The reason I became acquainted with Southwest Washington Surplus was initially because of my youngest son Erik. He asked me to go to this surplus store down the road from where we live, because he wanted to buy a couple of items. After walking in the front door and with just one glance, I knew I was home! I mean they have everything a sports minded, second amendment person like me could want! And after talking with the owner Lawrence Good, I knew also that not only was he a good man, but also a man with a heart of gold.
We sat down and spoke for over two hours and in that time he told me about all of the different programs and classes that his business offered to not only his customers, but also to the city of Vancouver, Washington and the local Neighborhood Watch groups. You just don't meet a man like this every day, he is a solid citizen and is also a veteran of the United States Air Force and the Oregon Air National Guard. Larry has done several tours in the Middle East and has worked there as a contractor. So he knows his way around the equipment and firearms that he sells. They also sell many products from local manufacturer's and businesses and take pride in the fact that they are doing everything they can to promote and bolster products that are "American made." In this political climate of anti-gun rhetoric, Mr. Good believes that education is important to dispel all of the anti-gun myths currently fueled by the left-wing
Good and his highly trained staff offer their customers and the community at large a variety of courses, including:
- Includes Oregon Concealed Handgun License & Utah Concealed Weapons Permit
- Disaster Preparedness/Disaster Recovery
- Continuity of Operations Planning
- Emergency Communications Planning
- Emergency Response Training
- Emergency Response Diving
- Security Consulting- Computer Forensics
- Self Defense Seminars and Training
- Includes Non-Lethal Options
- Refuse to Be a Victim Trainer
For a person like myself, it's good to know that a place like this exists. Since most of his staff are Veterans and ex-police officers, it is also a "safe" place to go because everybody who works there is armed and well trained. Even Larry's mother (in picture above) works behind the counter.
They know their products and I have never felt so comfortable in a retail establishment in my life. They're definitely a "family." I have seldom met a group of people that wanted to give not only to their customers, but to the community as a whole. Mr. Good is also in the process of making a safe place for different youth groups i.e boy scouts and girl scouts to meet.
Southwest Washington Surplus' mission statement is as follows:
"We are a veteran-owned family business. Southwest Washington Surplus is a surplus equipment vendor, Federal Firearms Licensee, Public Safety Trainer, and Security Consulting firm in Vancouver, Washington. We also walk dogs (okay, just kidding about the dog-walking.).
We provide a variety of new and used military surplus gear, furnishings, and equipment and camping, hiking, and sporting goods. As a small business, we are committed to being good citizens of our community, creating jobs, providing services, and being involved. Come check out our constantly-changing inventory:
- Clothing items
- Emergency preparedness supplies
- MRE kits
- Storage and utility containers
- Vehicles and trailers
- Firearms and accessories
We also will be providing a variety of public safety training opportunities, in the near future.
We are dedicated to our customer service and make sure that we give you the best shopping experience we can. We always welcome your kind feedback and we will strive to constantly improve to make sure that you get the best deal. As a family/veteran-owned business, we welcome everyone."
I know a lot my readers live all over the United States, but if you should ever visit Vancouver Washington, stop in and see these people, I heartily endorse this establishment and it will be well worth the trip!
Here is their address phone and fax numbers:
2519 E 4th Plain Blvd
Vancouver, Washington 98661