yeah the chin strap isn't VN era but if you wish to change it theres sellers on ebay that sell original VN era versions
I just noticed that a an M1 I have owned for years from a junkyard find has a front seam but a swivel bale. I cannot see any markings on the inside. Anybody kow what period this is from?
Edit correction: I just found some faint stamped numbers or letters inside just above the visor area. I can't make them out with my poor eyesight and I doubt they would show well in a photo. I will look harder with a magnifying glass tomorrow in daylight. It is 2AM here. I also need to get a new digital camera as my daughter decided to play with mine and it won't work anymore.
Thanks Crazy Horse. I am not interested in selling it if it turns out to be WWII era and because there are badly chipped off large areas of paint on the outside top with rust in some spots inside, so probably not worth much at all. I am interested to know if it is WWII just to get it a proper liner and display it in the right way eventually. I also noticed that the paint is a dark smooth olive green and probably repainted since there are some runny paint areas.The paint is thick and a slightly lighter color in the first layer where it is chipped. Same light coat and color inside. Could the darker paint be from patination?
Just took a bright light at an angle with a magnifying glass to the stamped numbers and I read 899F Does this mean anything to anyone here? Is it a batch number? Manufacturer code? I am very curious now thinking my 1 dollar junkyard pickup from ten years ago might be a WWII veteran.
that number is whats known as THE HEAT OF THE STAMP NUMBER this is what was used for quality control purposes but yeah front seamed swivel bail is of WW2 manufacture