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  • #5295
    Tolik
    Tolik
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    I sometimes hear people worrying about having the right gas mask for different things , but as usual , it depends on what you want it for . I dont worry about all the chemical , biological /nuclear stuff , because the reality is , with what is in todays arsenal , you will be affected before you even realize there is a problem .

    That said , I wanted a gas mask for what I , in my situation is probably going to be the most likely event that I will ever need a gas mask , and that is civil unrest . I wanted something that would give me complete protection from tear gas and OC , used by the brownshirts , trying to get things under control , but I did not want to spend a lot of money on the darn thing . My solution ? The Soviet GP-5 , it gives you complete head protection , is fast to put on , just stretch and pull over , your done ! ( Oh ! dont forget to pull the plug on the canister ) But thats ok , the first time you try to inhale , you will know you forgot to do that .
    They are dirt cheap and unissued ( were in Soviet civil defense storage , now being liquidated by the break away countries ) . Like a lot of Soviet gear , it does the job with no frills , no more , no less .
    I would not trust it for all the modern crap I mentioned above , but then again , even the top of the line will only protect for 24 hours , more often than not . This will absolutely make you proof against tear gas and OC . Shop around and you do need to get the right size , they should come with the mask , a canister , a bag , and no fog lenses .
    The lenses are expired , throw them away and keep the tin , the canister is also expired , toss it away and get a modern industrial canister , I got a Mestel , but make your own judgement on this , the modern canister cost me 3 times what the mask did . Just Sayin .

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    #6175
    Hannah
    Hannah
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    member6

    Tolik,
    Awesome review, thank you!
    I own two of these masks. I will definitely purchase the canister you talked about.
    I also like the fact that they go over your entire head and they are a TIGHT fit.
    Hannah

    #6176
    Gypsy Wanderer Husky
    Gypsy Wanderer Husky
    Survivalist
    exprepper

    I was looking at these and wondered seeing you both have them. How do I go about sizing for a small child.

    Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
    George S. Patton

    #6194
    Hannah
    Hannah
    Survivalist
    member6

    Gypsy,
    My head is very small. I have to wear kid sized sun glasses. I think these masks would definitely fit a child!
    Hannah

    #6326
    Selco
    Selco
    Survivalist
    member6

    Gas mask is must have item.
    Here is Yugo army gas mask, still cheap to get here.

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    #6331
    Hannah
    Hannah
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    Selco,
    Thanks for that!
    I can also highly recommend the Finnish surplus masks, as well as the Israeli civilian ones (they run small but some are available in different sizes.)
    I don’t recommend the Czech M10M gas masks for women, children, or anyone with a small head. They are huge!
    Hannah

    #6342
    Toby C
    Toby C
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    member6

    British Army surplus S10 respirators can be picked up at relatively little cost and are a good piece of gear. I’ve worn mine in many a hazardous environment with no problems experienced!

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    namelus
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    If you get the face mask kind CBRN make sure to get plastic protectors.. the face plate scratches easily without protection it is hard to use one after a few months, has the look of frosted glass. a new face shield is a tough and expensive replacement where a plastic protector is $5

    After use make sure you change canisters if the burning type tear gas it rots the filters you dont want to find out the hard way you had a a failure during use.

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