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Author Archives: Michael Collins

  • Guns of Jerry Lewis : Astra 2000 Cub

    The Guns of Jerry Lewis: Astra 2000 Cub

    Jerry Lewis Passes at 91

    When Hollywood Legend Jerry Lewis passed away in 2017, few would have known how passionate he was about firearms and the 2nd Amendment. Jerry didn't just collect guns, he carried a concealed handgun virtually everywhere he went. One of Jerry's earliest nightclub acts demonstrating his "quick draw" skills, which clearly he had both the physical aspects near perfect and demonstrates an understanding of pistol handling that few could match even today.

    Could You Imagine The "OUTRAGE" If A Celebrity Did This Today?

    For those who have never been to our headquarters, it may seem strange that a company like ours would be invited to a celebrity estate auction.  However those who have been to our facility will understand why -- we have a huge collection of historical items on display, almost all of which were acquired at auction by our founder. Auction houses share customer lists, and I can say first hand that we've seen amazing pieces come up for sale.

    When we were first invited to the Jerry Lewis Estate Auction by Julien's Auctions we weren't aware of Jerry's extensive gun collection. While most of us were aware of who Jerry Lewis was, even our younger colleagues knew him from his work with the MDA through his legendary Labor Day Telethon which raised billions of muscular dystrophy. Once we started to research more about Jerry Lewis, the more we wanted to be able to purchase his firearms to allow them to be passed along to people who would appreciate them as much as Jerry did.

    The Astra 2000 Cub

    Jerry Lewis Astra 2000 Cub

    The Astra 2000 Cub is an excellent example of Jerry's love of pocket pistols. Jerry didn't just enjoy owning and shooting pocket pistols, he carried them when he was out of his home in Las Vegas. There was also the time that he was detained for carrying a concealed handgun at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. While other celebrities have been detained for similar charges, you can be sure that none had the extensive gun collection and life long passion for firearms that Jerry Lewis had.

    You will find the Astra 2000 Cub is a tiny pocket pistol chambered in .22 Short. Importation of this Spanish made pistol was stopped in 1968 with the passing of the Gun Control Act of 1968, making this handgun now at least 50 years old qualifying it as a Curio and Relic. Jerry Lewis owned this pistol as part of his collection, and it would appear based on the handling marks that he often carried this pistol. Was this the same pistol he was arrested with? We certainly don't know. Was this a carry piece of Jerry?  Absolutely.

    We've paired this super cool pocket pistol with Jerry's 2005 Directors Guild of America membership card, along with the auction lot card from Julien's Auctions to show the provenance of the pistol. Ready to become part of YOUR collection, and available for immediate shipment from our facility.

     

  • Where Can You Buy German Flecktarn Camo

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    Where Can You Buy German Flecktarn Camo?

    One of the most popular items in military surplus has been the uniforms, jackets, and gear from the German army that features the Flecktarn pattern. For more than a decade we've been able to buy and import tens of thousands of flecktarn parkas, rain jackets, backpacks, and other assorted gear.  NOT. ANY. MORE.

    There have been two persistent rumors that have come out of Germany as to why they will no longer sell any equipment that features their flecktarn camouflage pattern on it. We have been aware of this situation since the Summer of 2017 and it would appear that absent a change in government, there will never be any new sales of German military equipment of this type.

    So what is the story behind the end of sales of authentic German Army camouflage equipment?  We will share both stories, and you can decide which one is correct. Based on our extensive dealings in Europe, we would say both stories are correct.

    Would You Like To Buy A Flower Fräulein?

    We we first made aware of the "temporary" end of sales of Flecktarn based on an incident that happened in one of Germany's popular summer fairs. While walking through the festival, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was approached by an individual to buy a flower. Noticing from a distance that the man was wearing a German Flecktarn Field Shirt she thought perhaps this was someone who had served in the Army. Once he approached, she noticed his field shirt was adorned with offensive patches that insulted the government, the Army, and in particular people who would be classified with Minister von der Leyen.

    This encounter came shortly after the G20 riots that caused extensive damage and violence in Hamburg. When speaking to the man selling the flowers, it became very clear to Minister von der Leyen that he was directly involved with the "Antifa" group who staged these riots. Many of the rioters were seen wearing German army pants and jackets that featured Flecktarn camouflage and this caused alarm in the government. Now the Defense Minister was face-to-face with an organizer of this group, wearing German army clothing with offensive embellishments, trying to raise money for more rioting by selling flowers at a fair.

    Video Showing Riots at G20 in Hamburg - Many Rioters Wearing Flecktarn

    Shortly after this event, all sales for German Army surplus which had camouflage items were cancelled. These sales are posted on VEBEG and after monitoring the sales for over a year, we can say with definitive answer that there have been no new sales.

    Is Germany Fighting A War In The Ukraine?

    Once the Ukraine Civil War began, there was a scramble by all sides to arm themselves. "Somehow" a very large quantity of German military surplus gear, including current issue German Army flak jackets and uniforms ended up in the Ukraine. Was this provided by the German government?  Perhaps. Or was this equipment purchased on the open market, where it has been readily available for years - including all over Europe? Most likely.

    What caused great concern in Germany was these uniforms, many of which still had German Flag patches and unit designations, began to appear in the news. Worn by the nationalists in the Azov Battalion certain news media outfits spun a wild tale implying that these men in the Azov Battalion were a modern day "Fourth Reich" and the world knows how Germany reacts to this. Embargoes were instituted and now this group in the Ukraine appears to be wearing British Army camouflage and no more Flecktarn. The use of Flecktarn by non-state actors in conflict zones was the first reason given for stopping sales, yet sales continued for quite some time after this conflict subsided.

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    Final Thoughts from Inside The Industry

    This change that has been made by the German Army to stop sales of Flecktarn camouflage is likely permanent and will never change. With Germany holding influence throughout the European Union, we may see this policy become part of EU law and end sales from European Union countries. We are reminded of a time we tried to purchase ceremonial swords in the UK and the government there was concerned about the swords being used by "ISIS" of all things. More restrictions and limitations of current issue clothing and equipment are virtually guaranteed.  We are just past the "good old days" of military surplus, so take advantage of what is here now, and don't miss out in the future.

     

     

  • Mil-Spec Monkey - Fun Morale Patches

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    Mil-Spec Monkey - Fun with Graphics

    What brought Mil-Spec Monkey to Keep Shooting was the creativity behind the company. With morale patches that pay tribute to everything from Team America World Police to K9 Teams and everything in between they have a patch for everyone.

    You may have never even considered a morale patch even though your gear likely has a Velcro field making it patch ready. Once you consider how many different messages you can send with a patch you will see why they are so popular. Some patches will bring a smile to those around you, others will be cringe worthy. One constant however is each patch can help you personalize your gear and have fun doing it.

     

  • Nebo Big Larry Pro - A Rechargeable Work Light

    One of the hottest new brands we've added to our product catalog has been the line of lights from NEBO. While there are many companies making lights, NEBO stands alone for features and consistent quality.

    Big Larry Pro - Your Hard Working Assistant Who Never Quits

    The latest addition we've made has been the NEBO Big Larry Pro - a rechargeable work light. Far from just a work light, Big Larry Pro is your trusty assistant. Capable of providing you hands free light and will help you finish tasks quicker with proper lighting. Clip him to your jacket or use the magnetic base to mount him near your work, Big Larry will provide you with consistent trouble free service.

    NEBO Big Larry Pro

     

    Watch and Learn - Big Larry Pro On the Job

    What We Like About the Big Larry Pro

    • Three Light Modes - HIGH for 500 Lumens, RED for 45 Lumens, and RED HAZARD for Emergency Warning
    • Fully Dimmable - Set the Brightness to YOUR desired level
    • Two Magnetic Charging Stations are Included - Big Larry PRO Will Always Be Ready
    • Slick Design - The Big Larry Pro is made from AIRCRAFT-GRADE Anodized Aluminum
    • Tough Construction - Water and Impact Resistant
    • Powerful Magnetic Base AND Adjustable Metal Clip - Attach Big Larry Where You Need Light

    Verdict: The NEBO Big Larry Pro is THE BEST RECHARGEABLE WORK LIGHT!

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