The Israeli M15 Military Gas Mask is one of the most widely used and trusted gas masks on the market. It comes with impact resistant lenses, an internal drinking system, and is fully compatible with both the Israeli NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) filters and the NATO standard filters (40-mm threaded canisters). The Israelis have lived under a constant threat of chemical warfare and as a result have really taken the time to build a quality protective mask.
The M15 gas mask has a 20-year shelf life and comes with 5 quick-release head straps for easily securing and removing the mask when it’s needed most. The M15 even features a voice box to help remove the muffled sound of your voice from under the mask.
When we received this mask, it was stamped to denote that it was made in 1988, and so is 3 years out of date to be considered within the shelf life. Our mask came new and still holds a good seal, so it may still be effective, but if your serious about being protected you will want to look for a mask from the 2003 surplus (but be prepared to spend somewhere between $100 and $200 dollars). If you just want a fun mask to play around with, at $24, this is the mask for you!If you purchase a mask from the link above, you will also want to but the canteen and tube accessories. The mask has a screw off adapter for connecting a drinking line to a sealed canteen, but the canteen and drinking lines are sold separately. These arrived in new condition for us, but remember you to rinse out the drinking line and canteen before using them! If you already have a few canteens and just want to get the NATO standard military gas mask adapter cap you can buy the cap separately.
If you want a good resource determining mask and filter effectiveness we would recommend that you read the buying guide linked below.
WARNING: Some old surplus filters are potentially poisonous! Check this list before using any filters that are not certified as being new.
NOTE: Old filters will be ineffective towards blocking most hazards, and will most likely only be as good as your standard particulate filter when they are past their effectiveness date. We recommend using only new filters. You can buy new filters for a variety of masks from the link below.
If you opt to get the gas mask canteen, your also going to want to get a good canteen holster because the mask canteen doesn’t come with anyway to secure the loose accessory. After purchasing the above mask we found a nice package deal that includes a canteen, surplus filter, and mask for a cheaper overall price. There is also an Israeli civilian mask model that offers similar protection, but does not have the voice box and wide-angle lens features of the military masks.