Shopping the Mohawk Army Navy Store

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Charge! Or, you know, pay cash.

By Akum Norder

When I saw the Army jeep and the ammo-draped mannequin through the window of Mohawk Army Navy, 3514 State St. in Schenectady, I thought I knew what to expect inside. Knives and camo gear. Flags and patches.

And they have all that. But the fun thing about a store like Mohawk Army Navy is that you never know what you'll find. There's more. Much more. And not all of it was quite what I expected.

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army navy clothes Mohawk Army Navy has been in business in the Capital Region since 1986. The main focus of their business is on work wear -- safety boots, Carhartt clothing, the kind of tough gear that has to stand up to hard work. They have racks and racks of coats, coveralls, rain gear, gloves and more.

What impressed me most, though, were the camping supplies: sleeping bags, stoves and other cooking gear, canteens of all sorts, folding shovels, backpacks and mosquito netting. This would be a great place to stock up for tent season.

Apparently, Mohawk is also a good source for paintball equipment. And the U.S. Postal Service uniforms? Well, I'd never thought about it, but it makes sense they have to come from somewhere.

And then, of course, there's the military surplus.

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army navy mre As someone who hasn't spent much time (read: any time) near ordnance, the grenade casings fascinated me. There were duffel bags and metal ammo boxes. (When I was in high school I used to keep my diaries in a locked metal ammo box under my bed -- no little brothers allowed). I was surprised at the heft of the helmets. And, naturally, they have MREs. Which I'm not sure why anyone would eat unless they absolutely had to, but okay.

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For me, Mohawk was a thinking-outside-the-box shopping experience: One of those reflective vests or jackets could be just the thing for my night-biking husband. The mosquito netting hats -- hmm. I might look silly hiking in the Adirondacks, but better to look silly than to get eaten by the blackflies. And, okay, I looked at the Navy dress caps and couldn't help wondering if the fella and I might should go out next Halloween as Captain and Tennille. Really, what could be scarier?

I walked away with two plate tents, the kind that keep bugs off the food at backyard picnics; and a couple of anglehead flashlights with interchangeable colored lenses. (Shhh: Those are for the girls' Easter baskets.)

And, of course, if I find myself needing a tactical vest or a ghillie blanket, they'll have me covered. Literally.

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Find It

Mohawk Army Navy
3514 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12304

In addition to the Schenectady store, they also have locations in Latham and Saratoga.


Did you see any naval uniform pants? I near they are fantastically comfortable and stylish and I want a pair. Thanks for checking out the store. I've driven past it a million times and wondered if it was worth the stop. Now I know! :-)

Strictly speaking, that picture shows "TOTM"s, not "MRE"s. They're similar, but MREs are rated for longer life and have more stuff in them. TOTMs are somewhat directly marketed to the civilian market, where MREs are all government "surplus" - legally or not.


Reminds me of the old Cramer's Armory in Cohoes. Used to stop there all the time when I was a kid. It had all that stuff and more!

Thanks for this! Brings me back to my days of crawling around surplus stores with my Dad. I have used metal ammo boxes in the past as great "outdoor" toolboxes - waterproof!

The store is a fantastic place to get winter gear. From coats to boots to wool socks to incredible gloves that will get you through any northeaster, it is a great place to pick up great quality outdoor clothing.

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