DS Solutions Militaria - Specialist Supplier of Small Arms Accessories, Parts & Products
If you were a customer of the old website you will need to recreate your account to order from this new website!
(See below for details under 'Please read this first')
Military Odyssey has now been and gone for another year. A big thank you to all of you who stopped by to say hello - and test our ingenuity and resource in requesting that we produce from the hat a wide variety of 'hens teeth'! Fortunately we were able to astonish many of you after a quick rummage through the depths of various boxes for long forgotten 'things'. Always a joy to be able to do that. Despite the now almost traditional downpour on the Sunday the show went very well and we are now - more or less - back to normal, and orders should start flowing out again today.
I must thank my crew, who performed small miracles in setting up and breaking down and allowed me to actually get off of the stall on a couple of occasions to see what was out there! A miracle in itself. Also a huge thank you to James and Roger Aslett and their staff for once again showing how a show should be run! If only all shows were so well organised and hassle free, the world of the miltaria dealer would be so much easier.
I was able to do some buying during the show. Once it is all sorted out, identified and priced I will be adding more items to the website. For now I can tell you that I have a number of BREN items back in stock including Mk1 and 2 combination tools, small parts tins and a variety of pins springs and screws - some of which are still to be identified.
To enable the website to be updated regularly from now on there will be a small change of policy for us in that one day a week will now be set aside just to do website admin and upload new items. It will mean that one day a week I will not be answering e-mail or dispatching parcels, but hopefully you, the customer, will not notice a big difference and will benefit from it all in the long term.
All the Best,
22 August, 2018
Just a quick update while the opportunity presents itself to let you know that we will be stalling at the Military Odyssey Show at The Kent County Showground at Detling over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
This is a regular event for us, and I have to say one of the more pleasurable of shows to do. Not as large as War & Peace, but nonetheless sizeable enough to keep the whole family entertained for all of the day and with a wide variety of things to do and see - and the facilities are clean! Many other event organisers could learn a lot from James and Roger Aslett on how to administer a show!
If you have not visited this show before then give it some thought. It is well worth the entrance fee. Details can be found here; Military Odyssey 2018
We can be found on stalls A 59 & 60. Take the right fork in the road after passing through the public entrance and we will be on the right side of the road about 150m up, just past Chelmsford Militaria (James' own stall). If in doubt just look for the big yellow flags. We will be taking our usual ecclectic mix of collectables and spares and a good selection of books, both new and second hand. Amongst other things we will have No4 Rifle and SMLE magazines, BREN small parts tins (complete), and STEN magazine loaders (both Mk2 'box' and Mk4 'spoon'), a good selection of BREN gun spares (new in, don't exactly know what will be in the mix yet) and 2 Lewis gun skeleton butts to convert RAF aircraft guns to ground role. Also - and don't say that we don't try - colouring books for kids, complete with coloured pencils!
We hope to see you there.
PS; As we will be away, unfortunately it does mean that any orders placed from now will not be sent until Wednesday of next week (29th of August, 2018) at the earliest. Apologies for any inconvenience but we physically will not be able to post items until then.
11 July, 2018
A Much Overdue Update!
Well, here we are already into the Summer of 2018 and show season is upon us. This time of year is always a full on effort as everything seems to jostle to compete for attention at the same time. This year is complicated still further by family illness, uncertainty over Brexit (although no matter what the outcome life will carry on) and of course by the business impact of the constantly changing (and I may say totally illogical) updates to the law throughout the EU on de-activated weapons, magazines, various firearms.
Business has been, to say the least, erratic for the past 6 months. Despite that we are still here - and planning to be for the foreseeable future! Our stock continues to grow, unfortunately so does the list of items that we can no longer advertise for sale online, but we will keep struggling to bring you the items that you want, in the best condition and at the best price. If you do not see it on the website it does not mean that we do not have it and it is always worth dropping us a one line e-mail if you are looking for something.
We will be stalling once again at the War & Peace Revival show in Paddock Wood, Kent, in just a couple of weeks. If you have not been before then look it up online and give it careful consideration. It is amongst the largest shows of it's type in Europe with attractions for all, not least of which is the massive trade stall area. If it is legal and you cannot find it at the War & Peace show then the chances are that the items no longer exist! Please come and visit us there. We will be on pitches P18 & 19. We will be right next to the modelling marque and on the centre isle. Look for the big yellow flags with 'DS Solutions' on them. Underneath them you will find us offering a diverse and comprehensive selection of Allied weapon ancilliaries and accessories, spares, magazines, edged weapons and technical information along with a serious selection of military books under the DS Military Books banner. In addition there will be two fully qualified ex British Army Armourers on hand with more than 50 years experience between them to offer advice.
The show opens to the public on Tuesday 24th of July and runs until the close on Saturday 28th of July inclusive. If you are already a customer then even if you do not need anything, please come in and say hello. It is always good to put a face to a name, and you never know what we may have to tempt you! If you are not already a customer then come and see what you are missing - what is on the website maybe constitues 10% of our stock!
More to come over the next couple of days, so keep checking back for further updates.
06 November, 2017
WELCOME, to our all shiny and new website!
PLEASE READ THIS FIRST!
We hope that you will be delighted with it and will soon be scooting around it and finding lots of new and interesting things within it's pages.
Steve, our web-wizard chap, who has built this webshop for us (nice bloke with a disconcerting habit of wearing a big pointy hat with stars on it), assures us that the level of encryption and security of this new website is state of the art, as opposed to our last one which was getting to the stage of being just a 'state'. Not our fault I may add, just an old system that the 5 year olds that actually run the web couldn't be bothered to write new programs for any more. Unfortunately the knock on effect of this is that we are unable to directly transfer accounts across from the old website to this one! Consequently to log on to this website you will need to create a new account and password. Sorry about that but there is nothing that we can do about it. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
This website in addition to looking very different has a number of new features which we hope you will find useful.
- Google translate is here, so that if your first language is not English, by clicking in you can see what we have to say in your language of choice (or nearest equivalent bearing in mind how much translation programmes struggle with technical terms)
- Articles; Click into Articles on the right of the top tool bar to see a range of guides and explanatory pieces writen by us to hopefully make life a little easier. (Any suggestions for further articles that you would like to see will always be given consideration, just let me know what you would like to see).
- The website is now optimised for use on a 'phone or tablet. Personally I have no idea what this means, but Steve tells me that it is a good thing so I will take his word on that.
There are many additional features still to explore, and no doubt as I work out what they all are they will gradually appear - and most likely baffle me even more than I am now! Watch this space.
I hope that you enjoy the new website, and rummage around to find the new items added in the last few days. My apologies to anyone who has written in the last week or so and not had a response but I have been flat out finding my way around the new site and populating it with as much as I can ready for today's launch. I will endevour to catch up in the next week or so with any mail that I have missed.
Lastly, although I have checked through as much as I can, there are bound to be things that I have missed or things that don't quite work as they should. If you come across such things then please hit the 'Contact Us' button at the bottom of the page and let me know and I will do my best to get it sorted straight away.
12 November, 2017
We have been up and running with the new website for a week now with no apparent disasters, and the feedback so far has been very positive. Thank you to all of you who have contacted me with comments. A big thank you as well to Steve of the big pointed hat (not really, honestly he is just a normal bloke who happens to understand all the gibberish that makes this thing work - so perhaps 'normal' isn't quite the word I'm looking for) who has been beavering away behind the scenes tweeking stuff that I've asked for and explaining to me in words of one syllable or less how to do things on here - and being very patient when I stare back with uncomprehending eyes and start to dribble!
Just for information, we will be stalling at The 3 Counties Showground at Malvern on Sunday 19th of November (next weekend) at the Malvern Indoor Militaria Fair. This fair is on twice a year, in November and March, and is one of our regular venues now. If you are in the area please drop by. The show is all under cover with plenty of parking and offers around 240 stalls of all sorts of militaria, books, vehicle spares etc etc. Well worth a visit. The other 239 stalls are not bad either!
For more information visit; http://www.militaryconvention.com/default.htm
Hope to see you there!
Do you have something to sell?
We are looking for Lee-Enfield spares, accessories and tools. If you have any of these surplus to your needs sitting around gathering dust why not speak to us about converting them into cash. We are usually more interested in quantities than individual pieces, but anything will be considered.
Please Contact Us and let us know what you have. The more detail you can give us the better, if you have part numbers better still. Please include how much you would like for your treasure, but be aware that we are buying to sell on and we do need to eat sometimes!
If you have other British or American spares, accessories or tools we will of course give these consideration as well if the deal makes sense.
Hope to hear from you.
20 06 2015
Re- Pay-Pal Payments - Update
We now appear to have resolved our dispute with Pay-Pal and so business now resumes as normal (or near normal) for the forseeable future.
You will note that our website now no longer contains any magazines or similar which will take more than 10 rounds. This restriction on our business has been imposed on us by Pay-Pal. Whilst we are forced to comply with this we would like to point out that we greatly resent this interferance with our legal business!
To clarify matters, we do still sell magazines such as genuine WW2 M1 Carbine 15 round magazines and the 30 round 5.56mm 'E-Mag' by Mag-Pul, however we can no longer advertise these on our website or accept payment for them through Pay-Pal. If you require any magazine which holds more than 10 rounds please contact us by e-mail and we will be happy to furnish details of our products in this line and how we can be paid for them without upsetting any 3rd party.
It is possible that further restrictions will be imposed on us in the future. Despite asking clear and pertinant questions of Pay-Pal as to what they regard as acceptable, the best that they can give us is 'certain firearms parts'. If you can interpret that then you are clearly endowed with powers not granted to us mere mortals.
DS Military Books
The transfer of all our books and paperwork to the new DS Military Books website is now completed. The transfer enables us to control these items better and also allows you to purchase using Debit & Credit Cards directly through the website without the rigmarole of having to go through Pay-Pal. Something that we cannot do on this website unfortunately due to the attitude of UK Banks to militaria!
Our stock of specialist books continues to grow, so please pop across and browse what we have to offer.