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Old 04-03-2014, 07:01 AM   #15
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I've got a half-dozen used one 3 days ago. I've never owned any other than manual can openers. P38s, B51, Swiss Army knives and 1 hand cranked.
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:50 AM   #16
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Mine says "US SPEAKER". I believe it is a Viet Nam era P-38.
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:59 AM   #17
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I carry one in my wallet.
Ouch! Must be hard to sit down. But then, you do have a lot of paper currency to cushion it with right now, having sold the trailer.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:56 AM   #18
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I carry the same P38 on my key chain that I used in Vietnam in 1969. They actually get smoother with age. Wish I could say the same for myself.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:42 AM   #19
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I have one on my keys as well, we used them in the Marine Corps. You can get them for 69 cents on line from budk.com .
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:06 AM   #20
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Being contrary is in my nature. I always carry a Swiss Army knife like this:
Cuckoo Clock Shop | www.cuckoo-clock.com | Victorinox knife - Picknicker - Victorinox - Nr. AH 0.8853
but with a Phillips screw driver instead of the cork screw. The can opener works great.

The folks at the airport made me mail it to my self. Something about not being allowed in the carry on, (stupid me).
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:29 AM   #21
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Thanks to the OP! I just broke my crappy gear can opener this past week camping in GA and was thinking there has to be something more reliable. I ordered 5 of these bad boys! Being in the Air Force in the era of MRE's our generation was robbed of this little gem of a tool! Thank you! I wonder what else we missed out on.....
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:08 PM   #22
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They were hard on the thumb. At the end of it's cycle, it was the oldest continuous item of issue in the military. Now days, Meals Ready To Eat come in a bag.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:19 PM   #23
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MREs in a bag? Next thing you know, portable microwaves:-)
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:22 PM   #24
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Ouch! Must be hard to sit down. But then, you do have a lot of paper currency to cushion it with right now, having sold the trailer.
I have so much stuff in my wallet I carry it in a
MAN bag..............LOL

Along with my medicine list. Folded, it takes a lot of room.
My hearing aid batteries. My pepper spray, mini flashlight,
cell phone, three sets of keys, and any loose change I might
have.

And on occasion two or three 9mm clips.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:03 PM   #25
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According to this the P-38 can opener was developed in 1942 for WWII use.
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The P 38 was part on the C ration system. All the meal items were canned thus an opener was needed. C rations were used in WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. The MRE replaced the C ration in 1980.
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I knew the compact can opener, just not as "P38". Until now the only P38 I knew of was Lockheed P38 Lightning.
Look how many things are called P38:
https://www.google.com/search?q=p38&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
- what is so special about those three characters?

To explain, I got to this thread only because I am considering buying some MRE's for our next trip.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:41 AM   #28
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Mine says "US SPEAKER". I believe it is a Viet Nam era P-38.
I have found those US Speaker openers to be of good quality in that they hold their edge and point better than the two on a card Chinese versions sometimes found in the camping sections of stores. The good ones can still be found at Army surplus stores and at Gun Shows if you happen to frequent those enterprises. If my competition stands in front of a drawer holding kitchen stuff including an old style can opener, and I have a P38 in my pocket, at GO I can usually open a can of vegetables or soup way faster than they can. Used to race the Boy Scouts in my troop all the time. We gave them all one ot two for Christmas one year. Lots of G.I. Stuff was real good and durable. Get one for your Go bag and Be Prepared.
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