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Large Mouth Military Canteen

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Katdaddy, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. Katdaddy


    Aug 6, 2007
    I was watching a show on Marine mountain training on the Military channel the other day. The Marines were using what looked like a regular plastic GI canteen, but it had a large mouth and a blue lid that looked like a Nalgene lid. Anybody familiar with these??
  2. bltjr1951


    Sep 30, 2007
  3. ROCK6

    ROCK6 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    They were experimental and as far as I know, they never went into production beyond that initial amount. I remember seeing some pop up on some tactical forum websites.

  4. Katdaddy


    Aug 6, 2007
    That explains why I have been unable to find anything on them.

  5. Brokensj


    Mar 5, 2009
    Never seen em. Still being issued 1 or 2 qts and cambel backs. However I am heading to bridgeport in may for Mountain Warfare Training Course. Pumped!
  6. sawc302


    Jun 24, 2010
    I saw the show about USMC survival training and saw the canteens you mention. I looked all over the web and could not find them. So I made one and I like it !

    I took a Nalgene 32 oz wide mouth HDPE bottle, (not the lexan model). I filled the bottle about half full with boiling water which softened the plastic and then stuffed the bottle into my GI canteen cup. I Then poured out the hot water and re-filled with cool water. The bottle now slides in and out of the cup just fine.

    The bottle and canteen cup fit in a MOLLE canteen pouch made by TRU-SPEC which I bought from Brigade Quartermaster.

    I also replaced the factory furnished bottle cap with a unit made by "Humangear" called the Capcap.
  7. wildmike


    Nov 17, 2007
    Sawc that is a great tip!!!
  8. kage


    Oct 25, 2006
    Sawc302, now that's a great idea! I like the fact that the canteen cups are larger than the Space Saver cups, and lighter too when you get the aluminum version. Plus you can get a solid fuel stove for the canteen cup. Any pics? This may be my next project!
  9. AZWaterRat


    May 13, 2008
    Sawc302, that is a great idea and i'm going to try it later tonight. Thanks for the tip. Have you guys checked out the Nato water bottle sold by bestglide.com? I own two and they are great canteens. They have a wide mouth top and fit into the crusader canteen cup. I don't know if they fit into the standard GI canteen cup though.

  10. kage


    Oct 25, 2006
    AZWaterRat: That's a pretty cool set up but I'm surprised to see the price of it. The complete kit with cooker is nice, but VERY pricey for what it is:

    A lexan Nalgene bottle (which is much better than that canteen) goes for about $8-10, a GSI Space Saver Cup goes for about $9, and an Esbit stove goes for $10-12 with a few fire tabs. It does include a lid, which is definitely a bonus to have, although a piece of aluminum foil costs next to nothing, is nearly weightless and last me multiple trips. The Zulu bag is a nice idea, but it's too bad that it doesn't include a pouch on there so that it can be made into a nice compact survival kit, or at least some PALS ladders so that you can attach MOLLE pouches. At least with a Nalgene you can get carriers like the Maxpedition and the rip off by Condor.

    I've seen a lexan canteen at REI. Does anyone know if this fits a canteen cup?
  11. A.W.U.K.


    Sep 27, 2002
    That's a standard UK 58 pattern bottle I think?

    I'm pretty sure they fit into the GI cup but I'm not 100% certain.
  12. BlueyM


    May 7, 2004
    58 pattern UK canteen is a different shape to the US GI canteen, and will not fit the GI cup.
  13. phaserrifle


    Apr 8, 2008
    I have a 58 pattern bottle (actually a copy, but it's identical in size and shape) and a dutch canteen mug (effectively a slightly scaled down version of the US model) and I can fit the water bottle, base first, into the mug. it's a fairly tight fit, but it's not impossible.
    I've never tried it up the other way, but I dare say it would still work just fine.

    edit: just tried it, the dutch mugs will fit over the 58patt bottles just fine, so I see no reason why the american ones shouldn't.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2010
  14. A.W.U.K.


    Sep 27, 2002
    I've got a Dutch cup and Dutch and US bottles but no 58pattern! Must complete the set :)

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