Military MREs

12:11 a.m. on October 9, 2010 (EDT)
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I was just wondering if anyone on here knew how to get ahold of the real military MREs, not the ones "similar to military but for civilian use"? Any guidance or info would be nice. Thanks!!

12:43 p.m. on October 9, 2010 (EDT)
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There's some on Craigslist occasionally. Right now in Seattle a guy is selling some for $7/ea. It's not a permanent source though. Also a military supply store would be a good place to start.

1:32 p.m. on October 9, 2010 (EDT)
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Below are a few sites that sell MRE's to the public. I love 'em so easy to use with no stove or cookpot needed.

http://www.cheaperthandirt.net/ItemListing.aspx?pagesize=1000&catid=295

http://wow-deal.com/MRE/MRE-Case/2550091

http://www.mredirect.us/

5:18 p.m. on October 9, 2010 (EDT)
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This is old, but as far as I know the Military's stand on selling govt issue anything is still the same.

http://www.mreinfo.com/us/mre/us-govt.-vs.-ebay-auctions.html

7:55 p.m. on October 9, 2010 (EDT)
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I think there is a difference between Govt. issue, and Govt. surplus.

I get my MRE's at a military surplus store. f klock is right, you need to be careful where you buy anything military, buying govt. issue gear from the enlisted guy down the street can get you in a lot of trouble.

11:31 a.m. on October 11, 2010 (EDT)
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Plant a garden and get a dehydrator. You can save yourself a small fortune.

12:45 p.m. on October 12, 2010 (EDT)
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Go to Ebay they have case lot sales of issued gov MREs, here is a link to (1) a MRE info site that will provide you very good info on how to purchase MREs on line looking at the date codes to see what the self life is and what is in the case, http://www.mreinfo.com/ Also understand that selling of MREs is technically against the law but the government tends to turn a blind eye on it as long as it is not blatant mass selling, that is why you will never see the source company selling direct to the public (see this article) http://www.mreinfo.com/us/mre/buying-mres.html but you can and will find them on ebay http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1311&_nkw=mres&_sacat=See-All-Categories case lots on ebay go around $60 to $65 dollars and this is not taking in shipping cost, you can also go to a local Army Navy surplus store near you they may have some but read the article on case lot dates so you do not end up buying something that has passed it self life or is very near to expiring.

RR

8:41 p.m. on October 12, 2010 (EDT)
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I live in South LA. I just wait for a hurricane to come. I still have 6 cases from the last one.

7:01 p.m. on October 13, 2010 (EDT)
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Have a garden and a dehydrator, for some weird reason I like MREs. I was afraid that I would not be able to get the Military issue MREs. I have seen the ones on Cheaper than Dirt, but didn't know how good or close the the original ones are. But thanks for all the input.

7:21 p.m. on October 13, 2010 (EDT)
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You cannot beat the convenience of an MRE that is for sure. I make a high quality product with my dehydrator but it does take a lot of work. You have to like to garden to do it my way.

6:48 a.m. on October 14, 2010 (EDT)
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One thing to add: Military MREs have water-activated heaters packed inside the pouch. Most civilian, or "home use" meals do not, and they must be purchased separately. Not a deal breaker, but it is an added inconvenience.

11:42 p.m. on October 14, 2010 (EDT)
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Not to mention, if you end up needing rescue, and the rescue team is nearby yet cannot see you and you are unable to yell or make your way toward the team, the heaters can be used for locating you via sound. 1 screw top plastic bottle + MRE heaters = one LOUD signalling device. A neighbor of mine who was an IED specialist showed me this many years ago. be forewarned, this can be very dangerous to you or others.

Edit: Removed some technical info as I realised there may be younger folks joining the forums.

7:58 a.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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I forgot about that. I learned it too, in a WMD/IED awareness course.

9:45 a.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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The "heaters" that come with the MRE was why I was looking for the military version.

10:17 a.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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Making MRE heater bombs creates hydrogen gas and is usually considered a destructive device (a bomb) by authorities. Be careful.

www. sportsmansguide.com has MREs sometimes.

They have lots of calories (2,000 if you eat everything) but are heavy. I recomend removing the food items from their many packages/wrapers to save space/weight. As far as heaters go, you can heat them in boiling water or eat them cold. The flavor is about the same hot or cold.

2:29 p.m. on October 16, 2010 (EDT)
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To be honest, I wasn't planning on using them for hiking or camping, but I do like the idea of being able to heat them without the need for a fire, and can safely be done inside of my tent.

4:53 p.m. on October 16, 2010 (EDT)
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I dont use the heaters that come with them. I can send you some of the ones I have D&G, if you pay the shipping.

6:33 p.m. on October 17, 2010 (EDT)
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I appreicate the offer Robby, but no thanks! How come you don't use them? Prefer a different heating method?

7:44 p.m. on October 17, 2010 (EDT)
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Yeah, I dont use MREs in the backcountry. Only time I have ever eat them, I just didnt worry about heating them up. My wife says I am crazy, but I dont care if food is hot or cold for the most part.

7:56 p.m. on October 17, 2010 (EDT)
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One of the great things about MRE's are all the useful items that you get along with the meal.

If you don't want to carry everything you can easily repackage and take only what you want to.

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