Project Humvee Battlewagon: Surplus HMMWV from the US Army

Project Humvee Battlewagon: Surplus HMMWV from the US Army Wait a sec… you bought a REAL HMMWV? Hear me out. I have a valid reason. Real HMMWVs are “COOL!” The significant […]

Project Humvee Battlewagon: Surplus HMMWV from the US Army

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Wait a sec… you bought a REAL HMMWV?

Hear me out. I have a valid reason.

Real HMMWVs are “COOL!”

The significant level of coolness combined with the relative rarity of a genuine military surplus HMMWV combine to make this the ultimate corporate marketing vehicle. That’s right. This site is a division of a corporation.  A head-turning ex-Army Humvee is the perfect vehicle to attract more eyeballs to And thus, the “Battlewagon” was born.

We review a LOT of outdoor gear… which means we often spend time in places with gravel or dirt roads… if they have roads at all. The utility of the heavy duty HMMWV will be a big benefit for our outdoor review and hunting activities.

US Army Veteran Humvee

The Project HMMWV Battlewagon’s last recorded military service was with the 82nd Airborne Division.

As a C-141 Loadmaster “back in the day” I had the distinct privilege of airdropping a number of HMMWVs for the 82nd Airborne. So, I may have actually airdropped the Battlewagon a time or two. Wouldn’t it be interesting if there were a way to sort through airdrop records and confirm if I actually watched the Humvee that I would own a few decades later as it zipped past me and out the back of our aircraft in flight? But I digress…

I received this unclassified info about the Battlewagon’s past from a kind soul:
“Jeff looks like your [HMMWV’s last] unit is no longer Active. Was activated in 6/16/06 and inactivated sometime in either 2013 or 2014. It provided Command and Control to the Brigade Combat Teams of the 4th/82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg. Your specific unit WJLNC0 was the Signal Network Company which supported communications, intel and reconnaissance.”

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HMMWV product reviews

Speaking of reviews, we work with brands of all sizes to install, use and review their products on the Project Humvee Battlewagon. We have completed a wide variety of upgrade projects on the Battlewagon so far, and have many, many more in the queue. For a quick taste, check out our overview of easy DIY HMMWV upgrades. To see all of our HMMWV reviews visit the HMMWV section of Gear Report.

If you are with a brand and want exposure for your products, drop us a note at

Other vehicles available for product reviews

Since more brands are interested in showcasing their products that the Battlewagon can accommodate, we have other options:

Blac-Rac, seat upgrades, intercom, switches, Ram Mounts, etc.

Evolution of the Battlewagon

Mall Ninja H2 Hummer

H2 Hummer… ready to cruise the mall

Not a Mall Ninja Hummer

Note I didn’t say “Hummer”. The H1 Hummer did share many parts and design features with the official military vehicle, but the HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) is a distinctly more raw beast. And don’t even get me started on the Hummer H2 or H3. Lets just say that it offends me that they wear the “Hummer” name badge.

Where to get parts for military vehicles like Humvee, M35A2, M923

HMMWV stuff, M35A2 stuff, military vehicle stuff

More HMMWV and M35A2  articles can be found under the Humvee or M35A2 category menus above (just below the Gear Report logo) or by clicking HERE for HMMWV articles or HERE for M35A2 articles.


Please leave a comment if you have suggestions on other HMMWV or M35A2 upgrades we should consider, or you have done upgrades that we can share on Gear Report.

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Quarter Horse Arms - machine gun from HMMWV

Jeff shooting the Quarter Horse Arms AR15 Full Auto from the Project Humvee Battlewagon

The Project Humvee Battlewagon

Gear Report acquired a real HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) from the US Army for use as our official field and shooting range vehicle. We have already posted about some of our upgrade projects (Project Humvee Battlewagon article links) and have a lot of really cool projects on the way. Consider subscribing so you don’t miss any of the cool reviews as we post them.

Here is our list of HMMWV upgrade projects.

The Deuce Utility Vehicle (D.U.V.) Project M35A2

The D.U.V. project started with a fairly standard 1968 M35a2 two and a half ton 6×6 cargo truck. Commonly known as the “Deuce-and-a-half” or “The Deuce.” We aren’t yet sure where it will stop.

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Here it is, a 1987 M1038 HMMWV:

Originally posted 2016-07-26 11:27:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.