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The M8 Snout-type gas mask was based on M2 and M3 facepieces with the lightweight M11 canister. With production of about 300,000 units, the M8 remained in use until 1958.
The M8 Snout Gas Mask was designed for use by assault troops where lightweight is the most important factor. The M8 is recognized by the canister connected directly to the facepiece at the chin position, replacing the hose.
The standard M8 facepiece assembly is identical to the one used for the M2A3 gasmask as well as the M3 and M3A1 gas masks. An alternate M8 facepiece was also supplied using a older type molded rubber facepiece with small differences in the webbing mounts, rifle skids, and neck strap. For full details, see TM 3-205 The Gas Mask (March 1951).
The M8 Snout-type Gas Mask had a specially designed carrier bag, the M10, made of waterproof cotton duck material. A flap assembly is sewn on the back near the opening. It can be closed by folding the flap over the opening and snapping LTD (lift-the-dot) fasteners. Two inside pockets hold accessories and the anti-dim set. Two flannel lens pads inside protect the gas mask lenses. Two strap assemblies are stitched to the bag.
The prototype model of the M8 was issued in a gray canteen, instead of the standard fabric bags used by the United States at the time. Allegedly, these specific prototypes were used as a training mask.Originally, the prototype had a fixed filter, but that was abolished with the M8.