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 Post subject: GP-6 Latex Gas Mask
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:32 am 

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This is a review in regards to the GP-6 Latex Gas Mask: ... tegory_id=

First off, due to the product description, I can say that these masks were not designed specifically for combat situations of the sort, since it was designed in mind of Russian civilians who might be caught in a nuclear or biological attack. However, I tried these out in a combat situation anyways while under fire by another individual who was using a scoped rifle that fired quick moving .20 mm BB's.

The GP-6 gas mask has a make of a modified GP-5 that was used during the cold war era and is more common than this model. Though the skull cap is almost exactly the same, the GP-6 features open ear slots and a voice amp as well as a black, white, and sometimes, even a gray material since they were made in massive quantities for their purpose. The skull cap having open ear slots, is a good idea at first for enabling individuals to easily hear orders or alerts from nearby civilians or officers alike, but when wearing this mask it can sometime become an issue as the latex sometimes rubs up against your ear during fast runs making it uncomfortable at times and requires adjustment in order to fix this, but after awhile, you will either properly adjust the mask, or simply get used to it. When taking the mask off, these cuffs also become an irritation as they will rub up against and cling to your ears, but this remains a minor issue that can be resolved with extra care when removing or applying the mask.

The voice amp that is affixed to the mask, is a pretty decent amp for being a civilian modeled gas mask, it is not as powerful as the combat versions used for Russian infantry and officers, but it still has a clearly heard and understood range of about 6 feet when used properly.

The quality of the mask remains the same for the older GP-5 models, but I find the black versions more comfortable than the white latex since these are made with a more rubbery material. Also, since it is made in memory of the GP-5 model, it does retain the 'Aardvark,' face modeling, which makes the mask somewhat a difficulty when using a two handed firearm, but works perfectly fine with practice or when switched out with a sidearm instead. The mask retains its seal when using quick footwork as necessary in survival tactics while under fire, and does not shake or move around as much as the GP-5 sometimes has the habit of doing since the snout seems a bit smaller on the GP-6.

The filter is pretty much the same as all the other masks that use an external filter, great quality, great filtration with smoke and exhaust, and do not clog at all unless you forgot to unplug the mask or get an extreme amount of mud constricted into the filters.

The lenses are that of the GP-5 also, but somehow have less of a chance of fogging while running or while in humid or damp environments during use, which is always a plus.

All in all, this mask is a huge improvement for those looking to replace the GP-5 but without spending too much cash. The make of it is great, and will function very well in the usual humid, wet, and dry environments with no notable kinks in the system.

The GP-6 gets an 8.0/10

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