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M1 - Vietnam Era?

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    I've had this one since I was a kid (pre 80's most likely). Used to play in the backyard with it. My Dad picked up (somewhere) for next to nothing.

    Been bugging me as to what I have. So dug it out of the closet and took some pictures.

    No markings on the shell. No seams either (from what I can tell).

    The only mark on the liner is US - 147 (the US and 147 are bisected by a + symbol.

    A few unreadable marks on the webbing which unfortunately is ripped in the front (I played hard!!!)

    Will admit, I know next to nothing about the post war M1's. Is it a put together helmet?

    Any and all comments are welcome!

    Regards,

    Michael

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    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    All original Vietnam US M1 Helmet with all parts dating to the mid 1960's,cool looking lid.........
    With Regards Jake.

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    nice m1c map ,forgive my ignorance but how do you date the mitch cover also what does fsn denote ,my cover is dsa ink stamped ,,thanks for showing ,regards james

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    Quote by ruddersrangers44 View Post
    All original Vietnam US M1 Helmet with all parts dating to the mid 1960's,cool looking lid.........
    thanks Jake,

    any info on the US - 147 Maker of the liner? Or any info on the shell (I know it has no markings unfortunately).

    Regards,

    Michael
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Michael all US shells have heat treatment stamps,so its there i can ashore you,the Liner is a Marmac,the shell looks like an Ingersoll but need heat stamp to be sure.............
    With Regards Jake.

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    Hello the dates are the Mitchel covers are usually after the DSA, but in this case yours is an FSN which is from the early 60s I believe

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    Quote by James C View Post
    nice m1c map ,forgive my ignorance but how do you date the mitch cover also what does fsn denote ,my cover is dsa ink stamped ,,thanks for showing ,regards james
    Thanks James,

    No idea regarding the FSN vs the DSA, however Gel65 give the explaination below.

    Michael
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Quote by ruddersrangers44 View Post
    Michael all US shells have heat treatment stamps,so its there i can ashore you,the Liner is a Marmac,the shell looks like an Ingersoll but need heat stamp to be sure.............
    Thanks Jake. Great info. BTW......I checked again, can't find any stamp or mark on the inside of the helmet. What am I looking for and where?

    M
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    FYI, enjoy,
    Mitchell Cover Contract List - STEEL AND KEVLAR HELMETS - U.S. Militaria Forum

    Mitchell Pattern Contract Numbers: Below is a listing of all cover varieties found by searching through nearly 2000 covers. The list is fairly complete, but there are always more covers yet to be discovered. Findings are charted by chronological order and date proximities are given based on contract date ranges.

    Contract Number Manufacturer Date Proximity

    USMC Project Number 5501 DC & TSC DIR. MFG. 4 February 1959
    USMC Project Number 5850 DC & TSC DIR. MFG. 10 December 1959
    P.O. No. 5002-62 1962
    DSA 1-811-C-62 1962
    DSA 1-1940-63-C 1963
    DSA 1-3839-64-C 1964
    DSA 1-4540-64-C 1964
    DSA 1-6600-65-C Late 1964 – 1965
    DSA 1-6680-65-C Late 1964 - 1965
    Contract No. 5432 1964*
    Contract No. 5626 1964*
    Contract No. 5654 1964*
    Contract No. 5656 1964*
    Contract No. 5858 1964*
    Contract No. 7005 Late 1964-Early 1965*
    Contract No. 7057 Late 1964-Early 1965*
    Contract No. 7219 Late 1964-Early 1965*
    Contract No. 7332 Late 1964-Early 1965*
    Contract No. 7882 (this could be a 1-7332 printing error, but the number exists) Late1964-Early 1965*
    Contract No. 8027 Late 1964-Early 1965*
    Contract No. 8056 (Twill & Cotton Patterns) Late 1964-Early 1965*
    Contract No. 8116 (Twill) Early 1965*
    Contract No. 8133 Early 1965*
    Contract No. 8189 (Twill) Early 1965*
    Contract No. 9005 (Twill & Cotton Patterns) Mid 1965*
    Contract No. 9085 Mid 1965*
    Contract No. 9196 Mid 1965*
    DSA 100-2157 Late 1965-Early 1966
    DSA 100-3937 (Twill & Cotton Patterns) Early 1966
    DSA 100-67-C-0713 (Twill) Capitol Fur 1967
    DSA 100-67-C-3697 1967
    DSA 100-68-C-2168 1968
    DSA 100-68-C-2188 1968
    DSA 100-69-C-0944 1969
    DSA 100-69-C-1921 1969
    DSA 100-69-F-U992 Mnpls Soc f/t Blind 1969
    DSA 100-70-C-0822 1970
    DSA 100-70-C-0823 1970
    DSA 100-70-F-V075 Mnpls Soc f/t Blind 1970
    DSA 100-73-F-U289 Mnpls Soc f/t Blind 1973
    DSA 100-74F-U060 (Real Train) Mnpls Soc f/t Blind 1974
    DSA 100-74-F-U524 Mnpls Soc f/t Blind 1974
    DSA 100-74-F-U919 Mnpls Soc f/t Blind 1974
    DSA 100-75-F-V289 Mnpls Soc f/t Blind 1975
    DSA 100-77-F-U393 Mnpls Soc f/t Blind 1977
    Regards
    René

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    The FSN (Federal Stock Number)has nothing to do with DSA (Defence Supply Agency).The FSN stayed the same right across the entire production line of the "Mitchell" two sided cover.from 1959 right through to 1977.The first Mitchell covers were supplied through the MCSA (Marine Corp Supply Activity)1959-1961,from late 1961 when the DSA was formed the DSA-1-1962 date was added and continued through to 1977 however and this is where the confusion starts,between 1964-1966 all Mitchell covers that were produced in that time frame came direct from Government contractors,in this instance they added a contract number instead of the regular DSA stampings,it was only after 1966 that DSA stamps returned along with other changes to the cover and its stamp markings.all contracts range from the 5000+ to 9000+.
    With Regards Jake.

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