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As noted, each chemical protective hood offered by Keepshooting.com is an authentic U.S. Military surplus item. The chemical protective hood was originally designed as a complement to the M17 protective mask, a gas mask designed and produced in 1959 as a replacement for the M9 gas mask and intended to provide protection from the known chemical and biological hazards that existed at the time. As such, these chemical protective hoods were designed for issuance to members of the U.S. Military, especially those who served in the U.S. Army requiring such protection.
Each chemical protective hood is a brand new, never issued item and remains in its original factory packaging. As such, they are free from the typical rips, tears, stains and scents that are characteristic of previously issued military surplus. In other words, these chemical protective hoods are an excellent choice for those looking for moderate protection from mild agents.
The chemical protective hood boasts a durable vinyl construction that is designed for use in concert with a full-sized gas mask. To provide a fit that is both comfortable and snug, the chemical protective hood also features a cinch cord in the neck as well as Velcro® adjustable straps that are designed to anchor the hood underneath the arms of the wearer. The hood itself features two eye and two air inlets as well as a speech diaphragm outlet valve. When used alongside the M17 protective mask or the Czech M10 gas mask, the chemical protective hood provides enhanced protection from chemical and biological hazards that a gas mask will not provide on its own.
The only remaining interesting aspect regarding the chemical protective hood is the fact that the NATO Stock Number (NSN) is printed on the packaging. An NSN is a 13-digit numerical code that identifies all standardized materials of supply that are recognized by NATO countries. The NSN for the chemical protective hood is 4240-00-999-0420, which identifies it as a chemical-biological mask/hood. Presumably, its odd NSN exists as a conversion from the Federal Stock Number system that was in use from 1949 through 1975.
Though Keepshooting.com cannot guarantee any level of protection for the chemical protective hood as it related to nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological threats, we can confirm that it is a great display piece and collector's item. Additionally, it should provide some protection during everyday activities that may involve dangerous fumes and similar hazards. Grab your chemical protective hood today for just $9.95.
|Country of Origin||United States|