The military realized that they needed a bigger opener than the P-38 for the kitchen staff that were responsible for opening the larger cans that could feed more people. The military developed the P-51 for that purpose.
To purchase a P-51 Can opener for only $1.00, please go to Stamped Out's Catalog here.
Opener, Can, Hand, Folding Pre-1988 nomenclature
Opener, Can, Hand, Folding, Type II Post-1988 nomenclature
National Stock Number:
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Type II (P-51) can opener is intended for use by military personnel in the field to open military tray pack and round can components (Commercial No. 10 cans) of the 36-soldier Tray Pack Meal Modules.
Rockwell Hardness 47-55
|Military Specification:||Date of Spec.||PDF Available (click to view)|
|A-A-52203||06 June 1996|
|Military Drawing:||Date of Drawing.||PDF Available (click to view)|
|42 13 42|
The P-51 can opener is slowly getting phased out due to the new Meal,
Ready to Eat (MRE) and the Mobile Kitchen Trailer (MKT). In a MRE the
food is packaged in plastic bags that do not require the use of a can
opener and the MKT has an Opener, Can, Hand, For Tray Packs and Round Cans
(Military Specification A-A-52202) as standard issue.
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