Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
Many of these gas masks you can buy at military surplus stores and through survivalist shops are rejects from various militaries, and you'd do about as good without one. I really don't trust any ad claiming that the masks they sell are good quality; if they were such good masks, why do they have them and not the military forces they came from?
Saintsman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2997 times:
A Gas mask is no good without a filter and the filter only has a limited life. If you are going to get a gas mask then make sure you have a supply of filters and also make sure you can change them. If you think that it is easy to change without practice (and in a chemical environment too) think again. In my airforce days I've seen lots of people coughing and spluttering, when we used to practice in the GS gas chambers, because they got it wrong.
Yvr764 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
I would like to be corrected if I am incorrect, but aren't gas masks all but useless against some chemical agents? I seem to recall reading during the Gulf War that there are some nerve agents or some specific agents that a gas mask cannot protect against.
L-188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2953 times:
Gas Masks don't filter against fires. The Carbon Monoxide displaces oxygen, that is why firefighters have to use tanks.
I don't have a mask. But I did parlay a couple of used suits. At the time I was thinking they would be good to wear when hunting because the activated charcoal in them would block my scent when hunting.
I do have a filter mask for sanding or spraying paint. But I don't think that will qualify as a gas mask.
If somebody was to give me an M17 mask. I would take it. Figure it would make a neat Halloween costume.
Jwenting From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 2914 times:
Gasmasks are indeed not effective against all agents.
Modern agents often attack through the skin as well as through the respiratory system so the only defense is to wear a full protective suit.
Then again some agents can als eat (over time) through rubber and plastics reducing the time you can stay in a contaminated environment before you suit and mask become useless.
And of course there are agents that can't be filtered by most masks.