Särmä TST L1 Balaclava, Merino Wool18.99 USD Now available.
Särmä TST L1 Merino Wool Beanie13.99 USD Now available.
Särmä Cap13.99 USD Now available.
Särmä Cap with mesh13.99 USD Now available.
Russian Ratnik GSSh-01 6M2 Active Hearing Protectors, surplus109.99 USD Now available.
MD-Textil Alpha Belt36.99 USD Now available.
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Here's a small selection of hand picked army surplus items. The list is updated on a regularly unregluar basis, depending on if the guy doing it is alive or not at the moment.
US metal mine danger sign, surplus9.99 USD Now available.
US blanket, dark grey, surplus36.99 USD Now available.
Kalakalle Ham Cock, 182 g, canned4.99 USD Now available.
Kalakalle Smoked Salmon groats in tomato sauce, 235 g, canned4.99 USD Now available.
Webbing strap, by the metre, 40 mm2.99 USD Now available.
Finnish Canteen, 1 l7.99 USD Now available.
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The mystery of the Chocolate Island
"Garrisons - especially in countries with conscription - are a wonderful cross-section of societies. You'll meet so many different people from different backgrounds.
This army tale happened on a coastal fort on Isosaari island just off the shore of Helsinki in about mid 2000's. Isosaari was then - unlike now - completely out of bounds for civilians and in active defensive preparedness with sea-surveillance posts and coast artillery, as you would expect.
Life on the island was rather relaxed, considering the circumstances, especially when you were just a meat-head and summer days were warm. Conscripts serving on a nearby Santahamina island would call Isosaari "Chocolate Island" due to all the benefits that come with smaller groups in specialized locations. Oh, and there was a 9-hole golf course on the island. The chow was good, and we'd make the sauna hot rather often.
Standards had to me met, though. One of the things everyone has to go through in basic training is something called a March and Shelter exercise, where you cover a certain distance by foor, pitch tents to set up a camp and spend the night maintaining the perimeter, taking shifts to ensure everyone is in a reasonable condition in the morning.
Due to drill instructors being nowhere to be seen, our own NCO's improvised things like practicing how to mount a vehicle for several hours.
There was a lot of waiting, standing around and wondering. Just the right recipe for rumours to start spreading, such as our drill instructors using the sauna so hard that one of them had passed out on the green in the morning. What do you know, a heat stroke can get you no matter how diligently you drink.
The exercise was finally brought to a decent end, when the drivers of Santahamina garrison gave us a lift to Yliskylä nearby. We dismounted, marched our way back to Santahamina and got a boat ride back to Isosaari.
We pitched the tents near some designated smoking areas behind the refectory. My eyes opened to the reality of the differences within us when we were picking up some trash and I heard a countryside corporal ask with genuine amazement and ignorance in his voice: "Who the hell has stuck a Bic pen to a bottle?"
That's when the city boys giggled a lot."
It's Throwback Thursday time!
Superheroes before Ratnikman? Do we have 'em? Yes, sir, we do! Here are some authentic pictures from the past when there was a fight between some of our superhero employees. This happened in our old warehouse for whatever reason, we don't really know! The thing with superheroes is that they always create conflicts out of thin air. If it weren't for that, they'd make very good employees.
In the lower picture, you can see our old CEO whose comments we, unfortunately, did not document. We guess that they might have been "What the actual f¤¤k is going on?!" or something similar.
Hey gang, prepare to be dazzled by the flashes while the red carpet is pulled under you as Varusteleka’s top models take the stage at Lekafest. Varusteleka’s Fashion Show at Lekafest 2019 starts at 4 pm.
In honor of Lekafest 2019 we will also be hosting a special showroom inside our store for our house brands Särmä, Särmä TST, Jämä and Terävä. Our experts are also present to answer all your questions for example: “What material is this made of?” or “Do green balls taste good?”.
We also had a similar fashion show last March at GoExpo. Check it out here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMC6NY73zlE
Haix Black Eagle Athletic 2.0 T High, Side Zipper182.99 USD
Army tales: Offshore March and Shelter exerciseGarrisons - especially in countries with conscription - are a wonderful cross-section of societies. You'll meet so many different people from different backgrounds.
Army tales: Missing Item ReportThe mandatory military service in the Finnish Defence Forces was never really an issue or a big deal for me before it began. To the last minute, I postponed my decision to either go and do some time in Finnish correctional facilities, also known as jail time, or just “doing my time”.
Army tales: An APC driver's porcelain dreamNot many people can resist the attraction of a figurative low part of a fence. (A common idiom in Finnish for following the path of the least resistance - editor's note.) Vehicle drivers in armed forces are rather familiar with this concept. It was a cold mid-winter in early 2004, which meant that there was less service before us than behind, but we weren't exactly close to the end either. Our service time as conscripts in the Rapid Deployment Force would be from July 2003 to July 2004.
Army tales: Full Moon in KiikalaThe year was 2008 and our NCO class was training in Kiikala around a small airfield. It was late winter, there was very little snow left and most of the day was pitch dark. We had our foxholes dug and our platoon was positioned to defend a forest next to the airfield. Amongst conscripts, Kiikala has a notorious reputation of having shitty or abnormal weather conditions.
Psst, wanna buy a used sleeping bag?New good quality sleeping bags cost a lot. Used armeijan makuupussit cost relatively very little, but there's a few things you'll need to know. Let's go through these a bit, but first we'll explain the playing field, in other words what you can expect from a bag bought from us.