Ranger Up: Unapollogetically American

Wearing a Ranger Up shirt can be a bold statement for the discerning customer, including veterans, law enforcement officers and patriotic Americans.  And what better time to proclaim your support for the American way of life than right now?


We are proud to offer and recommend Ranger Up shirts and are pleased to put them on sale for a limited time.  Right now, they are as low as $20.95 and every shirt comes with free shipping to the Continental U.S.


Some of our favorite designs are tailored to law enforcement officers. Collections like the popular Sheepdog designs that state “There are wolves. There are sheep. I am the sheepdog.” or “Evil Exists When People Ignore It” pay tribute to often under-appreciated officers. Another favorite is the Thin Blue Line collection that honors officers as the dividing line between “Order” and “Chaos.”


Others are targeted is specifically to combat veterans. including the My Watch Never Ends Army Veteran shirt and the Best of Times Combat Flag shirt.


Patriots will like designs such as the Sons of Liberty, Free Men Don’t Ask Permission, or I Will Never Apologize for Being American shirts, there is probably a design that catches your eye and matches your lifestyle.


And if you can’t find a design that strikes a chord with you, well, we admit that Ranger Up shirts aren’t for everyone, especially the politically correct crowd.  IMG_4245When you put on a Ranger Up shirt, you aren’t just wearing a great product made in the U.S.A., you’re making a statement and wearing a message designed by a team of combat veterans who know exactly what it means to fight, protect, and serve. Ranger Up is founded, owned, and operated by veterans, so their hard-hitting graphics and bold commentary resonate with the true American mindset.


Right now you can get Ranger Up shirts for as low as $20.95 with free shipping on our website and at our storefront in Durham. We offer more than 35 Ranger Up designs on normal fit and vintage style t-shirts.


8 Common Gun Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

How to Avoid 8 Common Gun Buying MistakesEvery time there is talk of gun control legislation, gun sales soar because people who have thought about owning a gun rush out to buy a gun before it is too late. This article is intended for those who are relatively new to firearms purchasing, to help you successfully navigate the gun-buying process, be a safe and legal gun owner, and eventually get your concealed carry permit.


Here are the eight most common mistakes new gun buyers make:


Mistake #1: You Don’t Know the Applicable Laws


To hear gun control advocates tell it, you’d think anyone can walk into a store and waltz out a few minutes later loaded for bear. The truth is far different.

To buy a firearm you must present a valid state ID or driver’s license, fill out some federally required paperwork (Form 4473), and undergo a background check. The latter is usually done with a call to a special FBI office while you wait but sometimes there may be a wait of several days. Some states or municipalities may also have waiting periods.


Our advice: Before you go shopping, check out Form 4473 to be sure you can legally buy a gun. (Felons, illegal aliens, drug users, wife beaters, the mentally ill, and those dishonorably discharged from the military, among others, need not apply.) Assuming you legally obtain a gun, take your state’s hunter safety course and/or the concealed carry class. Become familiar with local laws so you know where you can carry it and where you can use it. It may be unlawful to discharge a weapon in many municipalities.

A few big don’ts:

  • Don’t buy a gun for someone else. This is not like buying tickets to an R-rated move for your kid brother; it’s a far more serious crime.
  • Once you own a gun, don’t brandish your weapon or threaten people with it. At the very least, it’s against the law. At worst, you’ll be shot and killed by a responding officer.
  • Don’t leave your weapon where kids can access it.
  • Don’t carry your gun into the courthouse, airport, or other prohibited locations.
  • Don’t act like an idiot; gun owners get enough bad press as it is.


Mistake # 2: You Buy a Gun you have Never Shot


The decision of which gun to buy goes well beyond what is popular, what looks cool, or what shoots the biggest and best caliber. The gun you buy needs to be suitable for your intended purpose and ergonomically suitable to the shooter. If you buy a gun you have never shot or never held, you could be making a costly mistake.


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Product Spotlight: ArmorLite and Isobrite Tactical Watches

Someone is counting on you to be there at exactly 0300 hours. Whether you’re scouting the north face of the mountain in the pouring rain, kicking in a door in a tactical search for a narcotics raid, or meeting with Japanese business men across time zones, you need a watch you can read at all times, no matter what.


The black Professional Series tactical watch.

You’ll be happy to know that Captain Dave’s now stocks ArmourLite and Iso-Brite tactical watches that can withstand the abuse that normal, every-day watches just can’t handle. ArmourLite and IsoBrite watches are designed with military personnel, law enforcement officers, first repsonders, and outdoorsmen in mind, meaning that each model is strong, durable, accurate, easy to use, and most importantly, tough. After testing the watches ourselves, here’s what we found out:

You can read it in complete, pitch-black darkness. Once your flashlight battery runs down, the lantern is out, and the campfire is cold, you can still read the markers on an ArmourLite watch without needing to expose it to light first. This is because all ArmourLite and IsoBrite watches are marked tritium illumination like the night sites for your pistol. The tritium has a half-life of 13.5 years which means that your watch will remain lit for over 20 years straight.

It’s tough enough to handle a tough environment including rocks, rain, climbing, falling, fishing, blood, bear-wrestling, and more. (OK, you caught us — we didn’t really wrestle a bear.) This is a watch that should never shatter, water-log, or break because it’s been built and over-built from top-notch material. Start with a shatter-proof crystal face measured with a hardness of up to 6,000 Vickers. Then nest the crystal into a uniquely designed 316L stainless steel housing and a custom rubber retaining ring. Mount the face to the band with a steel bar that out-survives the traditional thin spring-bar pin. With all of these parts combined, an AmourLite watch is not going to break, leak, crack, bend, or get crushed during normal use.

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One of the stunning Officer Series tactical watches with a rugged leather band.

These watches are accurate enough to keep Father Time himself satisfied. ArmourLite watches utilizes Swiss quartz movements and Citizen Miyota movements from Japan for reliable accuracy. With a 10-year service life from a lithium battery, AmourLite watches are reliable and long-lasting with a strong emphasis on reliable. No more trips to the jeweler because your watch battery died again.

Ruggedness is cool, but we’re not always in the field. You can wear these watches in the office as easily as in the woods. We offer ArmourLite and IsoBrite models in a wide range of designs from full tactical black-out with black numbers, face, and band to a more professional look with a cobalt face, white numbers, and sleek leather band. Whatever work environment you’re in, these watches are sure to blend in perfectly.

If you don’t care about your watch, would rather stick with your plain, old, regular watch, and sleep through your appointments, that’s fine. But you can see our selection of AmourLite and Isobrite watches online in this section of our Military Items category to upgrade to the best tactical watch on the market. Or stop in our Durham brick and mortar store to try one on.

We Sell Stuff Amazon and eBay Won’t

Our Voodoo Tactical MultiCam Heavy Armor Carrier Vest is just one of the many items we cannot list on Amazon.com.

We love marketplaces and are proud to partner with many of the leading online marketplaces. They often push the envelope in terms of fast shipping and ease of use, and are responsible for many improvements in eCommerce over the years.


But they don’t sell everything.


Even in this day and age, there are brands that do not want their products sold via online marketplaces, so authorized dealers like us can’t sell them there. This is often because the manufacturer does not want online sellers to undercut their stocking dealers, but sometimes it is because brands think it undercuts the premium image they are pursuing.

We sell multiple brands in our online store in in our Durham, N.C., brick and mortar store that we cannot sell on eBay, Amazon.com, or Walmart.com, including N82 holsters and Merrell footwear.


N82 Tactical Professional Holster, One of the products we cannot sell on Amazon or Ebay.

N82 Tactical Professional Holster, One of the products we cannot sell on Amazon or Ebay.

A larger chunk of the products we stock that are not for sale in online marketplaces are what the marketplaces consider to be “prohibited.” In general, this means the marketplace has made a decision for political or legal reasons not to sell or facilitate the sale of an item, even when the sale is perfectly legal. Maybe they don’t want the potential liability or the public relations nightmare if the next Virginia Tech shooter buys his magazines on their marketplace.


We respect the right of the marketplaces to set their own rules, even when we don’t agree with them. We just want our customers to know that just because you cannot find an item on your favorite shipping site doesn’t mean it’s not available online.


So we invite all our customers who cannot find a Hexmag magazine, a Magpul AFG angled foregrip, a UTG free float rail, a Voodoo Tactical plate carrier, or that police patch on their favorite shopping portal to stop by CaptainDaves.com and check out the wide selection we offer.



Sell StuffHere’s a list of some of the items we sell in our store that are banned from one or more marketplaces.

  • High capacity magazines for firearms
  • Magazine couplers or connectors
  • Common firearms parts, including most everything for an AR-15 or AK-47
  • Armor plates and body armor
  • Plate carriers and armor carriers (even without armor)
  • Select varieties of knives and edged weapons
  • Striking weapons like batons, night sticks, Billy clubs, and saps
  • Certain police items
  • Tannerite and similar exploring targets
  • Mace


It’s not just the marketplaces that have restrictions; it can be the payment processors as well. PayPal tried to prohibit us from selling some of these items on our web site, so we no longer accept PayPal as a method of payment. We dropped Square from our brick and mortar store for similar reasons.  Its unfortunate that banks and payment processors are trying to prohibit you from buying certain products, just because they consider them politically incorrect.


Don’t get us wrong; this isn’t open season on illegal purchases. We abide by both federal and state laws. For example, we do not export firearms parts, we do not ship body armor to Connecticut, and we do not ship high capacity magazines to those states that restrict their sale. In fact, we regularly have to cancel sales and refund the purchase price to customers who fail to heed our warnings or are ignorant of the law. But for those customers who enjoy exercising their Second Amendment rights, we invite you to shop with us.


How to “Un-Pop” Your Pop-Up Tent

We heard a story about a woman who went camping with a pop up tent, but did not know how to fold it back up. After trying to fold the tent for an hour, she stuffed it in the back of her car and drove off in frustration. She described driving home with an open tent filling half her car as similar to driving a car filled with thirty helium balloons. All of the fun family camping memories were crowded out because she didn’t know the trick to re-packing her tent.

The pop-up tent may be difficult to fold up if you have never seen it done. There is a trick to it, however, and once you learn that trick, you will find collapsing your pop-up tent to be much easier than taking down and repacking a traditional tent.

To keep your next camping trip from devolving into a similar Griswold-like catastrophe, we’ve provided these six easy steps to refold or take down and re-pack your pop-up tent:

Step One: Pinch the top.

Step One

This part is pretty easy. You can feel the rings of the framing inside the nylon and you want to pull the middle two rings together evenly.


Step Two: Bring up the sides.

Step Two

Hold the middle two rings together with one hand while you use your other hand to pull both the sides up to meet the middle.


Step Three: The “taco flip.”

Step Three

While holding the ends together, flip the tent vertically so the top of the tent is facing you, the bottom is pointing away, and one of the ends is resting on the ground.

Step Four: The fold-over.

Step Four

This is the tricky part. Keep holding the top of the tent together and using the ground as leverage against the bottom, rotate the top down and inwards. You can see Joe’s right hand is guiding the frame down and up inside the fold of the tent.

Step Five: The layering twist.

Step Five

As you push the tent into itself rotate one ring above the other so that they are moving to line up on top of each other.

Step Six: Line up the rings.

Step Six

After twisting the rings in place, push the tent down to line up all the framing rings and slide the closing band over the edges.

The pop-up tent is a great piece of gear, especially for families with young kids because it sets up in seconds, folds nicely, and stores in a super compact case. Now that you know how to fold your pop-up tent, you can take the stress out of campsite set-up and tear-down and spend this summer building happy memories with your kids.

Free Shipping For Everything, and Price Parity, too

Effective July 1, we are pleased to offer all our customers in the lower 48 states a free shipping option with every single purchase you make at Captain Dave’s online store.

We’ve also instituted price parity across most of the platforms we sell on, so the final price you pay — after shipping is included — should be the same regardless of whether you buy it on our web site, on Amazon.com, on Walmart.com, or on Sears.com. Prices on our site should also be the same or in some cases even lower than what you see in our eBay store.

To save even more, sign up for our newsletter and from time to time we’ll pass along closeouts, discounts and other promos.

Ten Tips for the Best Camping Trip

In honor of National Camping Month, we’re offering 10 tips to help new campers get the most out of the experience.

These tips are for those going to a public or private campground that offers some basic amenities, including a fire ring, a picnic table, and a flat place for your tent or trailer. We assume you have basics like a tent, sleeping bag, and food and water, and that the campground has running water available at a central location as well as communal bathrooms. In our experience, the campgrounds at national and state parks usually meet these basic requirements, but check in advance to be sure your intended destination does.

Here are the ten things that will make your next camping trip a success:

  1.  Firewood. Whether you camp in a tent or the world’s largest RV, you are missing out on the true camping experience if you don’t sit around the campfire at least one night. Now you may think you can gather wood locally, but many campsites have been picked clean by prior campers or there may be park rules against gathering wood. This leaves you two options: pay an inflated price locally for a small bundle of wood or bring some seasoned wood chopped and ready for your fire with you.
    Most campgrounds provide fire rings to help contain your campfire, but you often have to bring firewood with you or buy it locally

    Most campgrounds provide fire rings to help contain your campfire

    Your best bet is to check the campground or park rules ahead of time for any rules or restrictions on fires. In dry country or during droughts or high winds, fires may be prohibited. In that case, it’s hard to beat the old Coleman two-burner stove or one of the numerous other portable camping stoves available. For those who can’t get going in the morning without a cup of coffee, a stove will heat that first pot of water much faster than building a fire from scratch.

  2. Fire Starters. Knowing how to start a fire using primitive means is a great survival skill, but it’s slow and tedious. We recommend that you bring at least two modern fire starters on your next camping trip. Matches are hard to beat, but our favorite is a grill lighter with a long neck. This allows you to direct the flame right where you need it. They are available at most big box stores.We’re going to include tinder as part of this tip. Tinder can be a commercial product like the popular Wetfire Fire Starting Tinder Pack or the Micro Inferno All Weather Fires Sticks, but you can also make your own with dryer lint and wax. Tinder should light easily and burn long enough so that twigs, small pieces of wood or other kindling you pile over it are burning well enough that you can build up your fire from there. Even a couple tightly rolled ball of newspaper will do.
  3. Camping Utensils and Cookware. Cooking over an open flame is quite different from using the stove or a microwave, so you probably will want at least one pot, one frying pan, and maybe an old-fashioned coffee pot that you use only for camping out. A great technique is to set aside old pots and pans when you upgrade, dedicating the old set to camping. Another option would be to invest in some cast iron cookware. In any case, your odds of going camping again increase if you don’t blacken the bottom of mom’s best sauce pan.Add some long-handled spatulas and other utensils designed for grilling out and don’t forget pot-holders and cooking mitts so you can handle your hot cast iron frying pans without burning your hands. For eating, paper plates offer simplicity and ease of use, but re-usable plastic cups and plates may be more environmentally friendly. If you go the latter route, bring a tub and a small bottle of earth-friendly soap so you can wash the dishes and dispose of your dishwater without harming the local flora.Many campgrounds provide a basic fire grate or other equipment that makes cooking over an open fire easier. If your intended destination does not, consider picking up a grate of your own. Being able to adjust how high your pans are above the flame and coals is one secret to great campfire cooking. (Waiting until the flames die down and leave you with a bed of hot coals is another.)
  4. A Flashlight. If you live in an urban area, you may be surprised by how dark it gets out in the country, especially on a cloudy night with no moon. We recommend a good flashlight for each camper. Headlamps are also useful as they do not tie up one of your hands. This makes it easier to do everything from tying your shoe to re-packing your cooler. Don’t forget extra batteries or a solar charger if you are using rechargeable batteries.

    LED lights provide a wide circle of light and long run times.

    LED lights provide a wide circle of light and long run times.

  5. A Lantern. Flashlights are great for putting light exactly where you need it, but a lantern casts light where everyone can use it. If you are old school, go with a Coleman lantern, which can generate a huge circle of bright, warm light; just be sure you treat the wick well. If you are investing in new gear, it’s hard to beat some of the multi-LED lanterns on the market for a combination of brightness and run time.Lanterns can be set on or hung above the picnic table, hung outside your camper, or used inside your tent when turned to a low setting. Most can also be carried when you walk; just use caution if yours runs on fuel and has a glass chimney.
  6. Camping Chairs. Yes, you can sit on a rock, a log, the ground, or at a picnic table, but having a folding camping chair or collapsible stool will make your camping experience more comfortable. Available at big box stores, sporting goods stores and online, you should be able to get a decent one in the $10 to $40 range. Chairs sized for kids are also available and recommended for the little ones as it can be hard for them to safely get into and out of an adult-sized chair.
  7. A Hatchet or Camp Axe. You may never use a hatchet at home, but it’s a useful tool at the campsite. Your hatchet is great for driving in tent stakes, and even if you use a trailer, you may still need to drive in stakes for an awning. Heavy enough to drive a sturdy tent stake into the hardest ground, you can also use your hatchet to pry up the stakes when it’s time to head home or move on to the next camp site.
    From pounding tent stakes to chopping firewood into kindling, a hatchet is a valuable addition to your camping equipment

    From pounding tent stakes to chopping firewood into kindling, a hatchet is a valuable addition to your camping equipment

    Of course the raison d’être of a hatchet is chopping, and there are plenty of potential uses at a campsite. For example, you may need to split one of your logs into smaller pieces of firewood, or slice a few curls off bark or to make kindling (this is technically known as carving).

  8. Plastic Trash Bags. An obvious use for these would be to pack up your trash, and you’ll probably generate a fair amount, especially if you use disposable dishes and cutlery. A less obvious use is to protect things from getting wet should a sudden shower blow through.Rain can really put a damper on a camping trip, but it will be even worse if all your gear gets soaked. Stashing your pack, your clothes and even your hiking boots in a spare plastic trash bag will help keep them dry. (The bags with draw strings are especially useful for this.)   The opposite is also useful – if your clothes are soaked from the rain or your bathing suit is damp from swimming, stash them in a plastic trash bag until you get home. And finally, in a pinch, a large trash bag makes a great rain poncho. Just cut or carefully tear a hole for your head and side holes for your arms.
  9. A Tarp. There are probably 101 uses for a tarp on a camping trip. If you have a tent, you can use an extra tarp to make a large rain fly and create more dry space around your tent. If you are not tent camping, you can turn your tarp into a rain shelter or set it up as an awning. If you need privacy, you can set it up to create a visual barrier. You can use it as a table cloth if the picnic table is filthy. Set up at a 45 degree angle with the slant facing the wind, you can use it to protect your fire and keep it from getting rained out as well as to keep your stack of firewood dry. We recommend at least an 8′ x 10′ or 8′ x 12′ tarp but don’t be shy if you spot a great buy on  larger tarp.
    three marshmallows roasting over open camp  fire

    It’s not camping if you don’t get to roast marshmallows over an open flame!

    To get the most out of your tarp, remember to bring some rope or paracord and a few extra tent stakes. Bungee cords are also useful for rapid set up and tear down.

  1. Marshmallows. Because no campground experience is complete without roasting some marshmallows over the campfire. It’s a sticky treat kids and adults will remember!

Free Shipping on Canned Meats

Sloppy JoeWorried about the rising cost of meat? (Hamburger now costs $4.25 per pound, up 85.5% since 2010.)

Worried that you might not have enough long-term storage food to last through a natural disaster or an economic collapse?

Putting up a couple cases or canned meats in your pantry will go a long way to addressing both issues. And if you own a pressure canner, you can up all sorts of meats and meat-based dishes to have on hand for the future.

But not everyone has the time, the know-how, or the equipment to can their own meats. And that’s why we heartily recommend Survival Cave canned meats. We have cases of canned beef, chicken, turkey and pork available in our online store right now with free shipping to the Continental U.S.

Barbeque Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Sauce and FriesThese products are not much different than those you would can yourself. They use only meat raised on select U.S. farms – just like you would. They hand select the cuts from USDA inspected meats, just like you would. They do not add by-products, preservatives, nitrates, nitrates, or other chemicals, and all the processing is done in the U.S. The only thing in the can is the meat and a pinch of salt. The meat is cooked in its own juices, with no water added.

The result is a natural, wholesome product with an extremely long shelf life.

These popular products have been back ordered in the past but we are caught up and orders ship quickly. Take advantage of this special free shipping offer to lock in these prices, while supplies last.

Two New Voodoo Packs Offer Options

We are pleased to offer two new packs from Voodoo Tactical, the Low Drag backpack and the Versa All Weather Ruck. Both packs are available in black, olive green and coyote tan.

LowDragPackThe Low Drag pack is designed for those who want a more compact, shortened pack without sacrificing carrying capacity. Stout where other packs are tall, the low drag pack allows you to carry a significant load higher on your back. This makes it a good option for shorter customers who may find large bags like the Tobago too tall.

Voodoo’s Low Drag pack is a great size for a bug out bag – large enough to carry plenty of gear, but not so large you need a crew of three to carry it. It features three fields of MOLLE PALS webbing that allow you to selectively add additional pouches and tie down points on the bottom to attach a bedroll, sleeping bag or tent.

It would also make an ideal travel or every day carry pack for those who want the durability and performance of a tactical bag but do not wish to look too “military.”

While the Low Drag Pack features multiple exterior pockets, the Versa All Weather Ruck takes a different approach. Instead, it is covered with PALS webbing, allowing you to affix as many MOLLE compatible pouches are you want. This means you can add utility pouches, water bottle pouches, a Voodoo Tactical deployment bag, ammo pouches, even a shotgun scabbard, configuring the pack to meet your exact needs.

VersaPackInternally, the Versa pack has a single large compartment that can be divided into a top and bottom section, thanks to a removable divider. The lower portion can be used to carry a sleeping bag or other gear and is accessible through a “garage” opening on the front of the bag. This allows you to access your gear without having to fight your way through the items in the top portion of the bag.

Voodoo’s Versa All Weather Ruck has an integral dray bag and ships with a rain fly to help keep your gear dry in adverse weather conditions.

Both packs feature removable waist belts and adjustable shoulder harnesses designed for comfort. Both are popular with our employees and come highly recommended.


Get High Speed Gear Now at Captain Dave’s

We are pleased to announce that Captain Dave’s has because an authorized distributor of High Speed Gear, Inc., and has added several models of TACOs and there other MOLLE equipment to our store, with more product coming in soon. You can stop by and get a hands-on look or shop online. Keep in mind that any item you see in our online store is in stock and most orders ship in one business day.

HSGI Double Decker TacoMaybe you have heard of High Speed Gear, or maybe you’ve seen photos of of their products in magazines such as Recoil, but you really can’t fully understand how well made their products are and how slick they work until you’ve put your hands on it. Their pouches start where most of the others have left off, thanks to an innovative design that expands and contracts to safely and securely hold its contents.

The HSGI line of TACOs is the next step in the evolution of the tactical magazine pouch. Each TACO – and they come in multiple configurations – is flexible enough to fit a wide range of sizes. For example, their standard TACO designed to hold one rifle pouch will hold your standard AR15/M4 magazine as well as polymer magazines like the Magpul, which are sometimes a tight fit in other brands. But the same TACO pouch will also hold an AK47 magazine, and an AR10 magazine. Of course, it fits mags for the FAL, M14 and H&Ks as well. It’s also flexible enough to hold flash bangs, smoke grenades and other equipment.

Hopefully, you can see the immediate advantage here: You only need one set of gear to carry many different load outs. That means you do not need to swap pouches when you go from carrying your AR15 to your M14. It means you don’t need to buy a separate pouch for your flashlight because it fits in a pistol mag pouch. In other words, it takes the idea behind MOLLE equipment – the “M” stands for Modular, after all – and goes one step further.

Whether you need a single pouch or want to set up a complete plate carrier or chest rig, we’re happy to help. Call us weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern at 877-41-DAVES if you have any questions, need to place a special order, or want to negotiate a volume purchase.