Military surplus guns are one of the least popular items purchased in terms of military surplus. When you think of military surplus, camouflage, helmets, and backpacks probably come to mind. But what you might not know is that there is a huge supply of military surplus guns available for purchase.
Most equipment that the military uses is sold retail and also after being actually used by soldiers. Items that this is true for include uniforms, boots, helmets, backpacks, and belts. The difference between these items and military surplus guns is that some guns are available only after they have been used by the military.
Did you know that you can purchase guns that were made as early as during World War I? Older military surplus guns are tougher to come by these days, as collectors are snatching them up, not letting them see another owner ever again. But one military surplus gun used during World War I that is readily available is the M1911. This pistol was the standard issue sidearm for the U.S. military for over 70 years!
There are also many military surplus guns used in later wars for sale today. One such gun is the M60 machine gun. This 7.62-caliber gun uses the popular belt of ammunition, and can fire up to 600 rounds per minute. This gun continues to be used in the military, but is in the process of being replaced.
One newer firearm that is popular among military surplus guns is the M4 Carbine. Coming from the family of AR15’s and M16’s, this assault rifle has found its place in the military as one of the most reliable guns. Compared the the M16, the M4 is shorter and lighter, and it has the firing options of semi-automatic and three-round burst. For some ranks of the Marine Corps, the M4 is carried instead of the M9 pistol. To customize your own rifle, click here.
The M4 may be replacing M16’s in some military units, but the M16 remains the most popular assault rifle in the world. With its introduction into the service in 1963, it became a hit among soldiers. It was designed to replace the M1 Garand, a task that the M14 had unsuccessfully accomplished. The biggest advantage the M16 was its lighter weight, and the ability it gave users to carry more ammo (because the ammo was also lighter than that of the M14’s). Like the M4, the M16 came from the family of the AR15.
We hope this gives you an idea of how military surplus guns are staple surplus items, and that several of these are available for the public to purchase. The selection of military surplus guns on the market is much larger than what we’ve mentioned here, so be sure to look for the ones you want. Also, if you’re looking to protect your military surplus gun to keep others from using it, check out this Barska Biometric safe review.
Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.