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Discussion in 'Military Surplus' started by coolhandluke, Mar 28, 2014.
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.
I would like to find the leather chin strap to replace on my fathers WWII steel helmet. Anyone have a suggestion?
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.
Yes, but unlike others, you've made a study of it.
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):
Some shots of the fixed bale (raised bar brass buckle, CAPAC liner with green buckle liner chin strap)
Some shots of the swivel bale (Westinghouse liner with late war blackened brass chin strap buckle)
WWI era M1917 helmet (Painted with 91st Infantry Division Pine Tree insignia, modified for experimental Wilmer eye shield attachment.)
A couple M1-C Airborne helmets...
Vietnam era M1-C
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.
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.