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I got this helmet for free, what is it?

Article about: by seandm Hey Patrick! I would too lol. Its a really nice example. By the way I should add by saying it was a rear seam shell means its post WW2. Its not uncommon to find WW2 shells which we

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    Hello gents,

    My dad came home with this and his friend gave it to him to give to me. This is completely what I don't collect so I have no idea what I'm looking at other than its a US helmet and liner.

    Can you help me out?

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    Hey Patrick! Looks like a very nice 1950's era M1 with a later added sweatband, I could be wrong but I think it is dated 1977. A lot of these helmets continued to see use right through the Vietnam war and afterwards. Is the seam at the rear of the shell? Cheers! Sean. Edit.. Just realized it is indeed rear seam Patrick.

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    always nice getting a free helmet

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    Thanks! I'll have to thank my dad's friend

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    Hey Patrick! I would too lol. Its a really nice example. By the way I should add by saying it was a rear seam shell means its post WW2. Its not uncommon to find WW2 shells which were front seam, Reissued post war. Cheers! Sean.

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    Nice freebie!There should be a small makers mark inside at the top of the liner..what does it look like?The headband is indeed dated 1977 and I reckon the liner is an early 60's one.

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    Nice looking helmet... You have the luck of the Irish!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    You lucky boy pat,you have a rare shell there mate,its a McCord from the 1958 production run,this is what was stated over at USMF,not sure what MWA actually stands for as McCords never used prefixes like this before this run,but it has been repainted but does carry the original hard to find green painted steel buckle and loop clasps,the liner is known as the p55 type produced between 1955 to 1963,look after it...........
    With Regards Jake.

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    Thanks guys, I don't plan on selling the helmet anytime soon, so sorry for the horrible question, but what is it worth?

    Thanks, Pat
    Last edited by Patrick Lewis; 11-14-2014 at 06:53 PM.

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    Nice M-1 helmet there Patrick agree out of the 50's 60's I had a ww2 liner in the early 70's when I was in the US army it was what they call the cardboard pressed paper liner I forget the proper term for them made me turn it in when it got all frayed on the sides these things got worked and reworked around in the US military well into the early 70's. Nice gift can't help on price my brother is a specialist on the M-1 helmet has coauthored some books on them. I do own one of them that is what they call the fixed bale (Non flexible) chinstrap part and those are definetly ww2. timothy

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