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Old 08-04-2018, 05:23 PM   #796
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He's talking about the can openers Walther made for the German Army. It does take a little practice to shoot the lids off cans.

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Old 08-04-2018, 08:04 PM   #797
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Old 08-04-2018, 08:12 PM   #798
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Why, I never heard of such a thing! Must've been for old-time soldiers who ate C-Rations out of cans. I was raised on MREs and LRPs.

I may have eaten some C-rations; but, choose not to remember.
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:30 AM   #799
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:54 AM   #800
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When I entered the US military, it was transitioning from Meal, Combat, Individual (MCI) to Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE). The former being in cans, the latter in retort pouches. The MCI was the successor to the C-Ration and they were very much alike with both being canned goods. There were times when I was issued a mixture of both; until, the stockpile of MCIs was exhausted.

I never heard anyone call an MCI by that name though, everyone still called them C-Rations. I supposed they felt the "C" might as well imply "Canned" rather than just being an alphabetic type designator. It was much like the situation with "Jerry" cans which derives from jeroboam; but, sounds (i.e. Gerry) like it could be associated with the Germans who were primary users of them.

The canned ration meal was packed in a cardboard box with food accoutrements and accessories. A dozen boxes came in a cardboard case. A few P38s, in individual pouches, were loosely tossed into each case. They neither came in each boxed meal nor were there enough for each meal in the case since they were expected to be reused and those in the case intended as replacements for lost, damaged, or worn out ones.

I would go through the discarded case boxes and scarf up the unclaimed P38s. I left military service with a bag of about 50 of them which I gave away to family and friends. They were novelties to most. Some actually used them for outdoors adventures like camping in which canned goods were still popular. They have a hole in them for wear on a keychain or neck chain (with dog tags). While they were small and light, they had one major drawback they lacked a corkscrew. US Military Vietnam Era Can Opener with Corkscrew
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:45 AM   #801
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Got about a half dozen of 'em.

Don't know where any of them are.
I have a few leftovers from my brother when he was in the Army. I was on a camping trip and left my can opener, but had my p38 on the key fob. Well it doesn't work like it looks try the opposite and it opens cans. Unfortunately I had never used it and it was a decoration. How hard could it be?

Well I ended up cutting open a few cans with my knife before I figured it out.
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:49 AM   #802
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Confused of Aylesbury here.

I'm puzzled by the reference to a P-38 army opener.

I believe that the P-38 was the Lockheed Lightning aircraft.

I crave a disambiguation.
Well whatever the hell number it was it was a reminder of my brother in the Army. I remember when Katz's Deli in NY advertised send your boy a Salami in the Army and my father did.
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:55 AM   #803
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When I was a kid we had an opener with a corkscrew like that. I doubt it was military issue, maybe the source for the military later on.

I had a boss at Boeing who was a Colonel in the reserves. He brought is some MREs he kept in the trunk of his car for emergencies. I opened a foil pouched brownie and as I'd expect for a brownie with miles on it the surface was crisscrossed with cracks. What I didn't expect was the cracks were lined with white. Close examination showed it was crystals of sugar I assume migrated from the brownie... or cocaine for morale.
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:00 PM   #804
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:30 PM   #805
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You could really fuck someone up with that thing. If stopped and questioned it's just a can opener in your pocket... if you wipe the blood off.
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:09 AM   #806
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I've got one with the buckle proof blue blade... of course the cork screw is bent.
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Old 08-06-2018, 02:21 PM   #807
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...it's just a can opener in your pocket...
No, I'm just happy to see ya!
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Old 08-12-2018, 10:38 PM   #808
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Don't have a P-38, Do know what one is, Do have a can opener that I've used to liberate canned food for my personal consumption.

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Old 08-13-2018, 05:05 AM   #809
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I have a p38 kicking around somewhere. No idea where, and they are very small and hide easily
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