Original U.S. 1980s United Nations U.N. M1 Steel Helmet with Liner

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of a US M1 Helmet with original United Nations markings. The helmet is in the very last configuration of the M1 helmet to be used by the United States Military, with updated nylon chinstraps, which were introduced in 1975. The liner is the very last pattern, with removable webbing. The liner is dated 1983.

The shell is devoid of maker marks, but is marked with the soldier’s name it was issued to “St Laurent 935”. This marking also appears in the liner as well.

The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the United States military from World War II until 1985, when it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet. For over forty years, the M1 was standard issue for the U.S. military. The M1 helmet has become an icon of the American military, with its design inspiring other militaries around the world.

Vietnam War era M-1 helmet shells have a set of swivel (movable) chinstrap loops called bales and a stainless steel rim with a rear seam. These rims were both rust resistant and had non-magnetic qualities that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass).

These shells were for the most part identical to late war manufactured helmets, and the only real way to identify them is with the heat lot code. The code on this helmet is I 1537, indicating that the shell was manufactured by Ingersoll, which produced helmet shells for the Vietnam war along with McCord.

This is a relatively scarce US helmet which is sure to find a place even amongst the most extensive M1 Helmet collections.

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