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The P43 is an italian industrial gas mask. On may 1934, it was the 2th gas mask approved by the S.C.M. (Servizio Chimico Militare, chemical military service) and started getting sold to civilians. The date of the first production run is unknown, but it was surely before or during 1931, probably during the late 1920s'.
Mask overview Edit
The P43's face piece is made of a two layers rubber, textured on the outside and smooth on the inside. The head harness has five straps, four of which are elastic. The eye pieces are made of "unbreakable" glass. The intake is a front facing 40 mm thread, to which a filter or a hose could be directly attached. The 2 exhale valves are stored on small cages on each cheek, and they are kept still by a threaded lid that can vary between the various production runs.
The filter Edit
The mask was issued with various filters, depending on the use.
The kit Edit