USMC Gas Mask.

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    USMC Gas Mask.

    Post by parafal on Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:06 am

    The USMC went into WWII using the M1A2 Gas Mask , Marines in Pearl Harbor , Wake Island , the Philippines and Guadalcanal had them by their side.

    Here's a little history on the M1A2 Gas Mask:
    An experimental design from WW I, known as the Kops Tissot Monro (KTM), was standardized as the Model 1919 and renamed the M-1 Service Gas Mask in 1921. It came in five sizes, with fixed round eye lenses, a long corrugated rubber tube and canister, very similar to subsequent designs.
    After more than a decade of successful use, two improved models of the M1 mask were developed in the mid-1930s:

    1934: the M1A1 mask with replaceable lenses and improved exhaust valve, minor modifications to the head-harness straps and the mounting of the eyepieces. Five sizes produced.

    1935: the M1A2 mask with a one-size stockinet-covered rubber face mask with a seam at the chin. The universal size fit about 95% of soldiers; M1A1 largest and smallest sizes continued to be used for those who could not fit the M1A2 mask.

    Although rooted in the designs of WW I, the M1 series masks (M1, M1A1, M1A2) served until 1944, late in World War II. By 1937, Edgewood Arsenal was producing over 50,000 M1A2 masks per year, but all three variants were in use until declared obsolete in 1944.

    Here's the one i own , the mask's cannister and bag need some work to get them back in shape






    This is the bag and you can see the damage to it :



    And here's the bag next to the more common bag of the US Army the M2A1 Gas Mask , you can see the difference in color and size



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    Re: USMC Gas Mask.

    Post by Gemini on Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:48 am

    That looks fun to wear. alien
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    Re: USMC Gas Mask.

    Post by 5th AD on Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:41 pm

    Although used by the USMC in some circumstances this is a US Army issue item as evident by the "US" markings.

    Curious as why you label this a USMC gas mask?




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    Re: USMC Gas Mask.

    Post by parafal on Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:03 pm

    5th AD wrote:Although used by the USMC in some circumstances this is a US Army issue item as evident by the "US" markings.

    Curious as why you label this a USMC gas mask?




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    Because like you said sometimes these where used by the USMC and until i can get my hands on a USMC marked example this one will have to do.
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    Re: USMC Gas Mask.

    Post by Tyler Flint on Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:56 pm

    Asbestos in a can

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