If you are serious about surviving the End Of The World, or whatever SHFT scenario that may come you way, you might want to consider the Blackhawk Products clothing line.
Bearing Burdens of the Homeless
Please, bear with me for a few minutes, as I digress just a little bit. It will all make sense to you, I promise. Some years ago, when my family and I lived outside of Ontario, Oregon, we started a much needed street ministry to the homeless. At any given time, we could find 20-30 homeless people walking the streets, day and night. So, there was a need, and we wanted to help fill it. We sent out letters to every church in town, asking if they could support the new ministry we were about to start. We asked for clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, and small donations to purchase food.
Christian Community’s Response
We were not prepared for the onslaught we received from the “Christian” community there. I fielded phone calls and letters, telling me that there was no need for a homeless ministry in Ontario, Oregon. There were no homeless in the area? Huh? What? Anytime, day or night, if you drove around town you could find many homeless folks. I was more than a little annoyed at the response I was getting. One pastor actually called me up and asked me what my “qualifications” were to feed the homeless and hungry, and he wanted to know what my education and credentials were. Well, my “qualifications” came from the Bible to feed and clothe the homeless. As to my education, I asked him what his was. Then, I told him I held an earned Doctor of Divinity degree. That was the end of conversation with him.
One Small Church Blessed the Needy
One very small church in Ontario gave me free reign to their clothing closet, and we were so blessed to have winter coats, blankets, and sleeping bags to give to the needy. One woman in that church donated food; however, for the most part, we bought the lunch meats out of our own pockets. We (my wife, two daughters, and I) went out nightly in my SUV and fed the homeless cold cut sandwiches most of the time and hot coffee, and we witnessed to them as well. A well to-do family, right across the road from us, were all hyped up about this street ministry until I asked them to please come out with us one evening and meet the homeless, hug ‘em, and love them, get to know them. It never happened. They weren’t about to get close to a “smelly” and “dirty” homeless person!
Scavenging Clothes in End Times or Bad Times
This is a long way to introduce the topic or subject of this article, which is clothing in the End Times, or whatever brought us to the bad times. I’ve heard and read numerous times that people weren’t going to store clothing for the bad times, because it takes up too much room. They all said they would just scavenge clothing from dead bodies. Oh, really?
To the above people, I say that they need to get out there and say “hello” to the homeless in their towns, make sure you shake hands with them, and give ‘em a great big hug, a loving hug. And then come back and tell me that you are going to get clothing from them when they are dead or when anyone else is dead on the streets.
The Smell and Condition of Clothing Not Desirable
The smell, I believe, will readily change your mind. Until you actually get up close with some homeless folks and give ‘em a hug and tell ‘em that Jesus loves them, you can’t fully appreciate how bad they smell at times and how torn and ragged their clothing is. It’s not something you’d want to put on your body.
Military Surplus Clothing
I know that a lot of us stock up on military surplus clothing, and nothing comes close to being as well made than US Mil-Spec clothing. It is some tough stuff. Yeah, mil-spec clothing from other countries is pretty tough too but no where near as well made as our military clothing. And, don’t be fooled by descriptions of clothing to the likes of “close to military standards”. Whose military standards are those? Or how about “as good as military clothing…” just because it is camo in color. If it isn’t genuine US Mil-spec clothing, then it is not US Mil-Spec clothing. I have one major issue with storing and wearing any kind of military-type camo clothing, and that is that you may not want to be mistakenly ID’d as a military person once the SHTF. Give it some thought! So, act accordingly.
This brings us to civilian clothing, and not just any kind of civilian clothing. Yeah, I’m aware that there are some really rough and tough clothing, like from Dickies, that a lot of construction workers wear. It is great clothing. However, this type of clothing may not give you all the features you want or even the comfort you demand.
My Usual Apparel Wear
I only wear cargo pants, period! I have one particular brand that I purchase the most. And, I wear t-shirts, just t-shirts, and hiking boots, waterproof hiking boots to be exact. I demand it. We get a lot of rain in the Pacific Northwest.
I carry a handgun every single day, and a backup to it as well. My main handgun rides on my right hip, on the belt. I can’t stand inside the waistband holsters, as I have never found one comfortable enough for all day wear. So, even though Oregon has an open carry law, I still carry concealed, legally. During the warm months of the year, I wear a Blackhawk Products tactical-type shirt, and this my covering garment to hide my handgun. I’ve been wearing these shirts from many years and had no complaints about them. They are tough.
Blackhawks Improved Tactical Clothing Line
Blackhawk Products recently came out with a new and improved line of clothing that is tactical in nature, not exactly military but tactical. You see the FBI guys wearing similar clothing all the time. It is their “uniform” when they are on the job at a shooting or similar event. It’s kinda strange that a plain clothes law enforcement agency would wear a “uniform” of sorts, but it’s not my call.
Tougher Than Former Blackhawk Clothing
The new clothing from Blackhawk is much tougher than the older clothing, and I’m still wearing some of the original clothing I received years ago for testing. I even purchased some more from Blackhawk. The subtle changes in the designs of the new Blackhawk clothing isn’t anything to shout about, but they are subtle enough that it is a new line of clothing. The important thing to note is that this new line of clothing is really a lot heavier and will last years and years, with a little bit of care. I also like that the new shirts are a little bit longer than the originals, which is great for covering my handgun. The shirt is never tucked into my cargo pants but worn over my t-shirt, and it hides my handgun nicely, thank you!
Rip-Stop Fabric and Teflon Shield
The Blackhawk Pursuit pants, which are a cargo-type of pants, are built with rip-stop fabric. The old versions were not. They also have a Teflon Shield that repels oil, water, and stains. It works. I have several German Shepherds, and they love jumping up on me with dirty or wet paws, of course. The Teflon Shield does a great job of repelling this. A simple wipe with a wet cloth and the pants are clean again. I also love the action waistband that flexes during movement, and it allows a little “growing” room when we put on a few extra pounds, too. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Yes! There are reinforced knee patches with an interior pocket for knee pads, too. And, of course, we have multiple pockets to carry all the EDC stuff you might want to stuff into them.
I rarely wear a long-sleeve shirt, not even with a suit, and I don’t know the last time I put a suit on. It’s been at least 15 years ago. Even then, I wore a short-sleeve shirt under the suit jacket. Well, I elected to have Blackhawk send me a short-sleeve version of their Pursuit shirt, and the material is also rip-stop fabric, just like the pants, and it has Teflon-Shield to repel dirt, oil, and other stuff you may run across during the course of a day. The gusseted underarms keep you moving easily and the back of the shirt has a vented yoke, so heat won’t build up inside the shirt. Of course, like the pants, there are multiple pockets, including two hidden pockets, providing room for just about anything you want to stuff into the shirt.
Tactical But Not Military
This clothing line from Blackhawk is sorta, kinda, in a little bit of a way “law enforcement” in nature, but they aren’t police uniforms, and they sure aren’t military in nature, and that’s a good thing. As I stated earlier, you may not want to be mistaken for someone in the military by wearing camo clothing. The above shirt and pants come in several different colors. I elected to have the dark green shirt and pants, and they don’t draw attention to me since I don’t usually wear the same color pants and shirts; I rotate through the various color of shirts I already have on-hand from Blackhawk. You might wear dark green pants with a tan shirt, or maybe tan pants with a blue shirt. You can mix and match as you please.
Quality at a Bargain
As regular readers will know, I’m a bargain hunter, but I’m also a person who demands quality. I don’t buy junk, because if I did, I’d have to buy it over and over again, and that’s no bargain. The Blackhawk Pursuit pants are $69.99-$79.99, and the Pursuit shirt is $59.99-$64.99. Quality doesn’t come cheap, but we are talking clothing that will give your years of wear before you have to replace them. So, in the end, they really are a bargain, if you ask me.
Be sure to check out the line of footwear Blackhawk carries, too. I have a mid-height pair of tan waterproof boots that I’ve owned for years, and they still look almost brand-new. Too bad Blackhawk discontinued this particular model. They are great.
So, check out the Blackhawk website for your next pair of pants or shirt. Betcha you find something that will catch your attention.