Care to share any stories from where or when you got it, my firs gas mask was about a month ago now, i got a Yugoslavian m1 without a filter from a surplus store in australia called aussie disposals, it had authetnication of use in the JNA Yugoslavian national army, so what was yout first gas mask?
Mine was a Czechoslovakian M10M, I was originally looking for a US M17A2. Since my cousin was issued one, back when he fought in the Gulf War. The surplus store I went to didn't have one in stock, so I got the M10M instead. But eventually, I did manage to get my hands on an M17A2.
Oh yeah, I have an MP-4B prototype, it was just caked in talcum powder when I first got it. Though I didn't really have much of a problem getting the outserts on mine. But the M10's on the other hand...never again... and to add more to the pain, I heard the PDE-1's are just as tough.
I need to get an M10, MP-4, MP-4M, and a Bulgarian PDE-1 then I own all the M17 copies. Then it's off to collecting the US M9 and its copies.
To me, I think the Polish MP-4 is. Since it's more or less a direct copy, which means it's compatible with most M17 accessories and filters (though I had trouble putting both the M6 and M6A2 hood on my MP-4B, since the exhale valve cover seems to be slightly longer than the one seen on the M17 series). Only drawback is that there is no drinking tube (at least for the MP-4 and MP-4M), and the only one that did feature it was the MP-4B, which was a prototype that was pushed aside rather quickly, and was made in quite a limited quantity (at least no more than 250 were made).
GP-5 I got it two years ago for Halloween and have been wearing it for Halloween ever since. I never used the filter because it made it fog up too easily. IM glad I didnt because I looked up what my gas mask was and heard about the abestos filter and stuff. Anyways im seriously considering spending my money on gas mask collecting.
I got my GP-5 first, Then I got an Israeli Respirator, Then i got a GP-7v. Planning on finishing the GP series, I need GP-2, GP-4, GP-5v "GP-6", GP-10, and GP-21. I have a long way to go, Also thinking about getting Avon C2 mickey mouse gas mask, I've seen a couple for sale (really expensive) and getting a VM-37. My M1 and M10 are coming in the mail soon.