Those of us who were in the military might understand this better than those who weren't. "Military grade" - something that many think of as the best choice for whatever they are buying. Those of us who were in the military know that there's a reason some of the stuff in the military needs to be tougher. Sometimes it's a matter of reliability, sometimes it's because of the range of environments something has to work in, and how often it is transported. But often, it's simply because of two reasons: 1. It's used 24/7, 365. It has to be tough simply because it's used a lot and needs to resist wearing out. Some things in the military are used more in one year than you would use them in a lifetime. 2. It's used by people who don't own it. Simply put, it's not the serviceman's personal equipment, so they don't treat it as such. Anyone who has served with "bubba" from Alabama has probably seen them toss sensitive electronics test equipment like it was a catfish. Just because something is military grade doesn't mean that it is going to be the best option for your application. Sometimes the only difference between the commercial and military grade stuff is that the military stuff has been put through tests and certified, whereas the commercial stuff is the same exact thing, just not certified. Case in point - military gas cans. Do you really need a metal gas can that costs 2.5 times as much as a plastic one if it's just going to be sitting on a shelf in your storage place? No. Are you planning on hauling around that gas can on the back of a Humvee 24/7/365 in the desert? I didn't think so. Sometimes, the military version of something is a compromise. A safety feature is added, or a good feature is removed because some people are idiots and can't handle it. So my point is, use some common sense when determining what you buy. Comments? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!