Original U.S. Vietnam War M1 Helmet with USMC Reversible Camouflage Cover
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 the produced without paint was a liability.
This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original Vietnam War parts and the shell has the original dark OD Green finish on the inside, with a dark blue or black finish on the outside under the cover. The helmet's heat lot code is visible, which appears to be 1 0251, definitely well past WWII and Korean war codes.
The liner is correct high pressure late 1960s issue liner, which features a simplified rigging without any lacing in the center. This allowed for a much sturdier design, adjustable via buckles at the ends of the three straps. The sweatband is good condition, and the rear is marked with the correct Vietnam Era stock numbers. The liner chin strap is unfortunately missing.
The shell chin strap is original, and the USMC cover is original and in very good condition. It has some stains and dirt, as well as wear around the edge, but is definitely solid. It is marked on the underside of one of the flaps with the contract information:
COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE
CONTRACT NO. 9196
BSA, BPSG, DIR OF MFG.
These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine Vietnam War issue ones from the USMC. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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