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Butte Montana military store on the march


Story and photo by Jim Larson

In business, Rex Moss identifies his target before he pulls the trigger, acumen that he’s gained over time.

 “I was a retail consultant for over 30 years, and so I know how these things work, “he said from behind the counter of his Butte location, Military Surplus & Tactical Gear, last Friday.

More than a year ago Moss, along with his wife and partner Annmarie, opened a military surplus and tactical gear store in Dillon. In June they opened a second store in Butte at Tamarack Square. Within 90 days, they will open in Bozeman, and his partner is looking at Helena as a possible new location, Moss said.

In addition to their brick and mortar locations, the pair will have a website up within a week to ten days, the entrepreneur said.

As Moss spoke, customer Steve Stone came into the store.  Fresh out of the army, Stone noted, “I haven’t seen a tactical or surplus store since I left Bragg.” (Fort Bragg is a large U.S. Military installation in Cumberland County, North Carolina that serves as the home of, among others, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the base’s official website said.) Stone seemed to be delighted to have found the store, and Moss noted that it wasn’t Stone’s first visit to the Butte location.

Stone and Moss began to talk ammo, and that is the product that Moss makes the focus of his operation.

Moss doesn’t keep a warehouse full of surplus items. Surplus is only about 20 percent of Military Surplus & Tactical Gear’s sales.  That category of product was too “hit and miss,” and demand for it “comes and goes,” he noted.

The surplus and gear that the stores do carry is high grade, dated 1990 and newer, and most of it still carries the original tags. Moss also carries Propper brand uniform grade military clothing. “When you buy military grade clothing or boots, you know it’s the best quality product you can buy,” Moss said in his release. “It’s all made according to military specifications,” he added.

Moss targets product that moves. “We do real fast turns on things,” and those things are top quality and all American made, he said.

Much of what Moss carries is not only American made, but locally produced. He buys his ammo and reloading supplies from nearby Montana armories which he says are top notch, and “Our pepper spray is made right here in Butte,” he notes in his release. Of his ammo suppliers, Moss says that there are four local Montana armories within five miles of each other in Western Montana, including Hunting Shack of Stevensville, and that they make, “absolutely the best product on the market.”

Moss and his wife have lived in the state for roughly a decade, and they are “avid fans of the Montana lifestyle,” delighting in the area’s hometown feel, incredible scenery, and the abundance of recreational opportunities, the release said. They are a local couple offering locally made products, feeding the Montana economy, Moss notes.

Find Military Surplus & Tactical Gear at 3703 Harrison Avenue in Butte. Call them at (406) 299-3419. Email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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