Morning Gents I do not often ask for opinions on helms but I would like a little feed back on this Late war M-1 C Para that I recently added to my collection as these are a little out of my comfort zone and a we bit of a mine field
As best I can tell the liner is a repainted late war production Westy in the proper configuration sporting OD#7 A-Yokes and blackened brass A washers I do believe the chincup is as well a later war four hole as opposed to the earlier war five grommet.
The liner suspension has been torn which as I start to delve into the world of M-1's I am starting to hear is a fairly common occurance as the sweatbands shrink and can put to much pressure on the webbing causing them to tear needless to say I have loosened off all the sweatbands on the M-1's in my collection.
As to the M-1 it is a rear seam swivel bail and as well has been repainted it is my understanding that these can be found in this configuration very late war and early post war alike.
Am I correct that production on the rear seam swivel Bails started in November of 1944 ?
There is only a partial heat stamp visable as the rest is obscured by paint it is sporting a cork finish and IMO a stainless steel rim so WW II my best guess on the heat stamp would be ( 1116 B ) this would put the production date as very late in 1944.
The chinstraps are the longer para OD#7 with press the stud fasteners for attaching to the liner .
IMO the net that came with the M-1 is a section of vehicle Camouflage netting and IMO is WW II era as is the hessian scrim.
I do have a couple of concerns but will see what some of you other gents have to say first as they may be unfounded as stated these are not my chosen field of collecting so I am on the back side of the learning curve on these any thoughts, opinions and or concerns would be most welcome.