Our History

Tactical Gear In Austin

Banana Bay Tactical Gear SUVIn 1990, Ken Nutting opened the doors of Banana Bay Trading Company in Austin, Texas, offering high quality, affordable military surplus from around the world, as well as dog tags, awards, emblems, memorabilia and costumes. With a firm belief in supporting our troops, law enforcement and first-responders, he implemented our “Heroes’ Discount,” which is still honored to this day.

Retiring in 2013, Ken sold the company to a local Austin couple who wanted to keep the spirit of Banana Bay alive. Faced with changes in trends and demands, the couple re-branded from a surplus store to a hard-use tactical store and, thus, Banana Bay Tactical was born. It was then acquired by Native Commerce in 2016 as a basis for online retail, building on the fundamentals of an iconic Austin-based storefront.