Military US P-38 Can Opener (M3803) + X-Large P-51 Can Opener (M3804) Combo Set

MANUFACTURER: Govt Military Surplus
MPN: P38P51
Retail Price: $6.29
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P38P51: GI P-38 and P-51 Can Opener Combo
Military Surplus

This is pack of two of the army's greatest tools, the P-38 Can Opener and the larger P-51 Can Opener. Each of these can be used for dozens of jobs. Makes a great can opener, cutting edge, groove cleaner, screw drive, clean finger nails, open seams and many, many more practical uses. Now you can have one of each size. Made in the USA by US Shelby (Make sure they are stamped US Shelby to guarantee made in the USA).

The P-38 Can Opener is 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.

The P-51 (2 inches long) is the larger version of the P-38 (1.5 inches long) and was often used by mess hall cooks to open the big trays and large cans of chow. The P-51 is a full 2 inches long. The added length affords more leverage and doesn't require as much thumb pressure to use. Some prefer them over the P-38s because a P-51 will open cans much easier and faster and will last much longer than the P-38. We recommend having one in every car, on every key-ring and included in every emergency survival kit.

Don’t get caught in a thunderstorm, hurricane or ice storm without a working can opener. The US P-38 and P-51 Can Openers are perfect for camping, hiking, fishing or for the survivalist in your family.

This lightweight, simple can opener can be a life saver In an emergency. The P-51 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.

Govt Military Surplus - P38P51 Specifications:

  • Stamped Steel tool
  • Can be attached to your key ring or dog tag chain
  • The ultimate multi-tool - 39 uses


  • 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.
Jay Anthony on 05/23/2016 01:27pm
Good all around can opener for the price keep one on my keys and one in my pack for hunting.
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