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Gas Mask Request

Does anyone have any good recommendations for gas masks? I’m looking for something that would be cheap, easy to maintain, have abundant cartridges available on the surplus market, and sufficient to repel CS gas. Email me or comment below.

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  1. KP
    30 January 2011 at 23:14

    Finnish gasmasks from places like MaineMilitary.com . They take a 60mm thread instead of the 40mm NATO standard, but there are adapters, and MM can add them automatically. This gives you two filter sizes for one gas mask. They fit high on the neck, below the jaw line, so most facial hair isn’t a problem. Also, the filter cartridge is on the left-side of the mask, allowing a right-handed shooter to get down on a rifle without difficulty. The price is right too, around $15 for one, or they get cheaper when you order 3.

    — KP

  2. Dick B
    30 January 2011 at 23:22

    Maine Military Supply (mainemilitarysupply.com) has the Finnish mask and Israeli masks available relatively inexpensively. I have the GI M17A1 masks we used ‘back in the day’ and the filters are still a pain to change and hard to find. I plan to buy something better as soon as I can.

    Dick B
    Ol’ Top

  3. 31 January 2011 at 00:31

    Periodically I see gas masks for sake ( and filters / carts ) in Sportsman’s Guide’s “Military HQ” catalogs, also Major Surplus catalogs… they don’t say what level of protection they provide, so someone with more knowledge of what level stops CS would have to give you that.

  4. 31 January 2011 at 03:46

    An industrial 3M or Scott full-face respirator with organic vapor/particulate combo catridges should work, but I’ll confirm tomorrow from a few contacts I have. I don’t know about all-out chem/bio warfare effectiveness, though. Should suffice for CS/tear gas, and I know for a fact the combo works against bug bomb foggers… long story…

    Surplus stores are an obvious but not very consistent source, and with surplus you run the risk of supply drying up. 3M and Scott, however, are here to stay.


    • KP
      31 January 2011 at 16:32

      Hmm… I hadn’t thought of that for CS. The respirator that I have is significantly more expensive than a Finnish gasmask however, 300% more maybe? NATO filters should be relatively easy to get…

  5. Scout
    31 January 2011 at 17:48

    Try approvedgasmasks.com, look at the SGE 400.

  6. chicopanther
    31 January 2011 at 22:36

    I have an Israeli gas mask. It uses NATO filters, and heck, it worked for the Israelis when Saddam was launching SCUD missles against them.

  7. Bo
    1 February 2011 at 01:53

    +1 for Approvedgasmasks.com. They have good rationales to tell you WHY you need what you do, and why 99% of military surplus won’t cut it.

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