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  • Apparently, All Bronze Age Iron Came from Space!

    Outer space, where Bronze Age iron originated.

    Although the name might imply something different, there was iron present in the Bronze Age; it was just very, very rare. Perhaps the most famous of all iron artefacts were owned by Tutankhamun, who had a headrest, bracelet and dagger made of the substance.

    There have been other iron artefacts from the same time found around the globe, which has led to a debate in archaeological circles; was there iron smelting in the Bronze Age? Continue reading

  • A Closer Look at Thomas Shelby’s (Peaky Blinders) Personal Weapon

    Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) using his Webley .455 Mk VI in Peaky Blinders

    For people who have been living under a rock since 2013, Peaky Blinders is an epic gangster drama set on the lawless streets of Birmingham in the 1920s. The BBC production follows the Shelby family, fearsome gangsters led by Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Like any gangster drama, there are great shootouts, fight scenes and guns.

    Continue reading

  • Leatherman Multi-Tools Make the Perfect Gift this Christmas

    Leatherman Tread from Surplus Store

    It is just over three weeks until Christmas, so there is a lot of head-scratching currently going on about what gifts you are going to get for who. Well, allow us to (try and) make your search a little easier with our range of Leatherman multi-tool products.

    There is undoubtedly that friend or family member who is always doing something, for which a multi-tool will be the perfect gift this Christmas. Leatherman has over 30 years’ experience in building multi-tools, meaning they are at the forefront of the industry; we’ve looked at some examples of their fantastic products: Continue reading

  • British WWII Soldiers Took Out Tanks with a Giant Air Rifle

    A soldier fires a PIAT near St Martin-des-Besaces, 1 August 1944.

    Throughout history, there have been instances where the development of new technologies has been necessary to overcome obstacles, and the Second World War was no different.

    The prominent rise and evolution of the tank during WWII meant that anti-tank weapons had to be developed, and quickly at that! The idea was to have a weapon that was fairly lightweight but could still pack the necessary punch to penetrate the tank’s armour. Continue reading

  • A Brief History of Airsoft

    Close up of airsofter wearing gas mask and camo.

    Airsoft is fantastic sport and hobby perfect for those who are looking for a fun activity that keeps you active and requires you to use your head as much as your body. But where did it come from? We’ve taken a brief look at the history here: Continue reading

  • Is It Bad Luck to Give Someone a Knife as a Gift?

    A Kukri knife available from Surplus Store

    Like it or not, Christmas is just around the corner and with it comes the inevitable head-scratching about what to buy for friends and family.

    Now, we have many fantastic items for you to gift your loved ones with this year, ranging from a stocking-filler knife to the more sizable Daystate Pulsar air rifle (which may be able to fit if your stocking is big enough… that joke never gets old!). Continue reading

  • The Military History Behind the Star Wars Costumes

    The original Star Wars trilogy showcasing some of the classic costumes.

    We have previously touched on how the Star Wars universe has drawn inspiration from the real world in its films. Our previous article was referring to the blasters that were based on real-life weaponry (you can read said article here), which in turn led to airsoft guns being modelled on them. But now, we are taking a closer look at the costumes from the franchise. Continue reading

  • What Are PCP Air Rifles?

    Daystate Pulsar Black Synthetic Bullpup .177 PCP Air Rifle.

    We often talk about PCP air rifles, and we have an extensive collection online and instore. But those of you who are new to the air gun scene might be wondering; what exactly is a PCP air rifle? Well, fear not! We will take a closer look here: Continue reading

  • The History of America’s Zombie Apocalypse Plan

    Close up of a zombie’s face.

    They may be one of the great military powerhouses in the world, but even the United States isn’t taking any chances at being caught off-guard by the hoard of the undead.

    In 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense released a strategy that would be used to combat a potential zombie apocalypse. While the opponents may be fictional, the military was very serious in their plans. Continue reading

  • Five Examples of Animal Recruits in Warfare

    A dog wearing doggles

    Man and beast have fought side by side in many conflicts over the years. From Hannibal using elephants to cross the Alps to carrier pigeons being used to relay important information, the Animal Kingdom has come to the aid of humankind many times throughout history.

    Below, we have taken a look at five examples of animals being utilised, some of which may surprise you: Continue reading

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