Grey Tactical Outfitters offers high-end military and survival gear

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM.

DESTIN — Most people probably wouldn’t associate the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village with high-tech military equipment, survival training and high-powered weapons.

Destin is known for its beaches, shopping and, of course, fishing. But Kevin Camilli, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who spent most of his career at Hurlburt Field, saw potential for something else.

Less than a year ago, Camilli and business partner Eli Caison, also retired military, opened Grey Tactical Outfitters at 503-A Harbor Boulevard. It is Destin’s, and probably the region’s, first high-end preparedness and survival boutique.

“All of the gear that we have, either we used it or our friends are using it right now out in the field,” Camilli said. “If you can get it at Walmart or Bass Pro Shops, we’re probably not going to carry it, and if you’re looking for the cheapest stuff, this won’t be it. High-end stuff is typically a little higher price.

“We get a lot of people in here looking for used Army/Navy surplus, and we don’t do anything like that,” he added. “That leaves out part of the market, but … all of this stuff is just pure tactical, go to combat, survive kind of stuff.”
Grey Tactical Outfitters started as an offshoot of Camilli’s other business, Grey Aviation, an aviation training and consulting firm that started in 2007 and has clients around the world.

Among the many products at the store are guns, ammunition and suppressors of various sizes, as well as bullet-proof vests. Grey also sells combat-ready first-aid kits and other medical items such as field surgery kits, combat gauze and even products that stop air from leaving the lungs when someone has a sucking chest wound.

While virtually everything in the store is designed to be used on the combat field, a lot of the merchandise would come in handy during and after a hurricane.



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