Original U.S. Vietnam War Era Ingersoll M1 “Medic” Helmet Shell - Post War Repaint

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. 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 manganese steel rim. These rims had non-magnetic qualities that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass). In WWII the shells had Stainless Steel rims, however these would easily lose paint, and the shine produced without paint was a liability.

This helmet shell has good potential for being refurbished and fitted with a lovely Vietnam War era helmet liner. The original “Vietnam Green” paint is visible, but someone recently painted a medic’s red cross and artificially aged white circle on the front.

The helmet's heat lot code of I 8722 is clearly visible inside the shell, which indicates manufacture by Ingersoll Rand Products, who produced a total of 3,174,296 helmet shells between 1965-1968 during the Vietnam Period. Unfortunately the chin strap is completely missing.

Comes more than ready to be displayed.

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