The P.C. 30 was the first Italian mask made for the civilian population.

Mask overview Edit

The P.C. 30 was made of thin green rubber and it used the standard Italian 5 elastic straps system. The mask sported a twin exhale valve system which used a simple rubber disc, one for each cheek. Its filter was connected through an unusual 30 mm filter intake at the bottom of the mask. The later masks' filter intakes would sport the more standard 40 mm thread.

Filter Edit

The filter was made with various blocking substances in two layers, one of which was made of cellulose, which was regarded as very hard to breathe through. The filter itself was openable, allowing users to change the cotton layer and the other parts. To use the filter, the user was required to remove the card layer over the filter's intake.

This type of filter was discarded as new blocking substances were developed, and no other filter would be openable like this kind.

Foreign production filters made by L'Anti-Gaz are similar, but not able to be opened.

Kit Edit

The mask came in a metal cylinder with straps containing its filter, instructions, spare exhale valves, anti-fogging soap and the mask itself.

History Edit

The P.C. 30 is the first ever Italian mask designed for the civilian population and civilian duty before the main gas mask companies started selling their products to the civilians. The mask was used mainly for training the population on how to operate a gas mask.

Foreign production Edit

This kind of mask was produced both in Italy by Pirelli and in Belgium by L'Anti-Gaz, a Pirelli branch, which used the standard double layered rubber for the face piece (with the inside made of smooth rubber and the outside made textured) and produced its own proprietary 30 mm filters. This mask of unknown designation came in the same container as the P.C. 30, marked Anti-Gaz instead of Pirelli.
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