The other P-38


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So, just for curiosity’s sake, a poll.

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23 responses to “The other P-38

  1. Sadly next to no one knows what a P-38 is (at least, the one that doesn’t fly!)

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  2. I have three: one in the car, one in a drawer, and one in the garage. Hubby’s is in his box o’stuff :)

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  3. I don’t like carrying one on the keychain, because the blade sometimes opens up and stabs you in the balls.

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    • MikeD

      Umm… either you’ve got pockets in weird places in your pants, or you might want to get a doctor to check out your obvious medical condition. I’ve only been stabbed in the thigh or butt.

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  4. I wore my on my dog tag chain while I was in. Later, when I was in the Nasty Guard, I carried a Victornox Swiss Army Knife and rarely used my P-38, which was still on my dog tag chain. These days, now that I’m in CIVLANTFLT, I keep it on my key ring which I carry on a mini-carabiner hooked into a belt loop so I don’t have to worry about the blade coming open.

    Real men carry a P-38. I used to have a B-52 as well. That was just an oversized P-38. Similar to the P-38, it was marked B-52. I got the B-52 from someone in the Canuckistani Army.

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  5. jon spencer

    I have had my P-38 for over forty years now.
    It is carried on my keychain with one of my dog-tags.
    And I worry that I might lose them someday.

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  6. Clifton B. Sommer

    I had a P-38 that I had carried in ‘Nam, but it was confiscated by TSA in 2003. I have another now that I carry in my wallet, and a P-51 on a paracord bracelet I wear. Needless to say, they both get packed in my checked luggage when I fly now.

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    • **facepalm**

      There really is a special level of stupidity associated with some of the security theater about air travel.

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    • I keep mine on my main key ring and it’s been through TSA checkpoints 6 times now. The last at Vegas last year. I guess they just see the mass of keys and let it pass. The original I got from a case of Cs back in ’67 broke while I was in the Navy in ’74 when I was opening a can of Orange Soda while on Sylvania. The one I have now is the 3rd or 4th I’ve had. The rest didn’t break, I lost them.

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  7. By ” somewhere around here”, I mean hanging on nail in the kitchen. Just in case the power goes out or the electric opener dies. Again.

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  8. One in my dog truck, one in our forest fire bug-out gear. I think there’s a couple in the kitchen gadget drawer and I keep one in my sled bag. Quit carrying one on my keychain post 9/11.

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  9. OCCD

    I have one on my keychain, and a couple still in their paper envelope that they came in.

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  10. Buck Buchanan

    Wore it on my dogtags tucked into the dogtag silencer. Also have one in my car and 2 in my Scoutmaster’s cokking tool box.

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  11. I’ve known about them for a long time, but never bought one. Apparently there’s one “good’ provider an quite a few “cheapo” providers making them.

    …Never heard of a B-52 can opener, though… :)

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  12. SFC Dunlap (R) 173RVN

    B-52′s, or “church key” were required to open beer cans back in the day before pull tabs so both the P-38, and B-52 were pretty much required as in RVN we got a monthly beer ration (soda too). Anybody know how the P-38 got its name???

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  13. NavyDavy

    Think we used to call them John Wayne’s. B-52s were hard to come by.

    http://www.bestglide.com/p38_p51_military_can_opener.html

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