BACKGROUND: The M-1 helmet was developed as a replacement for the M-1917 helmet that had seen use since WW1. It was designed by using the crown of the M-1917, removing the brim and adding extensions to protect the neck, ears, and forehead. The resulting form was then used as a template for the production of a helmet body from a single piece of Hadfield Manganese Steel. The liner and suspension were developed after a modified Riddel Football helmet. The M-1 helmet was approved for production in June of 1941. Early models had solid loops (fixed bale) for the chin straps but they broke off to often and were replaced with a moveable hinged loop. The original rim of the helmet was made of stainless steel but it was found that the paint that was used would wear off to easily and leave a shiny reflective surface. To remedy this they switched to a Hadfield Manganese Steel and also changed the butt of the rim from the front to the rear of the helmet body. This change took place in October of 1944. The M-1 helmet had the best ballistic characteristics of any helmet developed up to then and could with stand the force from a 230 grain, .45 caliber bullet with a velocity of 800 feet per second.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early U.S. M1 Vietnam War Helmet with late 1964 to early 1965 contract Mitchell camouflage cover. Superb example of a U.S. Army early Vietnam War M1 combat helmet complete with WW2-era Firestone high-pressure liner with khaki webbing, mid-1960ís sweatband and nape strap with olive green webbing, and correct elastic band keeping the cover tightly to the steel helmet shell. Helmet shell retains almost 100 percent original paint. Liner has been Army-repainted for reissue as is normal with WW2 liners which continued to be used in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Almost 100 percent of the original Army darker green repaint on the exterior of the liner remains. Correct Vietnam War era web chinstraps on swivel bales. Complete with correct post-WW2 brown leather chinstrap for the liner with black painted hardware. Super, untouched example. Size 55.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $448.00

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