Before going further, you might question why a gas mask needs a gas mask bag. Well, you see, a damaged gas mask is a useless gas mask. Therefore, gas masks are typically issued with gas mask bags that are designed to protect the mask from damage.
As noted, each Finnish gas mask bag offered by Keepshooting.com is an authentic piece of Finnish military surplus. These gas mask bags were originally designed for and used by members of the Finnish army, one of the three service branches of the Finnish Defence Forces, and would have been issued alongside the then standard-issue Finnish gas mask model M61.
>Despite being previously issued, each Finnish gas mask bag remains in great cosmetic and working condition, free from the rips and tears that would typically be associated with decades-old military surplus equipment.
The Finnish gas mask bag is constructed almost entirely from a heavy-duty canvas material that is available in two different colors – olive drab and brown. The bag measures approximately 12 inches by 11 inches and offers a wealth of storage space that can be used to accommodate the Finnish gas mask model M61 or other similarly-sized surplus and current gas masks. The bag is secured via an oversized closure flap with socket snap fasteners. Additionally, the interior is lined with three pockets that can be secured via a closure flap with metal snap fasteners. Presumably, these pockets were originally designed to hold technical manuals, spare parts, chemical detection papers, nerve agent antidote kits and similar items. Today, they present a wealth of options, including firearm magazines, tools, medicine and more. Other features include a 3/4-inch belt strap that allows the bag to be worn at the waist as well as an adjustable 1 1/8-inch webbed shoulder strap.
Another noteworthy feature is the inclusion of proof marks on each Finnish gas mask bag. Each bag includes one of two different proof markings (choice of marking is not available). Some feature the tower that is present in the symbol of the Finnish Defence Forces while others feature the letters "SA," which stand for suomen armeija, or "Finnish army."
It will probably infuriate hard-core Indiana Jones fans, but I really believe this bag has more advantages over Indy's faithful Mk VII bag. It has the frog eye clasps which I love and an interior pocket section with a flap closure, with side snaps, perfect for flashlights, cell phones, pocket knives, etc. The side strap ensures your bag stays close to the body when you bend over. The elastic band in the bottom of the bag is perfect to hold a military sweat towel, Kroma scarf or more modern Military desert scarf rolled up and in place. I placed a leather strap on one of my Finnish bags just to give it a more "Indy' feel and it looks great. I urge all to buy these now while prices are cheap. Good military grade canvas is getting scarce, and these little gems will be as popular as Stainless Steel Trangia Mess kits, and as rare, in a very brief time! Overall. Well made, durable and lots of room inside for daily use or outdoor hiking/camping or tomb raiding!
I needed a small shoulder bag for occasional day hikes and this bag filled the bill so completely that I ordered a second bag for my friend.
The bag gets its biggest workout, however, by being used to carry supplies for our homeless ministry. It holds plenty of food, water and clean socks for the people we encounter in our work.
Thanks for making such a tremendous bag available to us.
I actually bought two of these bags to store Finnish gas masks. I bought one brown and one green. The green one is as shown in the accompanying photos (with an internal divider which I assume is for holding filters), but the brown one lacked this feature. Both are well-made, however, and both included a set of mask instructions in an interior pocket (in Finnish of course), which was an interesting find. They easily hold a gas mask, extra filters and other small items. Carrying strap allows you to easily lug it all around if you wish. Very pleased.
I bought two in the brown so they look less "Army Surplus". Both came in near new condition and are very durable. Will make a great bag for gun shows, car swap meets, or an everyday "man purse" as needed. Can easily throw some mags, ammo and pistol in it for a quick range trip. Haven't figured out all the uses for it yet but I'm sure it will quickly become my favorite. Great bag for the price - Rather have the uglier rubberized French one for an actual gas mask bag and save this for nicer things!
Purchased a number of these from KeepShooting and have always been impressed with the quality and condition of these bags. The price is great and quite candidly you can't beat these shoulder bags for range, tool or everyday carry. Very pleased with purchase of this item !!!
Get these while you can. Great condition, I bought 2 one was brand new, one barely used. Perfect size for hiking, edc, computer whatever... only thing it needs is a shoulder pad if you carry a lot of weight in it. One of the best values in surplus currently available.
Great bag. I've added a camera bag insert so I can safely carry my mirrorless in it, as well as extra odd-and-ends I typically take with me. The bag does a good job of canceling what the actual contents (camera gear) might be. I was thinking about using it as a day bag on an upcoming trip to China. But I don't think the studs will provide enough "security" against a pickpocket.
I own two of these - the press stud opening is GREAT for quick access but if you overstuff the bag it WILL fall open and dump some things out.
This bag is designed to carry one specific piece of equipment, remember. Just take care not to overload it at the top, or add grommets and a little sidelacing to help take tension off the studs.
The strap feels a little anemic and will cut into your shoulders with heavy loads. Rectify this with padding or replace the strap altogether. The strap will probably outlast you though, it's well made and feels indestructible with normal use.
It works great for a tool bag its being used. The pockets on the inside the main pouch will fit two 30rd and on 20 rd AR mags if you want to use it for a ammo bag or range bag.
Ordered two, both arrived in never issued condition.
Ideal for transporting things I swore off buying import products, but KOS changed my mind.. Plus it works perfect for my mess gear.
Makes a great tool bag. And I found that I can fit two 30rd and one 20rd at mags in the inside pockets. Four 30rd mags if you're willing and know how to do some modifications to the inside flap if you're looking for that sort of thing.
will have to order more my twenty something daughter will not give my bag back its her new purse may have started something new
This bag is swell. It is modest in size, but high quality. The inside compartments/containment's within aren't like some of the really weird ones you see in Gas Mask bags sometimes. They are conventionally functional if you want to use this, say on travel as a walkabout bag rather than the horrible butt pack (or as the Brits say "Bum pack"). The condition of the one I got was excellent - did not look issued or used at all. Even smelled OK. The only real issue is the mildly annoying strap on the back (what you want with a field carry gas mask bag, otherwise not) that gets in the way if you use it as a shoulder bag. But that could be removed - I just wrapped it back on itself and it's OK. Good deal for the dollars too.
I ordered this bag to store my Finnish Gas mask, but I use it for more. I saw a guy at a gun show wearing one. I quizzed him about the mask, he said there is no mask inside the bag. He was using it as a carry bag for his gun show goodies. I use mine now for the same thing, parts, ammo, pistols, ect. I hate wearing a pistol to a show looking for a new holster or trying out a magazine in it and have half the show attendees ask me "How much you want for it"?(the gun) . This bag has plenty of room to store my stuff, but it is not too big. Excellent construction. Great for a small gear bag for your trunk. I am thinking about getting another. Can't buy anything made new that is this well made as this bag. Did have a rusty spot where it had laid on something for years. A little CLR removed the stain.
Very nice bag perfect size for a lot of things, put in my truck and hung around the headrest , fit perfect