P-38 & P-51

Things a soldier would carry other than firearms, ammo, or uniforms. Meaning equipment such as ammo pouches, bayonets, holsters, oil cans, cleaning equipment, etc.

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P-38 & P-51

Postby Niner » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:40 am

Every American soldier since WWII has had one unless the MRE modern soldiers don't ever need one. But they have been around a long time.

I saw this link at a collectors site. What's interesting is the governmentease way of describing it and how to use it. It also gives the blue print if you want to make one.....not likely I'm sure. They can be bought one place and another cheap enough.


One of the government warnings was that you should "Sterilize opener before re-use". Yeah, sure. Although what was meant was run a match flame along the edge of it. Still.......nobody ever did that in so far as I can ever remember seeing. Combat soldiers had a lot of other worries on their mind besides germs. Maybe a quick wipe on a fairly clean part of a sleeve to get the lint or assorted grime off of it.


http://www.georgia-outfitters.com/p3851milspecs.htm
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Re: P-38 & P-51

Postby joseyclosey » Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:17 pm

Handy little tools, i still have a couple among my camping kit. I never sterilise them neither.

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Re: P-38 & P-51

Postby Sarge » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:35 am

So where is the P 51???
The early P 38s were dated, but that went away in about the mid 60s.
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Re: P-38 & P-51

Postby Aughnanure » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:35 am

Where can I get one?
I had one of the small ones from 'C ' rations for years till I lost it.
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Re: P-38 & P-51

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Re: P-38 & P-51

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat May 21, 2011 2:11 pm

I have 3. One in the car, one in my camera bag and one in my toilet kit :D One of the simplest and most useful bits of kit ever devised. :bigsmile: :bigsmile:
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