P38 Can Openers, Shelby USA, about 6 pounds total packaged weight, great for campers, scouts, hobbiest , door prizes at VFWs, Legions, veteran organizations. Each P38 is stamped U. We sell these also in quantities of 25 to 500 also great for militaria, sports show venders, etc.The Greatest Army Invention: History of the P38. It was developed in just 30 days in the summer of 1942 by the Subsistence Research Laboratory in Chicago. And never in its history has it been known to break, rust, need sharpening or polishing. Perhaps that is why many soldiers, past and present, regard the P-38 C-ration can opener as the Army's best invention. C-rations have long since been replaced with the more convenient Meals, Ready to Eat, but the fame of the P-38 persists, thanks to the many uses stemming from the unique blend of ingenuity and creativity all soldiers seem to have. "The P-38 is one of those tools you keep and never want to get rid of, " said Sgt. Scott Kiraly, a military policeman. I've had my P-38 since joining the Army 11 years ago and kept it because I can use it as a screwdriver, knife, anything. The most vital use of the P-38, however, is the very mission it was designed for, said Fort Monmouth, N.
"When we had C-rations, the P-38 was your access to food; that made it the hierarchy of needs, " Baerman said. Then soldiers discovered it was an extremely simple, lightweight, multipurpose tool. I think in warfare, the simpler something is and the easier access it has, the more you're going to use it.The P-38 had all of those things going for it. The tool acquired its name from the 38 punctures required to open a C-ration can, and from the boast that it performed with the speed of the World War II P-38 fighter plane. "Soldiers just took to the P-38 naturally, " said World War II veteran John Bandola. It was our means for eating 90 percent of the time, but we also used it for cleaning boots and fingernails, as a screwdriver, you name it.
We all carried it on our dog tags or key rings. When Bandola attached his first and only P-38 to his key ring a half century ago, it accompanied him to Anzio, Salerno and through northern Italy.It was with him when World War II ended, and it's with him now. "This P-38 is a symbol of my life then, " said Bandola. The Army, the training, my fellow soldiers, all the times we shared during a world war. On occasional evenings, Marines gathered near Paquet's duty position on the fantail for simple pleasures like Cokes, cigarettes, conversation and C-rations. " It was during one of these nightly sessions that Paquet came in contact with the P-38, or "John Wayne as it's referred to in the Navy. Paquet still carries his P-38, and he still finds it useful. While driving with his older brother, Paul, their car's carburetor began to have problems.
"There were no tools in the car and, almost simultaneously, both of us reached for P-38s attached to our key rings, " Paquet said with a grin. We used my P-38 to adjust the flow valve, the car worked perfectly, and we went on our merry way. " Paquet"s P-38 is in a special box with his dog tags, a. "It will probably be on my dresser until the day I die, " Paquet said. The feelings veterans have for the P-38 aren't hard to understand, according to 1st Sgt.Steve Wilson of the Chaplain Center and School at Fort Monmouth. "When you hang on to something for 26 years, " he said, it's very hard to give it up. That's why people keep their P-38 just like they do their dog tags.
It's become part of you. You remember field problems, jumping at 3 a. A P-38 has you reliving all the adventures that came with soldiering in the armed forces. Yes, the P-38 opened cans, but it did much more. Any soldier will tell you that.
Items since more and more people are putting them in their military & medal displays or their P-38 collections. P-38 collections don't cost too much and don't take up much space and they're a lot of fun finding the hard to get ones. I've had the same P-38 on my key-ring ever since my first Boy Scout camping trip when my Scoutmaster gave it to me to open the big cans of peaches for the delicious cobbler he would make over the campfire in a huge cast iron skillet. I can still taste that delicious cobbler as we sat around the campfire before crawling into our sleeping bags. My Scoutmaster was a WWII and Korean War veteran that knew how handy the little P-38s were and he gave one to every new member of the Scout troop on their first camping trip.
Recently P-38s have added a new role to their long list of uses. Shelters and organizations that aid the homeless hand them out and also they were included in the humanitarian relief packets dropped into Afghanistan.I've also been told they have been handed out here in the USA by relief organizations after natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, storms and floods) for when the power is out and electric can openers no longer work. A P-38 is a lesson in simplicity at it's best. Copied from jack flak 6.
Don't you wish everything in life could be as simple and useful as a P-38. List of P-38 Uses By Steve Wilson, MSG Proponent NCO, Dept of the Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains, The Pentagon.Scrape Around Floor Corners 9. Clean Out Groove on Tupperware lids 11.
Reach in and Clean Out Small Cracks 12. Scrape Around Edge of Boots 13. Gut Fish (in the field) 15. Scale Fish (in the field) 16. Test for Doneness When Baking on a Camp Fire 17.Scrape Pans in the Field 20. Lift Key on Flip Top Cans 21. Clean Sole of Boot/Shoe 26. Copied from jack flak 6 37. Save as a Souvenir 38.
Rip Off Rank for On-the-Spot Promotions. Stored in a Pet and Smoke Free home. The item "P38 P-38 Shelby Can Opener 500 Case Survival Mess Kit Military USMC Army USA" is in sale since Monday, August 22, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Surplus\Personal, Field Gear\Mess Kits". The seller is "jackflak6" and is located in Bear, Delaware.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Viet nam, Uruguay, Cambodia.