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Gas Mask

Thu Feb 06, 2003 11:15 am

Does anyone here own a gas mask? These days it might be a wise purchase.
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RE: Gas Mask

Thu Feb 06, 2003 11:19 am

Certainly not. A chemical attack is highly highly unlikely. And there just a bit too expensive. They look cool too.
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RE: Gas Mask

Thu Feb 06, 2003 11:29 am

It's no more wise than it was to buy a several thousand dollar bomb shelter that did nothing in the 70s.
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RE: Gas Mask

Thu Feb 06, 2003 11:44 am

If someone decides to end civilization as we know it, I want to be the first fatality.
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RE: Gas Mask

Sat Feb 08, 2003 5:32 am

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?
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RE: Gas Mask

Sat Feb 08, 2003 5:55 am

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.

RE: Gas Mask

Sat Feb 08, 2003 6:13 am

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.
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RE: Gas Mask

Sat Feb 08, 2003 7:37 am

I have a bunch that I collected in Ukraine and Russia. Some times I wear them when I use bug spray. Thats about it.
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RE: Gas Mask

Sat Feb 08, 2003 7:37 pm

I don´t, since I wear glasses. It´s more likely you need one if there´s a fire
in your home than anything else, than someone use chemical warfare....

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RE: Gas Mask

Sat Feb 08, 2003 7:40 pm

In Israel every person has a gas mask that we get from the army.
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RE: Gas Mask

Sat Feb 08, 2003 7:44 pm

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.
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RE: Gas Mask

Sun Feb 09, 2003 10:13 am

I have a few PMK-1's at home. I love it, play with it a lot. It makes me look attractive. I will be getting a newer PMK-2 from Russia soon.


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RE: Gas Mask

Sun Feb 09, 2003 11:12 am

I know some people who sell good masks!
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RE: Gas Mask

Sun Feb 09, 2003 6:53 pm

Well, the smoke hurt your eyes and makes you cough, so better to wear a gas mask and run through the smoke than without...
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RE: Gas Mask

Sun Feb 09, 2003 7:00 pm

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.
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