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    If memory serves, Coghlans offers a more -51 - like can opener, a bit longer and the end dished out into a spoon, all in stainless. But the basic premise of the 38/51s is dead on... simple, hard-wearing and nearly GI proof. Would there were more such tackle these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domeguy View Post
    Thank you OT. This is one small area among many I was lacking. I ordered 5 of the P-51 can openers that arrived today. One going into each vehicle with the car GHB, and one in each BOB at home,
    and put the other in the wood shop. Again, thanks for the reminder.
    Great, now I know where they're at in case I need one........neighbor.

    Never had much use for sharp objects in rubber boats. However one quick wrap of tape will suffice and render it harmless to said vessel. Then again, the navy had those in all lifeboat survival kits.....back in the day. We had canned water in the kits, yeah really, the lifeboat capsules were opened, inflated, tested and inventoried every 5yrs. The cans were later replaced with plastic containers.....which later sometimes leaked and evaporated. But then they got rid of the P38s, no need for it cause everything is plastic. Let me know when I start making sense..........
    Be safe.............the night is your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brownwater Riverrat 13 View Post
    Great, now I know where they're at in case I need one........neighbor.

    Never had much use for sharp objects in rubber boats. However one quick wrap of tape will suffice and render it harmless to said vessel. Then again, the navy had those in all lifeboat survival kits.....back in the day. We had canned water in the kits, yeah really, the lifeboat capsules were opened, inflated, tested and inventoried every 5yrs. The cans were later replaced with plastic containers.....which later sometimes leaked and evaporated. But then they got rid of the P38s, no need for it cause everything is plastic. Let me know when I start making sense..........
    Yep ; Going from metal canteens to plastic canteens. Metal okay. Plastic you could taste and smell the plastic as you drank.

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    I don't like Gatorade sold in those plastic bottles. But I do like their heavy duty plastic bottles. What I do is buy three plastic bottled Gatorade drinks..and pour them out.Then I rinse the bottles out and put water in them from the water cooler at work. Two of these bottles I keep in the door shelf of the fridge at work. The other I fill, drink, and rotate out with the other two from the fridge.

    The idea here is to always have two bottles of water on the ready line ...ready to go if SHTF while I am at work. On the way out the plan is to grab my BOB and the two bottles of water.

    The one empty is in my daily BOB right now right here behind me at this computer desk and I fill it up when I hit the clock at work as the cooler is next to the clock.

    Occasionally I will buy new Gatorade bottles and pour out the Gatorade and clean/rinse it out for water....swap them out.

    The other reason I like this type of bottle is that they have a wide opening at the cap and come in handy for one time use with some duct tape. This is secondary to it's use as a heavy duty water bottle.

    Agree with eagle about the plastic bottle taste..but they are handy in the Gatorade bottle form.
    I remember the metal canteens...with the removable food container with handle on the bottom of them.

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    Soooooooo, now we know what you do for work.......er, ah, at work that is. But I do like your plan.........always have a contingency.
    Be safe.............the night is your friend.

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    Was thinking about this from page 1 of this thread...by Katrina.

    I had mine in my wallet February when I flew back from taking care of DIL. No one said anything to me about it.Either they didn't know what it was or they just ignored it.

    The reason I say this is because my wallet is a set of PS 13 lock picks.

    http://www.gun-room.com/online/index...d&productId=17


    I've carried them with me for years and years now...daily. I have to be careful when going into airports, courts and such but try to stay away from the same.

    This is a type of thinking and skill for which I picked up from the olde timers at work. Saved myself a ton of monies over the years in locksmith charges...in opening my home, my garage and even my older cars and truck...when locked out.

    I have another two sets of them set aside in my other BOBs.

    Have a lot of keys on my keychain as well as my P38.
    I expect that they know what a P28 looks like under an x ray at airports...there are literally millions of them circulating around the country and world.

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