I walked into my local army surplus shack on Saturday (Mash in Gloucester) to find stacks and stacks of: desert boots (two types), desert DPMs (jackets and trousers), S10 respirators, desert helmet covers, 58 patt sleeping bags etc. Bloke in the shop said its all genuine un-issued kit AND CAME FROM THE SAME SUPPLIERS THE MOD USE. Now I'm sure they'd never supply civvy stores before the MOD and he said they have plenty of stocks. So whats the excuse for being able to buy kit in the shop but the forces not having any to issue?!