Original U.S. WWII Vietnam War M1 Helmet with PRT-4 / PRR-9 Squad Radio Set and USMC 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 stainless steel rim. 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).
This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original Vietnam War parts and the shell has all original corked grain paint.
The liner is correct high pressure 1960s issue liner. The the rigging is intact and in great shape, with nice sweat band. The USMC Mitchell Pattern cover is original and in very good condition. It has some stains and small holes around the edge, but is definitely solid. It is marked on the underside of one of the flaps:
COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE
CONTRACT NO. 9085
Contract number 9085 dates to 1965.
Also included is a genuine Vietnam War Era issue AN/PRR-9 radio receiver already mounted to the helmet offered in very good condition. It has not been tested for functionality but appears complete and undamaged. These receivers were intended to work with the PRT-4 squad radio transmitter. They were intended to replaced the bulky PRC-6, which had been in use since the Korean war. Also included is a transmitter AN/PRT-4A which carried in the hand or on the belt. It is missing the battery.
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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