Ok, this may seem like a weird request, but my dad's b-day is coming up on January the 19th and he seems to want to replace some of the military manuals that he had while he was in the service. However, I have one problem, "I have no clue where to get replacements or even find something similar to the real deal other than getting lucky at Flea Markets and whatnot." So, I was wondering if any of you know where one could order military manuals of some sort. I am sure he would like something legit as possible and not some knock offs. I have searched some things on the internet but most of them look like some knock off type of thing, they may not be but I at least want to purchase from someone known and reputable, if you know what I mean. There may be some way he can get them himself but he has been retired for 20+ years and I am sure things have changed from when he was in the service. Besides if he gets them himself then it is not much of a gift LOL. Anyways if you guys can point me in the right direction of where I might be able to obtain something then it would be most appreciated. Thanks.
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But haunt used bookstores, gun shows and flea markets, and tell the right people you are looking to build a vintage military manual library.
It might help to have an idea of your Dad's branch, MOS or service period. I might even have some stuff he'd appreciate having.
December 29, 2008, 11:55 PM
We're using IETM's now, they come on a CD.
You're probably going to have to find crusty versions in the Army surplus store.
If you post the titles, someone may help you out.
December 30, 2008, 12:06 AM
Well, I am not sure of the titles yet as I will have to do my homework without him knowing LOL otherwise it will be no surprise. I do think I remember one of them having to do with the combat shotgun or something of that nature. I know is is a blue paperback manual and also has some survival strategies in it as well. As far as them being on CD's or DVD's I don't think he would mind them being that way if that is all I could find, who knows he might even prefer it as they would be easier to store and categorize that way, I would think. Plus, they would take up less room on his bookshelves.
Where would one get them as IETM's or Interactive Electronic Training Manuals? As far as globalsecurity goes, "Has anyone had firsthand experience with them?" It looks kind of like some bogus website or some sort.
December 30, 2008, 12:10 AM
my local surplus store has a huge rack of them right next to the door. check your phone book and give yours a call.
December 30, 2008, 12:54 AM
As far as globalsecurity goes, "Has anyone had firsthand experience with them?" It looks kind of like some bogus website or some sort.
What do you mean? It's just an information site run by John Pike, among others. It has an annoying number of ads and such, but is a real site.
December 30, 2008, 12:57 AM
Oh, ok nevermind LOL. I see what you mean. I thought it was a site where you had to purchase stuff. I made that reply without first checking the site out and just assumed that it was a site where one could purchase manuals, or at least that was I got from the other person's reply.
December 30, 2008, 01:19 AM
Some Army surplus stores have them. The small FM's are collector Items. I have most of the FM21 and 22 series but would not part with them for anything
December 30, 2008, 02:45 AM
Some of the survialist websites have copies for sale. Also ,as others have stated, surplus stores are your best bet.
December 30, 2008, 08:22 AM
You have to join the military first to download the manuals from your service website for free. Some manuals are approved for public release, some are of limited distribution to US agencies only and some are classified. If you see it for sale on line it is most likely approved for unlimited public release.
December 30, 2008, 10:23 AM
Midway USA has a large selection of issued manuals.