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M-61 Finnish gas mask
#1
Hi all!

I recently won a large auction on ebay and it comes with an M-61 Finnish gasmask.

Anyone have these in their "stockpile" ?
Kodiak, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#2
I no expert on gas masks, but I do know one thing: Filters have an expiration date, and need to be kept sealed until use.

I'm sure it's better than nothing, but I wouldn't trust my life to it. I eventually plan to buy some newly manufactured, quality gas masks from Grainger at some point. I wouldn't trust my life to a surplus gas mask with an expired filter, and rubber that's soon to be dry-rotted.
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#3
I would not trust an old surplus gas mask, i've read several articles on survival sites that say don't do that.

I could suggest some ways to test it, but if the mask doesn't work, you will fuck yourself up real good. LOL.
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Valorius;43747 Wrote:I would not trust an old surplus gas mask, i've read several articles on survival sites that say don't do that.

I could suggest some ways to test it, but if the mask doesn't work, you will fuck yourself up real good. LOL.

So your saying it wont protect from normal riot control agents? Or it might but its 50/50 hahaha Big Grin

I see they have 60mm to 40mm adapters for standard NATO filters.
Kodiak, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Kodiak;43753 Wrote:
Valorius;43747 Wrote:I would not trust an old surplus gas mask, i've read several articles on survival sites that say don't do that.

I could suggest some ways to test it, but if the mask doesn't work, you will fuck yourself up real good. LOL.

So your saying it wont protect from normal riot control agents? Or it might but its 50/50 hahaha Big Grin

I see they have 60mm to 40mm adapters for standard NATO filters.

Well that's the question you have to ask: What are you buying this for? Just tear gas, or also for bio-chemical weapon attacks? Choose accordingly.
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Kodiak;43753 Wrote:
Valorius;43747 Wrote:I would not trust an old surplus gas mask, i've read several articles on survival sites that say don't do that.

I could suggest some ways to test it, but if the mask doesn't work, you will fuck yourself up real good. LOL.

So your saying it wont protect from normal riot control agents? Or it might but its 50/50 hahaha Big Grin

I see they have 60mm to 40mm adapters for standard NATO filters.

You definitely want the NATO filters from what i've read.

If you really want to test it, spray a good blast of pepper spray on a napkin. Put on and clear the mask, then hold the pepper spray soaked napkin a few cm from the fresh air intake, and just start breathing. If you can detect the fumes of the pepper spray AT ALL, it is not working, and you can throw it out. I would do that for at least 10 minutes to make sure. ANd make sure you really spray the napkin to the point it's saturated. And wear gloves. Do it in an enclosed area if you really feel lucky. LOL.

That won't test the whole hood and mask for leaks, but you'll at least know the filtration system is working good enough for CS gas, etc.

I'm willing to bet you can probably find brand new civil defense masks that work 100% on ebay for under $100. But i've never looked. I know i found commercial fire emergency units with a 15 minute oxygen supply on there for about $100.
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#7
From what I hear, you need a thread adapter to use the NATO filters with the Finnish gas mask. Just google it.
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#8
Yep. You need an adapter, but they're readily available i think.
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bac0nfat;43826 Wrote:From what I hear, you need a thread adapter to use the NATO filters with the Finnish gas mask. Just google it.

Yeah ive seen them online....they dont cost that much.
Kodiak, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#10
Just found this site that has plenty of 40mm filters and masks.
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