Hello! It's been over three years since our last blog post. That is embarrassing. So much has happened! We will just go over 2020.
We all know that 2020 is synonymous with COVID, so we really don't have to go into great detail over that, except to say THANK YOU! Thank you to all of our long term repeat customers. You have sustained us for nearly 6 years now and we are ever so grateful to you. A big thanks and welcome to all of our new customers as well! We are so glad that you have found us! COVID was a very difficult year for a lot of businesses, but for a few small online retailers like us it was the year that people did a lot more online shopping and we were found by a LOT of new people. So thank you!
Central Alberta Military Outlet has been a small online retailer for about 6 years now. We are family owned and operated. Robert started this from his basement with the help of a friend and it eventually grew into the back of the warehouse that we currently inhabit. Four years ago I (Janine) started here. I was looking for a part time job with great flexibility so that I could still have time with my kids, Robert (brother-in-law extraordinaire) offered me the first paid position in the history of the company! The terms were - just make sure the orders get out and the emails get answered- which I still do, and he named me director! A couple of years later we expanded into the next section of the warehouse where there is much better heat and where we do most of the sorting and packaging.
In 2020 sales started to really take off and I was very tired of working all by myself every day and my sister was looking for flexible work for herself, so we hired her! Carla has been an amazing addition to the crew. She has a great mind for details and can remember things that just fall out of my brain. Her organizational skills have been a huge asset and we are just so glad to have her with us.
August 2020 I bought out Robert's former partner and became 40% owner of this place! That is exciting! We are working towards new goals and bringing in new items all the time, while maintaining a focus on genuine military surplus.
One of our first big steps was to expand once more into the front of the building where we have our warehouse and open up a retail location. On November 6, 2020 we opened our doors to the public for the very first time. We have been well received so far and everyone that comes in is so happy that our little town has a military surplus store, and a lot of them didn't know we were online all this time. Another hidden gem in the lovely town of Lacombe. Come visit us!
We are happy to serve you here in the store Weds-Sat 10am-4pm or online 24/7. And you can be happy that you supported a very small, very family run business. We are excited with every new milestone that we reach. This year our goal is to reach 1,000 online sales. We can do it!!
Canadian Army Load bearing Equipment (LBE) is now back in stock at the Central Alberta military Outlet.
This excellent durable web gear is based on the american ALICE system it has excellent durability and is made from very tough nylon.
Here at camogroup.ca when you buy a set of LBE you get the web belt (various sizes) a yoke, a large rear pouch, a water bottle pouch and two ammunition pouches.
The LBE gear is easily up-gradable and can have a number of different mission specific combinations of pouches and items, very tough this ebbing set will last you a lifetime of use.
Pick up a set now we only have a limited number in stock and they will go quickly. keep an eye on our site for pouches and other additions for this great webbing set
This time the lot consisted of 3 triwalls, a triwall is a large box about 40" x 48" x 24", so we also had to rent a trailer to get everything back to the warehouse. We get everything in the truck and trailer and get it back to Lacombe and then we have to find space for everything in the warehouse. Just getting the triwalls off the truck and trailer on to the floor is tricky in itself. Dad attached a ratchet strap and just pulled them down to the floor and we pushed them into position. Three massive triwalls now in the warehouse full of who knows what.
The next thing to do is sort through it all. Now that is a daunting task if there ever was. This was my first time tackling this sort of job so I started by emptying one triwall into the other two. I could tell right off the bat that there was a lot of unsalvageable gear in there. One of the worst things about surplus is that there is a lot of gear damaged beyond repair. We are currently looking into textile recycling so that we aren't just throwing away all of this stuff. There has to be something that can be done with all of these textiles besides tossing it all into a landfill. So the empty triwall is for throwing all the unusable gear into. It is filling up fast.
Now that I have the one triwall empty my next step is to try to sort though everything. This lot has a bunch of firefighting gear, bright yellow, very easy to distinguish so I started with pulling all of that out that I could. There are also a lot of whites in this lot. Sheets, aprons, chef's whites - shirts and pants, so I put all of that in the same general area. Finally I start getting down to smaller items. I take the smaller items and fill a tote, once I have a full tote I sit down at the computer and start entering it all into the system so that it is available for you to buy.
I started sorting on Tuesday morning, so far I have almost a full triwall of waste textiles, the second triwall is mostly empty and the third is still overflowing. Not to mention the firefighting gear that I haven't touched yet and the whites that are just sitting in piles waiting for the next phase of their sorting. I am guessing that I have another 8-10 hours left of sorting and putting things onto the site. Not too bad considering how much there was to begin with!
For the first time in seven months it finally feels like a summer day. The sun is high, people are wearing shorts and going for bike rides and walks. The grass is turning green and I have seen the leaves starting to bud on the neighbours trees. It's glorious, it's rejuvenating and for Canadians, especially Albertans, it is what we live for, it's how we make it through winter every year. We all do appreciate the beauty and wonder of winter, don't get me wrong. If you have never experienced hoar frost first hand it is stunning in its beauty. Winter, however, overstays its welcome every. Single. Year.
For many of us spring summer and fall are the best times of the year, we can finally be outside without our teeth chattering and our blood freezing, at least that's how it is in Canada. If you're Canadian you also know that those three seasons combined are shorter than our winters so we have to get out there and maximize our time! No joke, here in Alberta we had 7 months with snow, it started early October, many farmers were unable to harvest their crops this year, and we were still getting snow in late April! If we're lucky this year the snow will hold off until November and we'll get six months of decent weather, if we're lucky. This means that we shove three seasons into six months and the other season get six luxurious months all to itself to wear us down and get us chilled to the bone.
Now though, now is the time to be outside. Now is the time to let your feet finally be warm, work up a sweat in the garden, pour that cold one and just let the sun work its magic. I don't want to hear anybody tell me it's too hot. It might be, but I don't want to hear about it. I have waited seven months for this. In Alberta it's only really hot for 6 weeks and then it's back to exactly perfect, so enjoy the hot! Go the the beach, the outdoor pools, the splash parks, buy a wading pool and soak your feet, set up an umbrella for shade, wear that ridiculous floppy hat that you secretly love. Eat supper at the beach, order pizza, make margarita's. Stop making hay while the sun shines, we made hay all winter because it was too cold to do anything else. Relax. Sit. Breathe. Let your shoulders down. The sun is here. We live again. So stop reading this and get outside. Next week I will come at you with some of our great gear designed to help you get the most out of your summer.
We are expanding and we want to expand our reach at the same time. In view of this we have decided to do our first giveaway. This giveaway is no small matter! We look forward to parting with one of our top sellers, the DD Frontline Hammock! Some of you may already be fans of the DD line of products, some may have never really looked into DD and some of you may be more than happy to add another hammock to your collection. We are happy to have any and all of you enter. The contest will open on Facebook tomorrow (Friday, April 7, 2017), at noon. To enter you will have to like our page, Central Alberta Military Outlet, share the contest post and tag the last person you went camping with. Pretty easy for a really great prize.
This Could Be You!
First of all my thanks to you all, our fantastic customers, with your help we've been able to grow awesomely over the last two years of operations.
From a business that started in my own basement (and annoyed my wife no end) and sold products from a table at farmers markets we have now grown to where we have a great warehouse, website and now a new operations director!
Id like to introduce you to Janine Bakker our new Operations Director, she'll be the one packaging your items, putting some great new items on the website and making sure the day to day running of the site goes smoothly. You can contact Janine at Janine@camougroup.ca
Don't worry though both myself and Chris are still around! With Janine running the day to day business this free's us up to look for great new products at great new prices!
You may have noticed big changes in the website, we now have a new section for Canadian Forces Surplus gear and lots of new items are going on there daily! Were finally sorting though a lot of things we been putting off for a while!
Once again id like to thank you, our great customers for your continued loyalty and patronage to our website, with your help we can keep on growing, offering you the highest quality military surplus, camping and outdoor gear at the best prices around!
Central Alberta Military Outlet
Great news for our US customers, our shipping rate system has now been updated to give a more accurate price for your state!
Using the Canada post expedited delivery option you should receive your package within 6 to 7 business days!
Stay tuned for more exciting camogroup.ca news!
We've gone and stocked more items from Best glide ASE.
This small family owned Texas based company, specializes in survival kits for the aviation industry and the US air force.
They make high quality survival gear that you can stake your life on!
Lots of great new survival kit from Best Glide ASE! Including;
Click on the links above to learn more about these fantastic high quality survival products. If your going to rely on survival equipment make sure its from Best Glide ASE
New Items In This Week
You'll always find what you need here at the Central Alberta Military Outlet! This week we have lots of great new products from military surplus to camping and survival we have it all.
Based in Alberta Canada with super fast shipping and great prices the Central Alberta Military Outlet is the place to shop!
And remember we have more great gear arriving in daily from great quality suppliers around the world. Visit our new items section to see the latest kit!
British Soldier 95 Trousers
Now back in stock due to popular demand, the British army's woodland pattern soldier 95 trousers are great camouflage and hard wearing. We have just had 50 sets in excellent grade 1 condition delivered to us, get yours now before they run out again!
Best Glide Survival Candles
Essential items, a candle can save your life in a survival situation. Having trouble lighting wet tinder with a match? It will be easier with the continuous burning flame of a candle. Also great for getting a romantic mood in your snow hole!
Best Glide Survival Tool
This credit card sized tool can be stored in your wallet and is a real game changer during surprise survival scenarios. Made of high quality stainless steel it has 12 functions that can save your life or just save five minutes by not looking for a screwdriver!
DD Hammocks Scout Hammock
Need a basic hammock for your kids this summer? Look no further, DD hammocks have a great basic hammock for scouts and children. The DD scout hammock even has two layers so you can cocoon yourself inside!
That's all for this blog post but remember there are lots more items listed in our new items section.
It's going to be a great year for camping!
For this weeks Modern Equipment of the British army blog we will be looking at the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle (CLV)
The Panther CLV was required to take over the command vehicle role in British Regiments. This job was previously done by the command versions of the Landrover, Saxon, and CVRT. These vehicles were heavily modified to fit the new Bowman communication gear and were found to be less than satisfactory.
The command Landrover FFR especially was massively overweight with the new Bowman gear in the back, severely hampering its cross country performance.
The Panther CLV is specifically designed to house the command version of the British forces Bowman communication system. Whilst on operations the Panther is designated to the commander of a unit allowing him to have full visibly of all his assets on a battlefield.
Pictures of the vehicle interior are pretty hard to come by so here is a picture of the author in one in the Falkland islands in 2011! The screen in front of me is for the remote weapons mount that has Thermal imaging and even a windscreen wiper for the camera!
Based on the Italian Iveco Light Multirole Vehicle, more than 400 have been made in a 160 million pound contract between 2006-2008.
In British service it has its seats reduced from 5 to 4 to accommodate the masses of radio gear. It has also been heavily up armored and armed for British use.
The vehicle has been tested in Afghanistan (OP Herrick) as shown in this video.
Its excellent mine protection characteristics and remote weapons mount means it has also found a role as a force protection vehicle in Afghanistan, escorting convoys and assets around the country.
As mentioned above the panthers remote weapons mount can be fitted with a 7.62 General Purpose machine gun or a Minimi 5.56mm Light machine gun.
It is targeted by the co-driver using a joystick and the video screen, the optics on the BAE Enforcer remote weapons mount are excellent and the un-cooled thermal sight especially is a great piece of kit, here is a picture and a video of the screen showing it in action.
The panther CLV is a great command vehicle and weapons platform, however it has found to be time consuming to maintain. Changing a simple fan belt involves removing the belly armor! (a pretty horrible job)
The maximum speed of the Iveco LMV is 81mph on paper but with the extra weight of the Panthers modification it is reduced to around 60mph in British service. Its extra weight means its off road capability is also hampered significantly and is best suited to road use.
In conclusion the Panther CLV brings the British forces command system into the 21st century by using a specifically designed vehicle for the Command role instead of 'bolting on' components to existing vehicles.
However its excessive weight and lack of cross country mobility limits it somewhat in full scale battle group operations, its surprising niche as a force protection vehicle a means its will be around for a while however.
That wraps it up for this weeks edition of Modern Equipment of the British Armed Forces. Stay tuned next week where we will be talking a look at the Jackal MWMIK or as its know to it's operators 'the mobile coffin'.
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