I went on another trip to the USA with my buddy Eddie on July 16 – we went to a variety of surplus and gun stores in Washington State. Purchases I made were mostly at 92 Yankee down the street from an Army base in Lakewood, and Rainier Arms in Auburn.
Yet again, 92 Yankee did not fail to have neat bits for good prices – I would definitely recommend this surplus store to anyone passing through the area who is interested in acquiring US Army surplus. The guy who’s behind the till (I presume he’s the owner, as he’s been there every time Eddie and I have stopped by) can be a bit gruff on first impressions, but he knows his inventory very well and is extremely helpful if you ask.
Rainier is always fun to poke around in. Lots of stuff on their website, and lots of stuff in stock. Though their showroom doesn’t have their full inventory on display, it’s nice to actually be able to see and hold products for a bit before buying them. At least, its better than doing the usual impulse buy over the internet thing that I usually end up doing instead. Customer service has been helpful enough the three times I’ve been in the brick-and-mortar location, though its not exactly anything to write home about (staff has always been busy or distracted when I’m trying to buy stuff).
We also went to Weapon Outfitters in Bellevue, though I didn’t purchase anything there. Roy (owner/operator there) was welcoming as always – showed us some “fully sick” slick rails (as Jester would say), including the Centurion CMR, Fortis REV, KAC URX 3, Noveske NSR, and the Parallax Tactical Rail. He gave Eddie and I his thoughts on the open source KeyMod accessory attachment system, which has quickly become a big thing – both the positive and the negative, and he was honest about his opinions on it (in different applications). Roy is a down to earth guy who also knows what he’s talking about; though I didn’t buy anything from him this time, if you’re looking for AR15 parts just across the border, I’d recommend stopping by his tiny shop in the basement of West Coast Armory Indoor Range if he’s around.
More detailed pictures after the break.
Norotos “Rhino” Mount Arm: purchased from 92 Yankee
Pictured here mounted (very securely, may I add) to a FMA repro Norotos Universal Shroud. Just in case I ever do buy NVG’s.
Ontario Knife ASEK: purchased from 92 Yankee
Great condition blade, the knife was probably not even used. That being said, the pouch was a little bit dusty – great price though.
SFLCS 3-mag pouch (khaki): purchased from 92 Yankee
Very clean surplus in good condition – possibly even a brand new pouch. EI or AI.
Massif Army Combat Shirt (Multicam): purchased from 92 Yankee
Interesting material choices that work very well together for a nice, lightweight combat shirt perfect for hot weather. Passable quality on the used ones, but these surplus shirts are nice and cheap here (you get an option of either used surplus or brand new).
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Propper Flame Resistant Trouser, Army Combat Uniform (Multicam): purchased from unknown surplus store
Picked this one up together with a non-FR coat for Dizzy… for $25 USD each. Only catch? Surplus store owner was slightly crazy.
B5 Systems SOPMOD Stock Bravo (FDE): purchased from Rainier Arms
My new favorite stock – more to come on this at a later date.
BCM Gunfighter’s Grip Mod 1 (Dark Earth): purchased from Rainier Arms
Pending trade with Eddie for his Mod 0 Gunfighter’s Grip (that’s the one without backstrap that I prefer, whereas he prefers the Mod 1).
I picked up the B5 Systems SOPMOD Bravo Stock and BCM Gunfighter’s Grip (see below) because they have very good reviews from a variety of sources. Products such as these have found their way onto the BCM/Haley Strategic Jack Carbine. I mean, if Travis Haley likes these, there must be something good about them, right?