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French ARF-A Gas Mask with Carrier Bag, Surplus

French ARF-A Gas Mask with Carrier Bag, Surplus

Price 29.99 USD excluding VAT

A modern (read: actually made for humans and doesn't contain asbestos) gas mask for a modest price! Despite being of French origin, these are proper good stuff. Not sold for any actual use, as the masks are used and the filters are past their expiration date. A carry bag included!

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A modern (read: actually made for humans and doesn't contain asbestos) gas mask for a modest price! Despite being of French origin, these are proper good stuff. Not sold for any actual use, as the masks are used and the filters are past their expiration date. A carry bag included!

We called these Polish MP-5 masks initially, because they were sold to us as such and the differences between the two are small. Upon closer inspection these were French after all.

Modern French army stuff

The French ARF-A gas mask is made of proper stiff butyl rubber and it has a wide, flexible panoramic view. This mask is a long way from crappy but admittedly weirdly sensual rubber hoods of the near past. Its fit and ergonomics are designed not to interfere with helmet use and weapon handling, and doffing and donning is fast thanks to the good adjustment strap system on the back.

Filter

The filter is included and represents original French design. These have expired sometime in the 2000s, so the only protection we can guarantee is a spiritual one. These do not contain asbestos, they're that new manufacture. Filter models may vary a bit. The threads are 40 mm NATO, so most filters will fit. If you want a filter for real use, we have the Scott model available at the time of writing.

Rubber is the bag

The carrying case is rubberized and can be carried on equipment with its attachment loops (some are more vintage style with metal buckles and hooks, some are kinda like MOLLE). It will take in the mask with its accessories but can be used for many other purposes requiring a weatherproof bag.

Condition

These are used but in good shape. Military surplus gas masks are NOT sold for any actual protective purposes, only as collectibles.

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I would not recommend to a friend

22.03.2020
I got 4 of the khaki Ones but 2 of them was in such a bad shape I had to throw them away, 1 just feel apart when I tried it on ,the other one was a big crack on it. That 2 I kept was ok, but was so dry so the rubber inside falls apart if you touch it to hard, first time I buy something from varustaleka that was not worth the money, but still is my favourite shop.
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29.03.2020
va tuote.Vaatii kyllä näpräystä kireitten lenkkien kanssa.Juomaputki onkin sittes hauska:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t69ziquwbAQ
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05.04.2020 (Edited 25.04.2020)
Toimiva ja aika mukava kieltämättä. Schott 40mm suodin sopii hyvin. Mukana tuleva kassi on aika iso, oikeastaan liiankin iso. Maskin lisäksi mahtuu helposti pari isoa suodinta laukkuun. Silmälasitkin mahtuu alle juuri ja juuri.
Visiiri hieman kellastunut ja osassa voi olla vähän rasvainen, jonka lisäksi osa optista virhettä on visiirin muovin ominaisuutta. Osassa mun yksilöitä ok, mutta missään kuva ei ole terävä kuin ilman maskia.
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09.04.2020
Kunto on hyvä ja maski tiivistyy hyvin myös parran kanssa.
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09.04.2020
I've received two black specimens two days ago. Top condition and interestingly enough I've been sent two sizes, stamped on the forehead seal, 2 and 3 with 3 being smaller. Size 2 fits me comfortably and 3 fits the ladyfriend. Using amateur phrenology I've determined that the distance between bottom of jaw and center of eyebrow ridge should suffice. I measure roughly 13cm, she's 12ish. Take this info with the amount of salt required to preserve a salmon, but if these ever get back in stock and you ask nicely in the order comment, they might toss you the size you've asked for.

Also, if you measure your partner and they happen to be of German descent, explain what you're doing PRIOR to bringing up the slide rule. Shit gets awkward otherwise.
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28.04.2020
Ordered 2 and got size 1's. They fit well and are comfortable. The strap system is very easy to use, just insert the buckles in and around the notch and tighten. However, I would recommend to put the mask on at a 45 degree angle above and in front of your head, putting the straps on behind the head first and then pulling forwards and over the face. This gets rid of any slack on the harness and makes everything easier. The panoramic visors on mine were very slightly yellowed, but that's a given. Rubber was in good condition, but could always use some silicon lubricant. Sad that there are export restrictions to the US now, but that's understandable given the current conditions. The price is stellar for ~$30.
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04.05.2020 (Edited 04.05.2020)
Ordered two, got one in size 2 and one in size 3.
Size 2 fits ok my normal big nordic face, 3 not so much, better suited for a nordic female or a smaller normal male.
Size 3 looked used, 2 barely used if at all. (Poles are smaller than us nordics...)
Planned to use them as a cheap respirator while renovating my house, so atleast I got one that fits.
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I would not recommend to a friend

21.05.2020
Nice condition but did not have the exhalation port on the front, essentially rendering it useless. Nice as a collector's piece though
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29.10.2020
Got as a curio, I am an ex-NBC instructor and could not resists having a sand coloured one.

The one I got looks unused. Interestingly the canister had the civilian code for what it protects against A2B2E2K1P3, obviously do NOT rely on it still being effective.

The size issue is important, I got a size 3 and it only just fits me. If you want one for serious use you need one that is the correct size. So I took a star off the rating because it is not being sold by size.
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FRANCESCO C. 04.04.2020
What uses the Scott model if you want to send it to the USA why were you not send the Scott model to the USA
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Paolo A. 20.06.2020
Selection says it's not possible to ship to my country, why is this? FERNEZ can ship no problem.
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