...

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The keffiyeh or kufiya (Arabic: كوفية‎ kūfiyyah, meaning "from the city of Kufa" (الكوفة); plural كوفيات kūfiyyāt), also known as a ghutrah (غُترَة), shemagh (شماغ šmāġ), ḥaṭṭah (حَطّة), mashadah (مَشَدة), chafiye (Persian: چَفیِه‎, dastmal yazdi (Persian: دستمال یزدی‎) or cemedanî (Kurdish: جه مه داني‎), is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf, usually made of cotton. It is typically worn by Arab people, as well as by some Mizrahi Jews and Iranic nomads (especially Kurdish people). It is commonly found in arid regions as it provides protection from sunburn, dust and sand. Its distinctive standard woven checkerboard...

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Several times a week we have people visiting our Madison, Wisconsin location asking if we know of any traditional Army / Navy Surplus stores in the area.  Older Madison residents often recall the days of one located on State Street near the Wisconsin State Capital.  Others have memories of one in Janesville and one in Baraboo but nationwide, the Army / Surplus store has become a thing of the past. Brett and Kate McKay have an excellent article on the subject including the history of the subject on their website the Art of Manliness. You’ve probably been to an army...

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Just recently some people have realized that on the uniforms of our US military, the US flag is worn backwards.  Have you ever wondered why the flag patches are reversed?  Well actually it's only when the flag is worn on the right shoulder the result of a tradition that started long before the Civil War where soldiers shared the belief that the blue field of stars should always be in the highest position of respect on their uniforms. The American flag should always be displayed to the right of other organizational flags.  You'll find this tradition when the flags are...

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