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M16 Austrian Mid War Reissue

Article about: Beautiful brute of a helmet. The WWI lids are so much more substantial than later ones (for lack of better words).

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    I have had this a number of years. It is a WWI vintage Austrian M16 reissued after 1940 with a zinc/steel banded M31 liner complete with RB numbered, albeit broken, chinstrap, and a wonderful very coarse (almost sand camo textured) exterior paint job. No decals are visible under the exterior paint. The interior is a smooth, matte grey/green throughout, so I suspect the WWI components were removed and the shell painted and refit with the M31 post 1940, so it probably never had any TR decals. I can't read the date on the liner band. There is some staining on the liner and some flaking of the leather in that area which may be from blood. There is very little wear on the piece, so I suspect the soldat did not experience a long stay at the front. Anyway, I hope you like it. Jim G.
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    Excellent lid as always. Love the texture and the liner is great. Well done once again

    Regards
    Jason

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    Very nice one Jim.
    You sure have so good stuff.
    chris

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    I like it a lot. Great patina without too much use.
    What a great looking lid.
    Cheers
    Nuno

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    there appears to be some damage repair to the left side.

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    Quote by harryamb2 View Post
    there appears to be some damage repair to the left side.
    ??? I don't know to what you are referring?

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    I do not see any repaint or damage on this helmet.
    Very nice helmet.
    chris

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    WHooo, that is one sweeeet looking helmet!! I hope to pick one up like that one day! Leon.

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    What a nice helmet!''Contains'' the history of 2 world wars

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    Quote by harryamb2 View Post
    there appears to be some damage repair to the left side.
    I see what you're looking at. I think it's a line in the paint, not so much a repair job.

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