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M1 with Firestone paratrooper liner

Article about: Hello, I've recently got this helmet and I would like to know your opinion on it. The steel helmet is an M1 with front seam and fixed bales. On it I could identify the numbers 481A, hardly v

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    Default M1 with Firestone paratrooper liner

    Hello,

    I've recently got this helmet and I would like to know your opinion on it.
    The steel helmet is an M1 with front seam and fixed bales. On it I could identify the numbers 481A, hardly visible though.
    Seems to me that it was repainted. The liner is made by Firestone and features the same characterisitcs as WW2
    liners made in the 43-44 period. But as far as I know Firestone didn't made paratrooper liners only after WW2.
    Can anyone tell me more? Thanks for looking!
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    The fixed bale helmet is definitely WWII vintage, but to me the chinstraps look like replacements. These helmets were repainted all the time, so that's not an issue. Firestone did not make paratrooper liners during WWII - yours has been 'modified'. I don't know much about the leather paratrooper chin cups, but originals are very expensive and rare, and so it's likely yours is not a para cup. Finally, the net does not appear to be original or one that the US might have used during the war.

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    Hey, thanks a lot, you are absolutely right! The percussion caps on the A washers are renewed, where the paratrooper chinstraps are attached.
    Do you think that it could it be possible, this has been done by Firestone after the war, or by somebody else, and is the liner itself from ww2?
    Many thanks for your answer!

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    The liner appears to be WWII vintage that has been modified - most likely recently modified. It wasn't done by Firestone after the war - specifications changed starting in 1950 or 51 and required the darker green (OD7) webbing, so any 'official' para liner would use the later webbing. There are lots of 'rigger' WWII liners that may have been done right at the end of WWII, or just as Korea was starting, and those use WWII liners. But those punched brand new rivets into existing infantry liners, and didn't bother tucking the A straps under the washers.

    Was this an ebay purchase? If you bought it as an original WWII helmet - especially an original WWII para helmet - I would return it. To me it looks like it was put together to fool someone.

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    Not for me sorry,looks like a totally knocked up put together out and out fake,original Airborne wartime rigs sell in the four figure range.

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    Hey, many thanks. I've paid only 50 bucks for it, so I'm gonna keep it. And in the end, thanks to you I've learned more about para helmets..

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    Well for that sort of cash,your laughing all the way,can't go wrong,shell's worth that alone,almost envious but good on you.

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