P-38 Can Opener: WWII GI Can Opener

(7 customer reviews)


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The P-38 Can Opener was developed in 1942, a small can opener issued in the canned field rations of the United States Armed Forces from World War II to the 1980s. Originally designed for and distributed in the 10-1 Rations, it was later included in the C-ration. The P-38 is known as a “John Wayne” by the United States Marine Corps, either because of its toughness and dependability, or because of an unsubstantiated story that the actor had been shown in an as-yet-unidentified training film opening a can of K-Rations. The can opener is pocket-sized, approximately 1.5 inches long, and consists of a short metal blade that serves as a handle, with a small, hinged metal tooth that folds out to pierce the can lid. A notch just under the hinge point keeps the opener hooked around the rim of the can as the device is “walked” around to cut the lid out.

Weight 1 oz

7 reviews for P-38 Can Opener: WWII GI Can Opener

  1. Scott L.

    A well made,handy little gadget.

  2. John K.

    I ordered 3 of these P-38’s. Two for my re-enactment kit, and one for my EDC. They work great in a pinch when you don’t have a regular can opener

  3. Natalie

    Thank you!

  4. Thomas L Mannen

    just like the one i lost great price fast delivery

  5. Greg Adkins

    I’m very pleased with my purchase. Soon to be used at some re-enactments soon.

  6. Dean H.

    The perfect addition to any dog tag chain, a great price and fast delivery!

  7. Wes from 26YDHRG in NH.

    Repeat customer. 110% pleased.

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