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Old 04-01-2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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Any one know what this is?

Only us older folks will know what the GI can opener is. I used this type for years during my early camping years and kept it in my wallet. Now available on the website.
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:14 PM   #2
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I knew it as a P-38.... but I'm 61 yrs old & ex-GI
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:22 PM   #3
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I carry one in my wallet.
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:42 PM   #4
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Have one on my key chain - and I'm not ex-GI.
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I'm 48 and l used one last week. Our hand crank one broke. Went to the man room and came back with the P-38.
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And I'm not a man.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:40 PM   #7
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The P 38, great item. Thanks for the post, I just made a note to self, put one in the Casita . I've had one on my key ring for 40 years and have used it a few times. Glad you can still get them online.
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Also called a "John Wayne" and there is a larger version, the P-51. The P-51 was used to open large T ration cans.

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I have one for use when kayak camping. They work well.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:17 PM   #10
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Only us older folks will know what the GI can opener is. I used this type for years during my early camping years and kept it in my wallet. Now available on the website.
Chuck
How much, including tax/ shipping?
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They're cheap.

Amazon.com: GI can opener

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=372726

You might find one in a Army Surplus Store.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:56 PM   #12
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I remember the ones from the T-rats and kick myself for not snagging one when I had the chance.
What I love about them is that you can open just about any can (i.e., soda cans).
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Tom, I was in the service from 72-77 but never heard or saw a P-51, only the 38's. I can't tell from the pictures what the difference is other than a mention of being SS ???
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I have always used one of those can openers for camping. They work as good as any larger crank type, but take up WAY less room, and weigh significantly less.
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