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5 Places You SHOULD Be Keeping Chemlights But Probably Aren’t

5 Places You SHOULD Be Keeping Chemlights

Here are some spots you might not have thought to stash some of those emergency lights.

These tips are life-savers, you can thank us later.

Glove Box

Ok, ok. We know. This one is obvious. But I am willing to wager that if you go out to your vehicle right now, and pop open that glove box: there will be no chemlights. Toss a couple in there, they take up no space. When your cellphone is dead, and you have to fix your flat: Just remember Venture.

Kitchen Drawer

We all keep flashlights and lanterns at home for when the lights go out. Simple, straightforward, and practical.

And most of us don’t want bulky flashlights cluttering up our homes: So we keep them tucked away, where we DEFINITELY cannot see them in the dark.

Chemlights are small and portable, and they fit REAL NICE in your kitchen drawer. Crack one open to guide yourself to your emergency kit, or when you simply don’t have time to fumble for your lights.

On Your Front Porch

Hide a couple of these suckers on your porch for those rare occasions when you need to enter your home, but the electricity is out. Navigating your home in the dark is no problem with a steady green glow guiding you.

With Your Flashlight

Keep one with your flashlight just in case the batteries go out. Chemlights are so portable they can fit just about anywhere, and are a life-saving backup when kept alongside your flashlights.

A world without backups would be a world doomed to eternal failure, do your part to keep order.

With Your Storable Foods

I can see it now: The end of the world shows up. You stocked, you saved, you prepared. And now, after many weeks surviving the apocalypse, it is time for a midnight snack.

You reach your food stash in the dark and rummage through the endless packs of powdered soup, unable to tell the difference from one or the other. Grabbing what you think to be tomato soup, you blindly scoop up the chocolate drink mix instead.

The mix, of course, melts to the bottom of your only pan, leaving you to go pilfer one from the myriad of abandoned houses on your block. Little did you know what was waiting for you…

One simple chemlight, and you would have had a warm belly full of soup as well as no need to leave your fortress.

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The 7 Layers of Army Clothing that Changed the Cold Weather Survival Game for Good


Since time immemorial soldiers have been braving the worst climates imaginable. Over these many years, governments across the globe have had to balance the lives of these soldiers with the price of their equipment.

Thus, the greatest military the earth has ever seen crafted the ECWCS (Extended Cold Weather Clothing System), and it’s third generation has been a real game changer for the boots on the ground.

The Generation III Extended Cold Weather System will keep the wind out, your skin dry, and your ass warm. This system is also referred to as the ECWCS GEN III, and its materials offer superior breathability without sacrificing insulation.

By utilizing this system, you are going to carry 33% less bulk and 25% less weight than your grandfather. Lucky us. Each piece can be used either individually, or as a part of the system.

The system can be broken into 7 layers, consisting of 12 components. These pieces work in conjunction to provide insulation, and wick moisture from the body.

The system is good within the range of -60° F to 40° F, and will keep your skin DRY.

Here’s what the ECWCS Gen III System Consists of:

Level 1 – Lightweight Undershirt and Drawers

The level 1 base layer is worn next to the skin and provides basic insulation and moisture wicking.

This layer is highly breathable and is constructed with Polartec technology. Designed to wick away moisture, this layer is also highly breathable and the pieces dry very fast.

Level 2 – Midweight Shirt and Drawers

The mid-weight shirt and drawers provide basic insulation in mild climates, and serve as one of the base layers in cold climates.

Also constructed with Polartec technology, this layer can be worn against the skin or with the Level 1 layer.

Level 3 – Fleece Cold Weather Jacket

The fleece acts as the primary insulation layer for cold climates, and the outer garment for mild climates.

The Polartec materials provide superior insulation, and trap pockets of air to retain body heat. This layer also features great breathability.

Level 4 – Wind Cold Weather Jacket

The wind jacket is designed to be a shell layer that keeps you dry, and optimizes the insulation of the first three layers.

Its strechable nylon construction keeps you dry, and prevents wind from cutting through your base layers.

Level 5 – Soft Shell Jacket and Trousers

The Soft Shell garments are designed for use in moderate to cold weather. These keep you dry, and enhance the insulation further.

Level 6 – Extreme Cold/Wet Weather Jacket and Trousers

The sixth layer is the hard-shell layer for moderate to cold wet conditions.

The double-layer GORE-TEX Jacket and Trousers are extremely light weight, waterproof, windproof and breathable. They also cut the bulk of the Gen II by 50%. This layer also incorporates IR signature reduction technology, enhancing the user’s survivability.

Level 7 – Extreme Cold Weather Parka and Trousers

The Parka and Trousers are designed for use in extreme cold, and dry conditions.

The water resistant finish and thermal insulation make for a highly durable and warm solution to the extreme cold. This layer maintains warmth even in wetter conditions.

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The Length of Time This Combat Vet Stayed Awake Will Shock You

This is an article snippet of the vet that didn't sleep for 40 yrs

And he found trying to sleep more exhausting than staying awake.

Meet Paul Kern

Paul Kern was a Hungarian serving in the First World War. During his service, he was shot in the head and survived the wound.

After having part of his frontal cortex removed, Paul lost the ability to sleep forever.

Stunningly, he lived this way for 40 years.

Paul was shot on the Eastern front while fighting with the Hapsburg Army.

A news article clipping from after the first great war.

Paul felt no need to sleep.

In fact, it is said that the lack of sleep never even affected his quality of work as a Pension Clerk after the war.

He is quoted saying that he tried for two hours to sleep each day, yet found that MORE exhausting than just staying awake.

Doctors speculate that his brain was able to rest well enough during this time to function. It is also speculated that Mr. Kern could have possibly fallen asleep for a few seconds at a time, many times a day.

This behavior was never witnessed, however.

We in the modern age are constantly looking for the extra time in the day, and the tools to remain aware during that time. Here at Venture, we can’t help you if you are snoozing on your watch.

We CAN however help you stay awake and alert on your watch with top of the line NVG Accessories.

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The Army MRE is a Modern Marvel. Here’s how it came to be.

A Brief History of the MRE
What is an M.R.E?

MRE or Meal Ready to Eat is a collective meal of different types of food in one package specifically designed for rough conditions.

How many calories does an MRE have?


How long is the MRE’s shelf life?

10 Years

Where was the MRE Developed?

Research for the MRE began in 1963, with the goal of reducing the weight of traditional C-Rations. This initial research led to the introduction of the L.R.P. (Long Range Patrol) ration in 1966. This dehydrated meal, kept in a canvas pouch, proved to be too expensive to become standard issue.

Meet the father of the MRE

Dr. Abdul Rahman was the father of the modern MRE.

Dr. Abdul Rahman began working on the MRE in 1975, after leaving his home in Iraq in search of greater personal freedom. He later received the Meritorious Civilian Service award for his work on the project.

Rahman invented the process of freeze-drying food. The research was intended to render a food that could be safely taken into space, but also led to the creation of the MRE.

The MRE would support its first major conflict in Operation Desert Storm, the very place Rahman fled. Rahman was forbidden from working within the government due to having married a foreigner.

When was the MRE Adopted?

The MRE’s first adoption was by Long Range Patrols in the Vietnam War. This was, however, limited due to the heightened cost of making and storing dried foods.

A small amount of water starts the chemical reaction of magnesium, iron, and table salt.

Full scale production did not begin until 1978, and the MRE was not standard issue until 1986.

After observations during Operation Desert Storm, the US Army made a number of improvements to the MRE. These included the flame-less ration heater, shelf stable bread, wet-packed fruit instead, freeze dried coffee, candy, and hot sauce.

Each meal packs 1200 calories and has a shelf life of 10 years.

What did the MRE replace?

In the days of the Civil War, military rations generally consisted of salted meat, hard bread, and pressed cubes of vegetables. Typically beans, rice, coffee, vinegar and salt would be received intermittently in bulk.

World War 1 saw the advent of canned food, and soldiers received their first canned rations. Throughout the conflict, the rations shrank in size.

K, D, and C-Rations

During World War 2, soldiers were issued K-rations, D-rations and C-rations. Breakfast, chocolate, and lunch/dinner respectively. These rations were nutritious, yet bulky and loud.

The Korean and Vietnam wars saw the MCI (Military Combat Individual). Soldiers still referred to these as C-rations, as they resembled them in just about every respect.

All of these were eventually replaced with the modern MRE, which you can purchase from Venture Surplus here.

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What is Army Surplus?

Army Surplus Online
What is Army Surplus?

Army Surplus is excess gear and clothing that the government ordered for soldiers that was never used OR gear that was issued to soldiers but never used. All of the gear is acquired from soldiers or auctions, then sold at a discount.

Army Surplus is all high-quality gear, manufactured to rugged government and military specifications.

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Spot a Fake GPS-02 Grip Pod in 5 Easy Steps

How to Tell if Your GPS-02 Grip Pod is Fake or Real

Be confident in your gear – avoid wasting money by following these five simple checks.


How do you tell if your GPS-02 grip-pod is real or fake?

  1. Check that the mounting bolt on the top of the grip-pod has a smooth surface, and is not thin.

    Real grip pods have a sturdy and strong mounting bolt. Fake grip pods have a skinny mounting bolt. The difference is simple and easy to spot. This difference is visible both from the top of the grip pod, as well as from the side. 

  2. Loosen the wing-nut all the way. If it comes off, you have a fake.

    The wing nut on a fake grip pod will unscrew until it falls off. An authentic GPS-02’s wing nut will not screw all of the way off.

  3. How deep are the grooves on the grip?

    The hand grip for a real GPS-02 has deep grooves in it. The fake grip pods have a more bubbly look along the hand-grip.

  4. Look for the GPS trade-mark.

    When in doubt, look at the branding! The authentic grips have the authentic logo on them.

  5. Does the bi-pod rattle after being deployed?

    Deploy the bi-pod and give your fore-grip a shake. If you hear a rattling spring, you have a fake in your hands. Also check the legs for the steel reinforcement.

  6. Buy your Grip-Pod from Venture Surplus, we guarantee authenticity!

    Our Grip Pods are all checked for authenticity before leaving the warehouse, so you can be sure of a quality product.

GPS-02 Grip Pod System, USGI Military Vertical Bipod

Our Grip Pods are all checked for authenticity before leaving the warehouse, so you can be sure of a quality product.

Get Your Authentic GPS-02 Here

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Tactical Tailor Pouches are Now Available at Venture Surplus

GI Surplus Tactical Tailor Pouches


Get your hands on these high quality army surplus molle pouches made by Tactical Tailor.

Uncompromising quality for the modern tactical life. Tactical Tailor is widely known for quality, light weight material. ruggedness and dependability.

Tactical Tailor Pouches Are:

  • Light Weight
  • Durable
  • Battle Tested and Proven

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Tactical Tailor Pouches Now Available