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The P.C. 38 is a cheap Italian civilian gas mask.

The I.A.C. (and very rarely Pirelli) variant is the 22nd gas mask approved by the S.C.M. (Servizio Chimico Militare, chemical military service) on 22 July 1938.


Pirelli P.C. 38


Pirelli kit

The Superga variant is the 27th gas mask approved by the S.C.M. (Servizio Chimico Militare, chemical military service) on 13 March 1939.

The mask saw use both as a passive civilian mask and as an active civilian one by the UNPA, especially during 1942 and 1943, due to the lack of other better-suited masks.

Mask overview Edit

The facepiece is made of this mask is a very cheap rubber which tends to melt over time if exposed to UV light. It has a panoramic visor. It uses the standard exhale system for Italian masks and an intake thread slightly facing leftward. It uses a two straps system, which are the continuation of the facepiece.


P.C. 38 instructional pamphlet

Filter Edit

This mask uses an I.A.C. (Industria Articoli Caucciù, Rubber Articles Industry) and usually comes with a "training filter", a red screw-on gadget which had both a female and a male screw thread. The filter was stored with a paper disc on its intake.


P.C. 38 with its full kit

Kit Edit

Like many other Italian civilian masks, the P.C. 38 came in a card box with the filter, the training filter, the pamphlet, the cloth bag and the anti-fogging soap.


P.C. 38 with a Superga filter

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