P-38 Can Opener

My earliest recollection of using a P-38 can opener was while at FT Riley, KS for my ROTC Advanced Cadet Training Course, summer of 1981.  The Army was still using C-Rations for feeding while in the field at that time.  I will do a separate article on the history of C-Rations. The P-38, developed in 1942, is a small can opener that was issued in the canned field rations of the United States Armed Forces from WWII to the 1980s.  Originally designed for and distributed in the K-ration, it was later included in the C-ration.  As of 2013, it is still in production and sold worldwide, including at Major Dads. The P-38 is known as a “John Wayne” by the United States Marine Corps, either because of its toughness and dependability, or because of an unsubstantiated story that the actor had been shown in an as-yet-unidentified training film opening a can of K-Rations.  The can opener is pocket-sized, approximately 1.5 inches (38mm) long and...
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Product Review – Army Poncho Liner

My Army Poncho Liner The Army Poncho Liner is one of the most versatile pieces of material you could ever want to own.  It is lightweight, but very warm.  I’ve owned a poncho liner since first entering the service in 1980 and still have my first one.  My earliest recollection of using one was in Korea in 1986.  I used it as a liner inside my sleeping bag for an extra layer of warmth and believe me I needed it over there.   To this day, I keep one on our bed as a blanket and I keep an extra one downstairs in the closet.  Then when I have one of those winter coughs and I have to sleep in my recliner, I curl up under my wood patterned poncho liner.  If you come to our store right now, you can also see how they can be used as a makeshift curtain or backdrop. A poncho liner is a piece of field gear originating...
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Why do People Buy Military Surplus or Supply?

Why do people buy military surplus or supply? For one group of people (veterans) it brings back a flood of memories and familiarity.  They have used the clothing and equipment and know that it is better than anything produced by civilian firms.  We see many veterans who lost items years ago and now want to come back and start using them again.  In many cases they buy equipment merely as a keepsake. For non-veterans, they associate military clothing and equipment as being made to a higher standard of quality.  Everything has to be built to withstand a lot of repetitive use and abuse. How does military supply/surplus compare to high end street brands as far as price and quality? I believe for quality purposes military spec clothing and equipment will be better than anything you can purchase off the street.  As far as price goes, I haven't bought much high end, but here is one example.  A pair of Levi jeans cost approx. $60 but we sell a pair of Battle...
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Survival Kit Requirements

This is a list of basic items that are recommended for a basic survival kit.  I am combining lists presented by the Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross.  Both agencies recommend that you have a disaster kit at home, work and in your car since you never know when a natural disaster will strike.  Some of the items listed are available through our website. Many of these items are available. in our HQ Store. Survival Kit Requirements First Aid Manual – FM 21-11 or Survival Manual – FM 21-76 First Aid kit Blanket Flash light w/extra batteries CPR face mask Cold pack Battery powered radio Shovel Knife Compass Booster cables Fire Extinguisher Flares or chemical lights Bottled water Non-perishable high energy food or canned foods Aspirin and gauze bandages  Other items recommend by Army/Navy retailers that I know are: Multi-tools Chemical defense (Pepper) sprays Water purification tablets Hand warmers Gloves Signal mirrors Face paint Magnesium Fire-starters P-38 Can openerSu Sleeping bag ...
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