Military and police surplus are items that are sold or otherwise disposed of when no longer needed by the military or civilian police forces. When a military force or police constabulary upgrades gear or the supplying government’s contract for too many items from manufacturers, these items are often decommissioned and sold as remainders to companies and civilians to offset the costs related. We are constantly on the lookout for unique military and police surplus from not only the US, but many countries. The varied history and inventive, durable designs seen in surplus can be a real boon to collectors, survivalists, campers, teachers, and reenactors.
Businesses often purchase these items and resell them. Usually, the items sold by the military are clothing, bags, equipment, and tools which civilians find useful, easy to use and durable and at great savings. Individual uniform items can make for a complete faux military uniform. Occasionally, vehicles will be sold as well like Jeeps, Humvees, trucks, planes, helicopters, and even ships. Demand for these items comes from various collectors, survivalists, and players of airsoft and paintball.
The history of military surplus in the US dates back to the Civil War; it was the first war that had proper uniforms issued for many troops. Before this, troops were basically wearing whatever they had with them or could pillage from the battlefield. As demand grew, both sides mass-produced arms and wears. After the war ended, they sold the supplies in stores to recover some of the costs. The military surplus store was thus born. The police and military surplus in this section are genuine and in good condition. You’ll find items from WWII to present day. The Cold War era yielded many fine examples. You never know what you’ll find here. We’ve had everything from riot helmets, munitions and shovels to canvas pup tents and safety glasses.
Hungarian M38 WWII Steel Helmet is a genuine military surplus. The leather liners and chinstraps are a mix - most were made in Finland; and they range from a Finnish M55 style to a German M35 style to a WWI three sided style.
This helmet seemed to run a bit small for me. I normal where a size 7 1/8 to 7 1/4 depending on make. For this helmet I needed to be size 7 3/8 for a good comfortable fit. Atlanta Cutlery did a great job swapping me out helmets to get the one I needed. I was not able to read my helmets shell size possibly from being repainted but the liners are clearly marked in the metric sizes 57, 58, 59.
The helmets seem to be arsenal refurbished and put up, the liners seem to have very little use, the helmets appear redone and put up for storage. With scratches and possible small dints from long term storage the helmets smell fine though.
Also as seen in the pictures they do have an extra hole on each side of the helmets, might have been for a type of Finnish chin strap I don't know but they are not being used.