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A friend just gave this to me about 1/2 hour ago. It belonged to his uncle, who was in the Navy during WW2. It appears to be complete, as issued, lightwieght gas mask set.

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And the BAL ointment tin is full also. It's the first time I've seen the tin with the contents still intact.

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A friend just gave this to me about 1/2 hour ago. It belonged to his uncle, who was in the Navy during WW2. It appears to be complete, as issued, lightwieght gas mask set.

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Nice finding! Can you read the producer logo or name on the face piece?

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Nice finding! Can you read the producer logo or name on the face piece?

 

Looks to be either an M3-10-A1 mask or the M4 Mask. The M3 mask was purpose built and was the first to use the M10-A1 filter... the M4 was the M2 mask, re-filtered from the retangular filter to the cylindrical M10-A1 filter, re-hosed (Shortened from 27 to 18 inches) and with the M2 faceblank updated to M3 standards. It was found that the 27 inch hose of the M2 could be shortened to the 18 inch length used on the M3, and for every two M2 hoses you could get THREE M3 hoses by revulcanizing the two of the 9 inch sections cut from M2 hoses into one 18 inch section...

 

Just a bit of Mask trivia...

 

Wayne

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mpguy, you mean an M3A1 or M4.

They made an M3, M3A1, M4 and M4A1.

The filter is an M10A1 on all M3's and M4's

All M4 and M4A1 masks were olive drab in color.

All M3 and M3A1 masks came in Grey or Black.

I'm gonna say this is an M3 because it looks grey in color and because of the grill on the outlet valve.

The M3A1 and M4A1 have the flat (no grill) outlet valve.

 

Dan

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Wayne,

I stand corrected on a few things.

The early M3 masks originally used the M10 Filter, later using the M10A1 filter, so not ALL M3's would have had the M10A1 filter as I stated in the last post.

Also, once the M10A1 filter was adopted the M3 was officially labeled M3-10A1-6, you are correct Wayne on the nomenclature.

 

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Dan

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Wayne,

I stand corrected on a few things.

The early M3 masks originally used the M10 Filter, later using the M10A1 filter, so not ALL M3's would have had the M10A1 filter as I stated in the last post.

Also, once the M10A1 filter was adopted the M3 was officially labeled M3-10A1-6, you are correct Wayne on the nomenclature.

 

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Dan

 

I used that nomenclature as I have one I received mint, still in the box awhile back and that was the designation labelled on the box. I wound up doing a lot of research on that mask and its predacessors and derivatives... Most of what I quoted was from memory from my research. You might be surprised to know that the M-10A1 filter was still in use up through the M-24/25 armored vehicle and Aircraft crew masks into the 90s (I used them up until 1994 when I reclassified out of the Infantry and into the MPs) until replaced by the M40 series masks. A note of caution though... I did run across a study done that clearly states that the M-10 series canisters CAN cause chromium poisoning, Chromium being one of the active filter ingredients. I would be careful actually using one... even in mint condition.

 

Wayne

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it's absolutly a M3 because it has no rifle skid proteccting the lower harness straps. Actually one50, i have a M4A1 gas mask with grey faceblank made in 1942.. then i guess the question of rubber colour depends on when the facials were manifactured. the only thing i know for certain is that black neoprene faceblanks are M3 series..

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This picture should clear up anyone's mind of an M3 vs an m4, regardless of color at this point. I'll retract my Gray only color on the m3 for now :)

 

The top mask is the M4 series, notice the bottom head strap, it's actually riveted in the mask about an inch or so.

The bottom mask is an M3 series, notice the bottom head strap is riveted to a rubber tab off the mask.

You can take that to the bank, check you lower bottom straps and you'll know what mask you have.

I hope this clears things up for some.

 

Dan

 

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