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U.S. M1 Helmet Collection

Discussion in 'Military Surplus' started by coolhandluke, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Brandi

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    Very cool!!
     
  2. coolhandluke

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    Thanks for the kind words Clay. There are quite a few guys on OSA that are much more knowledgeable on milsurps than I am. I'm not an old fart yet and only have a few years of collecting under my belt as you pointed out. :wink2:
     
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    I would like to find the leather chin strap to replace on my fathers WWII steel helmet. Anyone have a suggestion?
     
  4. coolhandluke

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    I'm assuming that you're referring to the leather liner chinstrap on an M1 helmet correct?

    J Murray Inc sells reproduction WWII chinstraps and NOS USGI postwar chinstraps. If you are looking for an original WWII green buckle chinstrap they normally run $75-$100 on eBay.
     
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    Yes, but unlike others, you've made a study of it.
     
  6. coolhandluke

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    I've added several more U.S. helmets to the collection in the last couple months and figured that I'd post photos of a few of the recent additions.

    Front seam swivel bale McCord (left) and front seam fixed bale McCord (right):

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    Some shots of the fixed bale (raised bar brass buckle, CAPAC liner with green buckle liner chin strap)

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    Some shots of the swivel bale (Westinghouse liner with late war blackened brass chin strap buckle)

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    WWI era M1917 helmet (Painted with 91st Infantry Division Pine Tree insignia, modified for experimental Wilmer eye shield attachment.)

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    A couple M1-C Airborne helmets...


    Vietnam era M1-C


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    Post-Vietnam M1-C


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    The first 2 made me feel right at home. I'll bet your wife just loves you. I'm knowing you have the entire 3rd bedroom full of memorabilia.
     
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    Now I wish I had kept the old steel pot I was issued before we went to Kevlar. I did manage to latch on to one of the first issued Kevlars. Who knows, it may be a collectors item someday.
     

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