M17 Series Mask, CB protective
The M17 field protective mask currently in use survives from technology of the early sixties. This is the mask most Marines train with and entrust their lives to on a regular basis.
The mask is made of butyl rubber, is very hot and doesn't fit the face very well. The M17 series FPM assembly includes the mask, the M15A1 carrier, two lens outserts, and the M1 waterproofing bag. It is made of molded rubber with filter elements in each cheek, plastic eye lenses, and voicemitter outlet valve in front. The A1 and A2 models include the capability to drink water while masked. The mask protects the wearer's face, eyes, and respiratory tract against field concentrations of CB agents. The mask is replaced by the M40 FPM.
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