Exotac MATCHCAP Survival Match Case w/ Striker (Aluminum Waterproof Capsule) Gun Metal ET1003GUN

MANUFACTURER: Exotac Survival Products
MPN: 1003GUN
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Exotac 1003GUN MatchCap, Gunmetal Gray. The MATCHCAP is a nearly indestructible waterproof match case for storing matches and other fire starting material. By integrating the red-phosphorus striker into the threaded are of the capsule, we created an innovative solution for having to pack separate match strikers. To ensure our match case was going to be the best out there, we added a concealed o-ring, durable square threads, a bottom strike-anywhere striker, and a high-end aesthetic to bring it all together.

The MATCHCAP can carry all sizes of matches from the standard kitchen strike-on-the-box to NATO lifeboat matches and even the extended length stormproof matches. With the dual-striker design you can use safety matches, strike-anywhere matches, or a combination of two. An O-ring keeps both the matches and the red phosphorus (strike-on-the-box) striker dry.

The inside of the MATCHCAP is larger at the bottom. Place the majority of your matches tip down with a few tip-up for maximum capacity.

Caution: Do not overfill the MATCHCAP. Leave approximately 1/4 of the volume empty. When using the phosphorus striker on the top of the MATCHCAP it is advisable to strike from the top (opening) towards the O-ring. This will prevent any stray sparks from entering the inside of the MATCHCAP.


  • Waterproof, safe and redundant match striker design
  • Replaceable striking pads
  • Works with both safety and strike anywhere matches
  • Holds matches up to 72mm in length
  • Square threaded cap for maximum durability
  • Unique lanyard attachment allows for two 550 paracord loops
  • Waterproof to depths >5 meters
  • Lightweight aircraft grade 6061 aluminum construction Anodized and laser engraved for durability
  • Unique knurl for grip and use with strike anywhere matches
  • Matches are NOT included

Exotac Survival Products - 1003GUN Specifications:

  • Diameter:
  • Match Capacity:
    Length: 3.30"
  • Kitchen Matches:
  • Weight:
    0.78 oz.
  • Stormproof:
  • Strikes:
    10-20 per pad
  • NATO:
  • Designed in the USA
  • Manufactured in China

Package Includes:

  • Match case
  • Extra O-rings
  • Extra match strikers
  • Instruction Manual

About Exotac Outdoor Gear... Exotac, Inc. is what happens when Engineers and guys-who-love-the-outdoors are combined. They are a privately held, family owned small business based out of Buford, Georgia. The company was started by a Purdue Engineering graduate with a passion for all things man and earth made. They combined some aluminum with a little dirt and the rest is history!

Their vision is based upon designing extraordinary, high-quality and unique outdoor products. They spare no expense and make absolutely no compromises when it comes to product design and manufacturing quality. Their products are not mass-manufactured by the lowest bidder. They manufacture each product in smaller quantity runs which allows them to make improvments along the way.

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Your Rating: 5
Tom Tuzza on 12/04/2011 01:41pm
Very rugged and durable!

The Exotac Matchcap Survival Matchcase plus Striker is a very rugged, durable and waterproof match holder. It comes with three strikers: phosphorus, rough texture and strike anywhere striker. I always recommend carrying a striker from the brand of matches that you carry as not all matches will work with all types of strikers. You would not want to find this fact out when it is too late. I carry REI Storm Proof matches and the Exotac will hold 10 matches and one spare striker.


Length - 80mm
Weight - 26g
External Diameter - 23mm
Internal Diameter - 15mm taper to 20mm
Holds matches up to 72mm in length
Capacity - 10 REI Storm Proof matches OR 16 NATO matches OR 20 kitchen matches
Waterproof to depths of >5 meters
Construction - lightweight aircraft grade 6061 aluminum
Lanyard capability - the Exotac does not come with a lanyard but there is a lanyard attachment location at the top of the cap.

The Exotac Matchcap is a very expensive piece of gear but if I am cold and wet and pull a match out of this container that starts a lifesaving fire then I am very glad to pay the price. Yes, you can get a plastic waterproof match container for about a buck but it can break and won't hold the REI Storm Proof match which is a longer match compared to other brands.

Overall, I recommend this product and keep it in my gear.
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