Military-style P-38 Can Opener (Survival Kit Genuine GI Army Can Opener) Made in USA M3803

MANUFACTURER: Govt Military Surplus
MPN: P-38
Retail Price: $2.99
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Ready for your next camping trip! The P-38 Can Opener is arguably the best Army invention ever! The P-38 is one of those tools you keep and never want to get rid of.

The P-38 Can Opener is a key chain sized and consists of a short metal blade that serves as a handle (and also a screwdriver to the resourceful), with a small, hinged metal tooth that folds out to pierce the can lid.

This lightweight, simple can opener can be a life saver In an emergency. The P-38 is less expensive, smaller, and lighter than the average can opener, making it a good fit for small kits or as a backup opener. Each is small enough include in any pack or attach to your keyring so it is always at the ready... stick an extra in your glove compartment, tackle box, travel gear, survival kit, stored canned goods or emergency supply kit. Measures: 3/4 x 1 1/2 Inches.

Govt Military Surplus - P-38 Specifications:

  • 1.5 Inch Stamped Steel tool
  • Can be attached to your key ring or dog tag chain
  • The ultimate multi-tool - 39 uses for the P-38


  • Can opener
  • Seam ripper
  • Screwdriver
  • Clean fingernails
  • Cut fishing line
  • Open paint cans
  • Window scraper
  • Scrape around floor corners
  • Digging
  • Clean out groove on tupperware lids
  • Reach in and clean out small cracks
  • Scrape around edge of boots
  • Bottle opener
  • Gut fish (in the field)
  • Scale fish (in the field)
  • Test for 'doneness' when baking on a camp fire
  • Prying items
  • Strip wire
  • Scrape pans in the field
  • Lift key on flip top cans
  • Chisel
  • Barter
  • Marking tool
  • Deflating tires
  • Clean sole of boot/shoe
  • Pick teeth
  • Measurement
  • Striking flint
  • Stirring coffee
  • Puncturing plastic coating
  • Knocking on doors
  • Morse code
  • Box cutter
  • Opening letters
  • Write emergency messages
  • Scratch an itch
  • Save as a souvenir
  • Rip off rank for on-the-spot promotions
  • Bee sting removal tool (scrape off w/ blade)

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Your Rating: 5
Bill Riggs on 02/02/2023 10:01am
That they work great, are light weight, & easy to carry on key rings, or other rings to keeps at hand to use.
Faye Turner on 06/05/2022 11:46am
Doesnt take up precious counter space! Convenient to have in case of power outage. Product arrived as described w/ quick shipping. Good value, would recommend.
Nicholas L on 11/16/2021 03:04pm
These are great! I'm going off on my second bike tour soon and I'm always trying to shave down bulk and weight. Sometimes I need to open a can of but carrying a can opener around for thousands of miles never seemed right. These work very good. Leaves a smooth lip on the can without any sharp pieces. Surprised I had not seen these in any of those YouTube videos of gear.
Mike S on 11/10/2021 02:58pm
I had a P38 in my rations, I wish I had had a P51 [larger] if you ever spent a minute in combat you ate a C ration meal, only a veteran will understand, I ate in the field of combat when we could, food was sometimes the last thing on our minds, but when we were hungry we had to open the damn cans, a p38 came in every meal, I ordered this to carry and remind me of those meals. A p51 is the larger version, I love it and will carry it the rest of my life.
James C. on 08/23/2016 11:36am
Just like the issue I remember. No reason not to have one in your glove box, tackle box, backpack, toolbox, or medicine cabinet just in case.
Stop beating up the tip of your knife and get the right tool for the job.
Patrick H. on 07/06/2016 12:08pm
Old school. Works like a charm!
Jay Anthony on 05/23/2016 01:26pm
Good all around can opener for the price keep one on my keys and one in my pack for hunting.
Lance Hall on 09/16/2015 07:02pm
these little things JUST WORK!! perfected I believe in WWII for the soldiers. This is a great addition to any survival pack, fishing, hiking, camping pack.very well made. I have had mine for 2 years and its just one of those no maintenance type items that always works perfectly.they are made by Shelby just as the picture shows, beware of the chinese made pieces of crap, they bend and the blades are junk. The reason you can get 10 of the ones made in china for the same price as 2 of these is because thats how many you will go thru in your life time, the Shelby ones you only need one, they will last forever. once again you get what you pay for, especially when it comes to the cheap china made product.
Gary Jost on 09/10/2015 02:04pm
If you ever used the P-38 GI can opener, you know exactly what this is. If you haven't, I'll give a quick rundown.
This is a keychain-sized folding can opener, that has been issued to US servicemen for ages. As far as I know, the military has made two versions of folding can openers, the P-38 (smallest) and the P-51 (largest).
This is the genuine USA made, military version. They are great to take camping, or to have in an emergency bag. They take up next to no space, weigh next to nothing, yet will open any tin can I have ever tried them on.
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