P-38 U.S. Army Can Opener


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The P-38, developed in 1942, is a small can opener that was issued in the canned rations of the United States Armed Forces from WWII to the 1980s. Originally designed for and distributed in the K-ration, it was later included in the C-ration during and after the Vietnam War. The handle also doubled as a makeshift flat-blade screwdriver. The name ‘P-38’, derived originally from the 38 punctures required to open a C-ration. Our reproduction is stamped with the ‘Shelby, Co.” mark and is made in the U.S.A. A small punctured hole on the can opener allows for easy carry either attached to dog tags or a key chain.

Approximately 1.5 inches in length.

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Weight 1 oz


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